Lifesaver Takes Out State Award

After winning the NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year for the Sydney City/East region, Trent Thomas of Maroubra SLSC has gone on to take out the 2013 Youth Volunteer of the Year at State level.

Trent has been a valuable member of Maroubra SLSC for many years and has shown his commitment and dedication to surf lifesaving across all levels of the organisation including Administration, Education, Lifesaving, Member Development and Organisational Development and Strategy.

He is the current Vice President at Maroubra where he is a community orientated member who focuses on the understanding and engagement of the community to assist the overall development of Surf Life Saving as an organisation, including ways to retain and recruit members as well as develop the club’s juniors.

“It is a privilege to win this award and for it to be in the youth division really highlights our organisation’s strengths in youth engagement. No other organisation has the connection to such a large and valuable group of youths to engage with our community work ,” said Trent.

As part of a very active and experienced team at Maroubra, Trent has seen the areas of junior development flourish, retention rates of junior surf lifesavers improve, patrol strength and capability improve significantly, competition numbers of juniors and cadets grow, financial sustainability and accountability reformed, member services improved and club facilities improved.

Trent is a highly motivated goal setter, who maintains a positive manner in all aspects and is very deserving of this award.

Trent was also awarded the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence in August.

Ken Bellette of Bateman's Bay SLSC on the Far South Coast was recognised with a High Commendation at the Awards in the Corporate Individual Volunteer category for his dedication to the Surf Life Saving NSW emergency response network.

Also nominated on the day was Richard Parsons of North Avoca SLSC, who was awarded 2013 Central Coast Senior Volunteer of the Year and John Collins, a member of Dee Why SLSC, who along with his team run the popular Orange Bush Nippers program taking surf education and training to the children of NSW’s Central West.

Congratulations to these fantastic volunteers.

Thu 5 Dec 2013