Award for ca­reer in vi­tal trade

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Mitchell Leisure Ser­vices swim in­struc­tor 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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