The Lifesaving Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2014 Ireland Medal has been awarded to Dr. Kevin Moran PhD., New Zealand, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the saving of lives from drowning. Kevin has displayed long outstanding leadership and dedication to water safety and lifesaving involving his membership of International Life Saving’s Research and Information Committee; Co-chairing the International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention; he was a founding member of both the New Zealand Drowning Prevention Council and WaterSafe Auckland, which he chaired for a number of years. He has been a frontline surf lifeguard for almost 50 years, first patrolling on Caswell Bay and Llangennith in Wales and then on one of New Zealand’s rugged west coast beaches at Muriwai, near Auckland. Kevin is the 12th Ireland Medal recipient and is the first from New Zealand.
Kevin is described by WaterSafe Auckland as an active academic with a lifelong interest in surf life saving and unique in his field in that he has critiqued, written and revised various national water safety and swimming programmes, such as Lotto Swim Safe, Surf Sense, Surf Safety and Surf Survival. He taught Physical Education in secondary schools in Britain and New Zealand until becoming lecturer in Physical Education in the Secondary Teachers College Auckland in 1974. He helped to establish a professional undergraduate degree programme in Physical Education at Auckland College of Education in 1998. Currently he is a Principal Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. His doctoral thesis is titled Re-thinking drowning risk: the role of water safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in the aquatic recreation of New Zealand youth.Recent publications include studies on toddler parent perceptions of CPR and drowning prevention, parental supervision of children at beaches, lifeguard CPR knowledge and beliefs, rock fisher water safety, defining swimming ability in the context of drowning prevention, and high risk behaviours among youth around water. Professor Robert Stallman (Norwegian School of Sports Science) spoke on Kevin’s participation in the current international Can You Swim Project and of its great potential contribution to saving lives from drowning worldwide.
The medal presentation ceremony will take place on Monday 29th August 2016 at the next Lifesaving Foundation conference.