SEARCH FOR NZ’S WATER SAFETY CHAMPIONS UNDERWAY
The hunt for New Zealand’s biggest champions of water safety begins today as nominations for the 2014 Sealord New
Zealand Water Safety Awards open.
The awards – in its sixth year – recognise the country’s best water safety programmes, initiatives, campaigns and
individuals across four categories:
Education– a programme, initiative or campaign where individuals or groups develop water safety knowledge, skills and
Awareness – a programme, initiative or campaign where the general public, a targeted group or community is provided with
information relating to water safety.
Prevention – a programme, initiative or campaign (including an event, activity or experience) leading to the prevention
of injury and/or drowning.
Outstanding contribution to water safety – an individual who has had a significant positive impact on water safety
through service, leadership, achievement, and/or involvement.
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) CEO Matt Claridge says the awards acknowledge the very best in work being done to
address the ongoing issue of water safety in this country.
“There are many incredible water safety initiatives happening around the country that are making a real difference to
our national drowning toll. This is an opportunity to celebrate these successes, while also raising awareness of the
importance of water safety more generally.”
Sealord spokesperson Stuart Yorston says Sealord’s involvement in the Awards is an extension of its Sealord Swim for
Life initiative, which has so far helped more than 250,000 children learn to swim.
“We’re committed to working with Water Safety New Zealand and the wider sector to make water safety a priority for all
New Zealanders; and celebrating the work that’s being done around the country is an important part of that,” he says.
Nominations close on Monday 29 September 2014 with forms available online at www.watersafety.org.nz
The judging panel will be made up of Coastguard Boating Education’s Neil Murray, Paul Dalton CEO of Surf Lifesaving New
Zealand and WSNZ CEO Matt Claridge.
Winners will be announced in October.