Blacktown Council swim instructor Sharon Falkner wins 2016 AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults award

IN GOOD HANDS:Multi-award-winning Aqua Learn to Swim instructor Sharon Falkner with adult students Amanpreet Kaur, Swetha Devabakthini and Ellen Cranfield. Picture: Blacktown City Council

IN GOOD HANDS:Multi-award-winning Aqua Learn to Swim instructor Sharon Falkner with adult students Amanpreet Kaur, Swetha Devabakthini and Ellen Cranfield. Picture: Blacktown City Council

One Blacktown swim instructor has proved she’s never out of her depth.

Aqua Learn to Swim instructor Sharon Falkner took out the 2016 AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults award.

It’s not her first award either. Ms Falkner, who has worked for Blacktown Council for eight years, won the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infants award while she was working at Emerton Leisure Centre in 2011.

Aside from adult and children’s swimming lessons, Ms Falkner is also qualified to teach water safety, aquatics access, and competitive strokes.

Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali congratulated the experienced instructor on receiving another top gong.

“Sharon is a passionate instructor and a credit to the Aqua Learn to Swim program,” Cr Bali said.

“Her dedication to aquatic education not only sees her passing on valuable knowledge and skills to the students and their parents, but she also mentors her fellow learn to swim instructors.”

Cr Bali encouraged residents of all age to learn how to swim at one of the council’s five aquatic centres, based in Blacktown, Emerton, Mount Druitt, Riverstone and Stanhope.

“It’s never too late to learn how to swim,” he said. “It’s just as important for adults as it is for children.”

Contact your closest centre for more information.

Aqua Learn to Swim team leader Sarah Ryan, Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali, Sharon Falkner and Blacktown Aquatic Centre coordinator Malcolm Toovey. Picture: Blacktown City Council

Aqua Learn to Swim team leader Sarah Ryan, Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali, Sharon Falkner and Blacktown Aquatic Centre coordinator Malcolm Toovey. Picture: Blacktown City Council

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