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Leeds Beckett trainer earns award for contribution to life saving


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A trainer who has run first aid and national lifeguarding qualifications at Leeds Beckett University for more than 20 years has been honoured for her contribution to the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS).

Janet Wilson receiving the Certificate of Merit

Janet Wilson received a Certificate of Merit from Prince Michael of Kent and met the Queen at a specially-convened Buckingham Palace reception also attended by The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

The society, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016, recognised 125 members from across the Commonwealth.

On receiving the award before Christmas, Janet said: “I have been associated with the RLSS for over 50 years, starting as a volunteer. 

“I actually didn’t know anything about it. I have been involved at management level for a long time; I would have thought I would have known these kind of things.

“It was a really nice day. I went with my aunt. I’ve been to Buckingham Palace before and I promised her that, if ever I went back, I would take her - we had an excellent three days in London.”

HRH Prince Michael is the Commonwealth President of the RLSS and approved the special anniversary edition of his Certificate of Merit.

The award was made to individuals whose voluntary contribution and achievements have significantly impacted on the Society and its work, or have represented the Society in an exemplary way, in particular in the fields of sport, youth and drowning prevention.

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) recognised 125 members from across the Commonwealth

Janet has delivered first aid courses and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) for many years at the University, alongside serving on several national and international committees working towards drowning prevention. 

Other recipients of the Certificate in 2016 came from countries including the UK, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and St Lucia.

Volunteer organisation the RLSS is dedicated to the prevention of drowning and was established in England in 1891. The RLSS has independent, self-governing branches active in 27 Commonwealth countries. 


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