Foundation Medical Adviser awarded the King Edward VII Cup by Queen Elizabeth

John Long awarded the King Edward VII Cup.

Robert Cadman, a long-time director of the Lifesaving Foundation, seldom speaks about his role as a young first aider on Bloody Sunday in Derry, 40 years ago. Time and again he risked his life trying to save others and was shown in a recent History Channel documentary performing CPR in the middle of a road while bullets were exchanged around him between soldiers and the IRA.

He has dedicated his working life to promoting awareness of water safety in Sligo, setting up the first approved swim school in Rosses Point being just one of his many feats.

The Sligo Champion newspaper recently did an article on Robert Cadman.

You will find the link here.

Dr. Stathis Avramidis PhD received the 2009 Aquatic Safety award from the United States International Swimming Hall of Fame for his ‘outstanding contributions to water safety and lifeguarding worldwide’. He was the youngest and first non-American to receive this award. Stathis’  PhD thesis ‘The 4W Model on Drowning’ contains one of the most comprehensive overviews of drowning and rescues ever published. The full downloadable version of his thesis is available on the Foundation website. He is employed by The Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Greece.


Download Dr. Stathis Avramidis PhD 4W Model PhD Thesis

Brendan Donohoe travelled to London to receive Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Life Saving Commonwealth Society from HRH Prince Michael of Kent, in recognition of his 40 plus years service to lifesaving in Ireland and in the developing world.










John Connolly received Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Life Saving Society UK in recognition of his long service to lifesaving in Ireland and elsewhere. The photo shows John in the Guildhall, London, with his wife Phil and two of their children Stephen and Siobhan.


Presentation of The Surgeon-General John White Medal (Australia) to Lifesaving Foundation CEO John Connolly at the 2007 World Drowning Prevention Conference in Amsterdam. The medal was presented to John by Major General John Pearn, Australian Surgeon-General (retired) in recognition of his service to saving lives from drowning in Waterford, Ireland and worldwide.


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On Thursday 12th of October Lifesaving Foundation Secretary John Connolly was awarded by Maatschappij tot Redding van Drenkelingen its 250th anniversary Medal of Honour by Mr. Gaius Voúte, President.

John Connolly's Award Address Speech.


Professor Kim Tyson (centre) representing the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (USA) presenting NDPA recognition medals to John Connolly and Brendan Donohoe (right) at the 2013 World Drowning Prevention Conference.