Tacking Point Clubbie Crowned Top Administrator

Joanne Hawkins from Tacking Point SLSC celebrated her tenth year in Surf Life Saving in spectacular fashion by taking out Administrator of the Year at the 2015 NSW Awards of Excellence in Sydney on Saturday.

It may have been her family that brought her to the surf life saving community as Joanne joined after seeing how much fun her son was having as a Nipper, but it’s passion that has kept her involved.

Joanne earned her Bronze Medallion in 2010 and in the 2014/15 season contributed over 50 hours as a patrolling lifesaver playing her part in ensuring that people who found their way to the beach on the state’s scenic Mid North Coast were well protected.

But it’s the hundreds of hours behind the scenes at branch and club level that has earned Joanne this recognition.

This season Joanne served as Director of Administration for the Mid-North Coast Branch of Surf Life Saving as well as Junior and Youth development coordinator within the member services team of Mid North Coast.

As part of her role there she assists in the coordination of the development programs and is an active facilitator.

“I think people become involved and stay involved in surf life saving because they love it,” Mrs Hawkins said after receiving her award.

Communication plays an important role in her positions within the branch and she finds herself busy as an online moderator on multiple Facebook groups.

For the last two seasons she has organised the successful Mid North Coast Branch Presentation evenings and is on the branch constitution committee.

“For me personally I enjoy everything in my roles at both club and branch level – I really enjoy the communication side of things that I have started to do as it gives me a chance to build and strengthen relationships with other clubs throughout the branch,” she said.

Joanne has also taken on a mentoring role in supporting people from other clubs believing it strengthens the movement.

“What I find really gratifying is helping clubs attain the accreditation that they need to do to ensure they meet all the requirements.”

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 - Joanne Hawkins after being named the state's top administrator for 2015.

Mon 31 Aug 2015