Sue Johnson to receive 2013 Paragon Award
INDIANAPOLIS – Sue Johnson, scoring chair at six Olympic Games, has been selected to
receive the 2013 Paragon Award for her outstanding contribution to synchronized swimming.
Johnson will be honored in a ceremony at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., on May 10.
“When my nomination was announced at convention, I was absolutely in a state of shock,”
Johnson said. “Now, to be chosen by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to receive the
award is a real honor. It is hard to believe that I was put into the same category as previous
Paragon Award winners.”
Johnson, National Scoring Chair, has been the chief recorder and scoring chair at the Olympics
since 1996, and worked her first Games in Los Angeles in 1984. She has served in those positions at four FINA World Championships, five FINA World Masters Championships and three FINA World Cups. She officiated at four Pan American Games and four U.S. Olympic Trials.
“Without a doubt, one of the highlights of being chief recorder and scoring chair is meeting and working with such amazing people, both in this country and all over the world,” Johnson said.
“Travelling to many places has been an extra bonus - especially the Olympic Games. For years I followed the Olympics on television, never dreaming that one day I would be involved.”
Johnson, alongside IBM, developed scoring programs for synchronized swimming, created scoring forms for the FINA handbook and developed a section of scoring resources for the USA Synchro website. She is a member of the Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame and earned a FINA Certificate of Merit in 2005. Johnson was a FINA presenter at a 2002 Chief Recorder clinic in Dallas.
The annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Paragon Aquatics, are presented for outstanding
contributions to competitive swimming, water polo, competitive diving, aquatic safety, synchronized swimming and recreational swimming.