The Carlile Cup Goes to the Man We Name It After: Aussie Pioneer Forbes Carlile
by Craig Lord, SwimVortex
On December 21, SwimVortex announced its Readers’ Awards and on the cusp of revealing the choices of our SwimVortex Editorial Panel, SwimVortex name its Lifetime Achievement Award after the man who receives the prize in 2015: Forbes Carlile. The prize will from this year onwards be the Carlile Cup.
SwimVortex have, of course, said it many times before: FINA has failed singularly to honor many of the biggest contributors to the sport of Swimming. And writing that line evokes memories of 2008 when the centenary dinner was coming up and I asked who would be at the party. Would Shane Gould, Debbie Meyer, Roland Matthes, Dawn Fraser, Mark Spitz and so on be there? No? Perhaps Forbes Carlile, Don Gambril? No? Well, how about Ada Kok and Mary T. Meagher, Matt Biondi? How about the terrific Greta Anderson? No, no, don’t be silly. It’s not about them, of course not. This is about 100 years of blazers, the seats for swimmers and coaches reserved for those who joined “The Family”. Now, there’s achievement for you.