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John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award

Kathy Bateman (USA)

2018 John K. Williams Jr. Int’l Adapted Aquatics Award

Sponsored by S.R. Smith


Kathy Bateman has been an advocate for adapted aquatics for many years. She has effectively developed, led, trained and consulted personnel in interacting with and leading programs for those with special needs in aquatic and equine environments. She has coordinated volunteer programs, including recruitment, training, retention and development of skills needed for positive, successful interactions and uplifting outcomes for all.


Bateman has ten years experience with the Seattle Children’s Hospital working with physical, emotional, and mentally challenged individuals and their families in both aquatics and land environments.


She has worked collaboratively to grow Adapted Aquatics programming, promoted Therapeutic Riding, with the inclusion of highly impacted students with autism. She has extensive teaching experience with both children and adults.


Bateman founded the therapeutic riding program catering to all types of special needs, including all aspects. She also collaborated with educators to offer those with special needs a weekly swim class during the school year.


Kathy received her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Washington, and has degrees in Sciences, Anatomy, Physiology, Human Development and Psychology, and she is currently attending Western Governor’s University where she is studying Special Education K-12.

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