Jim Hanton-- 2019 Officials Excellence Award

Michael Duncan
Apr 14, 2019

Jim Hanton-- 2019 Officials Excellence Award

Minnesota Swimming Official Jim Hanton was chosen to receive the 2019 Officials Excellence Award from Swimming World Magazine and Hasty Awards!

Jim served as admin vice chair from Minnesota Swimming from 2009-13 as well as general chair from 2013-17, and was instrumental in the adoption of the Competitive Excellence Initiative. He also remains active as immediate pas general chair on the LSC board, sharing his knowledge and expertise. He has officiated at every level in the state, and continues to volunteer his weekends even after his children have left the sport. He also continually mentors officials, providing encouragement and resources to keep them informed and engaged. And he holds the athletes above all else. As one official puts it, “Jim is the example for which all officials should aspire to be.” Furthermore, Hanton has taken the lead on organizing this year’s Swimposium, setting the schedule, finding speakers and building up the programs offered. This opportunity for Minnesota’s officials, coaches and athletes to congregate and learn together would not have been easily accomplished without his leadership and persistence.

Congratulations to Jim on this wonderful achievement!