North Bondi’s Taliano Crowned Top Lifesaver

Rosemarie Taliano’s pride and dedication to the Surf Life Saving Movement were recognised at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence in Sydney on Saturday with the North Bondi clubbieclaiming the prestigious Lifesaver of the Year honours.

Rosemarie’s passion for lifesaving began early in life after joining North Bondi for Nippers at age 6 and ever since she has been proved herself a valued club servant.

Since 2010 she has been actively involved in educational activities around the club and her efforts in that field over the past five years have been both significant and ongoing.

In 2014 Rosemarie joined the ranks of assessor and joined the volunteer crew of the offshore rescue boat where she is currently in training to become a driver.

“I never could have dreamed of this and certainly not when I started off as a Nipper all those seasons ago, I actually feel a little bit overwhelmed and this means so much,” a clearly delighted Taliano said on Saturday.

“I love lifesaving to me it such a wonderful thing to do as I love giving back to the community in whatever way I can. I guess I have been involved in a lot as I feel it is important to have an experience in everything I possibly can.”

Some of her many highlights in the 2014/15 season include logging 180 hours of patrol across the beach and ORB service, being a mentor for the club’s younger members, trainer and assessor in the Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate, and a patrol vice captain at North Bondi.

“For me personally what I really enjoy is mentoring others. I have a background in teaching and I feel I can be really effective in sharing my knowledge. Learning how to be a Rescue Boat Driver is very special as well.

“I have enjoyed working with other clubs throughout Sydney as it’s great to be able to witness how others work,” she said.

Looking forward Rosemarie hopes to continue her education within lifesaving, but also has one on the competitive environment.

“I have recently started competing in lifesaving competitions so one of my goals for next season is to get myself up to state and national level.

“Apart from that I want to continue to mentor others and continue my own involvement in lifesaving.”

One thing is for sure when the flags are raised once more on Sydney’s Bondi Beach Rosemarie Taliano will be somewhere close by.

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.

For a full list of all the winners and to see photographs from the night please visit the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence Event Page or our social media channels

Photograph - North Bondi's Rosemarie Taliano is all smiles after being named the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saver of the Year

Mon 31 Aug 2015