"My lifesaving journey started as a 12 year old in 1965 whilst a member of Swansea Swimming Club taking part in the club personal survival and lifesaving classes.  I passed my first Bronze Medallion in 1967 and that same year competed in my first lifeguard competition with the Gower Lifeguards.

I continued lifesaving and performed voluntary lifeguard duties during the Summer months at Caswell Bay as a member of, initially Caswell Bay Lifeguards before the club being renamed City of Swansea Lifeguards, regularly competing in RLSS Lifeguard competitions.

In 1971 I joined South Wales Constabulary and completed my Distinction Award and represented Swansea Central Division in the force lifesaving championships and then South Wales Constabulary in the Inter Services competition and Regional competition of the Police Baton competition then the National finals of the Police Baton competition.

I subsequently represented the Swansea Division and South Wales Constabulary in local, regional and national competitions until retirement in 2003.

In 1975 West Wales Branch was formed and I competed and won the first Branch competition that year.

Through the following years I became a lifesaving teacher, trainer, examiner, assessor, advisor, mentor,  and RLSS competition coach and taught all pool and open water lifesaving awards through club and branch, training hundreds, if not thousands, of persons and carrying out numerous assessments/examinations.

I am also a Lifeguard Trainer Assessor and have trained and assessed numerous candidates for the relevant awards many of whom subsequently gaining employment as Beach Lifeguards locally and in some cases internationally.

In 1996 l joined Langland Bay Lifeguard Club representing them in various competitions and becoming coach, committee member and trustee of the club.

I was nominated for the Shrievalty Cup – South Wales Police Community award for my lifesaving activities in the community on two occasions and was a being runner up each time.

In 2000 l was awarded a certificate for my Recognition of Exceptional Contribution to British Police lifesaving, by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

In 2001 l was appointed Wales team manager to take team to RLSS Commonwealth Championships.  

In 2004 l joined Mumbles Lifeguard Club and was until recently a coach, committee member, fund raising officer, welfare/safeguarding officer, vice treasurer and trainer assessor.

Whilst a serving police officer and after my retirement I trained numerous officers to complete the Bronze Medallion award, coached the male and female teams to compete in the annual Police Baton and Arlington Cup competitions.  The male team winning the Police Baton in 1989.

I was a member of the organising committee for the 2004 Police Baton National event at Cardiff and a finalist in Coaching Award category in the 2016 Swansea Sports Awards. As a qualified ILS official for pool and ocean events l officiated at the 2015 European Lifesaving championships.

Whilst being involved with RLSS l have been a Branch committee member and have held the roles of Branch and Regional Competition Organiser, Wales team manager, Membership secretary, Treasurer and latterly Branch Chairman.   I have also been a member of the RLSS Regional Committee and served a term as a member of a RLSS National Committee.

I am currently a member of the Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Swansea Water Safety forms representing RLSS.

In 2021 l attended the National Honours Ceremony and was presented with The Stanley Peck Trophy as the Area Organiser of the year. I have also been the recipient of other honours over the years including Presidents Commendation (1990), Medal of Distinction (1994), Service Cross (1997), Dorothy Cadbury Trophy (1998), Bar to Service Cross (2002), Bar to Medal of Distinction (2003), 2nd Bar to Service Cross (2005), Honorary UK Life Member (2006), Recognition of Service (2009), 2nd Bar to Medal of Distinction (2018), Long Service Medal (2018), William Henry Award (2018), William Henry Award (2019), Medal of Honour (2020)."