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Πρεσβευτές Αθλητικής Ναυαγοσωστικής

Ο τίτλος του Πρεσβευτή Καλής Θελήσεως Αθλητικής Ναυαγοσωστικής, έχει δοθεί σε εξέχουσες προσωπικότητες που μέσα από τη δράση τους συμβάλλουν στην προώθηση των σκοπών της και τη διάδοση του αθλήματος στην Ελλάδα και/ή το εξωτερικό. Ο Πρεσβευτής Καλής Θελήσεως Αθλητικής Ναυαγοσωστικής πρεσβεύει τα ιδεώδη του "ευ αγωνίζεσθαι" και προβάλλει το άθλημα της ναυαγοσωστικής με κάθε δυνατό τρόπο.

Dr. Kevin Moran (Ν. Zealand)
Dr. Kevin Moran
Kevin is a Principal Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. Kevin has had a lifelong commitment to drowning prevention as a researcher and an educator. He has been a frontline surf lifeguard for almost 50 years, still currently patrolling one of New Zealand’s rugged west coast beaches at Muriwai, near Auckland. He is a member of the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) Research and Information Committee, a Co-chair of the International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention, a foundation member of the New Zealand Drowning Prevention Council, and Chairman of Watersafe Auckland Inc (WAI). His recent publications include studies on: toddler parent perceptions of CPR and drowning prevention; parental supervision of children at beaches; lifeguard CPR knowledge and beliefs; rock fisher water safety; defining swimming ability in the context of drowning prevention, and high risk behaviours among youth around water.

 Bob Burnside
Robert “Bob” Burnside (USA)
 Bob is perhaps the best known and most iconic lifeguard in the United States. His contributions to water safety are extraordinary. His love of aquatics was probably most influenced by his stepfather, 1920 Olympian and ISHOF Honoree, Stubby (Harold Herman) Krueger, and his mother, Jane Mackenzie, who was a Ziegfield Follies dancer.
In his early years, Bob was selected 22 times to the “All American Swim Team”, and three times to the “All American Water Polo Team”. In high school, he was the national record holder in the 100 yard backstroke and the 120 yard IM. He was the first high school swimmer in the US to break the one minute barrier in the 100 yard backstroke!
Bob was hired as an ocean lifeguard by Los Angeles County in 1951. When a representative of Surf Lifesaving Australia met with Los Angeles County leaders, Bob was appointed to become the president of what was to be called the “Surf Life Saving Association of America”, created solely to compete in an international lifesaving competition to be held in Australia during the year of the 1956 Olympics. Bob was a member of that team, which had never competed in an international lifesaving competition. Bob placed third in the international belt race at Torquay Beach.
In 1963, Bob invited lifeguards from various lifeguard agencies in Southern California to meet and discuss the concept of creating a true national association of professional ocean lifeguards. The various delegates agreed, and in 1964, the “Surf Life Saving Association of America” was formally created as a nonprofit organization of professional beach lifeguards. Bob was elected president and served in that capacity for four years. The organization changed its name twice, and it is known today as the “United States Lifesaving Association”.
In 1967, Bob served as manager of a new competition team, which toured and competed in Australia and in New Zealand. The following year, 1968, he toured the East Coast of the US in an effort to promote membership and to broaden the interest in and to help move the organization toward a true national base. Bob designed and produced the revolutionary plastic “Burnside Rescue Can” (patrol can), which is now a standard for lifeguards worldwide, and an iconic symbol for beach lifeguards. It was the symbol for the TV Series “Baywatch”.
Professionally, in Los Angeles, Bob was instrumental as a member of the affirmative action committee to mandate women’s rights to take the beach lifeguard test that led to the hiring of the first female ocean lifeguards by the department. He eventually rose to become the chief lifeguard of Los Angeles County. During his tenure, Los Angeles County created the first lifeguard paramedic program, a hyperbaric chamber, lifeguard certification program and pioneered the “prevention first” concept in lifeguarding. Previously the profession had focused primarily on “reaction” to people in distress, rather then “preventing” distress. Also, during his tenure, most of the municipal beach lifeguard agencies in Los Angeles County were merged into a single county agency, which continues to exist today.
Bob is the founder of “Club Tortuga” a USLA approved Mexican water safety development project. As part of this operation, the first Spanish beach lifeguard training manual was developed, primarily as a translation of the USLA Training Manual. He also organized the development of a video depicting lifeguard issues throughout Mexico, and coordinated on site training and political support for Mexican lifeguards. Those efforts established Mexico’s first government beach lifeguard employees, now serving under the state fire division chief.
Bob earned the Australian Bronze Medallion, the Canadian and Royal Lifesaving Instructors Certificate, the New Zealand Instructor Certification and the American Red Cross Instructor Certificate for first aid and water safety. He has been certified by the USCG as a rescue board operator and he was part of the first certified Los Angeles County Diving Scuba Instructors and a longtime member of the Department’s underwater rescue and recovery unit, which was the first such team in the West!
Bob was a Grand champion in World Body Surfing in 1989, and for 13 consecutive years, the winner in his age division. He has been a masters division national champion twelve times at the USLA National Lifeguard Championships in the Iron Man, swim rescue board and rescue race events. He has been a national master’s division swim champion and a National Dorymen’s Association Champion, and winner of the Masters Inter-Mountain Downhill Ski Championship!


Δρ. Βίκυ Μπαφατάκη (Italy)
Γεννήθηκε στην Αλεξανδρούπολη και μεγάλωσε στη Μάκρη, ένα παραθαλάσσιο τουριστικό θέρετρο, όπου έζησε έως 10 ετών. Η Αρχαιολογία είναι ο πρώτος της έρωτας. Είναι η επιστήμη που της χάρισεσεβασμό για τον ελληνικό πολιτισμό, που της έμαθε να μη θάβει τις αλήθειες της, για να μη βρεθούν όπως εκείνες οι πλαισιωμένες από χρυσά κτερίσματα μέσα σε θολωτούς τάφους. 
Dr. Vicky Bafataki



Μπήκε στο χώρο, φοιτήτρια του τμήματος Επικοινωνίας & ΜΜΕ του Παντείου το 1993, με υποτροφία της Ε.Ε. που δόθηκε σε «καλούς» φοιτητές. Ξεκίνησε  να γράφει σε σημαντικά περιοδικά, και κατόπιν ήρθε η τηλεόραση. Το 2005 πήρε μέρος στον διαγωνισμό επιστημόνων των Διεθνών Βραβείων Gusieppe Sciacca, στον τομέα Επικοινωνίας. 362 άτομα συμμετείχαν στο διαγωνισμό. Η θεματική που παρουσίασε ήταν «Η διάδοση του πολιτισμού & του εθελοντισμού μέσα από τα Μ.Μ.Ε.» και της έδωσε την πρωτιά. Στην ίδια τελετή βραβεύονταν ο Πάπας της Ρώμης.  Εργάστηκε εθελοντικά σε μεγάλα projects κοινωνικής μέριμνας και πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς. Το 2006 έγινε μέλος της Επιτροπής Προεδρίας. Tο 2009 έγινε μέλος της Κριτικής Επιτροπής των Βραβείων (www.premiosciacca.it) και το 2012 έγινε Γ. Γραμματέας. Είναι Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Ινστιτούτου Νομικών, Οικονομικών και Κοινωνικών σπουδών (Ρώμη, Ιταλία) και μέλος της επιστημονικής επιτροπής. Σημαντικότερες στιγμές της επαγγελματικής της πορείας: Dama de Merito de Honor από το Τάγμα των Ιπποτών του Αυτοκράτορα Κωνσταντίνου (Spain 2010). Βραβείο Κοινωνικής & Εθελοντικής Προσφοράς στην ανθρωπότητα (Ιβοριανή διασπορά, Abidjan, Ακτή Ελεφαντοστού 2010). Παγκόσμιο Βραβείο Giuseppe Sciacca Νέων Επιστημόνων στην Επικοινωνία-Δημοσιογραφία (Βατικανό 2005). Τιμητική πλακέτα Πανεπιστήμιο Camerino Ιταλίας για θέματα Παιδείας Πολιτισμού (Ιταλία 2005). Πρέσβειρα του Ιταλικού Πολιτισμού ανά τον κόσμο (Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Ιταλία 2006). Αντιπρόεδρος Συνδέσμου Φιλίας των Εθνών. Σπούδασε Ιστορία – Αρχαιολογία, Επικοινωνία & ΜΜΕ, Ιταλική Γλώσσα και Λογοτεχνία. Δίδαξε ως φιλόλογος σε Λύκεια, και με τις δυο ιδιότητες στις Σχολές Αστυφυλάκων, σε Δημόσια και Ιδιωτικά ΙΕΚ Δημοσιογραφίας. Εργάστηκε ως Αρχαιολόγος, και Επικοινωνιολόγος σε μεγάλες κρατικές και ιδιωτικές καμπάνιες. Ως δημοσιογράφος εργάστηκε σε εφημερίδες, περιοδικά.

