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(Fri., May 11, 2012)—This year’s recipient of the prestigious national Paragon Award for Water Safety is Ralph Goto, Administrator of the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division for the City and County of Honolulu.

            This major award, bestowed by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service and contributions in aquatic disciplines and safety around the water.

           “We are delighted that Ralph Goto has won this important ocean safety award. We congratulate him for his efforts to make our waters safer for swimmers,” said Honolulu
Mayor Peter B. Carlisle.

           ISHOF President and CEO Bruce Wigo will honor Goto today at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, USA, at the 2012 International Swimming Hall of Fame Honors Weekend. According to Wigo, Ralph has been a stalwart in his profession.”

           Goto has worked for the City since 1981 and has made the dozens of ocean swims, biathlons and triathlons held every year on Oahu safer through his stewardship and management. Each of these events have well-trained lifeguards and experienced safety personnel overseeing the athletes who participate.

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