Batemans Bay Lifesaver Honoured For Volunteering Efforts

It’s been a busy year for Batemans Bay lifesaver Sue Hunt who aside from her club commitments has also juggled the dual responsibilities of Far South Director of Administration and Director of Member Services. She now has one more role to balance; the title of 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Volunteer of the Year.

She has been the driving force behind developing and implementing the 15-17’s program providing much of the administration and organisational skills necessary to make the program such a great success in its first year.

The goal of engaging graduates of the program to serve as mentors for new participants moving forward is a key factor in ensuring sustainability of clubs into the future with her communication and organisational skills essential to growing this program successfully.

As a level 2 official Sue can often be found at IRB and Surfboat carnivals, and is a dedicated patrolling member of Batemans Bay.

Sue is passionate about identifying opportunities for youth members and this year she sat on the Junior Life Saver of the Year interview panel for Far South Coast candidates.

“It’s overwhelming to receive this award. It means the hours that I put in trying to make things better really do make a difference and the people around me actually think I do,” Sussan Hunt said.

“My focus at the moment is youth development which involves engaging the kids are trying to keep them involved in Surf Life Saving through different programs and activities.”

She took on a new challenge this year serving on the organising committee of the George Bass Marathon. It was a challenging year to begin the role but her concern for member welfare and ability to think clearly under duress proved extremely valuable under the adverse conditions.

“The satisfaction I get out of seeing our under 15-17s having a great time achieving awards and being taking seriously at their own clubs. The George Bass Surf Boat Marathon was also another highlight for me, I was on the organizing committee and it’s a great adventure – everybody should have a crack at it,” Sussan Hunt said.

“We’re a really small Branch and there are a lot of people with big hearts doing a lot of work, so this award is for them it’s not just about me it’s for the whole Branch.”

One of her key strengths is sourcing knowledge from different sources and sharing it with others. She’s extremely generous and the Far South Coast will be reaping the benefits of this for seasons to come.

The 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Over 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around NSW gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

For a full list of all the winners, and to see photographs from the night, please visit the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence Event Page or our social media channels.

Photo: Sussan Hunt at the 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016