SCOTTSDALE, Ariz, December4. FOUR exceptional individuals were honored recently by the National Swim School Association with induction into its Hall of Fame, receipt of the Guiding Light award and the inaugural National Teacher of the Year award.
Australia’s Forbes and Ursula Carlile were inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in recognition of the amazing contributions they couple has made to the learn-to-swim profession and swimming as a competitive sport. According to NSSA president Johnny Johnson, “The Carliles’ influence has been felt around the world. We will not likely see such impact from one source as we have from Forbes and Ursula again.”
In recognition of the award, Forbes Carlile remarked “We feel greatly honored to receive this award from NSSA culminating nearly 50 years after we started out as the Forbes and Ursula School of Swimming at Drummoyne in Sydney. We acknowledge the sustained efforts of our General Manager and Field Manager of Carlile Swimming, John Coutts and Richard Cahalan.”
The Guiding Light award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service, leadership and excellence, characteristics that enhance the spirit and status of the NSSA as an organization. The 2003 honoree is Dave DuBois, who received the award to a standing ovation rendering Dave was speechless. Johnny Johnson presented Dave with the award and later said “Dave has been a source of valuable information and inspiration for so many, it was great to see him receive this award.”
The newest award recognizes the “best of the best” in swim instruction. The inaugural National Teacher of the Year award was won by Jim Carnley, an instructor at Miller Swim School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.