Policy for Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life Membership is the highest honour that the AFA can bestow on an individual. As such, it is a distinction not regularly awarded which gives recognition to those who have made an outstanding contribution, and in doing so have made an extremely positive impact on the sport of freediving. The sport is made up of athletes, coaches, judges, volunteers, and more. Therefore, Honorary Life Membership must represent much more than holding a particular office and fulfilling the responsibilities of that office. The contribution must be diligent, extraordinary, and significantly above and beyond what would be ordinarily expected within the freediving community.

An outstanding contribution to the sport of freediving is one which:

  • Occurs over a significant period of time of no less than ten to fifteen years;
  • Requires substantial and commendable personal input as a volunteer;
  • Improves the standing of freediving in the broader Australian community; and
  • Results in freediving being substantially, demonstrably and positively changed by that contribution.

In addition to the above, consideration may be given to the extent to which an individual’s impact extends beyond a single location. Finally, the nominee must have demonstrated exceptional personal ethics and behaviours which align with the AFA’s values and principles, reflected in their positive reputation and standing within our community. Whilst it is not expected that Honorary Life Members continue their outstanding contribution to freediving in perpetuity, Honorary Life Members are required to maintain their exceptional personal ethics, values and behaviours in order to continue their Honorary Life Membership.

Nominations for Honorary Life Membership of the AFA addressing these criteria may be submitted to the AFA Board by an AFA member, and the suitability of the individual for the award shall then be considered by the AFA board as per the AFA Constitution. A candidate should ordinarily be nominated a minimum of 8 weeks before the Annual General Meeting for the AFA Board to make a determination and, for suitable candidates, present them for member consideration at the AGM.