Dr. David Szpilman (Brazil)
Dr David Szpilman 

Dr. David Szpilman has been widely acknowledged as one of the most dedicated and modest driving forces of world lifesaving. His work as doctor, scholar, athlete, and event facilitator has impacted water safety in most continents of Earth for 26 years.
STUDIES: He holds a Medical Degree (University of Faculdade Tecnico Educacional Souza Marques 1982), studied Internal Medicine and Critical Care (Navy 1982-5) and got a Diploma of Management Military Officers (Rio de Janeiro Fire Department 1996). He holds over 400 certificates on lifesaving, lifeguarding, first aid, resuscitation, defibrillation, spinal injury, lifeguarding and rescue in all aquatic environments, with rescue equipment including surf, jet ski and helicopter at the founding and instructor level from 135 organizations in 22 countries, including the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS).
PUBLICATIONS: He is the author of 4 books, 68 book chapters and 156 research papers on national/international medical literature, whereas he has given over 500 lectures on national/ international conferences in drowning related subjects and run 178 workshops on drowning and CPR. In addition, he is acting as reviewer in 7 medical, lifeguard related scientific journals. As teacher, instructor and conference speaker it is estimated that he has reached an audience of over 10.000 people in 22 out of 27 Brazilian states and in 32 countries.
AFFILIATIONS: Szpilman is the Founder, the Former President and currently the Medical Director of the Brazilian Life Saving Society (SOBRASA). In addition he is a Member of the Brazilian National Resuscitation Council and a Member of the Medical Commission of ILS. He is also a Founding Member of the International Drowning Researcher Alliance.
WORK: David worked as a MD in a daily basis, with lifeguards at the Drowning Resuscitation Centre (Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro, 1990-2010). This Centre is a pre-hospital emergency facility at the Rio de Janeiro Beaches, especially developed in the 60´ to deal with aquatic emergencies. The reference hospital for trauma was his other job (Former Head at the Adult Intensive Care Unit for 12 years - Municipal Miguel Couto Hospital), which allow him to follow up all the occurrences since pre to hospital care. His other posts include Medical Director (SOBRASA, Brazil 1995-), Scientific Director (Hospital Municipal Miguel Couto, Education and Research Center, Brazil 1995-2016), Scientific Consultant of the Education Center of the Civil Defense (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015-).
SPORT: He has been 2 times National Lifesaving Sport Champion in Brazil whereas currently is the lead organizer of the annual national Championships. He has participated in the World Lifesaving Sport  Championship 3 times.
HONORS: His contributions in water safety have been acknowledged and honored 22 times by national and world organizations. These include the Ars Cvrandi Award on Science 1994, Manoel Tenreiro Award – Distinction in Science Literature (Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro 1994), 3 Order Honors (Commercial City of Rio de Janeiro 1995, Rotary Club 1996, Legion of Good Will 1997), 3 Acknowledgements for medical service in action (Lifeguard Service of Guaratiba 1999, Military Force 2004, Lifeguard Service of Rio de Janeiro), 8 Awards of Merit for altruism, bravery in medical attendance, lifesaving and drowning prevention (Rio de Janeiro City 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009; Parana Fire Department 2006; Rio de Janeiro State 1995; Rio Grande do Sul Fire Brigade 2007), Citation of Merit (ILS, 2009), Friend of Lifesaving Award (Lifeguard Department, Rio de Janeiro State 2012), Award Coronel Carlos Hugo Stokler de Souza (Santa Catarina Fire Department, Brazil 2012), Lifesaving Sport Goodwill Ambassador (Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity, Greece 2014), and 2 Medals of Merit (SOBRASA 2009, 2015).
PERSONAL INFORMATION: David is married and has 2 children. He speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. Despite his demanding daily schedule, he is always only a few minutes away from any water safety related request made by anyone anywhere on Earth. He is keen, dedicated, passionate, modest, and helpful. 



