Friday, November 4, 2016

Sir Peter Heatly inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame

Sir Peter Heatly, who was involved in aquatic sport for over 70 years in various capacities before he passed away in 2015, has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).

Nine members of Heatly’s family attended an 'Honoree Enshrinement Dinner' in Santa Clara, California on Saturday, October 29.

Well-known diver Heatly, from Edinburgh, was inducted as an ‘Honor Contributor’ on a night which was hosted by Agnes Kovacs of Hungary (gold medallist at the 2000 Olympics) and John Naber of USA (four gold medals and five world records at the 1976 Olympics).

Heatly, who competed in two Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games, served the sport he loved as a manager, official and administrator well beyond his days as an athlete.

He joined the FINA and LEN technical diving committees in 1966 and also served the Great British Swimming Federation, the National Scottish Learn to Swim Campaign and the Scottish Sports Council with great distinction.

He was involved in 17 consecutive Commonwealth Games from 1950 to 2014, becoming Vice-Chairman of the organising committee when the Games were held in Edinburgh in 1970. He was the Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982 to 1990 after the first ever balloted election.

He also produced and delivered papers on the design of swimming pools to professional bodies both in Great Britain and Europe.

The award was presented by Steve Clark of USA (three gold medals and four world records at the 1964 Olympics).

After the induction ceremony, Heatly’s son Peter who collected the award on stage, said:  “I had the honour, privilege and pleasure to receive the award on behalf of Dad as he was inducted posthumously as an 'Honor Contributor' into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

“President/CEO Bruce Wigo and his colleagues put on a very successful number of events over a memorable weekend and as a family we are very proud to have been there and it was a fitting tribute for Dad.”

Article supplied by kind permission of Gary Heatly