2013 Junior Lifesavers of the Year Announced

Andrew Lange (Fingal Beach SLSC) and Jade Horton (Tacking Point SLSC) have been named the 2013 Surf Life Saving NSW Junior Lifesavers of the Year.

The prestigious award recognises and rewards outstanding younger members of the surf lifesaving movement who show an advanced level of maturity and leadership potential.

This year’s winners were chosen following a lengthy and difficult selection process, from a field of 22 state finalists. Over the past week the finalists completed a Junior Lifesaver of the Year development camp on the Sydney Northern Beaches, where they took part in a range of activities to promote leadership and teamwork.

Both winners were overwhelmed and surprised at being honoured with the award.

Andrew Lange – Fingal Beach – Hunter Branch

“This is pretty big. I am from a pretty small club so this is really exciting to be a part of,” said Andrew.

Andrew is heavily involved in all aspects of surf lifesaving after joining Fingal Beach SLSC as an U8 nipper. Andrew currently assists his club and branch in a number of ways and is particularly interested in the educational and social aspects that come with being a part of the Surf Life Saving movement.

Andrew is passionate about pursuing surf lifesaving and aims to take home the team building skills he has developed as part of the JLOTY development camp, and to do as many SLS courses as he can.

Andrew’s advice for others wanting to get into surf lifesaving is, “Get involved and keep pursuing it. It just keeps getting more fun as you go along.”

Jade Horton – Tacking Point – Mid North Coast

“To be awarded Junior Lifesaver of the Year is the most amazing feeling. I really wasn’t expecting this and you come to the JLOTY camp knowing you have already done really well just to be here and this is just above and beyond,” said Jade.

Jade has been an active member at Tacking Point since she was involved in nippers from the age of 5 and says she has never looked back since.

Jade is looking forward to gaining more skills in the education area, with goals to get her Bronze Medallion and become an Age Manager to share her skills and passion with other members at her club and within the surf lifesaving community. Jade is passionate about the movement and is an outstanding young lifesaver.

“I would recommend getting involved in surf lifesaving to everyone. You won’t regret it,” Jade said.

2013 Junior Lifesaver of the Year Finalists:

  • India Brown - Lennox Head-Alstonville
  • Lewis Warne - Cudgen Headland
  • James Murray - Sawtell
  • Anna Fry - Sawtell
  • Jade Horton - Tacking Point
  • Isaac Robinson - South West Rocks
  • Tim Denley - Forster
  • Ruby Jones - Forster
  • Andrew Lange - Fingal Bay
  • Darcie Van Huisstede - Cooks Hill
  • Beau Jeffries - Avoca Beach
  • Gabi Taranto - MacMasters Beach
  • Courtney Halford - Long Reef
  • Angus Gilbert - Manly
  • Chelsi Williams - Elouera
  • Austin Wem - South Maroubra
  • Jack Williams - Helensburgh-Stanwell Park
  • Chloe Bell - Helensburgh-Stanwell Park
  • Amy Abbey - Nowra Culburra
  • Nathan Troiani - Shellharbour
  • Rahni Dixon - Tathra
  • Hallam Brichacek – Tathra

Fri 26 Apr 2013