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.
Recipients of the
John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award.
1998Mary Essert (El Cerrito, CA)Mary Essert is the founder of Mary Essert and Associates, maker of many videos and tapes on water fitness, founder of "Move It or Lose It" and active with Grace Reynolds at the YMCA. 1997Ruth Sova (Port Washington, WI)Ruth Sova is founder of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) and the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab. Institution. She is a well-known entrepreneur and speaker around the world. 1996Louise Priest (Indianapolis, IN)Louise Priest is the mother of adaptive aquatics. She wrote the Red Cross aquatic materials and is now Director of Communications with the Jeff Ellis Organization. 1995Grace Reynolds (Longview, WA)Grace Reynolds was head of "Swimming for Special Populations" for the national YMCA for years and head of "Project Aquatics" and "Project Aquatics Mainstreaming". She is founder/president of Disability International Foundation (DIF). 1994John K. Williams, Jr. (San Diego, CA)John K. Williams, Jr. graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and is now an aquatic consultant. Speaker at numerous workshops on Adaptive Aquatics, he spends his summers working at Camp Able.