Central Coast Named NSW Surf Life Saving Branch of the Year

Surf lifesavers from the Central Coast and the branch itself have received top honours at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit Building Products in Sydney on Saturday.

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

The Central Coast secured the prestigious Branch of the Year, Male Junior Lifesaver of the Year and Assessor of the Year.

The central coast branch in celebrating their 75th season has demonstrated an expansion in provision of services to clubs and the wider community. The branch this year has seen an expansion in the key areas of support operations, community based programs, education and surf sports.

The branch has also heavily focused on a drive for compliance and financial sustainability to all the Central Coast clubs through projects such as the quality club programs and the clubs investment fund.

President of Surf Life Saving Central Coast, Stuart Harvey, praised central coast lifesavers for their commitment and dedication to the movement.

"We had six or seven tables full of keen, passionate lifesavers here tonight which just reinforces the attitude that Central Coast lifesaving is known for. I'd like to thank all the wives, husbands and partners for putting up and supporting us all when it can sometimes take over our lives," said Mr Harvey.

Robert Powell of Umina SLSC was named the NSW Assessor of the Year. Robert is an exceptional assessor who has assessed at over 15 awards and 20 skills maintenance sessions this season. He is a highly experienced lifesaver and educator, and willingly mentors new assessors to Surf Lifesaving.

He was a member of the Surf Life Saving NSW ‘Think Tank’ in April and has assisted in resource development at branch and national levels. He oversees the training and assessing of all new trainers and assessors on the Central Coast in his role as Manager of Education. He is an active participant in community education programs and is highly regarded by his fellow assessors.

Terrigal’s Jackson Heinze was formally recognised as the Male Junior Lifesaver of the Year after being named as such following a Surf Life Saving NSW Development Camp earlier in the year in Sydney.

More than 280 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, coaches and administrators gathered to celebrate the enormous contribution of volunteers and clubs from across NSW for the 2014 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit Building Products.

For a full list of all the winners please visit the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence event page.

Mon 18 Aug 2014