Central Coast Lifesavers Achieve Top Honours

Central Coast Surf Lifesavers have achieved top honours at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence presented by Stramit Building Products in Sydney on Saturday 3rd August.

The Awards of Excellence acknowledge surf lifesavers from throughout NSW who have performed invaluable public service as lifesavers, administrators or trainers within the community.

Masters Athlete, Initiative, Surf Sports Official and Outstanding Media Service Of The Year were all taken out by the Central Coast.

Paul Lemmon of Terrigal SLSC once again took out Masters Athlete of the Year after his outstanding results for the 2012-13 season. Paul received 19 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals across prestigious surf sports events such as the 2013 Allphones Surf Life Saving State Championships, NSW Pool Rescue Championships, Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, Branch Championships and ILS World Championships.

In addition, Paul also achieved an ILS World Record at the SLSA Pool Rescue Championships in the 40-44 years 200m Obstacle Race, two ILS world records and two Australian records at the ILS World Championships in Adelaide last year.

He is a champion athlete who epitomises all the good in surf lifesaving – dedicated, respectful and a tremendous role model as an athlete for our younger members.

Donald Van Keimpema of Shelley Beach SLSC was awarded Surf Sports Official of the Year in recognition of his significant contribution towards the area of coaching with commitment shown to officiating and official’s educational development.

Donald is a motivated and knowledgeable official in all aspects of surf sports. He has officiated at many local events and at all major carnivals for many years. In this capacity he has worked both behind the scenes in an organisational capacity as well as played a major role in many state and Australian titles.

Donald has presented and facilitated at many clinics, conferences and courses not only at branch but also interstate and overseas. He has mentored many officials over a long period of time and been a member of many working parties to continually improve Surf Sports.

The Central Coast’s Aaron Camp, was awarded Initiative of the Year for the program, ‘The Project’.

‘The Project’ initiative is a participant-led endeavour where participants learn skills that are immediately transferrable to their clubs through initiating and implementing the key activities invoked through the program. These include networking, budgeting, public speaking and social media awareness. Additionally, the program this year took the participants to visit Arcadian SLSC in Far North Queensland to expose them to significantly different lifesaving challenges than would be faced at the member’s own clubs.

Through the program, the branch has seen record engagement with the SLSNSW Youth Opportunity Makers Program with 18 applicants received. This initiative is set to improve member retention and engagement of this age group and will provide for a platform to develop future leaders.

Southern Cross Austereo, through its Central Coast radio stations SEA FM and 2GO, has provided significant support to Surf Life Saving clubs and volunteers on the Central Coast for more than a decade and was deservedly awarded Outstanding Media Service to Surf Life Saving NSW.

Southern Cross Austereo has positively promoted surf lifesaving to an audience of over 150,000, covering a range of surf lifesaving messages.

Southern Cross Austereo also provides Central Coast clubs with event promotional support, financial support and also coordinated and convened a fundraising golf day raising in excess of $10,000 for the volunteer lifesavers on the Central Coast. In addition, they also supported the NSW State Championships, providing an advertising and editorial partnership for the event.

More than 250 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, coaches and administrators gathered in Sydney on Saturday night (3/8/13) to celebrate the enormous contribution of volunteers and clubs from across NSW.

Picture- Donald Van Keimpema accepting his award.

Wed 7 Aug 2013