The Noosa Aquatic Centre was a double winner at the AUSTSWIM 2020 QLD Awards of Excellence, taking out top honours in both the Swim School and Swim Teacher categories.
On announcing the NAC as Qld Swim School of the Year, AUSTSWIM Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medallist Brooke Hanson said the NAC had a reputation of exceeding customer expectations.
“Monthly visits to coastal and hinterland communities and regular childcare centre visits by the centre’s mascot Sammy Seahorse and complimentary introductory classes to infants are just some of the NAC Swim school’s initiatives to spread the water safety message throughout the community,” Ms Hanson said.
NAC Learn to Swim Program Coordinator Rita Montague said it was wonderful for the swim school to receive this award from the leading peak body in Australia for the training and development of swim teachers.
“It’s testament to the passion that our teachers share in educating and giving our community the life skill of swimming,” Ms Montague said.
In another coup for the centre, NAC swim instructor Lina Young was singled out to be named Qld top Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.
The award recognises Ms Young’s commitment to teaching vital water skills to our younger generation.
Ms Hanson said Ms Young has a unique ability to engage and connect with her students, gain their trust and encourage them to have a go, regardless of their ability.
Ms Young said it was a great honour to be chosen for this award.
“I love working within the swimming industry. It is so rewarding to teach children through their different ages and see them develop in their swimming abilities,” Ms Young said.
Noosa Council’s Recreation Facilities manager Ashley Saward said it was great for the NAC to receive peer recognition for what they had known for some time – that the NAC offers one of the state’s leading learn to swim programs and has some of the best teachers in the industry.
“It’s wonderful for the team to receive this acknowledgement and we couldn’t be prouder of their efforts,” Mr Saward said.