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Passion for water safety pays off

 MARC Aquatic Supervisor Wendy Cole was awarded the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics Presidents Award on Monday night.

MARC Aquatic Supervisor Wendy Cole was awarded the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics Presidents Award on Monday night.

Long-time City of Mandurah employee Wendy Cole has been recognised for her passion and outstanding dedication to the aquatic industry and water safety.

Wendy was awarded the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics (LIWA) Presidents Award at an annual dinner on Monday night. She was awarded in recognition of her contribution to the Institute, water safety and the aquatic industry.

“It really took me by surprise, I had no idea I’d be winning this award,” Wendy, the Aquatic Supervisor at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC), said.

“To be nominated by my industry-wide peer group for this award is very humbling.”

Wendy has been employed by the City at the MARC since 2002, overseeing aquatic operations and training hundreds of lifeguards in Mandurah and around the state.

Her career as a pool manager started 26 years ago when she took a job at the local pool near her home town of Kellerberrin. Wendy initially took the job because she loves being outdoors.

She’s now a certified lifeguard and first aid trainer with the Royal Lifesaving Society of WA and a board member of LIWA. In 2013, Wendy was awarded the LIWA Outstanding Service Medal for 24 years of service, and nominated for the City of Mandurah Citizen of the Year Award.

Wendy is excited to continue her role at the MARC once the stage one aquatic redevelopment is completed later this year. “It’s going to be such an incredible facility for Mandurah residents, and I’m really looking forward to seeing our community enjoy this new and improved aquatic space.”

Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said Wendy is a valued employee at the City and has provided many years of outstanding dedication to her roles.

“Wendy brings a great character and level of enthusiasm to her job, and we’re delighted that she’s been recognised by her industry peers,” he said. 

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