53rd Annual ARI Conference & Trade Show Wrap-Up

The 53rd Aquatic & Recreation Institute (ARI) Conference was held at Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley. The ARI were delighted to welcome over 170 delegates and suppliers from all over NSW and around Australia including LIWA’s own Jeff Fondicaro and Dale Morrissey.

The conference kicked off with our Keynote Speaker Mark McCrindle. Mark, a demographer and futurist showed the data on the changing face of our population and how this will affect our facilities. A notable point highlighted, was as the population expands and housing becomes more condensed, the need to utilise recreational spaces will become more and more important.

Delegates spent the afternoon networking in the Hunter Valley, touring local vineyards or playing golf with thanks to our Gold Sponsors, Prominent Fluid Controls and Scully Outdoor Designs. Golfers had the chance to win a brand new Holden Colorado thanks to Tristan Archer @ Suttons Holden Waitara and Prominent Fluid Controls – unfortunately there no winners this year – perhaps 2018 will be the year to give a car away!

The 53rd Annual ARI Awards Dinner was held on Monday 19th June at Cypress Lakes resort Hunter Valley and announced the winners of their awards of excellence for 2017:

International Quadratics / Pierce Pools Facility of the Year:
Emerton Leisure Centre (Blacktown Key Venues)

Royal Life Saving Lifeguard of the Year:
Darby Judd & Thomas Higginson (Dawn Fraser Baths, Innerwest Council)

Orimatech Award of Excellence:
Stan Wall (Lifeguarding Services Australia)

ARI President’s Award:
Matthew Griffiths (Royal Life Saving NSW)

Roejen Customer Service Team of the Year:
Lake Macquarie Leisure Centres (Lake Macquarie Council)

Roejen Environmental Sustainability Award:
Bay & Basin Leisure Centre (Shoalhaven)

We would like to thank all this year’s speakers, sponsors, delegates, and suppliers and look forward to seeing you all next year.

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