by Aquatic Recreation Institute on March 04, 2022


The 2021 Aquatic and Recreation Institute Virtual Awards were held on Friday 11 February 2022.  

Traditionally the ARI Awards are hosted as part of the annual conference. With the conference unable to be held over the last 2 years due to the uncertainty of COVID, the Aquatic & Recreation Institute felt it was important to celebrate the successes of the industry virtually.

The virtual awards ceremony was a great success and was led by MC, Matt Haanappel OAM who is a Paralympic Gold Medallist.

The Aquatic & Recreation Institute (ARI) recognises industry excellence, and presented awards in a range of categories, including 6 traditional award categories and 7 new award categories.

The 2021 Aquatic & Recreation Institute Award winners are:


We would like to congratulate all our winners and pay tribute and thanks to all the nominations received.  Matthew Griffiths, ARI Chairperson is currently making the rounds to see the winners and present them with their award winning trophy.

We would also like to thank our award sponsors:

  • International Quadratics
  • Para Mobility
  • ProMinent
  • Orimatech
  • Roejen Engineering + Technical Services
  • Little Toggs
  • BlueFit
  • Royal Life Saving NSW | ACT | TAS.

With the aquatic and recreation industry returning to a state of new normality, the Aquatic & Recreation Institute are excited to announce the reactivation of the conference.  The Aquatic & Recreation Institute Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley from 29 to 31 May 2022.  Save the dates as more details will be released shortly.

Whilst the Conference will return in May 2022, the format will be different to past conferences and the 2022 ARI Awards will be celebrated separately later in the year. 

Photo Image above, pictured left to right: Matthew Griffiths ARI Chairperson, Collette Holland and Rosie Keogh from City of Sydney Council and David Lloyd from International Quadratics, pictured at the award winning Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre.