Barry Fasbender Receives 2008 Ransom Arthur Award
Barry Fasbender has been involved in Masters swimming for more than three decades, with increasing involvement each decade. He began swimming in local Masters programs in the 1970s and running local programs from 1983-1985. Barry moved on to the national level, attending his first USMS Convention in 1993, and has participated as Chair of the Championship Committee and as a member of the Rules Committee.
Barry establishes the practical foundations for success for Masters swimming competitors at all levels of the organization, as shown by his actions as Championship Committee Chair (obtaining HyTek timing for Nationals), preparing bid packages and acting as meet liaison for several USMS Nationals, as well as his current responsibilities for the sanctions and meet operations of all swim meets in Pacific LMSC that holds at least twenty meets each year.
Barry quietly and effectively gets all tasks done, from the small things like measuring all the Pacific swimming venues, to the large projects, like assuring that the first ever Relay Day at the 2006 FINA World Championships (with over 4,000 individuals participating) went off with out any visible hitches. This quiet competence makes him a crucial and dependable member of any task force on any issue related to Masters swimming. He is always available, always knowledgeable, and always a solid contributor.
Barry’s legacy to our organization is that he not only gets the job, meet, or project done, but that he does it always with integrity, good grace and competence. His credentials and his long-term dedication to USMS make him deserving of this prestigious award.