Source: USA Swimming COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Swimming today announced the release of its first-ever Safe Sport Handbook which is designed to help USA Swimming members implement safe sport practices at the local level. The Safe Sport Handbook includes detailed information on USA Swimming policies, guidelines, best practices, strategies and tools. It will be an invaluable tool for all USA Swimming members and clubs and will be available online. The handbook will also be mailed to each of USA Swimming's 2,790 member clubs. "Over the past two year, we've been committed to growing awareness around the issue of safe sport," said Susan Woessner, USA Swimming's Director of Safe Sport. "The addition of the USA Swimming Safe Sport Handbook is just another way for us to reach all of our members and clubs and help them implement safe sport programming at the local level." The handbook is a product of the USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee, an 11-member volunteer body charged with review of athlete protection policies, guidelines, educational programs, reporting and adjudication procedures. The handbook debuted at the recent USA Swimming Safe Sport Leadership Conference. The three-day conference, held at the end of January, brought together more than 165 attendees to discuss abuse prevention in sports, including representatives from 35 Local Swim Committees around the U.S., 20 National Governing Bodies, the United States Olympic Committee and other youth serving organizations. USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members. The USA Swimming Safe Sport Program raises awareness about misconduct in sport, promotes open dialogue, and provides training and resources. For more information about the program, visit www.usaswimming.org/protect. About USA SwimmingAs the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (March 5, 2014) — The National Swimming Pool Foundation® will relocate Silvia Uribe, International Business Manager, to Europe from the U.S. office in Colorado Springs, Colorado effective March 17, 2014 to better support mission- focused training around the world. Pool and spa professionals from over 81 countries have taken NSPF® training courses. At this time, NSPF has more than 120 instructors outside the United States who teach with NSPF materials.
“We are honored that professionals across the planet recognize and request NSPF training materials to help them better protect children, parents, employees, and facilities. It makes sense to have a key executive with unique cultural, educational, and pool and spa experience like Silvia working and living closer to those we serve,” said Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D, CEO of the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation.
“This relocation represents NSPF's commitment to continue providing top quality support to our international partners, who trust our world-leading educational courses for operators, service companies, and health officials,” explained Ms. Uribe. “We help them provide healthier and safer pools which translates into having pools open for families to enjoy.”
Ms. Liliana Stewart has joined the Colorado Springs office to assist Ms. Uribe in her care of existing international customers. Ms. Stewart brings experience in international business, project management, and organizational development.
Customers will continue to reach Ms. Uribe by emailing Silvia.Uribe@nspf.org, by telephone to 011-719-540-9119, via FAX to 011-719-540-2787, or by SKYPE Silvia.Uribe1.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently launched five international websites to better serve pool and spa professionals in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Panamá. In 2008, NSPF developed it’s first Spanish website, the non-profit’s first step to bringing customized education products and programs with improved comprehension to a broader world audience.
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Everything we do, we believe helps people live healthier lives. We believe we can make a difference by encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, and keeping them open. We do this by offering products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. Our products are designed to deliver excellence in education and cutting-edge research. We just happen to sell books, training programs, online courses, and organize conferences. Over $4 million in grants funded by NSPF since 2003 have impacted policies and practices around the world; and we attract hundreds of professionals from around the globe to the scientific World Aquatic HealthTM Conference each year to learn of the latest advances. To learn more, go to www.nspf.org.read more
CHAMPAIGN, IL, 3/3/2014 - There is a new option for athletic facilities in need of premium quality, high performance soccer goals. Upper90 is a specialty soccer equipment brand designing and distributing Field Sports goals and accessories through elite level dealers and contractors to the high school, collegiate, club, and park & rec market.
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It is with great surprise and sadness we learned of Howie’s passing on October 29th. As we all know, Howie was not slow at anything he undertook in his life including his passing which was less than a week of friends learning of his liver cancer and succumbing to it. The aggressive nature of this insidious disease was such that as much as we hated to lose our good friend, he is now in a better place. We can be sure his good friend Paul Johnstone (the Big Kahuna) greeted him, rum & coke in hand. Together they will enjoy many rounds of bogie free golf on that big course in the sky and at other times will be catching a limitless number of Springs, Coho and Halibut, two sports that replaced Howie’s passion and excellence for racquetball.
A service and Celebration of Life was held in Edmonton on November 4th at which a number of longstanding friends shared many “Wowie Howie” stories ensuring the memory of our unique and remarkable friend was not lost and would be remembered forever. Many of Howie’s wide circle of golf, fishing, racquetball, business and good time friends attended to offer their sincere condolences to Barbara, Joshua, Julian and Howie’s family for their loss, and ours. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. May his soul rest in peace.
MEMORIAL WALK ~ Howie was both a member and passionate supporter of the Bowen Island Golf Club, partly because he enjoyed his visits to Bowen (Chez Russell’s) plus his enjoyment of a game he played all too infrequently. He enjoyed many rounds on our beautiful award winning course. Joshua and Julian, his much adored and loved children, took lessons there, honing their golf skills which enabled them to not only beat Howie but also compete in the Penguin Golf Classic, an event near and dear to Howie and so many of his good friends.
With the acknowledgement and blessing of Barbara, and the support of his friends, I suggested we install a HOWIE RANKIN bronze plaque on the club’s newly created MEMORIAL WALK. In addition his bronze plaque, on the walk, his name will be added to the MEMORIAL WALK master plaque in the clubhouse so as to ensure his name will last forever for all to see.
Anyone wishing to support this memorial initiative, by way of a nominal donation, please forward your cheque, payable to the Bowen Island Golf Club, to Bruce Russell, #5-260 East 4th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7L 1H9. Donations received in excess of the cost of the plaque will be used for capital additions at the course. Howie would embrace and be proud of this initiative in his memory. After the plaque has been installed I will contact everyone advising them of the day we will have a “hit with Howie” which will include a brief plaque unveiling, a round of golf and the obligatory glass of fine red wine. If you have any questions I can be contacted at 604-990-1500 x308 or email@example.com. Please feel free to forward this notice to any friends of Howie.
Here’s to the memory of a wonderful guy and great friend.