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G. Harold Martin Award

G. Harold Martin Award

2008 Joy McGinty


Joy McGinty has dedicated her life to keeping infants safe by teaching them to swim. She has taught over 15,000 children through 500,000 lessons!


In 2000, Joy opened the SouthWest Aquatics, a full service aquatics facility dedicated to teaching very young children, first, to be safe in the water and second, to enjoy a lifetime of aquatic activity, which is known to be one of the healthiest and safest of sports!


Due to the high number of drowning, Joy realized the need for underprivileged children to learn life-saving skills as well as teaching them how fun the water can be! Through the years Joy has worked with the Children’s Ranch, Universal Day Care Center, and the Orange County Head Start program, teaching children to swim, who could not afford it and probably would have never learned. Joy also teaches children with special needs,Autism, Downs Syndrome Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Brittle Bone Disease and Angelman’s Syndrome, all with amazing results!


Thanks to Joy, there are thousands of children in the Central Florida area that maybe would not have been able to experience the “joy” of swimming, as well as knowing the safety skills.

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