Regional champions recognised

26 May 2016

Royal Life Saving Society WA staff attended last week’s LIWA (Leisure Institute of WA) North West conference in Exmouth, which was attended by more than 40 delegates from the aquatics industry.

The conference, held on Friday the 20th May, provided an opportunity for delegates attending to learn new skills, update their existing skill set and share ideas for the future. 

This year’s conference focused on the important topics of improving supervision and surveillance techniques around aquatic environments, and promoting employment pathways for youth transitioning from school via our Junior Lifeguard Club.

Another important part of the conference was the recognition of some of our Royal Life Saving Society WA champions, for their service to the aquatics industry. Royal Life Saving WA CEO Peter Leaversuch had the privilege of presenting awards to Josh Koontz and Jacqui Forbes.

Josh received a WA Long Service Order for his service as a Lifeguard and Pool Supervisor, and for his ongoing leadership in the provision of Royal Life Saving programs to communities in the mid-west region of our state.

Jacqui was awarded the Service Order for over 5 years outstanding service to the remote community of Burringurah, where she has provided a range of Royal Life Saving programs including Infant Aquatics, Swim and Survive and Bronze Medallion. Jacqui has also served the community as Lifeguard and Pool Supervisor.

The awards were issues by Royal Life Saving’s WA Honours Awards Committee as part of our commitment to actively recognize Royal Life Saving members for the contribution they make in their local community. We greatly appreciate the commitment and passion Josh and Jacqui have shown in improving the water safety awareness and education of the people they work with in regional and remote areas of our state.

Royal Life Saving plays a major role in delivering services to people in far-reaching areas of WA with support from Principal Community Partner BHP Billiton and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

For more information about the work Royal Life Saving Society is doing in regional and remote WA please click the link below.