The Hud Stewart Award

In the early '70's, Hud Stewart was instrumental in starting Masters Swimming in Canada. For more than 25 years, he was an enthusiastic swimmer, organizer and competitor. In recognition of Hud's contributions, the Hud Stewart Award honours a member of Masters Swimming Canada who demonstrates:

  • Exceptional dedication to the betterment of our sport
  • Contributions to further the objectives of Masters Swimming in Canada
  • Club and individual accomplishments
  • Long term commitment to Masters Swimming Canada


About Hud Stewart

Originally a Track & Field athlete (he was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team), Hud Stewart was bitten by the Masters Swimming bug in 1971, after attending the 2nd US Masters Swimming Championships.

Enthused about getting Masters Swimming started in Canada, he formed the first official Canadian Masters Swim club, the U of T Masters. And, as one of the first volunteers and members of Masters Swimming Ontario, he was instrumental in establishing and expanding our sport across Canada.

Hud Stewart was a constant presence at Canadian, USMS and World Masters Swimming Championships until a couple of years before his death at age 88 in 1997. As he moved through his 50s, 60s and 70s he set many World and Canadian records.


Past Recipients

Lindsay Patten

Dave Wilkin

Ed Evelly

Michael Stroud

Chris Smith

Mary Lou Whittwill

Christian Berger

Beth Whittall

Catherine 'Cay' Kerr

Kay Easun


If you know someone who you believe deserves the Hud Stewart Award, please download a nomination form and return it to the Administrative Office by the date specified on the nomination form by email or by mail.

Nominations are accepted from MSC Registered Clubs, Coaches, Athletes and PMOs. We'll notify the recipients and their clubs by April 15th. Award recipients are honoured each year at Nationals.