Vincent Crowned Top Young Lifesaver

Julien Vincent is a familiar face patrolling multiple Sydney beaches, and now his impressive contribution to his club has been recognised by him being awarded The Young Lifesaver of the Year for 2015.

In the 2014/15 season Julien served as a temporary patrol captain at Coogee, a position he hopes to pursue into the future, had a taste of international patrolling when he spent several days on a French beach, competed for club in the Lifesaving competition, is a trainer, a surf sports official, a club lifesaving committee member and is a Support Operations Group member with Sydney Branch’s Offshore Rescue Boat.

“It means so much to be recognised like this. I love lifesaving, I really do I give so much to it because I am so passionate about it, but it has given me a lot in return,” an ecstatic Vincent said on Saturday.

“I think for me the highlight this season was earning my Gold Medallion. This is something I have been working towards for a long time and to earn it was a pivotal moment.”

He said his time spent on the beaches of France has equipped him with some skills and experiences that he can use going forward.

“France was an incredible experience, and it was an honour to be invited because usually you have to be French and a resident to do so, but fortuitously it is my part of my background,” Vincent said.

“It is a very different situation than what patrolling Coogee is like. I learned a lot from the trip, and there are some lessons I can incorporate when I do my own patrols across Sydney next season.”

Since 2009 Julien has patrolled in excess of 760 hours at beaches including North Bondi, Tamarama, Maroubra and Garie and has been involved in multiple rescues during that time proving to be a calm head under pressure.

As a testament to his staying power he also achieved 100% Patrol Attendance for a sixth consecutive season, is a Gold Medallion holder, and as a Probationary Training Officer trained three bronze groups this year.

In his spare time, he attended a number of development camps and was a representative on the SLSNSW Youth Panel.

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 - Julien Vincent (Coogee SLSC) is all smiles after being named the Young Lifesaver of the Year.

Mon 31 Aug 2015