Thurtell Takes Out Masters Honours

After years of being one of the most consistent performers in her division across a variety of disciplines, Forster’s Laura Thurtell has added another title to her impressive resume; Masters Athlete of the Year.

In 2015/16 she won 6 medals at the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships including gold in the Surf, Tube, Ironwoman, and Ski Relay Race.

At The Aussies she wrapped up her season with two gold and two silver medals, while also winning a further 4 gold medals at The Australian Pool Rescue Championships.

“It’s awesome to win this award, Paul Lemmon normally wins it every year so I’m stoked to be crown this year’s Masters Athlete of the Year,” a delighted Laura Thurtell said on Saturday.

“Winning the Ironwoman at the Australian Championships this year for my age group was the highlight for me.”

While her results are clearly outstanding, it’s her efforts coaching and mentoring the next generation of juniors at club and branch level that earned her widespread respect within the Surf Life Saving family.

One of her highlights has been her involvement in the development of the Koori Surf Rescue Certificate Course for indigenous teens at the local high school. Laura undertook her own training assessment course in order to achieve the qualifications needed to run the 8 week course.

Six participants achieved their SRC and will take on patrolling duties at the club, while one of the class who is a talented board rider will travel to the upcoming Board Championships representing Forster SLSC.

“I was approached by the local high school to run a group for Koori kids to teach them about surf awareness and then progressed to the kids doing their Surf Rescue Certificate.

This season, six of the children obtained their SRC and they’ve come into the Surf Club and we have one competing at the State Board Riding Championships at Soldiers Beach on the Central Coast.

The 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Over 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around NSW gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

Photograph - Laura Thurtell is all smiles at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence in Sydney.

Mon 15 Aug 2016