Jeff Collier’s years of dedication to swimming safety in the Tweed has been recognised with honours from the Royal Life Saving Society, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom.
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre’s (TRAC) Supervisor – Aquatic Programs has not only led water safety initiatives and programs for many years as part of his role at TRAC, he has volunteered many hours of his own time, both in the Tweed and overseas.
The Royal Life Saving Society aims to lead efforts to reduce drowning and increase swimming, water safety and lifesaving skills. This is achieved through community education programs and managing training and qualifications for the aquatic industry.
Jeff, a former world champion triathlete (in the 50-54 age category), received two awards from Royal Life Saving.
Life membership of Royal Life Saving NSW in recognition of 20 or more years’ service to the Royal Life Saving Society
The prestigious Service Medal from the Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Council, in recognition of valuable services rendered to the society.
Royal Life Saving NSW Regional Manager Jason Phillips said in his 24 years with the organisation, he has only seen a handful of these awards issued to members in regional NSW.
“Much of the work Jeff does is purely voluntary which he does because he has a love for people in the community,” Mr Phillips said.
“We went to Bangladesh as volunteers together a number of years ago to set up a swim safe program, as well as to build a sustainable strategy to train the trainers.
“He’s also often conducting CPR refresher courses, training lifeguards and designing innovative swim programs to ensure the people of the Tweed are safe in the water.
“The Service Medal is based on length of affiliation and lifesaving activity, in terms of education and training,” he said.