2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Nominated by the Canadian Amateur Diving AssociationEldon Godfrey's loyalty and dedication to the sport of diving are difficult to comprehend, let alone match. In 1999 alone, he spent over 120 days, or one-third of the year, away from his accounting practice on aquatics business, all as a volunteer. This figure does not take into account the time he spent on aquatics business while in the office.
Such commitment has been his pattern since Godfrey first became involved in diving when he founded the University of Calgary Diving Club in 1973. He has been a diving official since 1978 and has judged at most World Cup, world championship, and Olympic diving competitions since that time. He is also a valued member of the executive of FINA, the international federation for aquatic sport. Godfrey's contribution is such that during the 1999 Pan American Games, IOC member Dr. Julio Maglione of Uruguay called him "the most important man in the world in the sport of diving."
Godfrey has held or continues to hold at least a dozen different senior positions with national and international diving federations. With FINA, he was secretary and then vice-chairman of the technical diving committee from 1980 to 1996. He held the same position with the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas from 1979 and is currently vice-president of the organization. He was president of the Aquatic Federation of Canada from 1978 to 1982 and he has been a member since 1978. He also served a term as president of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association and has been a member of its committees for technical development, officials, and judges development.