Dr. Arturo Abraldes
Professor J. Arturo Abraldes (Spain)
Professor J. Arturo Abraldes teaches at the Faculty of Sport (Campus S. Javier) at the University of Murcia (Spain). By way of bibliography, he studied at the National Institute of Physical Education (INEF of Galicia) in Bastiagueiro - Oleiros (La Coruña), between 1992 and 1997, graduating in Sport and Physical Education by the University of Coruña. He received a PhD of Physical Education, Sport and Health Education, Department of Medicine (University of Coruña), for the biennium 1998/2000, ending it with obtaining Research Aptitude. After completing their doctoral programs, their work focused on making the doctoral thesis in the area of Lifesaving. So, after years of work, July 24, 2002 defended his dissertation thesis entitled Lifeguard and Sport: a study of human resources on the beaches of Galicia, rescues interventions and their relationship to the lifesaving, in the University of A Coruña. Obtaining the qualification ofExcellent Cum Laude. Since then, his work focuses on the university. His experience in this sense begins in 2001, at the Faculty of Sports Science (Pontevedra Campus) at the University of Vigo (2001-2002), through Catholic University San Antonio of Murcia (2002-2009), to the present where he is a Teaching and Research at the University of Murcia (Spain).

Μάρκος Σεφερλής
Μάρκος Σεφερλής
Ο Μάρκος Σεφερλής, γεννήθηκε στις 8 Σεπτεμβρίου 1968 και κατάγεται από την Κόρινθο. Μετά το Λύκειο σπούδασε στην Ανωτέρα Σχολή Δραματικής Τέχνης Μαίρη Βογιατζή-Τράγκα. Η πρώτη του τηλεοπτική εμφάνιση ήταν το 1988 στην ΕΤ2, ενώ έμειναν στην ιστορία οι μεταμφιέσεις του στην  επιτυχία TAXI. Η θριαμβευτική του πορεία στο Θέατρο αρχίζει το Χειμώνα 1997-1998 στο Θέατρο Αυλαία με την κωμωδία ΣΟΥΙΤΑ ΓΕΝΕΘΛΙΩΝ και συνεχίζεται μέχρι σήμερα, έχοντας διανύσει μία σταθερή και επιτυχημένη πορεία. Από το 2004 και μετά, έχει την ευθύνη όλης της παράστασης εκτός από Ηθοποιός, όπως τα κείμενα, το casting, τη σκηνοθεσία καθώς την παραγωγή. Είναι παντρεμένος με την ταλαντούχα ηθοποιό Έλενα Τσαβαλιά και έχουν αποκτήσει ένα γιο, το Χάρη.