FORT LAUDERDALE - The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced that Lulu Cisneros will be the 2016 recipient of the Virginia Hunt Newman International Award. The award will be presented on Friday evening, October 28th during the Paragon Awards Night during the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s 52nd Annual Enshrinement weekend. Sponsored by Kiefer, the “Keep em Swimming” Company founded in 1947 by Hall of Fame swimming great, Adolph Kiefer, this award annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of infant and young child swimming instruction in the name of the “Mother of Infant Swimming,” Virginia Hunt Newman.
The career of Monterrey Mexico’s Lulu Cisneros has flowed from competitive swimmer, to teacher, to coach, to model swim school owner/director, to spokesperson around the world for joyful aquatic programs for babies and young children.
Lulu began teaching at 13, was a state and national champion in 100 and 200 butterfly and as an exchange student swam for Clearwater High School in Florida USA.
While working toward her degree in business administration she was became the first swim coach at University of Monterrey and lead her team to a national championship among private universities. There she met her husband to be, Mauricio Hernandez, during this time and together they founded Lulu Cisneros Educación Acuática in 1989.
A life changing trip to San Francisco for the 1991 National Swim School Association (NSSA) Conference made a big difference in her professional life. With much excitement she began making friends and exchanging teaching-learning strategies with other owners including Beatriz Esesarte from Oaxaca Mexico and Robert Strauss in Miami – all became her teachers. More travels to conferences, and exchanges followed.
In 1997, Lulu brought the World Aquatic Babies Congress conference to her home country which sparked much interest and growth in baby swimming. She followed that by hosting the 2002 Annual NSSA Conference to Monterrey – the only time it has been held outside the United States to date.
Lulu has conducted teacher training and certification courses as well as being a featured speaker at conferences in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala and Costa Rica. In 1996, her swim school received the Nuevo Leon Quality Award (Mexico), being the first swim school to receive this honor. This gave Lulu the opportunity to meet with Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo. In 2002 Lulu received the Guiding Light Award from the USSSA, and in 2011 she received the Kelly Ogle Memorial Safety Award from the World Waterpark Association (WWA).
She still finds time to train as a masters competitive swimmer and is a state, national and world champion. Recently she participated in her first triathlon.
About the Kiefer Company
Gold medalist Olympic swimmer Adolph Kiefer founded Kiefer in 1947. As the official aquatics supplier to the 1948 U.S. Olympic Swim Team, the company introduced the first nylon swimsuit as a lightweight alternative to wool and cotton suits and a low cost alternative to the silk suits of the time. Since then, Kiefer has provided the swim community with many innovative aquatic performance and safety products including the original Wave Eater racing lane, fully customizable starting blocks, lifeguard equipment and apparel, and a complete line of national brand and Kiefer brand competitive swimsuits, swim goggles and training aids. Although now retired, Adolph Kiefer continues to dedicate his life to helping swimmers of all ages and abilities. Visit for more information.
The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children. It accomplishes this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world.For more information contact Bruce Wigo at 954-462-6536 ext. 201, or by email