Freedom Pools NSW is the newest holder of the coveted Australian Pool of the Year Award, handed out at the National Awards of Excellence Gala, hosted by SPASA Australia on the Thursday of SPLASH! at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
It was an emotional win for the pool builder Adam Bugden, whose father designed the winning pool before passing away. SPLASH! will bring the full story on the winning pool in the next printed edition of the magazine.
The major SPASA National Awards of Excellence were proudly presented to:
• Pool of the Year – Freedom Pools NSW
• Spa of the Year – The Concrete Pool Company
• Commercial Project of the Year – Surfside Pools Commercial
• Retailer of the Year – Prospect Pool + Spa
• Concrete Pool Builder of the Year – Award Pools Group
• Fibreglass Pool Builder of the Year – Capital Fibreglass Pools
• Supplier of the Year – Europe Imports
• Product of the Year – Supreme Heating
The packed ballroom was entertained by mesmerising mentalist, Anthony Laye – who literally had guests scratching their heads as to how he “read minds” and put a few guests in very funny predicaments. The evening was emceed by Laurie Lawrence, former Olympic and World Champion swim coach and safety advocate, who had everyone up and dancing to his “do the five” song. The sophisticated sounds of the Red Tie Band saw guests dance the night to a late conclusion.
SPASA chairman and CEO of Spa Industries Global, Rob Kruber extolled the amazing community that is the pool and spa industry.
“It’s big enough to impact almost everyone’s life yet small enough that any single one of us can make a difference,” he said.
“We have another record-breaking event with more entries and attendance than ever before. The work that our members are doing is world class. The products we build are inspirational and desirable, they create family memories, provide a place for recreation and relaxation and enhance our lives.”
SPASA CEO Lindsay McGrath praised the success of the 2018 SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show, adding that the national awards gala dinner was a great way to end an incredible week of training and trade show excitement.
ALFA and Climate Care
Between the presentation of awards in 57 categories that covered all sectors of the industry, the Australian Leisure Facilities Association presented their own awards to worthy recipients.
SPASA’s Climate Care Certified Program was also launched in conjunction with Smart Approved WaterMark.
Matt Adlam, managing director of Fluidra said:
“On behalf of our newly formed company Fluidra we are honoured to be the Platinum Sponsor once again and we congratulate all winners on their well-deserved awards. We are very proud to be a part of what SPASA Australia represents and the fantastic work they are doing to lift the professionalism of our great industry, that keeps us well and truly on our toes.”
SPLASH! will list all the winners in the national and state awards in the upcoming print edition of the magazine.