It was wonderful to receive so many nominations for AFA awards this year, with 82 submissions overall. We appreciated that many of you recognised the work done by the AFA board. However, we think it’s vital to celebrate those outside of the board who are so generous with their time and contributions – often they don’t get as much visibility and we think it’s time to change that. There are many outstanding athletes, coaches and volunteers within the AFA , and as freediving grows it is great to see an increasing number of people lending support to others. Our community is one of our greatest assets – it was one of our absolute highlights of the year to read all of the nominations and see the hard work and successes of our members.
Individuals were sometimes nominated in multiple categories, so we provide a shortlist of some of the exceptional candidates below:
Shortlisted members: Ryan Beecroft, Jarrod Briffa, Amber Bourke, Matthew Chew, Craig de Vos, Ben Eckert, Danny Hurst, Sayaka Itagaki, Wayne Judge, Jack Michael, David Mulheron, Anh Tu and Leigh Woolley
– Congratulations from the AFA Board