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NSW Maritime Medallists

An annual award recognising outstanding and sustained contributions to the boating and maritime community by individuals or organisations.

NSW Maritime Medalists for 2015

Captain Tim Swales and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay

Captain Tim Swales – Community Medal

Tim Swales is Commodore of the Sydney Heritage Fleet and Chairman of the Fleet Committee. He is also occasional Master of Lady Hopetoun and Waratah.

After 25 years of service in Britain’s Royal Navy, Tim retired in 1980 with the rank of Submarine Commander. In 1981 he joined the Sydney Heritage Fleet and was appointed Commodore of the Fleet in 1990. His enormous contribution to the Fleet was recognised when he was voted an honorary life member. He holds the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and the International Submarine Silver Service Medal recognising his 25 years of service as an officer in the Royal Navy.

Tim oversees all aspects of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, including the conduct of investigations. In this role he displays all the qualities of an exemplary leader – quiet calmness, level-headedness, depth of knowledge of rules on the water as well as skill and willingness to sacrifice personal time for service to the Fleet. He is a well known and highly respected leader whose knowledge and guidance are invaluable to the NSW boating community.

David Lyall and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay

David Lyall – Community Medal

David Lyall has been President and Commodore of Avalon Sailing Club and is also a Life Member. At the club he manages and organises sailing for all ages from junior starters to mature veterans. As Principal of the Club’s Training Establishment he trains people of all ages in all forms of watercraft, rescue and boat handling, first aid, treatment of hypothermia, rope skills and maritime weather awareness.

He has also been Vice President and Director of the Boat Owners Association of NSW and an instructor and examiner for the Australian Yachting Federation on yachting, sailing and power boat handling.

David is well known for a life-long dedication to the promotion of safe and responsible boating. He has also helped many people with disabilities enjoy the waterways in his work with Sailability Pittwater and in creating an apparatus to lift wheelchairs into Sailability vessels. He is also a volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW.

Peter hunter and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay

Peter Hunter – Safety Medal

Peter Hunter has been involved as a volunteer in the personal watercraft community (PWC) for over 15 years. He takes a leadership and mentoring role in the Australian PWC community particularly in the ACT and NSW. He is known to take new riders under his wing and teach them about safely navigating the waters.

Peter assists the PWC racing community through his continued involvement in the Australian Jet Sports Boating Association. He promotes organised racing as a way of addressing anti-social behaviour and raising awareness of waterway etiquette. He always encourages safe riding and the use of safety equipment.

Peter has also participated in the development of the NSW PWC educational material and assists boating safety officers in Sydney and the South Coast in a voluntary capacity.

(L-R) 2015 NSW Maritime Medal recipiants Captain Tim Swales, David Lyall, Peter Hunter and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay
(L-R) 2015 NSW Maritime Medal recipiants Captain Tim Swales (Community Medal), David Lyall (Community Medal), Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Peter Hunter (Safety Medal)

Recipients of NSW Maritime Medal

Year Recipient Category
2015Captain Tim SwalesCommunity
2015David LyallCommunity
2015Peter HunterSafety
2014Clive WilsonSafety
2014Robert BashamCommunity
2014Greg McNeillEducation
2011Ballina Jet Boat Surf RescueCommunity
2011Peter PhillipsonCommunity
2011Rear Admiral (ret) Tony Hunt AOCommunity
2011Michael O’ConnorSafety
2010Alan Lucas Community and Safety
2010Neil GrievesCommunity and Safety
2010George TeddsCommunity and Safety
2010Bob DyerCommunity, Safety & Environment
2010John WinningCommunity
2010Volunteers of the Sydney Heritage FleetCommunity
2010Broken Hill Speed Boat ClubCommunity
2009Bill JoselinCommunity
2009Andy MunnsCommunity
2009Ronald ThomsonCommunity
2009Commodore Michael StringerCommunity
2009John McCloskeyCommunity
2009Robert AlbertCommunity
2009John GaratyCommunity and  Environment
2009AVCP Squadron Commodore Bruce MitchellCommunity ,Safety & Environment
2009Kenneth FletcherSafety
2009Patricia FayersSafety
2009Norm George SmithSafety
2007/08Ron IsaacsCommunity
2007/08Paul HelmoreCommunity
2007/08David JohnstonCommunity
2007/08William Arthur DreckmeyerSafety
2007/08Norman Muir GrantSafety
2007/08Matthew O’GradyCommunity and Safety
2007/08Shoalhaven Marine Rescue AssocCommunity and Safety
2006Captain Ken Edwards Community
2006Timothy Hone Community
2006Keith Horne Community
2006George Neilson Community
2006Ronald YoungCommunity
2006David PescudCommunity
2006Ian Kiernan Environment
2006Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol
Ulladulla Division
2006Geoffrey Shelton Safety
2006Robert Toyer Safety
2006Stuart McKenzie Safety
2006Bob and Janet Foster Safety and Community
2006Robert Goodacre Safety and Community
2006Peter Goadby Safety, Community & Environment
2006Lady Wakehurst crew Safety, Community & Environment