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Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics (HFFA) was recently awarded with the Best of Aquatics in their category by Aquatics International ( Aquatics International is the only publication devoted exclusively to the commercial and public swimming pool industries.

Town-owned HFFA ( was chosen from hundreds of entries in the category of aquatics facilities and country clubs that offer fitness facilities.

Judge’s Comment: “They have a lot of amenities and it seems they are very busy and fill every available time slot. The facility is obviously a draw for big events, and yet they cater to their community primarily.”

HFFA Director Dee Jetton announced this recognition to the Huntersville Board of Commissioners at its November 21st meeting. Jetton told the Board, “without the Town’s support of HFFA as a community asset, this award would not have been possible.”

She also took the time that night to recognize members of her team at HFFA and Health & Sport Works, the Town’s vendor to operate the facility, for their contributions to the award. They included Lifeguards Sam Caulfield and Allie Baumgartner, Lead Guard Kathryn Christensen and Aquatics Director Kristen Bullock. Jetton also identified Assistant Facility Director Brooks Shelley for his direct oversight of the Aquatics department and Facility Maintenance Director Jeff Phillips for his work to keep the facility at optimal performance.

“This team, along with all other Aquatics team members, our marketing support team and all other HSW team members assigned to HFFA are really due a congratulations for this award,” said Jetton.

Responding to the Judge’s comment, Jetton added “it takes all water exercise instructors, guards, and support staff from fitness and guest relations to carry out the event schedule, serve our members and guests who enjoy the three pools and the associated programs.”

Overall, thirteen awards were given in various aquatic categories.

The judging panel for this year were all previous winners of the award and included Franceen Gonzales, vice president of risk management at Great Wolf Lodge; Kathy Fisher an industry veteran of 30 years and Aquatic Director of West Morris Area YMCA in Randolf, NJ; Louis S Fruia, Nadatorium coordinator at the Conroe Texas Independent School District; Tara Eggleston, the countywide aquatics coordinator for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation; and Maureen McGinty, general manager of SouthWest Aquatics in Winter Garden, Florida.

Visit for Aquatics International full write-up on the facility.
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