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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
Recipients of NSW Maritime Medal
|2015||Captain Tim Swales||Community|
|2011||Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue||Community|
|2011||Rear Admiral (ret) Tony Hunt AO||Community|
|2010||Alan Lucas||Community and Safety|
|2010||Neil Grieves||Community and Safety|
|2010||George Tedds||Community and Safety|
|2010||Bob Dyer||Community, Safety & Environment|
|2010||Volunteers of the Sydney Heritage Fleet||Community|
|2010||Broken Hill Speed Boat Club||Community|
|2009||Commodore Michael Stringer||Community|
|2009||John Garaty||Community and Environment|
|2009||AVCP Squadron Commodore Bruce Mitchell||Community ,Safety & Environment|
|2009||Norm George Smith||Safety|
|2007/08||William Arthur Dreckmeyer||Safety|
|2007/08||Norman Muir Grant||Safety|
|2007/08||Matthew O’Grady||Community and Safety|
|2007/08||Shoalhaven Marine Rescue Assoc||Community and Safety|
|2006||Captain Ken Edwards||Community|
|2006||Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol |
|2006||Bob and Janet Foster||Safety and Community|
|2006||Robert Goodacre||Safety and Community|
|2006||Peter Goadby||Safety, Community & Environment|
|2006||Lady Wakehurst crew||Safety, Community & Environment|