2012 SPASA NSW Awards: And the winners are...


Friday, 17 August, 2012


Extraordinary achievement in creativity, innovation and design excellence from NSW's pool and spa companies was recognised at the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW's (SPASA NSW) annual gala awards dinner. Representatives from the pool and spa industry gathered from across NSW and ACT to celebrate at Le Montage, Lilyfield, on Saturday, June 16. The event was hosted by landscaper Jason Hodges of Better Homes & Gardens.

"The annual awards of excellence are the pinnacle for SPASA members who continually push new pool and spa industry benchmarks," says SPASA NSW CEO Spiros Dassakis.

Now in their 25th year, the SPASA NSW Awards are judged by an independent panel. The awards are designed to promote achievements within the following industry sectors: Retail, Technician, Salespersons, Products, Manufacturer and Building.

Pool & Spa Technician of the Year - Nathan Plummer, Azure Pools Pty Ltd

Employed by Azure Pools Pty Ltd for the past three years, Nathan is the business's sole pool and spa technician. He is currently responsible for approximately 45 regular monthly service contracts in residential and commercial settings, and often does eight to 10 service jobs in a day. Nathan is also warranty officer for Zodiac and Austral Pools in the Manning Valley region.

Nathan has worked in the pool and spa industry for more than nine years. His current responsibilities include installation and maintenance, construction, landscaping, water testing and balancing, and assisting with the shop. He works in both the construction and maintenance phases, from start to finish.

Most Innovative New Product - Pool Design Program, 3D Pools

3D Pools turns pool builders' concept sketches into professional 3D model renderings to improve design and sales presentations for pool builders to present to their prospective customers. The company's goal is for its 3D models to look as real to the customer as possible so they can see themselves in it - and then the contract will be signed.

Pool Builder of the Year - Capital Country Pools

Paul and Sharyn Duggan boast a long association with the pool industry: in 1980 they began doing contract excavations with their backhoe for Cascade Pools, based in Botany, Sydney. After a few years installing Cascade vinyl-lined in-ground pools, they started working with Narellan Pools as the company's first country dealers.

After confidence in fibreglass pools plummeted, Paul and Sharyn switched to building concrete pools. They remained exclusively with concrete pools until they became involved with the Compass campaign to install Paramount Infloor Cleaning Systems into fibreglass pool shells. They have installed Compass Pools for 15 years.

As the drought hit, they realised that if the pool industry was to survive, it had to endorse water and energy conservation measures. They began a proactive hunt for like-minded professionals who shared their vision for the industry's future.

Paul and Sharyn challenged an array of conventional building systems, looking for more efficient ways to conserve water and energy, and recycle and reuse building materials. The pair recently took out numerous awards for innovative and environmentally sustainable pools.

This is the second time Capital Country Pools has been awarded Pool Builder of the Year, after first taking out the title in 2011.

Pool Shop of the Year - Poolside Albion Park

Established in July 2001 as Everclear Pools, Poolside Albion Park is now a well-entrenched member of the Illawarra pool industry. In the past three years it has been awarded successive Pool Shop of the Year awards.

This company of pool and spa care professionals carries a range of new and spare parts and offers a full range of on-site servicing, including regular maintenance and cleaning programs and installation of pumps, filters etc.

Sales Representative of the Year (Retail) - Lee Salisbury, Sapphire Wetwork Pool & Spa

Lee has worked in the pool industry for 13 years and has had an active role in the retail side of the business for seven years.

The local council health department regularly seeks her advice and assistance. She has also instructed the local health team on how to use their Palintest Photometer, and they often refer commercial pool customers to her for her guidance and assistance due to her knowledge of pool chemistry.

Lee works closely with all facets of the business, running the retail side of Sapphire Wetwork and co-ordinating the service side. Lee's knowledge extends to pumps and filtration (including hydraulics), heating, pool cleaners, all forms of pool chlorination, plumbing and safety issues.

Sales Representative of the Year (Wholesale) - Jim Vouden, Biolab Australia Pty Ltd

2012 marks Jim Vouden's 25th year in the pool and spa industry and 20 years of service to Biolab Australia, during which time he has developed relationships with the pool and spa industry across metropolitan and regional NSW.

Jim has undertaken a number of business and water technology courses to develop his skills. He also holds a Certificate III in marketing and is currently studying for the National Swimming Pool Foundation's Certified Pool/Spa Operators certificate.

Jim has the ability to communicate the technical aspects of water chemistry in a practical and user-friendly format. He believes quality education is vital to the industry's growth and success.

Sub-contractor of the Year - Rick Murray Excavations

Rick Murray and Jim Papageorgiou, trading as Rick Murray Excavations (RME) in Rouse Hill, Sydney, specialise in the construction and refurbishment of pool sites, landscaping, general plumbing works and the hire of temporary pool fencing. The partnership was formed three years ago.

RME works with pool builders and contractors for all pool excavation work.

"We plan and prepare before the contract begins by employing well trained drivers, operators and labourers; and by having our own wide range of equipment," says Rick.

Sustainability Award Energy - Viron Evo Pump, AstralPool

The Viron eVo range of pumps incorporates variable speed control to match the filtration needs of every pool. Astralpool's new range of Viron eVo pumps enables a match of flow rate and maximum energy savings for clean and safe water clarity.

Three programmed speeds are factory preset to suit most pools and applications. Each speed is adjusted by pressing the up or down button to suit each pool's requirement.

Increasing or decreasing the speed of a pump changes the flow rate by the same rate. The energy used to change the speed and flow varies dramatically. Halve the speed of the pump and the rate will also halve, but the energy consumed drops by more than 85 per cent.

When correctly set up, the pump produces ultra-low noise levels.

