The first weekend of October belonged to swimming’s greatest ambassador: Rowdy Gaines. LIMU’s own 3-time Olympic gold medalist was presented the 2015 USA Swimming Award—considered the highest honor in swimming—for his immeasurable contributions to the sport!
A three-time Olympic gold medalist, International Swimming Hall of Fame member and prominent television analyst on NBC, Gaines is one of swimming’s foremost ambassadors. His longtime work with the USA Swimming Foundation has been key in spreading the learn-to-swim message nationwide. Gaines currently serves as a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador and works as the vice president of aquatics for the YMCA of Central Florida where his work building the sport of swimming at the grassroots level is immeasurable. Earlier this summer, Gaines was named one of the 30 Most Influential People in Swimming over the Past 30 Years.
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) October 4, 2015
“I am incredibly humbled by this award, mainly because I think swimming has given me so much more than I could ever imagine delivering to it. We are a family and I always have been and always will be a proud part of the greatest sport in the world.” –Rowdy Gaines, LIMU Brand Ambassador
This huge honor only cements and bolster’s Rowdy role as LIMU’s Golden Boy. For the past decade, Rowdy has proven to represent everything the LIMU brand stands for as it’s primary public ambassador. With no match for his fiery passion, competitive drive, strong integrity and humble and giving spirit, he is a perfect match for LIMU’s mission of changing lives, giving people a hand up and helping others look, live and feel better—to be more across the board.
— LIMU® (@LIMU) October 4, 2015
“LIMU is a water brand—our flagship product is gold and comes from the sea, and there is no one more respected in the world of water sports than Rowdy. It’s the perfect partnership. He’s been breaking records for three decades! His life and message is about overcoming obstacles against all odds through dedication and hard work, creating your own destiny and committing to Be More at any age.” –John Raser, LIMU Director of Communications & Brand Development
But, even more impressive than his records in the water are the lives he has been able to touch around the world—the deeds and acts of service that aren’t marked on a stat sheet or captured for instant replay. From infants and toddlers learning to swim at the countless free LIMU-sponsored swim clinics Rowdy has hosted over the years, to aspiring athletes, coaches, teachers, entrepreneurs and world champions inspired by his example and expertise, our lives have all been enriched and energized by his greatness and very existence…from #fitnessgaines to #businessgaines to #lifegaines and everything in between.
— Jude Gaines ⚓️ (@judygaines) March 24, 2015