World champion rower Paul Randall to be honored by Rep. Tim Neese

Paul Randall, 96, of Elkhart, most recently competed in a world indoor rowing competition in February. A measure passed in the recent legislative session will recognize Randall for his successes.

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

ELKHART — Paul Randall, who rowed his way into the hearts of many in Elkhart and beyond, will be honored at a ceremony on Friday.

Indiana Rep. Tim Neese, a Republican from Elkhart, will present the 96-year-old man with a copy of House Resolution 55, a measure passed in the recent legislative session to recognize Randall for his rowing successes and other accomplishments.

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“Paul Randall is a longtime friend and neighbor and is the original Ironman,” said Neese. “It will be my pleasure to honor him on behalf of the state of Indiana.”

HR 55 notes Randall's service during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force and his indoor rowing pursuits. Randall most recently competed last February in the 2,000-meter World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston and the resolution says he's won six rowing championships.

Randall is "an example of hard work and dedication to all Hoosiers," says the resolution, authored by Neese and approved in a March 4 voice vote.

Friday's presentation will be at 11:30 a.m. at Hubbard Hill Estates Retirement Community, 28070 C.R. 24 West, Elkhart, and will be open to the public.

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