Encouraging More Adults to Swim

Jim Barber Receives The 2012 USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award

Mel Goldstein | April 4, 2014

Jim Barber has been a USMS member since the early ‘80s. He took over the chairmanship of the LMSC two years ago for his second term as chairman. He has also served as vice chairman of the LMSC. Under his stewardship, the LMSC has grown in membership and LMSC membership retention is one of the highest in the country. While leadership in the past has been good, Jim has raised the bar and the Greater Indiana Masters LMSC now exceeds the minimum USMS standards for LMSC's.

His belief in coaches’ education prompted him to organize and host a USMS Coach Certification program in Indianapolis. Thirty coaches attended and became certified.

Jim as an avid open water swimmer who has completws the English Channel, Catalina Channel, and around Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, which together constitute to prestigious Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming. His open water enthusiasm has created growth in open water for swimmers and triathletes in the landlocked state of Indiana. Jim Barber is well deserving of the Dot Donnelly Service Award.

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