Award for career in vital trade

October 12, 2017

Jen Fuhrmeister with her Austswim award.

Mitchell Leisure Services swim instructor Jennifer Fuhrmeister is all smiles after winning the National AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults Award 2017.

The award, which Ms Fuhrmeister received at a ceremony on the Gold Coast last week, recognised her work on the Grey Medallion, a 10-week program aimed at teaching seniors about swimming and water safety.

Ms Fuhrmeister said she was shocked and surprised when they called out her name.

‘‘It was very humbling to receive the award, because there are a lot of people who do a lot of good work in swimming,’’ she said.

She said initiatives like the Grey Medallion were important as more far more adults drowned than commonly thought.

‘‘Statistics show us that so many adults are drowning,’’ Ms Fuhrmeister said.

‘‘We tend to think of teaching swimming as something just aimed at children, but it’s vital for adults too as not everyone had the opportunity to learn swimming at a young age.

Ms Fuhrmeister said she also found it particularly rewarding teaching adults to swim.

‘‘I love the way you can really explain something to an adult. I love the way they challenge me, because they always ask ‘why do I have to do that?’,’’ she said.

‘‘You don’t have to explain why you’re teachings kids something, but with adults you always have to explain why you’re getting them to do something.’’

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