NSW Water Safety Awards and NSW AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence

Marine Teachers Greg McNeill (left) and Geoff Stibbs (right) with Ed Kwanten (middle) of the Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs at the Awards Night - 2012 NSW Water Safety Awards
NSW Water Safety Awards 2012, in conjunction with the NSW AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence, were held on Friday 31 August 2012 at Le Montage Events Centre, and were hosted by Lilyfield AUSTSWIM. Over 140 members of the aquatic industry gathered with colleagues, friends and family to recognise individuals and organisations that have made a contribution to water safety and education in NSW.

TV Presenter Tim Gilbert was on hand as Master of Ceremonies and with his relaxed manner he certainly provided all those in attendance with a lot of laughs. We were also lucky enough to have a number of special guests in attendance including:

• Mr John Sidoti – Member for Drummoyne
• Paul Doorn – Executive Director, Office of Communities Sport and Recreation
• John Egan – Director Partnerships and Policy, Office of Communities Sport and Recreation
• Gordon Mallett – AUSTSWIM CEO
• Members of the AUSTSWIM NSW State Advisory Committee
• Members of the NSW Water Safety Advisory Council

The AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence recognise brilliance, commitment and innovation in the teaching of swimming and water safety. Covering aspects such as teacher effectiveness, contribution to developing peers and commitment to quality teacher training. Congratulations to all those who have been nominated for awards. Your hard work helps to ensure that the highest level of teaching is conducted. Unfortunately there could only be one winner and a special congratulations goes out to the following 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM State Award Recipients:

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award
Recipient: Karen Martin

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics Award
Recipient: Linda Beetham

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics
Recipient: Melissa Corby

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults
Recipient: Natalie Graham

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre of the Year
Recipient: Little Fishes Swim School

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Melissa van Poppel Presenter of the Year Award
Recipient: Robyn Larkham

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Melissa van Poppel Presenter Scholarship
Recipient: Deb Riddington

Category: 2012 NSW AUSTSWIM Most Outstanding Contribution Award
Recipient: Ruth Arnold and Dawn Prowse

The evening also celebrated the 2012 NSW Water Safety Awards. These awards recognise individuals and organisations that have assisted to improve water safety or have helped reduce drowning and water related injuries in their community within NSW. Congratulations to all those nominated for these awards and especially to those who won.

Category: Water Safety Event of the Year
Recipient: 'Stay Safe at the Beach'
Gosford City Council
Wyong Shire Council
Northern Settlement Services
Centrelink
Surf Life Saving Central Coast

Category: Community Education Program of the Year
Recipient: 'Elouera / Tradies Surf Awareness Clinic'
Elouera Surf Life Saving Club

Category: Local Community Initiative
Recipient: River Safety Program
Royal Life Saving Society Northern Region and Sport and Recreation

Category: Research Project of the Year
Recipient: Research Review into Rock Fishing in NSW
Surf life Saving Australia

Category: Most significant contribution to water safety with a focus on an under represented group
Recipient: Emerton Leisure Centre

Category: Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety by an Individual
Recipient: Andrew Cross

Category: Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety by an Organisation
Recipient: The Marine Teachers Association of NSW

Once the formal part of the evening concluded guests took the opportunity to socialise, relax, get their photos taken and dance the night away. The support that the evening received was simply outstanding and we thank all those who attended. Special thanks to Office of Communities Sport and Recreation for their continued support of AUSTSWIM and the NSW Water Safety Awards.

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