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Betsy Durrant Named 2005 Ransom Arthur Award Recipient

Will work for swimming!

Author Unknown | May 29, 2005

Betsy Durrant was announced as the recipient of the Ransom Arthur Award at the 2005 USMS Short Course National Championships in Fort Lauderdale. The award is given annually to the person who has done the most to further the objectives of Masters swimming.

Recently, as Chair of the USMS Planning Committee, Betsy led the committee through a study that led to recommendations on restructuring of national offices and the USMS Board of Directors. Her leadership in this area will result in a transformed USMS governance structure and will ultimately strengthen our ability to further the goals of our organization.

Prior to becoming Chair of the Planning Committee, Betsy held several leadership positions in USMS at the national level. She has served as Colonies Zone Representative, Zone Committee Chair and USMS Secretary. She is also a member of the USMS Endowment Fund Board of Governors.

Betsy began her involvement in masters swimming in 1975. She was the first Chair of the Virginia LMSC, organized in 1980, and was instrumental in establishing the Virginia Masters Swim Team (VMST). Betsy held the position of LMSC Registrar from 1984 to 1995. Her continued involvement as LMSC Newsletter Editor and a member of the LMSC Board of Directors has contributed to further growth, now over 1000 registered swimmers. In her current capacity as VMST and LMSC newsletter editor, she constantly seeks to educate swimmers and look for ways to help individuals and local programs achieve success. She has also served as Meet Director for two important long-running Virginia Masters events: our annual Fall Invitational meet for 23 years and the Jack King One-Mile Ocean Swim for 19 years, a USMS national championship event multiple times.

Betsy’s resume is indicative of her desire to undertake important jobs and contribute in any way that she can to our mission as an organization. In addition to these accomplishments, she works behind the scenes to attract new swimmers to the sport and to encourage others to become involved in her team, LMSC and national leadership, offering advice and assistance wherever needed. Her passion and enthusiasm for swimming are evident in all of these efforts.


Betsy Durrant Receives 2005 Ransom Arthur Award

Perfect combination of swimmer, coach and administrator

by Dorothy Donnelley

USMS names Betsy Durrant as the 2005 Ransom Arthur Award RecipientBetsy Durrant is a wonderful combination of dedicated swimmer, teacher/coach, and able administrator, currently serving her first term as USMS Secretary. A long period of varied service preceded her election. She first came on the national scene as the Colonies Zone Representative, and in 1991 became a valuable member of the Executive Committee as Zone Chairman, adding stability, common sense and good humor, all her stocks in trade. She added new depth to the zone chair position, re-writing election procedures, soliciting candidates, circulating credentials and monitoring the election process.

Betsy served as Chairman of the Executive Secretary Search Committee in 1996, and the next year chaired the sub-committee of Planning, exploring the concept of an Executive Director or Business Manager for USMS. Since its inception in 1993, she has maintained the subscription lists for the three issues of National Top Ten Times. For these and other activities, Betsy deservedly received a USMS Service Award in 1997.

Well known in Masters circles long before she came on the national scene, Betsy was the first Chairman of the Virginia LMSC in 1980, and was Virginia Registrar for ten years, presiding over a growth from 100 to 450 members. Coming full circle, Betsy has again taken over the Virginia Masters and Virginia LMSC newsletters that she had originated and edited in the early 1980s. She began Masters swimming in 1975, with on/off participation until 1979, while she was living in Virginia Beach, when she renewed her interest in Masters with enthusiasm and diligence. She participated and co-directed the annual fall swim in Tidewater for the past 18 years, and co-directed the traditionalJack King One Mile Ocean Swim for 12 years—in 1991 and 1995 these were National Open Water Championships.

Betsy is faithful to workouts. Though she modestly says she is a "middle-of-the-top-tenner" she was a 1995 Long Distance All-American, and 1997 All-American in the pool. Betsy coaches on both on land and in the water—her high school's computer team and the varsity swim team. She managed all this volunteer work in addition to her position as head of the math department at First Colonial High School, where she taught advanced math and computer analytical programming until her retirement in June, 1998. Her husband Steve, who was a career Marine officer and a runner rather than an aquatic aficionado, gives full support to Betsy's many volunteer activities.

Betsy Durrant is a fine example of an individual who has made significant contributions to the goals and objectives of Masters swimming. Her infectious smile softens some of the stern verdicts she sometimes delivers. Her outstanding performance and contribution at the national, regional and local levels are exemplary.

September 1998, Dorothy Donnelly , with input from Forrest Sullivan

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