HENRY POWELL TO RECEIVE ISHOF’S 2016 John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award Presented by S.R.Smith
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
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:
About ISHOF: The International Hall of Fame, founded in
1965, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a
not-for-profit educational organization. Its mission is to inspire everyone to
be a swimmer by promoting the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to
fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and
children. For more information about ISHOF, see For tickets or more information, call