Fort Lauderdale – The Adapted Aquatics Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is pleased to announce that Mr. Henry Powell, will receive the 2016 the John K. Williams Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award. The Award, presented annually by S.R. Smith, a world-leading manufacturer of commercial and residential swimming pool deck equipment headquartered in Canby, Oregon, will be given to Mr. Powell in conjunction with ISHOF’s 52nd Annual Honoree Weekend, on Friday, October 28th, in Santa Clara, Calif.
“S.R.Smith has been a leader in making the water accessible to everyone for more than 80 years,” said Bruce Wigo, ISHOF President/CEO,” and we are grateful for the support of S.R.Smith in making this award possible.”
“S.R.Smith is honored to recognize the lifelong contributions of Henry Powell, for his outstanding work and commitment to the aquatic health of people with disabilities,” said Dan Jorgensen, Olympic gold medal winning swimmer and S.R.Smith V.P. of Sales.
Mr. Powell has been a leader and advocate for “Adapted Aquatic Programs” and physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities for close to 40 years. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Master Degree in Special Education from Cal State, Northridge. A special education teacher for the San Diego Public Schools for more than 20 years, Mr. Powell has been active in a variety of programs for individuals with disabilities throughout his career. Armed with a WSI from the American Red Cross and an Adapted Aquatics Certification he served as a swim coach for the deaf in 1979 and was the United Cerebral Palsy Swim Coach from 1980-1998. He is a certified Adapted Aquatics Instructor with the Red Cross, and a certified Master Adapted Aquatics Instructor through the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education. For the past ten years he has served as a ski and swim instructor for Adapted Sports Partners of North Country & Bretton Woods in New Hampshire.
About S.R.Smith: Since 1932, S.R.Smith has been a world leading manufacturer of commercial and residential swimming pool deck equipment. The company’s products are featured on some of the finest pools in the world. S.R.Smith’s comprehensive line of ADA compliant pool lifts provides mobility challenged people safe access to aquatic activities. S.R.Smith is headquartered in Canby, OR with additional manufacturing in Portland, TN. For more information, visit: www.srsmith.com.About the John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award: Established in 1994 by ISHOF’s Adaptive Aquatics Committee, this award honors an individual who has made significant and substantial contributions to the field of adaptive aquatics (aquatics for persons with physical disabilities) as a participant, athlete, teacher, instructor, coach, organizer, administrator or media representative. For more information about the award: ISHOF.org | John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award