Woonona SLSC Named NSW Surf Club Of The Year

Illawarra Surf Lifesavers have received top honours at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence proudly presented by Stramit Building Products in Sydney on Saturday 3rd August, taking out both Club and Trainer of the Year.

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

The prestigious Club of the Year award was taken out by Woonona SLSC.

Woonona SLSC is the first club in NSW to achieve Silver Status in the NSW Quality Clubs Program and is to be commended. The Club was not only awarded SLS Illawarra Club of the Year and Patrolling Club of the Year, but they also demonstrated good processes in financial governance, supported membership development opportunities to a high level and demonstrated a strong focus on succession planning for their club with 77 members filling office bearer and subcommittee roles, 18 of these from the under 23 age group.

The club continually measures their performance against their strategic plan and is achieving improved performance in key areas of patrolling, increased membership and equipment renewal program.

When a neighbouring club was struggling to field patrols, Woonona provided patrolling resources to assist.

Woonona has certainly met the purpose of the SLSNSW Club of the Year award in recognising outstanding achievements in club development.

Sue Martin from Sandon Point SLSC scooped up the Trainer of the Year award.

Sue has gone well beyond what is required in her role as an active trainer. Not only has Sue been one of the main contributors to training at her own club, Sue has assisted nearby clubs to train awards.

Sue is very active in the community, wanting to educate school and community groups in lifesaving skills. Furthermore, Sue has shown a commitment to furthering her contribution to education in surf lifesaving through attaining her Cert IV-Training and Assessment and wanting to gain facilitator awards so that she can provide more assistance to the clubs of the Illawarra.

Whilst also being the First Aid Officer at her club, Sue is an outstanding member of surf lifesaving and the community.

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.

Wed 7 Aug 2013