Members awarded for working in multicultural communities

24 December 2019

Royal Life Saving WA’s Multicultural Steering Committee brings together leaders and ambassadors from a range of WA’s multicultural communities, to assist us in ensuring our swimming and water safety programming meets the needs and cultural requirements of these community members. A key component of our multicultural swimming and water safety strategy, and proudly supported by Lotterywest, the Committee held its bi-annual meeting. Several members were recognised for the amazing work they have done in continuing to build our successful Access and Equity programs across the Perth metro area.

Each year Royal Life Saving WA presents honours awards to actively recognise volunteers, members and staff who have made an important contribution to the work of the Society. Two swim schools have been particularly active in promoting our men’s, women’s and multicultural children’s swimming and water safety programs in their local community to increase participation in these activities.

One of those recognised recently was The Swim School WA, which has been greatly involved in providing swimming lessons in a private setting for Royal Life saving WA’s Women’s Only lessons.

Lessons were initially provided at the school’s Merriwa location and are now delivered at Wangara. The Swim School WA has provided exceptional service to the women attending the lessons to ensure they feel safe and welcomed and that their culture is respected. 

Zoran Naumovski from The Swim School WA received the Royal Life Saving WA Presidents Award on behalf of the team.

Angie Davies with two awardsLeisurepark Balga has also been a dedicated partner of Royal Life Saving WA, providing lessons for the Access & Equity program for a number of years. The centre supports the delivery of Women’s Only lessons and they also run afterschool lessons for multicultural children through the Edmund Rice Local Parks program. Leisurepark Balga provides a strong community hub for its local multicultural community and the centre is a strong advocate for promoting swimming and water safety messages.

Leisurepark Balga’s Angie Davies received the Royal Life Saving WA Presidents Award on behalf of the centre.

Angie herself has been actively involved with Royal Life Saving WA for over 15 years through her role as Swim School Coordinator within the City of Stirling. She has partnered with the Society to coordinate many multicultural programs and was also granted funds from the Swim and Survive fund to increase participation in swimming and water safety lessons among individuals who are experiencing financial hardship.

Angie has also been an active member of the Endorsed Swim School committee, providing valuable insights and advice to help improve the industry. In recognition of her amazing contribution Angie was nominated for the Australian Fellow Award – a national award which recognises those who have gone above and beyond in their service to Royal Life Saving.

We thank The Swim School, Leisurepark Balga and Angie Davies for their tireless efforts in promoting vital swimming and water safety programming in their local communities, which have no doubt saved countless lives over many years!