Doug Adamavich was awarded the Gruender Award on November 12 at the Ron Johnson meet. Adamavich has served as President of the LMSC and has served on recent elections committees. He also represented the Arizona LMSC at the 2016 National annual meeting.
For those of you who don’t know Doug well, here’s some information he shared recently. Originally from Woodbury, Minnesoty, Doug currently lives in Mesa with his wife Inga. He started swimming in 7th grade. He swam USS for Southeast Metro Sharkos from 1982-1987, was an All-Conference Swimmer for Woodbury Senior High, and swam during his years attending St.Olaf College.
He returned to the pool in 1998, joining Sun Devil Masters. Since then, he set a state record in the 200 meter breaststroke, and as part of an 800 meter freestyle relay.
Doug volunteered as a newsletter editor with the Arizona LMSC in 2001 and continued helping in this capacity until 2005. He served as Vice Chairman from 2005-2006 and Chairman from 2007-2009. He served as the LMSC Development Chairman from 2010-2011. He also assisted the LMSC with developing election processes for Board and At-Large members, and the revision of the oranization’s bylaws and policies and procedures. “Developing representative and accountable governance is vitally important to me,” said Doug. “It creates a sustainable environment that can facilitate growth. Increasing membership for swimmers of all abilities is what drives me. Swimming is a great sport that has given me so much. I want to ensure others have an opportunity to enjoy it, too.”
Doug began obtaining coaching certifications in 2014. His grandmother was a non-swimmer and feared water and that was one motivation to help others learn to swim better. He considers himself fortunate to have been coached “by one of the greats in our sport, Ron Johnson.”
He currently works as a Business Analyst for Wells Fargo, but Doug’s life has many dimensions outside the office. “Faith, family, and fitness are the most important parts of my life. Outside the pool, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, wakeboarding, jetskiing, camping, target shooting, and traveling.”