If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then the upcoming Aquatics International Awards Breakfast may just be the most important meal of the year.
Held in conjunction with the Association of Aquatics Professionals Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, the 2nd annual breakfast will recognize the nominees of Aquatics International’s 2016 Power Issue and the 2015 winners of Best of Aquatics.
“Each year we honor the best of the best in the aquatics industry, and we are excited to recognize our award winners for their outstanding achievements and contributions,” said Aquatics International Editor-in-Chief Joanne McClain. “We couldn’t think of a better opportunity to do so than at the annual AOAP conference.”
Guests will enjoy breakfast at the The California Room at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center while hearing from two keynote speakers: Joe Lewis, founder of Angels of America’s Fallen, an organization serving children of deceased military and first responders by funding costs related to activities, i.e., swimming lessons. Lewis was named a Power Issue honoree in 2016; and members of the City of Phoenix Aquatics, a 2015 Best of Aquatics winner in the category of training. The facility earned its award, in part, to its innovative Mystery Shopper Assessment program. Launched in 2012, it helped to remove the “predictability factor” of lifeguard tests.
The list of honorees this year includes:
2016 Power Issue
Alan Korn - Families United to Prevent Drowning
Blake Collingsworth - Families United to Prevent Drowning
Jim Paterson - National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Louise Kublick - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Aquatics
Stephen G. Little - Swim to Win Foundation
Abby Hoeschler - Key Log Rolling
John Spannuth - United States Water Fitness Association
Connie Harvey - American Red Cross
Jim McCrady - United States Lifesaving Association, S.E. Region
Joe Lewis - Angels of America’s Fallen
Rudy Garcia-Tolson - Challenged Athletes Foundation
2015 Best of Aquatics Winners
Alga Norte Community Park Aquatic Center – Green Practices
City of Phoenix Aquatics – Training
Columbia Association – Programming
DropZone Waterpark - Marketing & Social Media
Galter LifeCenter – Targeted Programming
North Valleys Water Splash Park – Theming
Nova Southeastern University – Targeted Programming
Overland Park – Lifeguard Management
River Road Park and Recreation District - Training
Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld – Community Outreach
Help celebrate the achievements of these outstanding aquatics professionals, while connecting and networking with professionals in the aquatics industry during the 5th AOAP conference.
Sponsors of the event include S.R. Smith, Whitewater West and WMS Aquatics.