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Letter from the Editor
John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
Honoring An Individual Serving Persons With Disabilities
Established in 1994 by the Adaptive Aquatics Committee of the International
Swimming Hall of Fame
this award honors an individual who has made significant and substantial
contributions to the field of
adaptive aquatics (aquatics for persons with disabilities) as a participant,
athlete, teacher, instructor,
coach, organizer, administrator or media representative.
2015 Dr. Sam Britten - Cal Northridge
2014 Marnie Young
2013 Josť Luis Vaquero Benito
2012 Peter Aufsesser, Ph.D.
2011 Bruce E. Becker, M.D., M.S.
2010 Ruth Ann Hood Wieser, Ph.D.
2009 Sue Grosse
2008 Dr. Christine Stopka
2007 Mary O. Wykle, Ph.D
2006 Phillip Conatser
2005 John Spannuth
2004 Dori Maxon
2003 Elizabeth "Libby" Andersen
2002 Anne Green
2001 Dr. Monica Lepore
2000 Uri Bergman
1999 Dr. Julian Stein
Essert (El Cerrito, CA)Mary
Essert is the founder of Mary Essert and Associates, maker of many
videos and tapes on water fitness, founder of "Move It or Lose It" and
active with Grace Reynolds at the YMCA. 1997Ruth
Sova (Port Washington, WI)Ruth
Sova is founder of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) and the
Aquatic Therapy and Rehab. Institution. She is a well-known
entrepreneur and speaker around the world. 1996Louise
Priest (Indianapolis, IN)Louise
Priest is the mother of adaptive aquatics. She wrote the Red Cross
aquatic materials and is now Director of Communications with the Jeff
Ellis Organization. 1995Grace
Reynolds (Longview, WA)Grace
Reynolds was head of "Swimming for Special Populations" for the national
YMCA for years and head of "Project Aquatics" and "Project Aquatics
Mainstreaming". She is founder/president of Disability
International Foundation (DIF). 1994John
K. Williams, Jr. (San Diego, CA)John
K. Williams, Jr. graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A.
degree in Therapeutic Recreation and is now an aquatic consultant.
Speaker at numerous workshops on Adaptive Aquatics, he spends his
summers working at Camp Able.
Nominations can be submitted for John K. Williams Jr. International
Award to honor an individual who has made significant and substantial
contributions to the field of
adapted aquatics/aquatics for individuals with disabilities as participant,
coach, organizer, administrator, or media representative. This award is
established by the International
Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) will be presented when
sometime during mid-to-late fall.
Male and female nominees from throughout the world must be at least 18 years of
age, be outstanding and excel in meeting criteria for this international award,
shall have made
significant contributions in adapted aquatics, be of good moral character and
high integrity, and must
exemplify the ideals of highest quality adapted aquatic activities and programs.
Submit (a) a letter of nomination of no more than two pages, (b) a second letter
of support of no more
than two pages from another individual, and (c) a statement of nomination of no
more than three
double-spaced pages that does not duplicate content of the two letters.
Include a good quality color
head-and-shoulders photograph (5"x7" preferred) as part of the
nomination packet. Nominees should
personally sign the nomination packet attesting all facts contained in the
nomination packet are true and
giving permission for publication of these facts.
Send nomination packets via regular mail or airmail, not by Fax or e-mail.
Additional information can be obtained from: Dr. Peter Aufsesser,
Department of Exercise &
Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-7251;
Fax: 619-594-6553; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.