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As summer draws us closer to the water it’s comforting to know that local swimming teachers are doing their part to keep us safer in our pools, rivers and at the beach.

Australian provider of swimming and water safety teacher training AUSTSWIM has announced the national winners of its AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence.

The premier awards presented to individuals and organisations in Australia that achieve the highest standards of aquatic education excellence, the national AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence recognise brilliance, commitment, and innovation in the teaching of swimming and water safety.

The winner of the National AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion award went to local teacher Ruth Smith from Terranora.

Rise With Us

The awards were officially presented to each recipient by AUSTSWIM Ambassador Brooke Hanson OAM and AUSTSWIM Chief Executive Officer Brad Low during a recent AUSTSWIM ‘Rise With Us’ breakfast events held across Australia for AUSTSWIM licensed teachers.

Mr Low said the AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence are the pinnacle of recognition for swimming and water safety educators. ‘I congratulate each of this year’s national winners and recognise the exceptional contribution that each recipient, along with all the nominees, make to the aquatic industry and their continued dedication and commitment to the wider community. 

‘With over 33,000 licensed AUSTSWIM teachers and over 800 AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Schools across the country, AUSTSWIM and all its representatives provide a real and tangible service by providing an essential link in drowning prevention and safer aquatic participation.’

The 2022 AUSTSWIM Awards of Excellence are:

2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM TEACHER OF INFANT AND PRESCHOOL AQUATICS™
Jack Hanson Clarke Perpetual Scholarship Robyn Gosbell – Richmond, VICTORIA
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM TEACHER OF AQUATICS – ACCESS AND INCLUSION™
Ruth Smith – Terranora, NEW SOUTH WALES
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM TEACHER OF SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY™
Arielle Francis – Darling Downs, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM PRESENTER OF THE YEAR
Jan Bean – Mount Rumne, TASMANIA
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM BEST NEW TEACHER
Michael Garvey – Auburn, NEW SOUTH WALES
2022 NATIONAL MOST OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTSWIM
Ceri Weeks – Launceston, TASMANIA
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM TEACHER OF ADULTS™
Tania Sheehan – Seven Hills, NEW SOUTH WALES
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM WETS AQUA INSTRUCTOR™
Daria Kearon – Butler, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2022 NATIONAL MOST OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY THROUGH INCLUSION Kwinana Swim School – Kwinana, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM RECOGNISED SMALL SWIM CENTRE
Flippers Swim School – Lewisham, TASMANIA
2022 NATIONAL AUSTSWIM RECOGNISED LARGE SWIM CENTRE
Maryborough Aquatic Centre – Maryborough, QUEENSLAND
2022 NATIONAL WATER SAFETY EVENT OF THE YEAR
The Swim School WA – Safety September – WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2022 NATIONAL LOCAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
Swim Brothers – Fitness For Purpose Initiative – NEW SOUTH WALES
2022 NATIONAL COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
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