Encouraging More Adults to Swim

Patricia Miller Receives 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award

Long-time volunteer earns USMS' top award

Nadine Day | April 4, 2014

As part of the leadership of U. S. Masters Swimming, one of the most important responsibilities is to recognize the service accomplishments of our members. Today we will be awarding our most prestigious award, the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award.

Ransom Arthur was the founding father of U.S. Masters Swimming. His vision for promoting adult health through fitness and competition was revolutionary in 1970. He created a stage upon which adults could gather, compete, have fun and support each other in the lifelong pursuit of fitness goals through training. Today, fitness has become a normal part of everyday life for millions of adults. This was not so in 1970, when 46 athletes gathered in Amarillo, Texas, for the first Masters Short Course National Championship. Forty-three years ago Ransom had a passion and a vision. Today, our 58,000 members are the result of that vision and the torchbearers of his passion.

Each year U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes one member who embodies the dedication, leadership, and passion required to carry the vision forward. It is USMS’s vision to be the premier resource for adult aquatic fitness in the United States and to make fitness through swimming available for as many adults as possible.

It is with great pleasure that U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes this year’s Ransom Arthur Award recipient, Patricia Miller. Patty has been a swimming advocate who has shown dedication to the USMS vision and strategic plan.

On the national level, Patty is currently serving as the Liaison to USA Swimming. She also serves as the USMS Legal Counsel, a position she has held since 2002 (with one year off for good behavior in 2010). She also sits on the Governance and the Legislation committees. Patty served as the Safety Education Chair and as chair for a variety of USMS task forces including the executive director funding and hiring task force, branding task force, online registration task force, and strategic planning task force. She has been instrumental in ensuring that USMS has a future in open water by serving on the open water task force. 

On the local level, Patty has served as the Virginia LMSC Chair as well as the Long Distance Chair. She was co-race director for the Chris Greene Lake Cable Swims, which were USMS Long Distance National Championships in 1994 and 1996.  

Patty has been a tireless volunteer for U.S. Masters Swimming. Please join me in thanking Patty for her service to U.S. Masters swimming and congratulating her for being the 2013 Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award recipient. 

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