Two members of Active Northumberland have received prestigious awards for dedication and long service to training lifeguards.
Andrew Evans and Daniel Weightman who work at Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington have been awarded medals from the Royal Life Saving Society UK, to celebrate their lifesaving service.
Andrew who is a duty manager at Concordia has been a qualified lifeguard for 18 years. He is responsible for assessing lifeguards at the centre and at other leisure facilities in the north east. He was awarded a service medal.
Qualified lifeguards must still undergo regular training and Andrew takes the team at Cramlington through regular refresher training for two hours each month, often in the early morning before the pool opens to the public.
Daniel Weightman received the Merit Honour for his involvement with Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club where he teaches about water safety and water rescue and helps the younger generation qualify for their lifeguard exams. Daniel also competes across the world in lifesaving championships and this week heads out to Adelaide for the lifesaving world championships where he will compete with 4,400 other lifesavers from around the world
Northumberland County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for leisure Cath Homer said:
“To receive these awards is a great achievement and is testament to not only the immense dedication and skill of Andrew and Daniel , but also the training programmes they deliver. Well done.”