David Hawkins (swimmer)

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David Hawkins
Personal information
Full name David Frederick Hawkins
National team  Australia
Born (1933-12-13) 13 December 1933 (age 83)
Manly, New South Wales
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
College team Harvard University (US)

David Frederick Hawkins (born 13 December 1933) is an Australian former competition swimmer who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Hawkins swam in the preliminary heats of the men's 200-metre breaststroke and advanced to the event semifinals, posting a time of 2:39.8.

David Frederick Hawkins was born in Manly New South Wales, Australia on December 13, 1933, the only child of Heather and Gordon Hawkins. He attended North Sydney Boy’s High School. While in high school, he swam for Australia in the 1950 British Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games) where he won the 220 yards Breaststroke championship. Subsequently, in the 1951 Australian Swimming Championships, Hawkins won the 220 yards orthodox breaststroke championship and, swimming butterfly breaststroke, the 220 yards breaststroke championship.

In 1952, he was selected to swim for Australia in the Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland. After finishing tenth in the 220 yards breaststroke, Hawkins went to the United States for his university education, attending Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While at Harvard, as a freshman, he won the 1953 United States national indoor 100 yards breaststroke championship. At the time, freshmen were not allowed to compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship events. Subsequently, as a Harvard sophomore, Hawkins won the 1954 NCAA 100 yards and 200 yards breaststroke championships.

In 1954, swimming butterfly, Hawkins won the AAU National 100 yards indoor butterfly championship. In 1954, Hawkins swam for Australia in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Vancouver, Canada. At the Games, he won two gold medals swimming the orthodox breaststroke leg of the winning 330 yard medley relay and a freestyle leg of the winning 880 yards freestyle relay.

In 1955, Hawkins retired from world-class competitive swimming to concentrate on his studies at Harvard. He continued to swim for Harvard in dual meets.

In 1956, Hawkins was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude in general studies) from Harvard College.

In 1958, he earned a Masters of Business Administration (with distinction) degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

In 1962, Hawkins was awarded a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor. Subsequently, in 1970, he was promoted to full professor with tenure. Later, he was appointed the Lovett-Learned Professor of Business Administration.

In 2010, Hawkins was awarded an Australian Sports Medal by the Commonwealth of Australia for his swimming achievements.

In June 2015, Hawkins became a professor emeritus at the Harvard Business School.[1]

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  1. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved 8 May 2012.