Tacking Point Clubbie Named NSW Lifesaver Of The Year

The Mid North Coast Branch and especially Tacking Point SLSC have had a huge night at the Surf Life Saving Awards Of Excellence on August 3rd, taking home a number of awards.

Ryan Rosenbaum from Tacking Point SLSC was the winner of the prestigious Lifesaver of the Year award.

Ryan has been a member of the organisation for twenty-one years since joining as a nipper & patrolling for the past 11 seasons. He is heavily involved at his club as a Patrol Captain, Trainer, Assessor and Facilitator and is currently the Deputy Director of Lifesaving for the Mid North Coast Branch.

Throughout the 2012-13 season, Ryan completed 100.5 hours of patrols plus an additional 200 hours as the Rescue Water Craft Operator and Branch Duty Officer. Ryan attended more than twenty-five emergency call-out incidents as the Branch After Hours Coordinator, including a three day search and rescue operation.

Furthering his development, Ryan attended the Australian Emergency Management Institute in Victoria and the State Duty Officer training weekend.

Ryan has demonstrated his commitment to public safety by facilitating several courses and has also been assisting in the development of text messaging services for duty officers in conjunction with the club call out teams.

Ryan has a keen interest in Surf Lifesaving and the role that it plays in the community, and was very happy to win this award.

“Lifesaving is an opportunity to help people and that’s why I love it. Winning the award is just an added bonus but it’s amazing to be recognised and it’s all pretty overwhelming,” he said.

Jade Horton also from Tacking Point SLSC was the recipient of the Junior Lifesaver of the Year award.

Jade has been an active member at Tacking Point SLSC, participating in a range of activities including water safety, fundraising and educating community members. Jade enjoy the camaraderie and leadership skills offered through surf lifesaving and her club.

Jade would like to further her involvement within the education arena, with goals to become an Age Manager and to assist with education courses. Jade is also looking forward to obtaining her Bronze Medallion.

Jade is a fantastic ambassador for surf lifesaving.

Kim Rayner of Port Macquarie SLSC scooped up a well-deserved Facilitator of the Year.

Kim was a standout nominee for the award of Facilitator of the Year making a significant contribution to the facilitation and support of education at club level and for the Mid North Coast branch, facilitating in excess of 40 courses throughout the season.

She is an active mentor of new facilitators in the branch and is the current Director of Education for the Mid North Coast branch, a position she has held for 6 years.

Being frequently involved in professional development activities and always working towards improving her knowledge, Kim has recently completed a Cert IV in Leadership and Cert IV in Frontline Management, and is now undertaking a Diploma in Vocational Education & Training. Kim also assists local high schools through facilitating their Surf Survival program in the first term of each year.

Her ability to transfer knowledge to her course participants is exceptional and she has dedicated countless hours to doing so.

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

Photo- Ryan accepting his award.

Wed 7 Aug 2013