Hunter Branch Honoured At Surf Life Saving Awards Of Excellence

Surf Lifesavers from the Hunter 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 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.

The Hunter secured the prestigious Branch of the Year, Junior Lifesaver of the Year and Surf Sports Coach of the Year.

The Hunter Branch has displayed outstanding initiative, open communication and impressive team work whilst instilling best practice principles within all clubs within the branch. The concerted effort by the clubs in the Hunter Branch has been rewarded by all 13 clubs within the branch achieving Bronze Status in the SLSNSW Quality Clubs program this year.

In addition, all 13 clubs within the Branch are accredited with the Australian Drug Foundation Good Sports Program, at Level 1 or higher.

One of the initiatives to encourage and develop the health of clubs formulated from the newly established Hunter Branch Strategic Plan, was the introduction of a Sustainability Award chart. This chart assisted all 13 clubs to identify weakness in their individual lifesaving qualifications, which the Branch then used to conduct courses to achieve the desired standard of patrolling qualifications for each club. This initiative has encouraged healthy patrols and will cement the future of the surf lifesaving clubs within the Hunter.

This award recognises not only the outstanding achievements of the Hunter Branch but rewards all the efforts by the 13 clubs and those of the thousands of members within the branch.

Fingal Beach surf lifesaver Andrew Lange, was announced the Junior Lifesaver of the Year jointly with Jade Horton from Tacking Point, earlier this year. On Saturday night they received their awards.

Andrew is a consistent role model at Fingal Beach SLSC where he currently takes part in fundraising initiatives and represents his club at branch carnivals.

Andrew also plays a key role in the promotion of Surf Life Saving through his involvement in local Australia Day community events.

Having spent a considerable amount of time living in the country, Andrew’s focus for the future is to spread the Surf Lifesaving message to young people in rural areas.

Andrew is an outstanding lifesaver within the movement.

Scott Bryant of Caves Beach SLSC was the recipient of the Surf Sports Coach of the Year.

Scott has been actively involved with the coaching of IRB competitors at Caves Beach for ten years.

The time he spends not only coaching but supporting others is difficult to calculate. As an accredited Level two coach, Scott also contributes to the development of the sport, through assisting the development of other coaches, encouraging young athletes, but also as a member of working groups to develop and enhance the sport.

Caves Beach has achieved the honour of being the only club to win ten State Championships in the history of IRB racing in NSW. Scott’s record over many years indicates that he has built up the IRB team at Caves Beach to the dominant force that it is today.

Scott is a very dedicated and efficient Life Member, father and coach who has the necessary rapport with his competitors and parents alike. Scott is a well-respected member of the club and has been a continuous member for close to 30 years.

More than 250 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.

Wed 7 Aug 2013