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YMCA NSW cleans up at the ACT Aquatic Industry Awards

20 Sep 2018 - Media ReleasesRecreation

YMCA NSW’s commitment to drowning prevention and water safety education has been rewarded  with a clean sweep of trophies at the ACT Aquatic Industry and Water Safety Awards.

The organisation was awarded seven out of seven gongs in the ACT Aquatic Industry Category for Excellence in the following – Public Education, Staff Development, Incident Management, Supervision, Facility Management, Customer Service and Risk Management.

Co-hosted by Royal Life Saving ACT and AUSTSWIM, last week’s Awards’ event on 13 September celebrated outstanding standards across industry and the community for individuals, schools, organisations and community groups during 2017/18.  

YMCA NSW currently manages three recreational facilities in the ACT – Gungahlin Leisure Centre, Lakeside Leisure Centre and Canberra Olympic Pool.

In a personal victory, Yohann Gopaul, swimming instructor at the YMCA-managed facility in Gungahlin, won the AUSTSWIM Teacher Access and Inclusion Award.

Mathew Pole, YMCA NSW Area Manager for the ACT, said Mr Gopaul should be incredibly proud of his award along with the amazing teams whose dedication to safety contributed to such a successful outcome. 

“The results are a testament to the hard working, devoted staff across the three ACT Government sites which are proudly managed by YMCA NSW,” said Mr Pole of the awards handed out at the Canberra Labor Club, Belconnen. 

“We acknowledge the support of both the ACT Government and Royal Life Saving ACT in ensuring that we provide facilities of the highest quality.”

YMCA NSW also celebrated Gungahlin Leisure Centre as a finalist for Recognised Swim Centre of the Year and Kelly Birkett from the same centre as a finalist for WETS Aqua Instructor.


Media contacts:

Matteo Belladonna
Area Marketing Coordinator ACT | YMCA NSW 
M: 0418 626 282     

Julie Nance
Communications Manager | YMCA NSW 
M: 0428 511 040

YMCA NSW is a profit-for-purpose organisation focused on healthy living, social impact and empowering young people. We operate 22 recreation centres, 63 Out of School Hours Care services and two camping locations which fund our diverse range of community programs. We’ve been creating positive change and supporting communities for more than 165 years. Visit

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