USA Swimming Staff Out and About
Because USA Swimming is a member-driven organization, the staff is often on the road meeting with coaches, athletes and other stakeholders. Here’s a look at this past week:
Sue and Mick Nelson, Club Development
Sue and Mick Nelson traveled to Indianapolis for the 2013 World Aquatic Health Conference, which ran from Oct. 16-18. The annual event attracts nearly 400 Certified Pool Operators from across the country each year. At the three-day conference, Sue monitored two panel discussions. The first was “Creating a Tsunami of Resources,” which Mick participated in, and the second was “Creating Ripples to Make Waves.” Sue also gave two presentations on Oct. 17 that both lasted about an hour. In the morning she presented “Early Childhood Drowning Prevention Program: Safer 3 Water Safety Curriculum Connecting ‘Schools and Pools’” and in the afternoon presented “Creating an Aquatic Community: A Pool of Opportunities Beyond Recreation.”
Sue and Mick also hosted a two-day, Build-a-Pool Conference together Oct. 19-20 in conjunction with the World Aquatic Health Conference. The 14-hour workshop had 37 attendees from seven states and three countries. Sue and Mick do six of these conferences per year where they touch on the programming of pools, methodology behind building pools and assist in the business plan for future pools.
“Sue covers the programming, and I hit the nuts and bolts,” said Mick. “Sue and I love talking with people and helping them with the logistics of pools. In the last year we’ve helped people get more than 100 pools built which makes all the long hours and travel well worth it.”
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