Caves Beach Member Crowned Top Young Lifesaver

Dedicated, talented, and passionate, these are just some of the adjectives that could be used to describe young Caves Beach lifesaver Samantha Hallett, who has capped an outstanding summer by being crowned Young Lifesaver of the Year.

The teenager is juggling her role as school captain with her passion in lifesaving, and over the course of the 2015/16 season has made an enormous contribution to her club.

Samantha spent 78 hours on patrol this season with 100% attendance and takes pride in ensuring that all requirements are met. She has ambitions to eventually captain her own patrol, and good judges believe that those responsibilities aren’t too far away.

She’s part of the “golden generation” of IRB racers coming through Caves Beach right now and won gold and two silver medals at the State IRB Championships, and a silver at The Aussies.

“For myself and my club it’s a reward for how I’ve gone over the previous season but also incentive to continue. It’s great to know my club supports me enough to nominate me for awards like these and acknowledge some of the things I do,” Samantha Hallett said.

“I’m Youth Coordinator at Caves Beach SLSC and it’s really good to know that people recognise that we need help in that area and it is such a good thing to continue helping the youth.”

“Every season since I began patrolling I have had 100% attendance. I love patrolling and my team and from next season I’ll be a Patrol Captain I hope so looking to showcase the amazing skills we have as surf lifesavers.”

One of her goals is to help ease the transition from cadet to fully fledged patrol member and is the Caves Beach Youth Development Coordinator and sits on the management committee. Her passion is improving the youth experience for lifesavers around the state, and in the past has been involved with NSW Youth panels.

Not content to rest on her laurels, she is determined to educate herself to the highest possible standard and found time this season to achieve her training officer certificate, silver medallion beach management, and silver medallion aquatic rescue awards.

"I would like to obtain my Gold Medallion and become a Chief Training Officer at my club so I’ve got a number of goals I would like to achieve," Samantha Hallett said.

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: Samantha Hallett at the 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016