TERRY CUMMINS who retired from PADI recently to pursue other interests after 30 plus years of service, was this week awarded one of Australia’s highest honours – The Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Awarded for his contribution to sport, especially scuba diving, Terry has spent an eventful week providing several interviews for local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations following the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday.
Although the OAM award was recognised immediately, Terry advises that the official award presentation will be conducted by the Governor General of Australia in Canberra (Australia’s capital) sometime in September/October, later this year.
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage. Recipients of honours in the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life with nominations in the General Division of the Order coming directly from the community.
A highly regarded industry leader and a steadfast icon in the Australian dive market, Terry represented PADI in many capacities, making countless contributions to the development of the dive industry and PADI Internationally.
Terry joined PADI in 1972 as a PADI Member. He retired late last year as International Vice President – Marketing Metrics and Performance, PADI Worldwide and, Director – Market Development for the Technical Diving Division.
In the early 1970’s, along with other dive professionals, Terry established PADI’s presence in Australia and in 1982, formed PADI Australia Pty Ltd. He was later appointed to Director of Operations and eventually Chief Executive Officer, successfully leading PADI Australia as CEO until 1999. That year he was instrumental in transitioning PADI Australia into PADI Asia Pacific and served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
Along with many PADI accreditations and awards presented to him in the past, Terry has also been recognised for his work on many dive clubs and committees over the years, e.g. Australian Scuba Council, Standards Australia, Dive Australia, Dive Queensland, DEMA Asia Pacific and Project AWARE. Other significant industry awards he has received or played a part in are; Intervarsity Marine Knowledge and Spearfishing Champion way back in the early ‘70s, Dive Australia Scuba Excellence, Oceanic Legend, and at OZTeK in 2007, was recognised for “The Support and Development of Technical Diving in Australia”.
Terry remarked, “I would like to thank everyone at PADI for being part of my life and the obvious role they played in me being honoured with this most prestigious of all awards.”
Please join PADI as we congratulate Terry Cummins on receiving The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), which is indeed a momentous honour.