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G. Harold Martin Award

Lana Whitehead (USA)

2018 Judge G. Harold Martin Award


Lana Whitehead has owned and operated SWIMkids USA for 43 years. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and was a representative of the Sports Medicine Delegation to China in 2009 where she presented at the Beijing Sports University.


She has authored five books on swimming and brain development, and has lectured nationally and internationally at many conferences and government forums. Her method has been featured nationally on the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, That’s Incredible, Disney’s Epcot Magazine, The Montel Williams Show, Omni’s Medical Documentary and PM Magazine. Her articles have been featured nationally in Parents Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Brain World Magazine, American Baby Magazine, Babytalk Magazine, and Pregnancy and Newborn Magazines.


Lana received a BA in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Special Education, specializing in Sensory Integration. Lana has been involved in competitive swimming as a coach, and is a state and national USA Swimming official.


Lana was named Community Lifesaver of the Year in 2011 by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. She received the Western Region Award for outstanding efforts, accomplishments, and contributions to water safety by the National Water Safety Congress in March 2013. In 2007 and 2012, she received the Hall of Fame and the Humanitarian Award from the United States Swim School Association for outstanding service to the local community. In 2012 and 2013, Lana and her SWIMKids received the Best of Aquatics Award from the Aquatics International Association, as well as the Best of Aquatics Community Outreach Award. And in 2015, USA Swimming awarded Mrs. Whitehead the Adolph Kiefer Safety Commendation Award.


In addition to receiving numerous awards from the aquatics community, Lana Whitehead has been recognized by her local peers as well. She received the Health Care Heroes Award from Phoenix Business Journal in 2014 and in 2016 she was the recipient of the Health Care Leadership Award for Community Impact from the Arizona Business Association. Most recently, in 2017, Lana received the Spirit in Enterprise Award for Social Impact from Arizona State University’s J.P. Carey’s College of Business.

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