A BURY woman who has been hailed as an “outstanding role model” is in the running to receive a prestigious honour from the Royal Life Saving Society.

Jodie Lord has been shortlisted for the “pool lifeguard trainer assessor of the year” award at the society’s annual conference in Birmingham tomorrow.

Awards will be presented by Great Britain swimmer and Olympic medallist Steve Parry.

Jodie is a training officer at Salford Community Leisure Ltd (SCL) and teaches the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) syllabus to SCL staff and others.

She has been shortlisted after showing exceptional instruction, assessment and development skills for pool lifeguard training across Greater Manchester.

Her commitment to providing the highest level of lifeguard training was highlighted after she saw the need to change training after the launch of the latest version of the NPLQ course.

As a newly qualified pool lifeguard trainer assessor who studied for the exam in her own time, Jodie’s bosses found she often went beyond what was expected of her.

Sue Daniels, workforce development manager at SCL, who nominated Jodie, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Jodie and it is fantastic that she has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

“Jodie is an outstanding role model for our lifeguard team who is constantly setting high standards. She has embedded consistency and quality into our training programme and I can put my total faith in her to ensure we are delivering the most up to date techniques which could help save lives.

“She regularly assesses for neighbouring training centres and has an excellent pass mark for her candidates.”