Harvey swims into Hall of Fame

Guy Harvey is synonymous with many
things here in Cayman. This month he added to his legacy in sports.

Harvey was awarded a gold medallion by the International Swimming Hall of
Fame in Fort Lauderdale.
The commemorative piece is the highest honour for a person who has been a
competitive swimmer, water polo player or diver and achieved international recognition
in the fields of science and art.

Harvey was quite an accomplished swimmer and water polo player growing up
in Jamaica.
During the awards presentation Harvey,
54, was accompanied by his wife Gillian.

The marine artist and
conservationist spoke about receiving the award.

“It is of course a huge honour to
be presented with this award and be included in this category with previous
recipients such as US President Ronald Reagan,” Harvey said. “This award is in recognition of
the progress and impact my team has made over the last 25 years, not only in
taking marine wildlife art out of the fringe and initiating a successful brand,
but including other disciplines specifically science, conservation and
documentary production.

“The team includes my staff in Florida and Grand Cayman in the gallery and restaurant
plus all the licensees who manufacture the brand’s merchandise, particularly
AFTCo in California
(who is the senior licensee and who manufactures and distributes all the apparel).
In addition there is the staff at the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale.

“My connection with swimming goes
back to my time at university in Aberdeen and
thereafter in Jamaica while
at the University
of West Indies pursuing my
PhD.”

Harvey was one of
many prominent people awarded. Swimmers in all sorts of competitive areas from
long distance to synchronized swimming were honoured including Michael Phelps.

Prior to being honoured Harvey played a big role
in the recent Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament (Cayman’s biggest
fishing event). Miami Dolphins line-backer Channing Crowder was here (along
with his fiancée Aja Wright) around the tournament thanks to Harvey.

As Harvey states fishing is one of eight sports in
which he has a presence.

“I have been involved in many
sports including swimming, water polo, rugby, shooting, hockey, cricket and
squash.

“Being included in any Hall of Fame
signifies reaching a threshold in one’s life and for some people it is the
ultimate goal. In many sports you cannot be considered for this award until you
have been out of the sport for a predetermined period.

“I was inducted into the International
Fishing Hall of Fame in October last year for my contributions to that sport
and industry over the last quarter century. Hopefully this work will continue
for decades.

“I have many ongoing projects. In
science, I am presently collaborating with the Department of Environment and
the Save Our Seas Foundation on shark research projects here in Cayman. For TV,
I am shooting a documentary on tiger sharks in Bermuda, Bahamas,
US Virgin Islands and Cayman. Next year I will begin shooting a new documentary
on grouper spawning aggregations here.There is also the inaugural issue of the quarterly Guy Harvey Magazine,
available at Hobbies and Books or the Guy Harvey Gallery here.”

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Harvey was accompanied by his wife Gillian.
Photo: Submitted
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