15 May 2019

Port Lincoln Leisure Centre nabs Watch Around Water Award

Port Lincoln Leisure Centre’s commitment to the principles and promotion of the Watch around Water initiative was rewarded when it won the Recreation South Australia award for water safety last week.

The critical near drowning of four year-old Peyton Gray at PLLC in May 2018, resulted in heavy publicity and saw YMCA management use this public focus to harness and actively promote the Watch around Water message across the broader South Australian community.

The profile of Watch around Water at the centre was raised via awareness of users together with consistent implementation of the principles, thereby raising the safety of young centre users. The effort was also promoted trough related YMCA Australia social media channels, with the messaging reaching the broader national audience.

The award was received by YMCA Area Manager Craig Hortin and PLLC Manager Anna Ryan who said the recognition was a fitting reward for local centre staff whose training and calm professionalism resulted in Peyton making a full recovery.

“Staff involved with the incident were acknowledged as YMCA Heroes during our organisation’s annual awards for excellence and the state award further recognises the high priority of their commitment to water safety,” she said.

The huge boost in profile and importance of Watch around Water and the follow-up focus was acknowledged by Recreation South Australia Executive Officer Stu Ferenci, who praised the centre for its focus on safety and willingness to promote the Watch around Water message to the greater community.