New SLSNSW Life Members

Five Surf Life Saving members have been recognised for their distinguished voluntary service and dedication by being awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW).

Chris Paul – Swansea Belmont SLSC

Chris Paul has contributed more than 40 years of service to Surf Life Saving since obtaining his Bronze Medallion in 1973 at Swansea Belmont SLSC after completing a particularly courageous belt swim, according to his examiner on the day.

Chris went on to become an outstanding member of Surf Life Saving, his involvement including membership of organising committees for both Australian and NSW Championships, in addition to his roles as Club Captain, Deputy President and Chief Instructor, among many others, at Swansea Belmont SLSC. Chris was a valuable member of the Hunter Branch Board of Examiners and was an extremely effective Zone Supervisor, Examiner and Secretary of the Board for seven years. Chris is also an accomplished carnival official and carnival referee, was a member of Australian Delegations to the World Lifesaving Championships and acted as Australian Championship Carnival Secretary.

Chris has earned the respect of fellow lifesavers all over Australia. He remains active and vitally interested in the affairs of Surf Life Saving and we congratulate him on his elevation to Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW.

Stephen Knight – Caves Beach SLSC

Stephen Knight of Caves Beach SLSC has contributed 29 years of service to Surf Life Saving and his commitment to youth development and member services has been outstanding. Stephen has served as a Sectional Referee, NSW Championship Official and State Team Manager on numerous occasions, as well as sitting on the NSW Awards of Excellence and Junior Lifesaver of the Year Panels.

Stephen has been Chairman/Director on Hunter Branch Junior, Youth and Member Services Boards for more than 20 years and is an experienced Team Manager, Team Advisor and Team Selector. He is an accomplished, all-round administrator with a great depth of knowledge and commitment to Surf Life Saving and we thank him for his contribution.

Rhonda Scruton – Nobbys Beach SLSC

Rhonda Scruton has been heavily involved in Surf Life Saving for 30 years as a member of Swansea Belmont and then Nobbys Beach SLSCs.

Rhonda has been an integral contributor at club, branch and state level through her excellent managerial skills in her capacity as a volunteer. She has been called on numerous times to volunteer her expertise on Junior Education, NSW Awards of Excellence, SLSA Junior Education Resources and SLSA Staff Interview Panels.

Rhonda’s passion for junior education has been well demonstrated. She developed a simple and fun resource for juniors and their parents and has implemented this not only within the Hunter Branch but within five other Surf Life Saving branches. Rhonda regularly liaises with other branches and provides valuable assistance and support with implementing junior activities and resources.

Rhonda was responsible for coordinating the deployment of Surf Life Saving members and craft in 2007 when Newcastle experienced the worst floods in its history. She also assisted in organising six Newcastle Surf Life Saving Clubs to be painted and worked with Stockton SLSC to host the Australian Surf Rowers League National Championships for four years.

In addition to her outstanding work as a volunteer, Rhonda is the Chief Executive Officer of Surf Life Saving Hunter Branch where she manages sponsorship, staff and liaises with the four local Councils in the Hunter Branch. We congratulate Rhonda on her well-deserved elevation to Life Member of Surf Life Saving NSW.

Reginald Wood – Sussex Inlet SLSC

Reginald (Reg) Wood of Sussex Inlet SLSC has dedicated an extraordinary 69 years to Surf Life Saving since obtaining his Bronze Medallion in 1944 at the age of 18 at Avalon Beach. Reg is well known as a Training Officer and has been committed to teaching and assessing hundreds of lifesavers, ensuring they have the skills necessary to protect beachgoers. Reg has gained an impressive 47 awards in Surf Life Saving and remained active and proficient for an outstanding 62 years.

Reg has performed in leadership roles and held positions at club, branch and state level including as Club Captain, Beach Inspector, Chief Instructor, Vice President (Sussex Inlet), SLSA Delegate, Member of the Judiciary Committee, Senior Vice President (Avalon Beach), Gear Steward, Life Membership Committee and Patrol Captain. He was also a competitor in Surf Boats, Rescue and Resuscitation and Surf Skis.

Reg’s endeavours and accomplishments within Surf Life Saving were recognised in State Parliament by the local Member and he has been the recipient of Community Volunteer and NSW Premier’s awards. We congratulate Reg on receiving Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW.

Neville (John) Mills OAM – Coffs Harbour SLSC

Neville (John) Mills has dedicated an outstanding 70 years of service to Surf Life Saving since gaining his Bronze Medallion in 1944 at Coffs Harbour SLSC. John has devoted much of his life to the movement as a lifesaver, competitor, coach and administrator.

As a surf sports competitor, John achieved 21 years of distinguished results at club, branch, state and national level. John’s extensive knowledge, versatility and experience over a range of disciplines means he has excelled as a surf sports coach at the highest level for 63 years, both on the North Coast and with Freshwater SLSC in Sydney where he has also been a member for more than 60 years.

John has served as Club Captain, Chief Instructor, Member of the Board of Examiners and Deputy Carnival Referee. John has been the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Bicentenary Medal and the Centenary Medal, along with the Medal of the Order of Australia. John’s sustained excellence as an individual, team member and leader is recognised with his elevation to Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW.

Fri 14 Nov 2014