Hughes Crowned Lifesaver Of The Year

North Cronulla’s Kane Hughes had reason to celebrate at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence in Sydney on Saturday after he was crowned Lifesaver of the Year.

Hughes was recognised for his dedication to Surf Life Saving across multiple areas, and his busy season included 97 hours on patrol at hi North Cronulla club, 29 hours with Surf Life Saving RWC, and 48 hours as Duty Officer.

As Vice-Captain of his club and a Patrol Captain he enjoys mentoring young Bronze Medallion and SRC holds and encouraging them to get qualified in as many awards as possible. He is a Sydney Duty Officer, works with Surf Life Saving Support Operations in Ski Support, and has worked at carnivals as an official, water safety and emergency services coordinator.

He’s also highly experienced having patrolled for 12 years and is a keen surf boat rower. In his spare time he became a qualified assessor and has a passion for IRB development.

“It’s a great reflection of our club and the opportunities they’ve given me and the ability for someone to walk into this organisation and contribute on so many different levels,” Kane Hughes said.

“Being a Surf Lifesaver means the ability to contribute to the community is the core part of it but also the social side that keeps everyone entailed.”

He is a member of the lifesaving committee at club level, and has ambitions to become involved with operations and administration at a branch and ultimately state level.

Kane’s passion for knowledge and ability to lead by example make him a valued member of the North Cronulla club. He is on record as saying one of the proudest moment of his time in lifesaving came as he watched members of his patrol rescue 45 people in 45 minutes during an incredibly busy January afternoon.

In 11 of his seasons he has achieved 100% patrol attendance and spent more than 100 hours on patrol.

“There’s definitely a lot of people I’d like to thank, they know who they are. They’ve guided me and told me to pull my socks up a few times but definitely given me great opportunities,” Kane Hughes concluded.

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: Kane Hughes at the 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016