Lifesavers Celebrate Night of Nights

There wasn’t a rubber duckie in sight as some of the state’s finest surf lifesavers swapped swimmers for formal wear to celebrate the season that was in Sydney on Saturday.

The Annual Awards of Excellence were the biggest show in town as the Surf Life Saving community got the full a-list treatment while honouring the season’s finest achievements.

Champion surfer Layne Beachley AO did a tremendous job hosting the evening while the voice of surf sport, Kurt Hanson did his best entertainment reporter’s impression as he mingled with the guests on the red carpet before the festivities.

The 2014/15 season has certainly been one worth celebrating for the movement. Our dedicated patrolling lifesavers again did an outstanding job keeping people safe on our beaches.

Surf Sports too celebrated a momentous year with 2015 marking 100 years since the hosting of the first Championships on Bondi Beach. The scale of Ocean Beach Umina’s recent State Championships would scarcely be believable to those early pioneers.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven said that the Awards of Excellence was the perfect opportunity to honour not just the award recipients but the membership as a whole.

“Now that the sand has settled for another season, I believe we can all look back with pride at the 2014/15 season for a job well done,” Mr Haven said.

“While the award ceremony honours those who achieved particularly highly throughout the year their efforts would not be possible without the contribution of every single one of our 76,000 members.

“As an organisation we have faced many challenges, but I am confident that we will continue to achieve our core objective which is to help keep people safe on our beaches,” he concluded.

As the 2014/15 season moves into the history books, clubbies everywhere are getting ready to do it all again come September 19, 2015 when the flags are raised once again.

2015 SLSNSW Award Of Excellence Winners:

Educators:
Trainer of the Year - Beck Mister (Coogee SLSC)
Assessor of the Year - Craig Howie (Coogee SLSC)
Facilitator of the Year- Rod Balkin (Ballina-Lighthouse SLSC)
Education Program of the Year - Project 291, Bellambi SLSC

Member Services:
Administrator of the Year – Joanne Hawkins (Tacking Point SLSC)
Team of the Year – Newport Men’s Taplin Teams (U17,19 & Open)
Initiative of the Year – Adopt-a-Nipper (Warren Evrard & Glenn Clarke The Entrance SLSC)

Surf Sports:
Masters Athlete of the Year – Paul Lemmon (Terrigal SLSC)
Young Athlete of the Year – Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi SLSC)
Coach of the Year – Trent Herring (Newport SLSC)
Official of the Year - Ray McDonagh (South West Rocks SLSC)
Athlete of the Year –Georgia Miller (Newport SLSC)

Lifesaving:
Junior Lifesavers of the Year –
Brianna Clarkson (Brunswick Heads SLSC)
Reed Van Huisstede (Cooks Hill)

Young Lifesaver of the Year – Julien Vincent (Coogee SLSC)
Rescue of the Year – Richard Garnsey (Cronulla SLSC)
Lifeguard of the Year – Ken Walsh (Shoalhaven)

Major Awards:
Branch of the Year – Sydney Northern Beaches
Club of the Year – Cudgen Headland SLSC
Volunteer of the Year – Glenn Clarke (The Entrance SLSC) Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Rosemarie Taliano (North Bondi SLSC)

The 2015 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Almost 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around the state gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

To read more about our winners, and of course view some sensational photographs from the night please view our official event page from Monday or social media channels

Photograph - North Bondi's Rosmarie Taliano is all smiles after being named the 2015 NSW Surf Lifesaver of the Year

Below - Glenn Clarke from The Entrance Surf Lifesaving Club celebrates the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Volunteer of the Year Award

Sat 29 Aug 2015