ARV Industry Gala Awards 2018

This year Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) hosted their annual gala awards on Friday 15th of June.

ARV received 156 nominations from individuals, facilities and programs who contended for the 20 awards on offer. There was also a record number of attendees on the night, with 750 industry and council professionals attending.

“This year’s event was simply a celebration of the incredible hard-working individuals that make our industry so great and the wonderful organisations that provide leading programs and facilities to Victorian’s of all ages and abilities,” ARV CEO Grant Connors said.

ARV also received a vast amount of applications from individuals applying to judge the awards. The judging process involved reviewing each application, including written applications, videos and practical demonstrations in the various categories. Once this process was completed the judging panel then chose their winner.

This year Life Saving Victoria was proud to sponsor the Watch Around Water and Pool Lifeguard Awards.

The Watch Around Water Award recognised excellence in the demonstration of the achievement of the objectives of the Watch Around Water program.

The Pool Lifeguard Award recognised excellence and commitment to lifeguarding, including customer service, knowledge and skills relating to lifeguarding, interpersonal and leadership skills, commitment to safety and overall contribution to the facility.

The winners were:

Watch Around Water Award – AquaPulse (Western Leisure Services)

Pool Lifeguard Award – Simon Rohan-Jones (Yarra Leisure)








Life Saving Victoria encourages all individuals and facilities to put in a nomination for the 2019 ARV Industry Awards Gala.

For a full list of winners go to

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