May 22nd, 2010, Nanaimo B.C.:
The Hud Stewart Award was presented to Mary Lou Whitwill by Nigel Kemp, MSC President.
Please join us in congratulating Mary Lou Whitwill as the 2010 recipient of the Hud Stewart award. Masters Swimming in Canada, and indeed the world, has benefited from her expertise and experience.
Her career and talents speak for themselves, the following gives just a brief synopsis of her accomplishments and skills as a swimmer, administrator, and active member of the global swimming community.
Mary Lou started swimming with a successful career as a youth swimmer which included a place on the 1959 Canadian Pan American team.
Mary Lou founded Cowichan Aquannis Masters Swimming in Duncan, BC, starting in 1979 with a total of five swimmers. The membership has since grown to over 50 members. She coached the swimmers for 20 years with great enthusiasm, inspiring many of the swimmers to compete in meets. She accompanied team swimmers to meets where she both coached and competed herself.
As a masters swimmer she held many National and Provincial records in the 80's and 90's. Mary Lou worked hard at the national level to further Masters Swimming in Canada as MSC's president, and as the BC representative on the national board.
In BC she worked to keep MSABC in the forefront of Masters Swimming in Canada and she was instrumental in organizing the BC Provincial Masters Swimming Championships in Duncan in 1992 and 1999.
Mary Lou served MSC as:
- Vice President for the first half of her 96/97 term
- President for the last half of her 96/97 term and in 97/98 and 98/99
- Chair of the MSC Rules Committee in 96/97 and 97/98
- Provincial representative from 93/94 to 96/97
Mary Lou also developed a booklet called "Hints for Coaching Masters" that was published by MSC in the mid 90's.
Mary Lou served MSABC as president for 4 years from 93/94 to 96/97.
From all of us, Mary Lou, thanks for your lifetime of service and best of luck in your future endeavours. We wouldn't be here without your efforts and Masters Swimming Canada salutes you!