We take the greatest pleasure in announcing the news that in recognition of his long outstanding contribution to saving lives from drowning, Dr Kevin Moran has been awarded the Lifesaving Foundation 2014 Ireland Medal. This was announced at the recent lifesaving conference in Dublin which Kevin attended.

Says John Connolly, the Foundation’s Honorary Chief Executive,”Kevin has displayed leadership and dedication to lifesaving through his membership of International Life Saving’s Research and Information Committee; Co-chairing the International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention; 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 front line surf lifeguard for almost 50 years, patrolling one of New Zealand’s rugged west coat beaches at Muriwai, near Auckland.”

The Medal is awarded to an Irish person or organisation, or person of Irish descent, in recognition of an exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning. Kevin is the first medal recipient from New Zealand. “His grandfather, Denis Moran, emigrated from Ireland to Wales at the beginning of the 20th century,” says John.

Kevin is still a member of WAI’s Board, (read his profile here) and joins a list of esteeemed medal recipients. We’ll update this post once we hear details of the formal medal presentation which is expected to take place next year. For more information visit www.lifesavingfoundation.ie/irelandmedal/.