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Paralympian Jessica Long to Deliver Keynote at World Aquatic Health Conference

  • Aug 17, 2021

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August 17, 2021

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Janay Rickwalder, CAE
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703-357-3918 | jrickwalder@phta.org

Paralympian Jessica Long to Deliver Keynote at World Aquatic Health Conference

(Alexandria, Va.) - The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is thrilled to announce that five-time Paralympian Jessica Long will be delivering the keynote presentation at this year's World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), taking place October 13-15 in Houston, TX. Long has won 23 Paralympic medals in swimming, 13 of them gold.

Born to a teenage mother in the Siberia cold, burdened by congenital defects in her legs, and placed for adoption at 13 months old, Long was able to persevere to become one of the most decorated female athletes in U.S. history. However, it was not without setbacks. At just 18 months old, Long’s legs were amputated below the knee due to a rare bone disorder called fibular hemimelia, but her adopted family would not let her physical differences limit her potential.

At just 12 years old, Long competed in the 2004 Athens Games and won three gold medals. She competed again in Beijing, London, and Rio and continued to win medals at each. Long will be swimming for Team USA in Tokyo this summer.

“Long’s inspirational story should resonate with everyone in the aquatics industry,” says Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President and CEO of PHTA. “What swimming has done for her—and what she has done for swimming—highlights the importance of our industry and encourages us to strive to make aquatic facilities safe and healthy spaces for all users.”

Long’s keynote presentation will take place Thursday, October 14 at 8:30 a.m.

To learn more and register for WAHC, visit wahc.phta.org.

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at jrickwalder@phta.org or 703.357.3918.

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The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org

 

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