Rowdy Gaines is, in a single word, inspirational. He’s also humble and would prefer that the spotlight be pointed at just about anyone other than himself. That’s why when we awarded Rowdy Gaines with the Growing Bolder Inspirational Award at his annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic swim meet, we weren’t at all surprised that he graciously accepted and almost immediately went back to doing what he does best: helping to motivate, encourage and celebrate everyone around him.
A record number of runners and walkers gathered for the historic 39th annual Winter Park Road Race, but there was one runner everyone wanted to meet — 86-year-old Ann Kahl. She gives you a pep talk for incorporating movement into your life.
In his seven years at the helm of U.S. Masters Swimming, outgoing executive director Rob Butcher has helped create a robust organization to support thousands of masters swimmers. His reason for leaving an organization and mission he loves is deeply personal. And it’s why he’s been awarded the 2015 Growing Bolder Inspiration Award.
The winner of this year’s Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic Growing Bolder Inspiration Award is a swimmer who epitomizes the GB ethos. He’s a physician, author, yo-yo expert and world record holder. But what really makes him special is his giving spirit.
The Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic presented by LIMU is very quickly becoming one of the marquee masters swimming meets in the world. It’s a pool full of inspiration. So who gets the Growing Bolder Inspiration Award? And why?