Paragon Awards                           Presented By

The Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems,  are presented for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.

Farhad Madani

Retired, City of Austin, Texas / Parks and Recreation Aquatic Safety

2011 Paragon Award / Aquatic Safety

Farhad Madani is a dedicated public servant, serving for over twenty-seven (27) years with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, a nationally accredited agency. Spending much of his career in aquatics management and operations, Farhad worked his way up through the ranks starting as a lifeguard in the summer of 1980 and eventually becoming the Assistant Director overseeing the areas of aquatics, recreation programming, parks operations & maintenance, and golf & athletics. Farhad retired from the department as Assistant Director in the spring of 2010.

During his tenure, the department received many top awards from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), including the National Gold Medal Award in 2004, which recognized the department as best overall in the country. The department also received the 1999 and 2006 Excellence in Aquatics Award for demonstrating best aquatic management practices under his leadership including serving as a Board Member for the NRPA National Aquatic Branch between 1999 and 2007, ultimately serving as Branch President in 2006. He served as the National Aquatic Conference Educational Chair from 2001-2004, and between 2005 and 2008, he was an active member of the United States Lifeguarding Coalition, conducting research in various lifeguarding skill areas.


Finally, Farhad has been included in the Who’s Who in Aquatic Leadership in the United States multiple times, and was featured in 2005 as one of the top 25 Influential Aquatic Leaders in the country in the Aquatics International Magazine.


Currently, Farhad is a consultant in Aquatic Safety.

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