Presidents Award for dedicated Remote Pool Managers

9 September 2019

With our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools opening again for the season throughout September, two Royal Life Saving WA Pool Managers are heading back to work with shiny new trophies to highlight the amazing work they have done in regional WA for well over a decade.

Fitzroy Crossing Remote Pool Managers Trevor and Adele Caporn each received the President’s Award at the recent 50th Annual LIWA Aquatics State Conference in Fremantle. The pair, both together and individually, have had an incredible impact on the communities where they have worked and shown dedication to all of those fortunate enough to work with them and learn from them.

Trevor has long been involved with the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools program, most recently managing the pool at Fitzroy Crossing, but also filling in at Burringurrah on short notice, assisting with the opening of the Balgo Pool and assisting with the operation of the Shire of Halls Creek Pool.

LIWA President Jeff Fondacaro says Trevor’s work is second to none. “His pools are always beautifully presented, and he has very strong maintenance skills. He has developed into a mentor for other pool managers and is quick to provide direct assistance whenever required. His can-do attitude has seen him go the extra mile to provide support and coverage for existing facilities whenever required. There are pools that would not have been open to public without his sense of responsibly and willingness to drive thousands of kilometres to help out. He has put his stamp on every facility he has managed and for anyone travelling the North West a swim at the Fitzroy Pool will attest to his presentation and operational skills."

Trevor’s wife Adele has also been a long-term member of the WA aquatics industry, beginning as a pool manager and swim teacher in Harvey 20 years ago. Jeff Fondacaro says she is also a tireless advocate for water safety in regional WA. “Like her partner she is always willing to assist with programming at other remote communities and has a strong commitment to ensuring no child misses out on swimming lessons no matter how far she has had to drive. Adele is a valued member of the Fitzroy Valley Community as both a Pool Manager, Pool Lifeguard, Swimming Instructor and Community Volunteer.  Last season she presented four Bronze Medallion Courses, ran successful Infant Aquatic sessions, Special Needs and Swim and Survive Lessons.  Approximately 220 children from 8 schools around the Fitzroy Valley area participated in swimming lessons thanks to Adele’s tireless efforts.”

Royal Life Saving WA and LIWA Aquatics are fortunate to have an amazing network of staff and volunteers who run facilities, swimming, water safety and drowning prevention programs right across WA, and Trevor and Adele are certainly leaders in this field. The remote aboriginal communities of our North West have benefited immensely from the tireless long hours of work and commitment to pool operations and programming they have demonstrated, along with their mentoring of new staff in regional areas. The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool program would not be what it is today without their efforts.

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