Northern Beaches Lifesavers Receive Top Honours At SLSNSW Awards

A multitude of Sydney Northern Beaches Surf Lifesavers have received top honours at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit Building Products on Saturday August 3rd in Sydney.

The Awards of Excellence acknowledge surf lifesavers from throughout NSW who have performed invaluable public service as lifesavers, administrators or trainers within the community.

Manly LSC took out two Surf Sports categories with Olympian Naomi Flood awarded the Surf Sports Athlete of the Year and young gun Georgia Miller, Young Athlete of the Year.

Naomi has had an incredible 2012-13 season with highlights such as five gold medals at Aussies as well as two team seconds.

Leading up to this, Naomi achieved three gold and three silver medals at the 2013 Allphones Surf Life Saving State Champs and achieved an outstanding second in the overall point score in the Telstra Ironwoman series. This was after being a key member of the Olympic kayaking team and achieving a 1st and 4th place at the 2012 World Cup in Russia.

Naomi has had a stellar season and is a worthy recipient of the Athlete of the Year award.

It has also been a spectacular year of achievements for Georgia Miller, a determined young lady who gives 100% every time she races.

Georgia has had outstanding results at Aussies and State, in both Under 17 and Opens events, and as part of the NSW Interstate team and a member of the Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch team, which culminated in her achieving female Competitor Of The Carnival at Aussies 2013.

Adrienne Lowe of Dee Why SLSC was the recipient of the Assessor of the Year award.

Adrienne has made an outstanding contribution to streamlining and improving the delivery of aquatic rescue awards in the Sydney Northern Beaches.

Adrienne is active in many facets of education and the lifesaving movement through mentoring new trainers and assessors, educating local migrant groups in CPR and first aid, and competing in first aid competitions. Not restricting herself to her own club, Adrienne oversees Bronze Medallion assessments at central venues and makes herself available to nearby clubs to conduct mock assessments.

Adrienne dedicates significant time to professional development and has been instrumental in developing branch assessment tools.

With ambitions of continuing to contribute to education at club, branch and state level through resource development and filling vital positions, Adrienne’s contribution to surf lifesaving is outstanding.

Freshwater SLSC were well represented on the night taking out both Administrator of the Year and Team of the Year.

Wayne Freakley was recognised for his demonstration of a wide variety of involvement across a number of administrative fronts, demonstrating outstanding service in administration at his club and branch.

With involvement on the Sydney Northern Beaches Governance Panel, Freshwater Club Governance Panel, Surf Sports Panel, editor of the club's newsletter, Club Registrar, responsible for the club's Annual Report production and preparation of grant applications, Wayne's contribution in these key areas of the club's administration is instrumental in the success of Freshwater SLSC.

Of note is Wayne's role in the implementation of the latest SLSA Water Safety Policy at his club, ensuring each sector was aware of the implications and steps required. Wayne also introduced a major initiative streamlining the membership renewal process, a major step for a club with almost 2000 members.

The Freshwater U19 R&R crew then scooped up Team of the Year.

Freshwater Under 19 R&R Team's achievement of being the first junior team in the history of SLSA R&R Competition to win an open R&R event was impressive. The team members all displayed outstanding dedication to training for their event, meeting their patrol obligations and their commitment to helping out with fundraising and other events at their club.

Members of the team also assisted with junior activities on Sunday mornings, water safety and also with the club's Annual Surf Awareness Day.

Young Lifesaver of the Year was awarded to Rebecca Chapman of North Steyne SLSC. Rebecca has displayed an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of surf lifesaving activities at all levels.

At club level, Rebecca is a Training Officer, Patrol Captain, and Assistant Director of Youth, and at branch level she is a SurfCom operator and is on the Board of Youth and Membership development. At state level she is a Surf Sports Official and this year a winner of silver and gold medals in the NSW Patrol, Lifesaver and First Aid competitions.

Rebecca has implemented and co-ordinated the Youth Involvement Program (YIPs) at North Steyne. YIPs encourage the continuation of the young members in the 13 to 17 age group to transition into the senior club.

Rebecca participates as a positive role model in various disciplines of surf lifesaving activities including Surf Sports, Education, Lifesaving and Youth activities, all to a very high standard.

More than 250 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, coaches and administrators gathered to celebrate the enormous contribution of volunteers and clubs from across NSW.

Photo- Georgia Miller accepting her award.

Wed 7 Aug 2013