Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero


2020 QLD Local Hero Nominee

Craig Tobin

State: Queensland

Swimmer, coach and mentor

After competing in the pool from the age of nine at state and national levels, Craig Tobin has continued his passion for swimming.

In his spare time, he voluntarily coaches Down Syndrome and Special Olympics swimmers, volunteering more than 6,000 hours over the past 10 years. His contribution includes coaching these athletes to state, national and international levels – and helping improve the quality of their lives as a result.

Previously running free, community-based swimming programs for refugee high-school children and other minority groups in his area, Craig now volunteers his annual leave to attend national and international swim meets. He also attends three Down Syndrome World Championships each year as a team coach.

Craig has built a solid reputation nationally and internationally as a highly respected coach for Down Syndrome and Special Olympics swimmers. His coaching extends to teaching swimmers valuable life skills, like self-respect, self-control, teamwork, dedication and commitment – empowering them to become active, valued members of their community.


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