Rowdy Gaines joined The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance as the new vice president of partnerships and development. As a three-time Olympic gold medalist, Gaines has also been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Today he is known as the Voice of Swimming and will be commentating at his eighth Olympics broadcast for NBC during the Tokyo 2021 Games.
Gaines is also a vocal advocate of learn-to-swim programs and shares the importance of swimming safety with children, parents and coaches around the world. While leading the USA Swimming Foundation, he raised over $50 million and developed the Make a Splash initiative.
At PHTA, Gaines will be responsible for the Step Into Swim Program, continuing his work of creating more swimmers and more enthusiasm for the aquatic industry. He will also work on partnerships and business development, as well as serve as a spokesperson for PHTA.
“I am so incredibly excited to join the PHTA family,” Gaines says. “The past 30 years of my life have been dedicated to educating families on how to be safe in and around water. I look forward to working with our members on this mission and to remind everyone that the water is something we can enjoy for a lifetime and respect along the way.”