A NEWQUAY lifeguard has won an award for his outstanding contribution to the RNLI.
RNLI lifeguard Lewis Timson has been presented with the Gareth Nicholas Memorial Trophy.
Flight Lieutenant Gareth Nicholas, who grew up in Newquay, was sadly killed following a crash of a Ninrod MR2 aircraft while serving in Afghanistan in 2006 along with all 12 air crew.
A trophy was later donated in his memory to the town’s RNLI lifeguard service, as Gareth was a keen supporter of the charity. Each year, it is presented to the lifeguard who provides the most outstanding contribution to the service.
Lewis was presented with the trophy by Gareth’s widow Helen and his daughter Athena, who still live in the town, during an end of season event on Sunday evening.
He said: “I feel very honoured to receive this memorial award in Gareth's name. I didn’t know Gareth personally but after speaking with his family and friends it is a privilege to win his award.
“I look forward to remembering Gareth and all our service men and women each year with the RNLI lifeguard service in Newquay, Gareth's home town.”
Lewis was nominated for the award by his Manager Greg Spray and fellow supervisor Anton Page.
Greg said he was a “very deserving recipient” of the award.
“I am pleased that the RNLI lifeguards in Newquay can use this award to perpetuate Gareth's memory and to recognise Lewis's additional extra efforts during 2013,” he said.
“Lewis always goes the extra mile to ensure the RNLI lifeguards, particularly in the Newquay and Padstow area, always meet their operational service levels and more.
“He is well respected and liked by his colleagues and is a very deserving recipient of this award to recognise outstanding contribution to the RNLI lifeguard service in Newquay.”
Gareth, who was originally based at RAF St Mawgan before being attached to RAF Kinloss with Number 120 Squadron, was a keen water sports enthusiast and was RAF Waveski Champion several times.
He spent much of his spare time at Kinloss as a volunteer lifeguard at the swimming pool and after his death a trophy was created in his name to be presented each year to the most improved swimmer. Following the closure of the pool last year it was decided to bring the trophy back to Newquay where it would be donated to the RNLI.
With the lifeguard season now over the RNLI has advised beach users be aware of tide times and take note of the safety signage at beach entrances.