Conference Features Olympian Rowdy Gaines and Market Growth Track | Athletic Business

Conference Features Olympian Rowdy Gaines and Market Growth Track

Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 28, 2015 –The World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) announces special keynote speaker, three time Olympian-Gold Medal winner, Rowdy Gaines and a new WAHC track focused on industry market growth. The National Swimming Pool Foundation®, a non-profit located in Colorado, is hosting the WAHC at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Arizona on October 7-9, 2015.

On Thursday morning, October 8 at 8:30 amRowdy 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.” Rowdy 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. The WAHC is proud to have him lend his life experiences and knowledge of swimming to the attendees of the Conference. Gaines was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995; ten 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 are pleased to present Market Growth, a new track that will be presented on Thursday, October 8 from 10:00 am- 4:50 pm. This 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.”

There is still time to register for the WAHC! Do not miss out on these two great opportunities. The needed dialogue will help spark further research and education on how to make swimming more mainstream for everyone.  This will be positive for both the public’s health and the industry’s prosperity.


About the World Aquatic Health™ Conference
This leading 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. Watch the video

About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®
We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF® offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.

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