Central Coast Crowned Lifesaving’s Top Branch

A number of innovative ideas across all aspects of Surf Life Saving secured the Central Coast Branch the Branch of the Year title at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.

Among the many highlights for the Branch in the 2015/16 season three stood out for their ingenuity and their impact on local lifesaving.

A new three round Board and Ski series was introduced this season with the aim to encourage local athletes to enter a relaxed competition. It was a great success with 200 athletes entering some from clubs who hadn’t competed in many years. The fact that it could be completed in three hours was an important selling point to competitors who juggle busy lives.

“It’s a great honour to receive this recognition for our 9,000 members and 15 Surf Clubs. Our members do an amazing job and it’s such a privilege to win Branch of the Year,” Central Coast Branch President, Stuart Harvey said.

“From our junior movement to the education we’re delivering to the youth and to the surf carnivals, they’re always having so much fun and it’s amazing to see.”

“Our community education is one of our major goals and we’ve worked to deliver that to the community. Our 15 Surf Club Presidents have done some outstanding things over the years and all of our different teams have put in tireless amounts of work.”

Surf Life Savers were recognised at a local Hyundai A-League derby match between the Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets. It was an opportunity to thank lifesavers and also raise awareness. The Mariners wore red and yellow in support becoming the first professional team to recognise Surf Life Saving in this way.

The Branch has continued to supports their 15 clubs financially, and has organised many training opportunities for those in leadership positions at their clubs to come together and develop their skills.

This season Central Coast Branch engaged a third party financial firm in a three-year partnership to improve and streamline financial governance and transparency of surf clubs.

All clubs received a free audit service and financial support throughout the season. One of the real strengths of the Central Coast Branch has been their willingness to develop a vision across all areas of lifesaving. Strong leadership and good communication with their clubs has helped turn many of these visions into reality, and in doing so helping lifesaving within the area continue to grow.

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 http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/event/201516-slsnsw-awards-of-excellence or our social media channels.

Photo: Branch President, Stuart Harvey, Branch CEO, Chris Parker and fellow Directors at the 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016