Gayle Howington has been awarded the Cindy Hallaran Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Public Pool Council.
The Cindy Hallaran Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual whose activities best represent unselfish devotion in service to the profession of aquatics as exemplified by Cindy Hallaran. This award will be given to an individual who is recognized by the TPPC as having made significant contributions to the mission of TPPC.
"The first person that comes to mind when I think of Arlington Aquatics is Gayle Howington," Lauren Nugent said, Lead Guard at Hugh Smith Indoor pool since 2006. "I can't imagine our aquatics program without Gayle. She helps with almost every aspect of the program. Whether it's helping to train new guards, improving skill of current guards, or teaching swim lessons; Gayle has had a hand in it."
Gayle started her journey in aquatics as a 16-year-old lifeguard and swim instructor in Longview and worked as Physical Education teacher for Amarillo ISD. At 33, found her home in Arlington, Texas and opened a business teaching swim lessons in her community. In 1986, Gayle was hired as a Pool Attendant at Hugh Smith Indoor pool for $3.56/hour and since then has been an integral part of the Aquatics team at Arlington Parks and Recreation.
"She puts in countless hours to keep the City's facilities running and makes sure that she provides the best experience for all," Jessica Pipkin said, Aquatics Service Unit Assistant 2004 to 2016.
Gayle has since held and been promoted through every position within the Aquatics Division in her 30 year tenure. From Pool Attendant, Gayle was promoted to Assistant Indoor Pool Manager and Customer Service Representative in 1991, Service Unit Coordinator in 1997, and Indoor Pool manager in 1999. Gayle retired from the manager position in 2003, but stayed on to teach lifeguard classes. Gayle was promoted to Assistant Facility Manager of Hugh Smith Indoor Pool in 2014 where she still works today.
"Since the beginning, Gayle has been integral parts of the Aquatics team, stepping up to fill all gaps as the division has experienced its turnover, growth, and development," said Aquatics Program Coordinator Erin Anderson.
Gayle's has taught more than 8,500 swim lessons and trained more than 3,500 lifeguards and swim instructors and continues to serve the Arlington community today. Congratulations Gayle and thank you for your dedication to Arlington Parks and Recreation.