2008 Virginia Hunt Newman Award Nominations

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2008 Virginia Hunt Newman Award Nominations

2008 Virginia Hunt Newman Award Nominations
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Do you know someone who is deserving of this nomination? Francoise has been nominated. You may wish to repeat this nomination or indeed nominate another Infant Aquatics tutor / teacher.

The Deadline is January 31, 2008.

2008 Virginia Hunt Newman Award Nominations

Nominations are being taken for the 2008 Virginia Hunt Newman Award given annually to a person who exemplifies the philosophy of Virginia Hunt Newman. The person traditionally selected is disciple of Newman in his or her activities and accomplishments as they carry on her name and her philosophy of teaching babies to swim in a kind, loving, caring way so that they learn to love the water. Students to be taught in a non-forceful and non-traumatic way.

Nominations are written communication explaining the nominees qualifications for this award along with the nominees complete contact information to WABC info@WABCswim.com by January 31, 2008. *Nominations from previous years are carried over to the current year and considered along with ones submitted for the first time.

Nominations are reviewed and a winner selected by those who have received the award in the past as well as the Newman family. The award was initiated in 2004 by John Spannuth and Virginia's son Ed Newman in conjunction with the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Ft Lauderdale, Florida USA.

The award will be made at the Saturday May 10, 2008 ceremonies at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, located in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

For further inquiry contact Steve Graves at WABC sgraves@WABCswim.com

Link to Newman Award Section of the WABCswim.com website is http://www.wabcswim.com/Newman%20Award.htm#2007%20Award

Virginia Hunt Newman has been called "The Mother of Infant Swimming". She pioneered and focused worldwide attention on the non-forceful, non-traumatic method of teaching infants and preschool-age children to swim, earning great respect as an innovator in the field. She began her swimming career at the Indianapolis Athletic Club. From 1940 to 1948 she was a diver for the Los Angeles Athletic Club, winning swimming and diving titles. She performed in water shows with Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe for the USO. In 1950, Virginia wrote and directed a series of springboard diving films while working as an aquatic director and swimming coach at the Black Fox Military Academy in Los Angeles.

In 1962, she gained international attention when her star student, Mary France Crosby (singer - movie star Bing Crosby's daughter), passed the Red Cross Beginner Test at age two years - the youngest ever to be awarded the certificate at the time. Red Cross Honorary Chairman Johnny Weissmuller presented the certificate to Mary Frances on national television, with coverage by Life, Look and Time magazines. This was the catalyst for Virginia to compile her methods of non-traumatic teaching in her 1967 book, Teaching an Infant to Swim, a bestseller published in England, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Japan.

Teaching Young Children to Swim and Dive was published in 1969. Its method of teaching swimming by distracting children from normal fears associated with learning has been emulated by thousands of instructors worldwide. Some of the thousands of children taught by Virginia include those of John Wayne, Bob Hope, Alan Ladd, Bob Newhart, Sonny & Cher, Shari Lewis, and Danny DeVito & Rhea Pearlman. She has conducted numerous national and world clinics and workshops on teaching children to swim.

In 1993 Virginia also began an organization and series of educational conferences regarding for learn to swim teachers and program directors under the name World Aquatic Babies Congress and now operates under the expanded name of World Aquatic Babies & Children.

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Amanda Walker is a super teacher! She's so great with babies and toddlers!