Australia’s star swimmer Eamon Sullivan could easily have become just another drowning statistic when, as a toddler, he accidentally rode into his family’s backyard pool. It was only the vigilance of his parents that saved him, and now the 26-year-old repays his fortune by helping Royal Life Saving, Uncle Tobys and Barnados teach disadvantaged children about water safety.
“There are a lot of unfortunate families – the kids escape their view and fall in the pool,” Sullivan said of his own experience.
“I was lucky, I could have been one of the unlucky ones.”
“It is as important a skill as being able to read and write. It is a life-threatening thing if you don’t get it right,” he said.