John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
2014 Marnie Young
Marnie Young has been a leader in the adapted aquatics arena, as well as in other types of aquatic programs, including diving, for most of her life. Her commitment to excellence spans many different types of activities that she has been involved in, as a teacher and coach within her professional organizations. She believes that the goal of adapted aquatics is to ensure that students with disabilities are safe, comfortable and independent in the aquatic environment. Her leadership with the Oceanside Unified School District Adapted Aquatics and Adapted Physical Education Programs, for over 20 years, has made a huge positive impact on the lives of many children with disabilities.
Marnie has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach, as well as teaching credentials in physical education and adapted physical education. Marnie has been active in her professional organizations and in leadership positions as Chair of the State Council on Adapted Physical Education (California), and the Conference Director for the 42nd National Adapted Physical Education Conference. Ms. Young has been recognized for her efforts with The Adapted Physical Educator of the Year and with an Exemplary Program Award from the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The John K. Williams Adapted Aquatics Award’s Committee and International Swimming Hall of Fame are pleased to award Marnie Young this honor for her career of service to adapted aquatics.
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.