Recognition Opportunities

Recognising the invaluable contributions made by members, clubs and branches is extremely important to surf life saving. The award categories recognised at surf life saving NSW reflect the core activities undertaken by members.

The awards marked with an * are recognised at both state and national levels. Those awards not marked are recognised at state level only.

Surf Lifesaver of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards the outstanding contribution members have made to the delivery and development of surf life saving activities and services to the club, branch and community.

Volunteer of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards members who have assisted in managing and or developing a Surf Life Saving club and or service and whose contribution demonstrably enhances the development of surf life saving.

Club of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards outstanding achievements in club development that results in Surf Life Saving clubs in Australia providing safer beach and aquatic environments for the community.

Lifeguard of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards Australian Lifeguard Service employees who have made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of lifeguard services.

Trainer of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards trainers who have made a significant contribution towards the area of education and awards within surf lifesaving.

Assessor of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards assessors who have made a significant contribution towards the area of education and awards within surf lifesaving.

Surf Sports Official of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards officials who have made a significant contribution to the area of officiating within surf lifesaving with regards to both the commitment shown to officiating over the calendar year and their contribution towards official’s educational development.

Surf Sports Coach of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards coaches who have made a significant contribution towards the area of coaching within surf lifesaving with regards to both athlete/s performance and the area of coach educational development.

Surf Sports Athlete of the Year*

This award recognises and rewards athletes who have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

Masters Athlete of the Year

The purpose of this award is to recognise and reward masters athletes who have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

Young Athlete of the Year

The purpose of this award is to recognise and reward athletes under the age of 19 who have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

Team of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding achievements made by a team in respect to Surf Life Saving performances at any level of the organisation(club/branch/state/national/international). Note that SLSNSW employees are not eligible for this award). Teams may include (but are not limited to) surf sports teams, lifesaving teams, support services teams, development teams, management as well as education and training teams.

Initiative of the Year

This award recognises a new initiative developed and delivered by a group or individual at club, branch or state level (note that SLSNSW employees are not eligible for this award). This initiative can be related to any area of SLS including (but not limited to) surf sports, lifesaving, member services, community education, fundraising or education and training.

Facilitator of the Year

This award recognises ongoing delivery of consistently high quality training and assessment that adheres to SLSNSW guidelines.

Administrator of the Year

This award recognises and rewards members who have demonstrated outstanding service in administration at a Surf Life Saving club, branch or activity throughout the 2009/10 season. This award is for volunteer administration roles only.

Branch of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding achievements and operations by an affiliated SLSNSW branch. By recognising branch initiatives and best practice, this award will reward not only branch but the clubs and their members.

Outstanding Media Service

This award recognises outstanding contribution to the wider coverage of Surf Life Saving and its activities. The media may be instigated by a volunteer or amateur/ professional media provider. Media may take the form of radio, television, newspaper, etc. Recipients do not have to be members of the association to be nominated for this award.

Junior Lifesaver of the Year

This award is designed to recognise and reward younger members for their outstanding contribution to the club, branch and community and for the initiative and leadership skills they have displayed throughout their surf lifesaving careers.

Young Lifesaver of the Year

This award recognises and rewards patrolling members who have made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of surf life saving. It is aimed at members who represent the culture and core values of surf life saving.

Rescue of the Year

This award is issued to recognise the most signficant rescue effort made by an individual or group.