The SPLASH! Environmental Awards – the world’s only environmental awards for the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries – were presented at a gala dinner on the Gold Coast in late July.
In total, 19 winners, finalists and encouragement awards were handed out to all sectors of the industry – from pool designers and builders to pool shops, from local council pools to theme parks, from humble inventors to large international manufacturers.
The main awards were won by Waterco for their MultiCyclone pre-filter, taking out the SPLASH! Environmental Product of the Year Award; and Gosford Olympic Pool, which won the SPLASH! Environmental Project of the Year Award for its water- and energy-friendly refurbishment.
The event was hosted by world famous Olympian, Steven Bradbury – the speed skater famed for being the “last man standing” in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
With 57 entries, it is clear the Awards are gaining substantially in popularity, and it is also clear that many great advances had been made in that time, particularly with manufacturers.
Simon Cooper, organiser of the SPLASH! Trade Shows and publisher of SPLASH! Magazine, expressed his great pleasure at the success of this edition of the Awards.
Cooper thanked the expert judging panel of Peter Seebacher, consultant for the Department of Climate Change, Julian Gray, CEO of Smart Approved WaterMark, David Hallet, General Manager of Archicentre and Alan Lewis, pool consultant for Aquazure.
He also thanked the sponsors, including Foundation Sponsor Sunbather who had supported the Awards from the very beginning; AstralPool, ClevaQuip, Phoenix Pool Equipment and Supreme Heating.
Foundation Sponsor, Simon Boadle of Sunbather Technologies, said over the past two years since the first SPLASH! Awards, the issue of environmental sustainability in the industry has gone from snail’s pace to a gallop.
Boadle said that the attendance of nearly 170 people showed that support for the concept and the Awards is growing – and it is set to be a permanent event on the calendar.