Sustainability Award Water - MultiCyclone Ultra, Waterco

MultiCyclone Ultra combines centrifugal and cartridge filtration in one streamlined housing, creating an ultra-compact filtration system that can be vertically installed on a pool pump.

Streamlined design combines MultiCyclone's pre-filtration technology with a compact cartridge filter, enabling a reduction in pool equipment footprint and required pipework, thus reducing the filtration system's overall head loss.

The space occupied is less than a standard 60cm media filter and smaller than a traditional pump and cartridge filtration system. This compact configuration is ideal for small land lots and townhouses with plunge or lap pools, especially for filtration equipment that requires installation close to the fenceline.

MultiCyclone Ultra's sediment chamber is easily cleaned by opening its purge valve. Only 15 litres of water is discharged.

Regional

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric up to $50,000

    • Gold: Azure Pools Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Polar Pools

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Freedom Pools Central Coast

    • Silver: Teelow Pools

    • Bronze: Polar Pools

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric over $100,000

    • Gold: Mediterranean Pools ACT

    • Silver: Mediterranean Pools ACT

    • Bronze: Polar Pools

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Freeform or Natural $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Polar Pools

    • Silver: Mediterranean Pools ACT

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools up to $40,000

    • Gold: Tranquility Pools & Spas Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Narellan Pools Central West & Blue Mountains

    • Bronze: Capital Country Pools

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools over $40,000

    • Gold: Capital Country Pools

    • Silver: Narellan Pools Central West & Blue Mountains

    • Bronze: Narellan Pools Central West & Blue Mountains

  • Spas and Hot Tubs

    • Gold: Narellan Pools Central West & Blue Mountains

  • Display Tools

    • Gold: Polar Pools

    • Silver: Teelow Pools

  • Commercial Pools or Spas below $250,000

    • Gold: Essential Pools

    • Silver: Polar Pools

  • Commercial Pools or Spas over $250,000

    • Gold: Mediterranean Pools ACT

    • Silver: Azure Pools Pty Ltd

  • Innovative

    • Gold: Narellan Pools Central West & Blue Mountains

    • Silver: Capital Country Pools

  • Water Features

    • Gold: Polar Pools

    • Silver: Azure Pools Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Azure Pools Pty Ltd

  • Lap Pools

    • Gold: Freedom Pools Central Coast

    • Silver: Azure Pools Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Polar Pools

Metro

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric up to $50,000

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

    • Silver: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

    • Bronze: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric over $100,000

    • Gold: Sunset Pools

    • Silver: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

    • Bronze: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Freeform or Natural $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools up to $40,000

    • Gold: Local Pools & Spas

    • Silver: Local Pools & Spas

    • Bronze: Local Pools & Spas

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools over $40,000

    • Gold: Local Pools & Spas

    • Silver: Narellan Pools Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Local Pools & Spas

  • Residential Enclosed/Indoor Pools

    • Gold: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

  • Spas and Hot Tubs

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Local Pools & Spas

    • Bronze: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Display Pools

    • Gold: Concept Pools

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric up to $50,000

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

    • Silver: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

    • Bronze: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric over $100,000

    • Gold: Sunset Pools

    • Silver: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

    • Bronze: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Freeform or Natural $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools up to $40,000

    • Gold: Local Pools & Spas

    • Silver: Local Pools & Spas

    • Bronze: Local Pools & Spas

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools over $40,000

    • Gold: Local Pools & Spas

    • Silver: Narellan Pools Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Local Pools & Spas

  • Residential Enclosed/Indoor Pools

    • Gold: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

  • Spas and Hot Tubs

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Local Pools & Spas

    • Bronze: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Display Pools

    • Gold: Concept Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

  • Commercial Pools or Spas below $250,000

    • Gold: Sunset Pools

  • Commercial Pools or Spas over $250,000

    • Gold: Sunset Pools

  • Renovations under $25,000

    • Gold: Concept Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

    • Bronze: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Renovations over $25,000

    • Gold: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

    • Bronze: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

  • Innovative

    • Gold: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

    • Bronze: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

  • Water Features

    • Gold: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

    • Bronze: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

  • Lap Pools

    • Gold: Sunset Pools

    • Silver: Jade Swimming Pools Pty Ltd

    • Bronze: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

State

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric up to $50,000

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Azure Pools Pty Ltd

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Splish Splash Pools Pty Limited

    • Silver: Freedom Pools Central Coast

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Traditional or Geometric over $100,000

    • Gold: Sunset Pools

    • Silver: Mediterranean Pools ACT

  • Residential Concrete Pools - Freeform or Natural $50,000 to $100,000

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Polar Pools

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools up to $40,000

    • Gold: Tranquility Pools & Spas Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Local Pools & Spas

  • Residential Fibreglass Pools over $40,000

    • Gold: Local Pools & Spas

    • Silver: Capital Country Pools

  • Residential Enclosed/Indoor Pools

    • Gold: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

  • Spas and Hot Tubs

    • Gold: Platinum Poolscapes Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Narellan Pools Central West & Blue Mountains

  • Display Pools

    • Gold: Concept Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Polar Pools

  • Commercial Pools or Spas below $250,000

    • Gold: Essential Pools

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

  • Commercial Pools or Spas over $250,000

    • Gold: Mediterranean Pools ACT

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

  • Renovations under $25,000

    • Gold: Concept Pools Australia Pty Ltd

  • Renovations over $25,000

    • Gold: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

  • Innovative

    • Gold: Sunrise Pools Australia Pty Ltd

    • Silver: Narellan Pools Central West & Blue Mountains

  • Water Features

    • Gold: Aquastone Pools & Landscapes

    • Silver: Polar Pools

  • Lap Pools

    • Gold: Freedom Pools Central Coast

    • Silver: Sunset Pools

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