Back In Time: In 1977 With The Channel Swimming Association
At the 1977 Channel Swimming Association (CSA) Golden Jubilee (50th) dinner in Dover, there were three International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees present including a young Kevin Murphy who was inducted that same year [see photo above].
Fast forward 32 years later and 10 others in this group had achieved Honoree status (including the CSA itself as an Honor Organization). The powerhouse Egyptians were present as was the Sudanese swimmer Sultan Nijab.
Alice Dearing, an elite racer from Birmingham England commented, “While black swimmers are still not a common sight in marathon swimmers, Sultan was one of the early pioneers. He was quickly followed by Charles Chapman in 1981 the first African American to cross to France.”
Middle row on right includes Ned Barnie.
Ned Denison, chairman of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame observed, “While books and old media reports capture much of the history of marathon swimming, some of the best repositories of knowledge are Honorees of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. The WOWSA Live interviews are just one small attempt to capture some of their memories. During a recent interview, Honoree Dr. Jane Katz talked about meeting Gertrude Ederle, the sixth swimmer across the English Channel in 1926, in New York decades ago.
This led to the question – which other living IMSHOF Honorees met the early IMSHOF Honorees? As a historical measure, we used the English Channel crossing records. Honoree Marilyn Bell enjoyed her time with her coach Ernest Vierkoetter who was the 8th swimmer across also in 1926.
Honorees Dr. David Smith, Captain Nabil Elshazly, and Nasser Elshazly also have fond memories of meeting Ishak Helmy the 16th swimmer across in 1928. Certainly, more than 25 living Honorees knew Sunny Lowry, MBE, the 18th swimmer across in 1933 who served as President of the Channel Swimming Association between 2000 and 2007.
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