Hall Of Fame

The Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) launched the Australian Swim Schools Hall of Fame during its inaugural Awards Dinner on the 16th August, 2016 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.  This Hall of Fame will recognise outstanding contributions to the Swim Schools Industry, incorporating the teaching of swimming and water safety. Long time industry servant and history buff, Ted Tullberg, has been appointed the Curator.

Operating on a two tier system, the first level will see Inductees into the categories of ‘Pioneer’, ‘Science’, ‘Humanitarian’ and ‘Outstanding Contributor’.  The Inductees will receive a ‘Steedman’. In 1867, Charles Steedman’s 270 page “Manual of Swimming” was published in Melbourne. The world’s first technical book on “speed swimming”, it marked the beginning of swimming’s modern era.  The book also contained tips on how to rescue people.  As English Swimming Champion, Steedman immigrated to Australia in 1854, becoming a passionate advocate of learning to swim.

The top tier of the Australian Swim Schools Hall of Fame is reserved for the ‘Legends’. Exceptional service over an extended period is the primary criteria for this level. The Inductees will receive a ‘Forbes’, in honour of global swimming legend, Forbes Carlile MBE.

Year: 2023

Category: Pioneer

INDUCTEE

John & Barbara Carew

Year: 2023

Category: Outstanding Contribution

INDUCTEE

Geoff & Debbie Gill

Year: 2022

Category: Pioneer

INDUCTEE

Carol Gathercole

Year: 2022

Category: Legend 06

INDUCTEE

John Coutts

Year: 2021

Category: Outstanding Contribution

INDUCTEE

Reece Rackley

Year: 2021

Category: Humanitarian

INDUCTEE

Kids Alive

Year: 2019

Category: Outstanding Contribution

INDUCTEE

Barbara Nolan

Year: 2019

Category: Pioneer

INDUCTEE

Pat Wright

Year: 2019

Category: Legend 05

INDUCTEE

Diny Van Dyk

Year: 2018

Category: Humanitarian

INDUCTEE

Little Heroes Swim Academy

Year: 2018

Category: Outstanding Contribution

INDUCTEE

Claire Timmermans

Year: 2018

Category: Pioneer

INDUCTEE

Terry Gulliver

Year: 2018

Category: Legend 04

INDUCTEE

John Bainbridge

Year: 2017

Category: Humanitarian

INDUCTEE

AWSOM Project

Year: 2017

Category: Outstanding Contribution

INDUCTEE

Dave DuBois

Year: 2017

Category: Pioneer

INDUCTEE

Pat Taylor

Year: 2017

Category: Legends 03

INDUCTEE

Paul Sadler

Year: 2016

Category: Science

INDUCTEE

Prof. Robyn Jorgensen

Year: 2016

Category: Humanitarian

INDUCTEE

Paul Sadler – Swimland

Year: 2016

Category: Outstanding Contribution

INDUCTEE

Julie Zancanaro

Year: 2016

Category: Pioneer

INDUCTEE

Bernie Shapland

Year: 2016

Category: Legends 02

INDUCTEE

Laurie Lawrence

Year: 2016

Category: Legends 01

INDUCTEE

Forbes & Ursula Carlile