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Barbara Kalbus & The Olympic Club To Be Recognized At Upcoming International Swimming Hall Of Fame Events

Sept. 15, 2016 Huntington Beach, CA - September 15 - The International Swimming Hall of Fame will award honors to the late Dr. Barbara Kalbus and the Olympic Club as upcoming events. Kalbus will be honored with the Paragon Award this October 28-30 at the ISHOF Hall of Fame and awards weekend in Northern California. Prior to that event, next weekend (September 24) in Atlanta, the Olympic Club of San Francisco will be honored with induction into the Swimming Masters Hall of Fame. 

Paragon Water Polo Award
Dr. Barbara Kalbus
Very few people have dedicated themselves and served as tirelessly and selflessly to any sport as much as Dr. Barbara Kalbus has done for water polo. Never a player herself, she started in the sport as a parent-volunteer and many players and coaches alike look to her as being a second mother and mentor. Barbara is a past president of U.S. Water Polo Inc., served as the Men’s National Team Manager at the 1991 FINA World Championships, and at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and 1998, 2002 and 2005 FINA World Championships. Barbara literally wrote the rules of the sport in the USA as the editor of the NCAA water polo rules until 2012 and the NFHS (High School) water polo rules until 2014. Kalbus passed away in June.

The Olympic Club is the oldest Athletic Club in the United States of America, founded in 1860. It has fielded Masters Water Polo teams since 1988, when the first US Water Polo sanctioned Masters Tournament was held. The Club made its International water polo debut at the FINA World Masters Championships in 1996 at Sheffield, England, where it won the 30+ Gold Medal and has participated in every FINA Masters World Championships since, winning numerous gold medals.




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