Encouraging More Adults to Swim

Carolyn Boak Receives 2001 Ransom Arthur Award

Service to swimming

Nancy Ridout | November 9, 2009

Ransom J. Arthur is recognized as the founder of our sport. He had a vision that adults would enjoy and could compete at a high level. He brought together a select group in 1970 to test his theory and here we are, twenty years and 40,000 members later, proving him right. The most prestigious award given in Masters swimming is named after him. This year there were three nominees, all eminently qualified and all female. It is very special to me to be able to present this particular award because my term as president is winding down and this will be the last one I am privileged to present and because the winner is someone for whom I personally have the greatest respect. The person to whom this award will be given today is one of those rare individuals people feel privileged to know, although I admit, in Masters swimming we have an abundance of these types of people.

Carolyn Boak has served at every level from local Top Ten and Records Chair, to Meet Director, National Championship Meet Director, USMS International Committee Chair, member of the Rules Committee and Championship Committee, author of Guidelines for Liaisons to National Meets and co-author of the Meet Directors Handbook for National Championship Meets. Wherever she has found herself, this woman has made contributions and had an impact. Her intelligence and insights, coupled with her energy, have made her an invaluable asset to USMS. Her loyalty, enthusiasm, and ardent spirit are unsurpassed in our organization. Many of you know her. She comes from one of the premier swimming families of northern California. She is a long-time member and has served as president and interim coach of the Los Altos Masters and, more recently, our program at The Woodlands, Texas has benefited from her expertise. And you know her as a world-class swimmer and competitor who holds numerous Pacific, National, and world records and setting more here at this meet!

It is an honor to present the 2001 Ransom J. Arthur Award, "given annually to a person who has contributed greatly to the development of Masters swimming", to my colleague, my competitor, my long-time friend, and a person for whom I have the utmost respect and affection, Carolyn Ferris Boak.

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