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Winner of Croatian Olympic Committee's special recognition for 2011 for promotion of sport - Vicko Šoljan. Vinko (Vicko) Šoljan was born on July 22, 1934 in Stari Grad on Hvar. BA in Economy by profession, he is now retired and member of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Assembly and he is particularly responsible for the development of sports on the island of Hvar from athletics, handball, football, swimming, water polo up to open water swimming. His greatest merits are related to the development of open water swimming, not only on the island of Hvar and Dalmatia but throughout Croatia and in the international sports environment.


In 1976, he founded Hvar’s Swimming Marathon, the> Faros Marathon, which has - over the years -become one of the world's sports events. For many years, he was managing the Open Sea Swimming Committee at the Croatian Swimming Federation. He is the one who stands behind the establishment of independent Croatian Open Water Swimming Federation, serving as its President and Head Coach of the Croatian Olympic Team. Upon the decision of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Council, he was presented the International Olympic Committee’s Award for 2003 in the category "Excellence in Sports". Since 2008, he is a member of International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) in the category “Prominent Sports Officials”.