Maroubra Lifesaver Awarded NSW Youth Volunteer Award

Maroubra SLSC lifesaver, Trent Thomas has been awarded the NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year for the Sydney City/East region.

The award recognises and celebrates the outstanding efforts of the two plus million volunteers in NSW and promotes the importance of volunteering to the community.

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.

Trent now has a chance to be named the NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year at the NSW Volunteer State Awards Ceremony on the 5th of December in Sydney.

Wed 30 Oct 2013