2015 Annual Club Honours

Feb 27th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured Articles, News

davids camera 123RLSS Poole Lifeguard, yet again held its annual awards evening at the Hamworthy Club Skittle Alley, where lots of members and their parents turned out to play skittles, take part in quizzes and enjoy a very tasty buffet, and of course see the recipients of not just our own Annual Club Awards but Stuart Bailey Chair of the RLSS Wessex Branch was there to present National Honours to our some of our members who were unable to attend the National Ceromony in the London Guildhall last October.

Many thanks to everyone for going along, it was a great evening and a big thankyou to Louise for setting it all up.



Issey Marshall

Issey  has been a committed member of the club over the last year , with excellent attendance at Thursday night training sessions, only missing only two all year! She has also been committed to her open water training having attended all sessions.

Issey always comes with a huge smile on her face and puts 100% effort into everything she takes part in, very often encourages her family members to come along and help at events too.

Well done Issey for a fabulous year.


davids camera 107Morgan has shown both commitment and great improvement this year in his Rookie training.

Morgan has worked hard in all areas of his training and has grown to be a competent swimmer and lifesaver. He participates with great enthusiasm, often encouraging others.

A well-deserved recipient of this award. Well done Morgan.


davids camera 108Evee has worked very hard since she joined the club and has continued to make excellent progress.

She has worked hard in all areas of her training and has grown to be a competent swimmer and lifesaver.

An excellent Rookie ; well deserving of this award.


davids camera 109George has shown tremendous dedication to the aims and objectives of the club as a whole.  He has shown great commitment to the club this year, providing safety cover for a number of open water events. He has been committed to, not only his own training but training others.

George has successfully competed in the branch, regional and National lifesaving Championships with commendable results; winning the rope throw event. He also competed in The RLSS National Speeds Championships at The London Aquatic Centre.

An amazing year, George, and a very worthy recipient of this award. Well done George.


davids camera 110Sam has shown tremendous dedication to the aims and objectives of the club as a whole. He is a very active and enthusiastic member of the club, committed to providing safety cover at many events throughout the year. He has shown commitment to his training and has gained his Assistant instructors award as well as his National Poole Lifeguard Award and his RYA Level 2 powerboat certificate.

Sam has also represented the club at branch, regional and National level coming first in the rope throw event at The National Lifesaving Championships held in Sheffield and represented the club at The RLSS National Speed Championships at The London Aquatic Centre.

Well done Sam for a very productive and successful year.


davids camera 111Tim is a valued member of the club and has shown tremendous dedication to the aims and objectives of the club as a whole.  He has shown great commitment to the club this year, providing safety cover for a number of open water events.

He is positive and approachable and has a great rapport with the rookies and is a constant presence on poolside each week,  working hard with our Rookie section delivering The RLSS Survive and Save programme.

Tim has worked tirelessly this year to train and inspire our youngsters to find their competitive spirit which resulted in RLSS Poole lifeguard getting the name back on the competition circuit competing in The RLSS National Lifesaving Championships at branch, regional and national level and The RLSS National Speed championships.

Tim also played a key role in organising our Internal club championships, which were a great success.

Tim is a very worthy recipient of this award, well done Tim.


davids camera 112Simon is a valued member of the club and has shown tremendous dedication to the aims and objectives of the club as a whole.

Simon not only provides training on a weekly basis to our Rookie section; both in the pool and open water but he works tirelessly to organise the coxswain rota for our rescue craft and paddlers for our kayaks to provide safety cover in for weekend patrolling within the bay as well as event cover.

He is a dedicated and conscientious member of the club and always willing to help.

Again, a very worthy recipient of this award.


davids camera 114Award criteria – any fully paid up member, associate member or supporter of the club awarded for;

  • Enthusiastic commitment to the objectives of the club, especially in the areas of fundraising or social development
  • All round support of the club

Julie has been a valued member of the club for several years, always willing to support the club at events and providing beach safety cover for The Seahorse Swim and other key events both at the pool and beach.

This year Julie has been a constant presence at the pool, stepping in to take over the role of membership secretary in Irene’s absence due to serious illness.

Thank you for all your hard work Julie.


davids camera 113Where do I start! Lara has been a valued and dedicated member of the club for many years. She is a constant presence on the poolside giving her time and expertise to train our young rookies on a weekly basis as well as taking part in training herself.

Lara also provides safety cover both in our rescue boats and also paddling for key events such as The Brownsea Swim, Seahorse Swim, East Dorset training sessions to name but a few.

Lara organises our annual sponsored swim which raises a significant amount of money for other local charities.

Last year Lara recognised there was a need for the rookies to have a voice and decided to start a youth forum which she then fed information from back to the executive committee.

Lara’s outstanding commitment and dedication to lifesaving has been recognised by The Royal Life Saving Society at their National Honours Ceremony this year where she was awarded a certificate of merit, a certificate of thanks and Young lifesaver of the year for Wessex branch.

There are probably many more things I could say about Lara, her commitment  and dedication on all levels. She is a truly remarkable, selfless young lady and the perfect recipient of this award.

Well done Lara and thank you for all your hard work.


davids camera 115The criteria for this award are;

Give unselfishly of their time, energy and consideration in the interest of others, and to have shown

an attitude of immense care towards the needs of others.

Malcolm Acreman personifies what being a member of RLSS Poole Lifeguard club is by consistently taking part in lifeguard training, by instructing others at the same time as maintaining his own skills.  Malcolm is also still keen to learn new skills, he demonstrated this by completing his RYA level 2 and safety boat courses enabling him to become one of the club Coxswains. He takes every opportunity to impart knowledge to others, whether they are club members or members of the wider community.

Malcolm gives so unselfishly of his time for the benefit of others, especially to club members by delivering National Pool Lifeguard training.  This has enabled club members to achieve a highly valuable qualification that enables them to gain employment in the leisure industry.

Malcolm is always willing to assist with the delivery of training, whether it is for a lifesaving or lifeguarding award or to assist people to become a trainer.

Malcolm has again been the lead club member in arranging and delivering life support training to various community groups covering drowning prevention and save a baby’s life. These groups include local schools, Scouts and Guide groups, parent and carer groups as well as local sailing clubs.  Over the last few years Malcolm as been involved in training over 2,500 members of the public in skills that will either keep them safe or enable them to act to preserve the life of others.

Malcolm regularly puts all his skills to use when he assists in providing safety cover at various events throughout the year.  He is most often found sitting on a kayak or in his own kayak directing other kayakers involved in the safety cover, ensuring the best cover and supervision of swimmers is maintained.  Malcolm has also competed in the local pool twilight series.

In addition to the practical hands on approach to club activities Malcolm also maintains excellent control over the club finances as the club Treasurer.  Malcolm ensures all invoices are logged and paid on time whilst scrutinising the clubs income from subscriptions and donations.  He keeps the Clubs Executive Committee fully updated of the clubs current financial position.  Furthermore, Malcolm is the clubs lead officer for Every Child Matters ensuring the club is compliant with the various child protection policies and policies relating to vulnerable adults.

Malcolm displays immense care towards others and he gives freely of his time and displays considerable energy whilst delivering the aims and objectives of the club by preserving or assists in the preservation of life at sea on the foreshore of the Sandbanks peninsula, Poole Harbour and other locations by promoting lifeguard training and expertise, arranging various classes of tuition at the same time as promoting awareness of RLSS Poole Lifeguard Club.

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