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Matt Hawes and Derrick Schoof of Gloucester-Ottawa Kingfish receive Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Memorial Bursary
February, 22, 2010
– Matt Hawes and his coach Derrick Schoof of the Gloucester-Ottawa Kingfish swimming club were named Sunday the recipients of the Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Memorial Bursary.
Each year awards may be made from the fund to promising, high performance Canadian coach-swimmer tandems to assist them with training and competition and other opportunities to advance their progress.
‘’It’s an honour for Matt and I to receive this bursary,’’ said Schoof. ‘’Dr. Tihanyi was a hero of mine and influenced my coaching career. I’m particularly excited about the opportunities this fund can provide to Matt’s training in and out of the pool.’’
Hawes, whose father John competed in swimming at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, was a member of Canada’s world championship team last year and also placed fourth in the 200 backstroke at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The 24 –year-old currently holds the Canadian short course and long course records in the 200 backstroke.
Schoof, 35, has been a part of 22 Canadian Interuniversity Sport swim titles with the UBC Thunderbirds program and earned three national coach of the year awards. Schoof also coached the 2005 and 2007 Canadian swim teams at the World University Games, and was head coach for the 2008 Canadian world short course team. He joined the Kingfish in September.
Schoof and Hawes hooked up two years ago in Vancouver where Hawes was training.
‘’Matt had a very successful season last year and improved tremendously,’’ said Schoof. ‘’When I moved to Ottawa he felt moving back to his hometown and continuing to work with me made a lot of sense.’’
Dr. Jeno Tihanyi or “Doc” left an invaluable legacy in his 51 year career. He has been part of the successful development of numerous elite swimmers in Canada including Alex Baumann.
For more information on the bursary visit: https://www.swimming.ca/JenoTihanyiMemorialBursary
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