TV, Media, Talks, Awards, Events II
Expert contributors Rob and Kathy McKay attended the launch party for The Experts' Guide to the Baby Years on Thursday, October 12th, in New York City, Times Square. The party benefited Baby Buggy and was hosted by Jessica Seinfeld (wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld). Compiled by creator Samantha Ettus, the book features 100 experts on baby's first years. The McKay's chapter is entitled "Introducing Your Baby to Swimming: the Pearls of the Pool" Among fellow expert contributors are nationally recognized psychologists, pediatricians, authors and child care experts. Included are Dr. Bill Sears (pediatrician and author of 30 books on child care) Dr. Gail Saltz (mental health contributor on NBC's "Today" show) , Pauline Frommer (of the famous travel guides), and designers Liz Lang, Kate Spade and Lucy Sykes.
Kathy and Rob McKay with fellow Expert "Iron Chef" Cat Cora at the New York launch party
London Book Launch, April 9th, 2005
DK/Penguin Publishing of London/New York announces the Spring 2005 release of Rob and Kathy McKay's book, "Learn to Swim". The 128 page book outlines the couple's philosophy and features step-by-step how-to's for parents and teachers of children 6 months through 4 years old. As with all DK books, visually appealing photos and unique graphic layouts draw the reader to the page. Rob and Kathy's small swim students and their parents grace the pages of "Learn to Swim" as techniques and tips are shared for each age and stage. The book is available at many stores including Barnes and Noble, Borders Book Store, Books a Million, Amazon.com, Target.com and Wal-Mart.com. In Books A Million you can locate "Learn to Swim" next to Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "Baby and Child Care 8th Edition" and in Barnes and Noble next to Jenny McCarthy's book "Belly Laughs" .
Iowa Cedar Rapids, Washington High School. February 18, 2005.
Rob McKay was inducted into the Washington High School Athletic Hall of Fame for swimming 1968-1971, in his home town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rob joined the 2005 honoree class of former Washington athletes, hosted by Denny Goettel. Among the inductees were former WMBA Utah Starrz basketball 3 point standout, Stacy Frese Huber and 1972 Olympic trial wrestling semi-finalist, Karl Waller. Also selected this year were swimmers John Kimber and 2 time Hawaiian Iron Man triathlon champion, Tony Deboom along with another triathlon phenom, his brother Tim (all three unable to attend this year, will be inducted in 2006). Two other Washington swim greats inducted were attorney Rich Mitvalsky and coach Jim Herman, both of Cedar Rapids.
Norway Nordic Conference Babyswim
Rob McKay main speaker: Oslo, Norway, October 30 and 31, and November 1, 2004.
Nordic member countries include: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.
Click on link: Norges Livredningsselskap, Babysvømmeutvalget
International Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 8, 2004
Rob McKay of Boca Raton, Florida USA has been named the first recipient of the Virginia Hunt Newman International Award. McKay accepted the award at the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) annual awards ceremonies, hosted by Bob Duenkel, May 8, 2004 in Ft. Lauderdale. The newly created award to the person is presented to that person who "best exemplifies the teaching philosophy of Virginia Hunt Newman" said Ed Newman, Virginia Newman's son. (Ed is a former Academy Award nominee).
Virginia Hunt Newman, 84, considered the "mother of infant swimming" is a pioneering advocate of the gentle, positive approach to teaching babies to swim, author of the first book on infant swimming, "Teaching an Infant to Swim" she is honored into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the National Swim School Hall of Fame.
McKay commented that "Virginia Hunt Newman is a "shining light" for her work with very young children. Virginia's love and respect for children, her support and consul to those seeking to teach babies to swim in a gentle manner has been constant inspiration to me. I treasure her friendship, her insight, her ethics, her vision."
The Newman Award will be Rob's second award housed in the perpetual awards area of the ISHOF. In 1999 Rob received the Paragon Award "for outstanding contribution to Aquatic Safety.
Steve Graves, Ed Newman, John Spannuth, Rob McKay
Sweden Rob presented a workshop hosted by pediatrician and baby swim school owner, Dr. Ludmilla Rosengren, Uppsala, Sweden. August 16-17, 2003. Uppsala is a university town about 45 minutes north of Stockholm.
Workshop participants from Sweden
Biking is the transportation of choice in Uppsala, with literally hundreds of bikes parked in community areas.
World Wide Web March 31, 2003
Dr. Don Ardell's Wellness Report features the McKay's. Dr. Ardell an author of numerous books, is one of the leading pioneers in the wellness movement, in addition to being a world champion masters triathlete.
Water Wellness for Aqua Babies
-- An Innovative Wellness Program
or copy paste: http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/daily_reports/march2003/march_31_2003.htm
JAPAN Frau magazine article March 2003
Frau magazine a popular Japanese woman's magazine photographed Suzu Chiba as she observed the McKay's gentle method of infant swimming or "baby diving" as they call it in Japan.
JAPAN Air date October 4, 2002
Nippon Television Network (NTV) Tokyo, has filmed segment on the McKay's baby swimming philosophy/method for national broadcast throughout Japan, on a parenting special entitled "Charismatic Teachers". The TV special program focuses on child care/education around the world.
Japanese swimming sensation, national record holder
and Olympic team captain in Atlanta, Suzy Chiba appeared in the broadcast
with Rob and Kathy McKay.
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Small Group Workshop Schedule on going
MEXICO September 14 to Monday 16, 2002
Selected as the speakers to represent the United States at the International Aquatic Conference in Acapulco, Mexico, Rob and Kathy McKay joined Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz. September 2002.
III International Aquatic Congress.
Mark Spitz and Rob McKay after hitting the Pacific surf in Acapulco.
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