Olympian Rowdy Gaines to speak at Scottsdale conference

The World Aquatic Health Conference announces special keynote speaker, three time Olympian-Gold Medal winner, Rowdy Gaines and a new WAHC track focused on industry market growth.

Rowdy Gaines

Rowdy Gaines

The National Swimming Pool Foundation, a non-profit located in Colorado, is hosting the WAHC Oct. 7-9 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

On Thursday morning, Oct. 8 at 8:30 am, Rowdy Gaines will kick off the 12th Annual WAHC with an inspiring opening address titled the “Dedication and Commitment through the Peaks and Valleys of Life.”

Gaines has been a prominent ambassador for the sport of swimming for more than 30 years as his Olympic journey peaked in 1984 when he won three gold medals.

Gaines was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995; 10 years later he became a part of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Having an Olympian Celebrity isn’t the only new and noteworthy announcement for the 2015 WAHC. Organizers will present Market Growth, a new track that will be presented 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 8. The track will lay strategic groundwork for the pool and spa industry and initiate a necessary dialog to forge a vision for the future of aquatics.

The Thursday track is meant to show professionals in the aquatic field how getting more people to swim can benefit their individual business and increase sales overall.

Presentations will link the health of the U.S. to the health of the swimming field and help attendees learn how to get the public off the couch and into the water.

Sessions include a range of topics, from real life stories about how the Angels of America’s Fallen has changed the lives of children to making pool designs more accessible and relevant for all.

“We need to better understand today’s consumer, message effectively together, and ride the coattails of major health and economic trends,” emphasizes Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF.

“Healthier people and greater prosperity will be the result for the entire industry and the public.”

The global aquatic research forum is tailored for people involved in all aspects of aquatics, those affiliated with aquatic facilities, pool and spa industry, service providers, consultants, parks & recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels, government, health/medical, retail, and media.

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