LEAD­ING THE WAY

Sport Diver - - Koh tao -

It’s of­fi­cial; win­ter 2016/17 is go­ing to be a land­mark pe­riod for diver achieve­ment! For the third month run­ning, we have a full rowing crew of PADI Mas­ter Scuba Divers to con­grat­u­late - and these are just the folk whose names I can pub­lish! • Michael Arm­strong, Con­sett, County Durham • Emma Coombe, Re­druth, Corn­wall • Max Drakely, Dids­bury, Manch­ester • Amy Ley­land, Sneyd Park, Bris­tol • Karen Neild, Black­burn, Lan­cashire • Cory Py­croft, Ke­nil­worth, Cape Town, South Africa • Jill Turner, Or­p­ing­ton, Kent • War­ren Rock­ley, Stoke-on-trent, Stafford­shire We also have more in­spir­ing tales of achieve­ment in the face of ad­ver­sity! Joe Rees-bed­ding­ton turned to div­ing af­ter two knee op­er­a­tions cur­tailed his promis­ing rugby ca­reer; sail­ing through his PADI OW pro­gramme in Au­gust 2016, he made it all the way to Res­cue Diver (with Deep and Wreck specs along the way) be­fore Oc­to­ber, and re­turned to Dawn Div­ing, Malta again in De­cem­ber to com­plete more spe­cial­ties to earn PADI’S high­est non­pro­fes­sional cert. In 2017 Joe will join Dawn Divers once again, as a PADI DM can­di­date. Round­ing off this col­umn nicely, we recog­nise also Scott Cor­ri­gan and, in par­tic­u­lar, his Stafford­shire buddy Si­mon Powell, who gained their PADI MSD in Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber 2016. Si­mon’s achieve­ment was de­layed, how­ever, fol­low­ing a can­cer di­ag­no­sis; de­spite this stress, and un­der­go­ing some very painful treat­ment, he has re­mained pos­i­tive is de­ter­mined to be back in the wa­ter some­time in 2017.

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