As if stealing the naming rights for Pavlova and claiming to be the first country in the world to ‘give’ votes to women wasn’t enough, a New Zealand news article has claimed British lifeguard Steven Gregory as one of their own after he’d worked just 2 seasons in the country, and then left his colleagues out of the plaudits.
Here’s the headline as it appeared in New Zealand
Here’s a link for the original UK article. Note how it was a member of the public who pulled the drowning girl from the water and Steve Gregory was one of a group of heroic lifeguards who helped to resuscitate her. Steven has also helped out in other rescue missions: July 2013
By the time New Zealand got hold of the latest rescue story, Steve had taken headline billing and turned into a Kiwi, despite being described in the NZ article as “an English lifeguard.” Furthermore, they published their photo of him wearing his NZ uniform, free advertising for DHL included.
For the record, here’s Steve’s photo from the UK press coverage:
None of his colleagues that participated in the rescue got a mention in the NZ press so we’ll mention them here: Robin Howell, Sam Chamberlain, Mitch Coldicutt and Ben Gardiner, aided by an off-duty nurse and a local paramedic (no names given).
Very bad form NZ, very.
Here’s how it was reported in NZ
“A former Mount Maunganui lifeguard has been hailed as a hero after he helped to save the life of a toddler found face-down in the ocean in the UK.
Steven Gregory has been congratulated by the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service after reports of the rescue in England.
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service general manager Glenn Bradley said Mr Gregory was an English lifeguard who patrolled Bay beaches with the Mount service over the past two summers.
Mr Bradley said Mr Gregory followed the summer season between England and New Zealand, working as a lifeguard in both countries.
Mr Gregory was featured by an English media website at Perranporth, England, after he saved the life of a toddler found face down in the water…” source
Good on you Steven for being part of a team working hard to save lives, regardless of where you do it or what your nationality is.