Rowdy Gaines is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, the “Voice of U.S. Swimming” for NBC sports, an author, a world-renowned speaker, an ambassador for Masters Swimming, a survivor of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a record-holding swimmer even now in his 50s and much, much more.
He is, in a single word, inspirational. But he’s also humble, and would prefer that the spotlight be pointed at just about anyone other than himself.
And 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.
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