A viral video may have focused on a relay team at a swimming meet, but it wasn’t really about swimming. In fact, it wasn’t really about sports. It was about five qualities necessary to enjoy a high quality of life into our 80s, 90s, and beyond.
With a combined age of more than 360, John Corse, Ed Graves, Betty Lorenzi and Joan Campbell had the chance to smash two things: a swimming world record and expectations for what 80- and 90-year-olds can do.
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.
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.
Every time Diann Uustal gets into the pool, she’s proving her doctors wrong. Two devastating accidents several years apart left her with crippling injuries. Today, the 67-year-old is smashing world records and spreading a message of hope.
We’re proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic presented by LIMU. Once again, Growing Bolder CEO Marc Middleton will compete in the meet as a member of Rowdy’s Team BluFrog. Last year, Team BluFrog had plenty of croak about.
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?
Growing Bolder was proud to be a sponsor of the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic presented by LIMU this past weekend. The meet was a smashing success with 12 new Masters World Records set. Watch the complete relay for a new world record!