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Mitchell Shire Leisure Services swim instructor wins major national award

6 October

Mitchell Leisure Services swim instructor Jennifer Fuhrmeister is lapping it up after taking out the National AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults Award 2017.

Jennifer, who has worked with Mitchell Shire Council for almost 10 years, received the award at a ceremony on the Gold Coast last week.

She was one of several nominees from across the country and advanced to the final after being named the Victorian AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults in May 2017.

The award identifies and honours a swim teacher for their contributions to aquatic education and water safety for adults. Ms Fuhrmeister said it was a great honour to win the national award.

“When they called my name out I was really shocked and surprised that I would actually win at this level,” Ms Fuhrmeister said.

“I feel very honoured to have won the award because there are a lot of people out there doing wonderful things for swimming and water safety.”

Jennifer was nominated for the award by colleagues, with her work on the Grey Medallion – a 10-week program aimed at teaching seniors about swimming and water safety – the catalyst behind her nomination.

Ms Fuhrmeister said teaching adults to swim was so important.

“Statistics show us that so many adults are drowning. We tend to think of teaching swimming as something just aimed at children, but it’s vital for adults too as not everyone had the opportunity to learn swimming at a young age,” Ms Fuhrmeister said.

“It’s such a big thing for adults to step out of their comfort zone and learn to swim, and it’s so rewarding when you see them succeed,” Ms Fuhrmeister said.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson congratulated Jennifer on taking home the prestigious award.

“To be recognised firstly at a state level, and then at a national level, is an amazing achievement and we are so proud of Jen and the fabulous work she has done to enable her to win this award,” Cr Sanderson said.

“Jennifer’s work with the Grey Medallion program has provided our senior community with vital water safety tips and advice.

“Jennifer, along with all the Mitchell Leisure Services staff, do such fantastic work improving the health and wellbeing of our community and it is great to see our staff recognised in front of their peers.”

Mitchell Shire Council’s two leisure centres in Kilmore and Seymour have more than 1400 students, including both children and adults, enrolled in swim classes.

For more details on Council’s leisure services, please click HERE or call (03) 5734 0600.