Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur - Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree
Year of Induction: 1994
In the late 1980’s, FINA President Robert Helmick authorized a special commission to study open water swimming and determine its place in the FINA Family of Aquatic Sports. FINA President Mustafa Lafaoui established a Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) to formalize Open Water Swimming Rules, conduct World Championships in the 5K (3.1-mile), 10K (6.2-mile) and 25K (15.5-mile) distances and to help support efforts to add a marathon swimming event in to Olympic Games. These efforts came to fruition with the addition of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.