Andy Burke To Be Inducted Into International Swimming Hall of Fame as Lifelong Contributor

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Water Polo Contributor - Andy Burke

Andy Burke, will be inducted as a Water Polo Contributor into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018 in ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 19, 2018.  He was previously inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010 for his contributions to Masters Water Polo

For over 50 years, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) has recognized a category of honorees known as “contributors.”  They are the unsung heroes who have used their talents and work behind the scenes to positively impact the swimming sports and help create platforms for others to achieve fame and glory.

Andy Burke grew up in San Francisco and in 1945, while still in high school, he started playing water polo for the Olympic Club of San Francisco. After nearly a decade as the team’s center back, he traded in his suit and cap for a referee flag and whistle and took on administrative duties that quickly earned him the respect and admiration of his peers. In 1960, he was elected Chairman of the National AAU Water polo Committee.  And from 1961 through 1964 he also served as Chairman of water polo for the US Olympic Committee. He oversaw the Olympic team selection process and served as manager for US Water Polo team at the Tokyo Games.  From 1966 through 1976, he served as Chairman of the AAU Water Polo Rules Committee and internationally he served on the Technical Water Polo Committee UANA  – the Swimming Union of the Americas -from 1963-1975, and on the UANA Executive Board from 1975 to 1995.

While Andy served in many leadership positions during his career, he always put the athletes and swimming sports first, even if it meant stepping aside and helping others who he thought he could be more effective as leaders. Among those Andy assisted to rise above him was a tall, debonair young midwest lawyer and water polo player by the name of Bob Helmick.  From their first meeting in the early 1960s, Andy recognized his talents as a future leader.  “The smartest man I ever met,” Burke says.  And for the next two decades, Andy served as Helmick’s advisor, promoter and unofficial “campaign manager” as he rose to positions of power from within the AAU and Olympic water polo committees to the presidency of FINA in 1984 and finally as President of the US Olympic Committee in 1988.  Among the many ways Bob Helmick repaid Andy for his support was by designating him Chef d’Mission to lead the US Delegation at the 1991 FINA World Championships in Perth, Australia.

Andy played a similar role in the early career of Dr. Julio Maglione.  Andy had been involved with the UANA organization since 1963 and on the Executive Board for four years when Maglione was elected President of UANA in 1979.  The organization didn’t do much between Pan American Games, but the new president wanted that to change.  Andy helped the new president turn his ideas into actions and their efforts caught the attention of FINA, especially Bob Helmick. In 1984, Dr. Maglione moved from UANA president to the FINA Bureau and serves as President of FINA today.

Andy continues today to serve as an example of the spirit of volunteerism.  At the age of 88 years young, when most folks his age are content to sit at home and watch sports on tv, Andy Burke continues to referee high school water polo games, oversee the Masters waster polo program of the Olympic Club and provide sage advise to the many leaders of today who seek him out.

About The International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with multiple events spread out over three days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Make your plans now to attend the weekend of May 18-20, 2018! ISHOF Members can purchase the Weekend Package and save!

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees include Swimmers: Rebecca Adlington (GBR), Amanda Beard (USA), and Libby Trickett (AUS); Water Polo Player: Brenda Villa (USA); Contributor: Andy Burke (USA); Diver: Irina Lashko  (USSR, RUS, AUS) ; Coach: Bill Sweetenham (AUS)Synchronized Swimmer: Miho Takeda (JPN);  Open Water Swimmer: Petar Stoychev (BUL)and Pioneer Synchronized Swimming Contributor: Joy Cushman (USA). Ian Crocker (USA) was a part of the Class of 2017, but was unable to attend the induction due to Hurricane Harvey.  We will be officially celebrating his induction as part of the class of 2018.

The Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards will be presented of Friday of the same weekend

2018 Paragon Award and ISHOF Award Recipients:

  • Frank Busch for Competitive Swimming
  • Dr. Ben Rubin for Diving
  • Bob Corb for Water Polo
  • Jennifer Gray for Synchronized Swimming
  • David Bell for Recreational Swimming
  • Jill White for Water Safety
  • Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides – Buck Dawson Author Award: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
  • Gay DeMario – ISHOF Service Award
  • Lana Whitehead – Judge G. Harold Martin Award
  • Johnny Johnson – Virginia Hunt Newman Award
  • Kathy Bateman – John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Bob Ingram – Al Schoenfield Media Award

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