The International Swimming Hall of Fame honors Dr. Klaus Wilkens (Germany) with the "G. Harold Award" for his lifetime work to advancing water safety among children. Dr. Stathis Avramidis nominated and received the award on behalf of Dr. Wilkens by Bruce Wigo (ISHOF President/CEO) and Jim Martin (son of Harold Martin) in a spectacular awarding ceremony (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA, August 25, 2017).
Dr. Wilkens is currently the Lifetime Honorary President of the International Life Saving Federation of Europe and former President of DLRG in Germany.
The inscription of the award is: "International Swimming Hall of Fame. G. Harold Martin Award. For that special person who sets a standard for mankind with his commitment to aquatics, who has lived his life with a passion to bring forth in the world a dream or vision, a way of being for mankind that is independent of any personal goals."
Dr. Wilkens received his award in Greece, during the opening ceremony of the 3rd National Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship that will be held by the Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity in October 14, 2017. Watch here: https://youtu.be/g5PwqUJcehE
The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort-Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. It accomplishes its goals through the operation of the ISHOF museum, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the accomplished swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, their coaches and lifesavers. Their lives and accomplishments serve to inspire and educate all of us. http://www.ishof.org/
The Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity is approved by the General Secretariat of Sports. It operates lifesaving sport in Greece. http://sportlifesaving.blogspot.gr/
The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport. http://ilsf.org/
The Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. is a relief organization for life saving in Germany. https://www.dlrg.de/