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Women Divers Hall of Fame Honors Trio of TrailBlazers


11/22/2002

(Flemington, NJ) Women Divers Hall of Fame™ (WDHOF), the non-profit organization that recognizes the contributions of outstanding women divers, honored Mehgan Heaney-Grier, Michelle Hall and Kim Reed Sheckler at the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association Show in October 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to WDHOF President Capt. Kathy Weydig, “These three honorees are true success stories and reflect our mission to bring together outstanding women of diverse backgrounds who are ambassadors of our diving community”:

Mehgan Heaney-Grier never planned on becoming a champion freediver, but in October 1996, at age 18, she plunged to 155 feet, establishing the first-ever constant weight freediving record for both men and women in the USA. The following year, she set a new USA freediving record in the constant weight category at 165 feet. Mehgan has also won awards as a producer and star of the Animal Planet TV series, "Extreme Contact," and USA Network's 'DEEP DIVER: Tiger Shark Odyssey.'

Since 1991, Michelle Hall has co-produced 7 award-winning television documentaries including Shadows in a Desert Sea, Secrets of the Ocean Realm (PBS) and Jewels of the Caribbean. Part of a cutting edge team exploring large format filmmaking. Michelle was the Location Manager for IMAX's first underwater 3D film Into The Deep, and she has since produced Island of the Sharks.

Kim Reed Sheckler is a recognized author, underwater photographer and cofounder of California Diving News. Since 1988, Kim has been Executive Director of The SCUBA Show in Long Beach California, now the largest consumer dive show in the western USA.

Women Divers Hall of Fame™ was founded by Beneath the Sea Scuba & Dive Travel Expo, Women Underwater E-Zine, Women’s Scuba Association, The Underwater Society of America, and Hillary Viders, PhD. According to Capt Weydig, the Founders decided from the outset that WDHOF was not going to rest on its combined laurels.

“WDHOF is far more than an honor society,” says Weydig. “Our membership, that includes 119 WDHOF honorees hailing from 35 U.S. states, Europe, Mexico, Canada and Australia, provides a strong platform to bring educational, financial and mentorship support to those developing careers and opportunities involving the marine environment and showcases our unique scholarship program”.

WDHOF offers five different scholarships each year that include: The WDHOF Scholarship, The Hillary Viders Ph.D. Scholarship, The Lifeguard Systems Scholarship, The ISAM Scholarship and the Hugh Fletcher Memorial Scholarship.

Scholarship recipients and new Hall of Fame inductees for 2003 will be recognized at the upcoming Beneath the Sea Scuba & Dive Travel Expo in Secaucus New Jersey in March 2003 (www.beneaththesea.org).

For more information about Hall of Fame honorees, the WDHOF scholarship program and how to get involved, visit http://www.wdhof.org.



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