A bowling good time at Trainers Christmas celebration

7 December 2021
RLSSWA Trainers being briefed at the Hollywood Subiaco Bowling Club

Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainers had a ball at the 2021 Trainers’ Christmas Recognition Event last week!

Thursday 2nd December presented a gorgeous summer’s evening for the party, which was held at the Hollywood Subiaco Bowling Club in Nedlands. The festivities kicked off at 5:30pm, with trainers and their guests greeted by the Royal Life Saving WA Community Education team as they arrived. Enjoying a welcome drink, the trainers spent time catching up with each other after a busy year of training. 

Royal Life Saving WA’s Community Education Coordinator Francesca Amoroso opened the evening, thanking the trainers for their efforts during a particularly challenging year.

“By delivering training courses you have helped thousands of kids, school teachers, lifeguards, students and members of the community in learning lifesaving skills across WA,” she said, addressing the group. “We truly appreciate your ongoing hard work, passion and professionalism and look forward to working towards another year of achievements and new projects with you.”

Isabel Franzoni with the ladies she has mentoredFour women who have been working with Trainer Isabel Franzoni over the past three years were then introduced to the group, and Isabel was presented with a Certificate of Thanks for the incredible journey she has mentored these ladies through. “This story is such a great example of the impact that our trainers can have in the community,” said Francesca. “You’re not just giving people a qualification, you’re helping them gain skills for life and sometimes friendships for life.”

Trainer receiving Honours Award at Christmas PartyHonours Awards were also presented by Royal Life Saving WA General Manager Operations Ian Brown to two trainers for their outstanding contributions to the work of Royal Life Saving. 

Steve Young was awarded a WA Long Service Order for his dedication to teaching the Bronze Medallion to the school community at All Saints’ College since becoming an aquatic trainer in 2007.

Leanne Coverley-Brandis being presented with an Honours Award at the 2021 Trainers Christmas PartyLeanne Coverley-Brandis has been involved with Royal Life Saving WA for almost 20 years with a long history in the aquatic industry. She has also volunteered much of her time reviewing training resources with her wealth of experience and mentoring other trainers to share her knowledge. Leanne was awarded the Australian Companion Award.

After the presentations were complete, trainers were then invited to show off their skills on the bowling green! There were plenty of laughs, some impressive bowling and a great amount of fun had by all. 

The event was a wonderful occasion to get together and celebrate the work of our Community Trainers and a great opportunity for the trainers to get to know each other while having fun.

We look forward to seeing the amazing achievements that 2022 will bring!