The Glennie Aquatic Centre was bestowed 2017’s Swim SAFER Award, after being chosen out of among 550 registered swim schools in Australia.

This award, which highlights the importance of teaching all people to swim and swim safely, was presented in conjunction with the annual Swim Australia Convention and acknowledges the outstanding work of instructors in the water safety arena.

Announced as the winner on Tuesday, 2 May, Glennie Aquatic Centre Manager Shannon Townsend was overjoyed upon receiving the reward from Olympian swimmer Andrew Baildon,

and was humble in praising her team on their efforts in the pool this year.

“Our dynamic team work tirelessly year round to share their knowledge of life saving skills in the water through squad swimming and learn to swim programs for schools and individuals,” said Shannon.

“A highlight of the convention was performing my swim safer, smarter, stronger song for the legendary water safety advocate and swim coach Laurie Lawrence.”

As an inland aquatic centre, SwimSAFER weeks are of paramount importance to Glennie’s, as it allows them to offer swimmers of all ages

the unique opportunity to participate in classes that simulate ocean dangers such as rips, currents and boating.

Currently, the Glennie Aquatic Centre hosts over fifteen swim school programs and carnivals for Toowoomba, in conjunction with its own swimming events.

Thanks to what was described as ‘wonderful community support’, the centre has been able to continually improve the skills of their dedicated instructors and staff, and deliver the best water safety strategies to their swimmers.

Read our story about The Glennie School principal, here.

Banner Image: Shannon Townsend proudly holds the award with Glennie Aquatic Centre swim instructors Cassandra Daniells, Kim Hess, and Vicki Castles