Kate Weldon has been a swim instructor for almost three decades, teaching the vital life skill to hundreds of children in that time.
The Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre swim school coordinator has been named a finalist for the Austswim NSW Awards for Excellence.
The awards are presented to teachers that achieve the highest standard of aquatic education excellence.
Ms Weldon is nominated in the Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion category, for her work with children with disabilities.
She has been a swim instructor for 27 years, and has worked with children with disabilities most of that time.
Ms Weldon said she was “surprised and humbled” to be nominated for the award.
“I like to see the kids get what they need out of the water, improve their lives and have fun,” she said.
Centre manager Kate Grigor said Ms Weldon’s passion, knowledge and experience makes her an important part of their team.
“We are extremely excited and proud of Kate’s nomination,” she said.
“She is such a passionate staff member and has such a wealth of knowledge.
“You can always see the joy on her face when she’s in the water.”
Ms Grigor said Ms Weldon is also an excellent mentor to their staff, especially in her role as an Austswim assessor.
“She’s constantly striving to learn more,” she said.
The Austswim NSW Awards for Excellence will be presented on February 24. State winners will go on to the national awards.