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As the curtain finally falls down on her time in Nippers, Matilda Shirley can reflect on a journey that has taken her across three states and culminated in the prestigious title of Female Junior Life Saver of the Year.

Matilda achieved this prestigious honour back in April but was formally presented to the wider membership at the 2017 NSW Awards of Excellence in Sydney last Saturday.

“I’m just so honoured to represent my club and branch and to do everyone proud who I hold dear. It’s just an amazing moment,” Matilda Shirley said.

The Byron Bay club member first took up Nippers at Broome as a youngster enjoying Sunday morning competition before moving to Brisbane.

The move east didn’t hamper her ambitions of continuing as a Surf Life Saver as she committed to joining Kurrawa SLSC before becoming a member of Byron Bay for the last 2 seasons.

Always keen to help out by setting up equipment, taking on the role of an age manager or providing water safety, Matilda is a passionate and well-respected member of her club.

Going forward she is looking forward to achieving all her qualifications becoming a full- fledged patrol member and giving back to her community.

“I want to continue on to obtain my Bronze Medallion and stay highly involved in Byron Bay Surf Club, and just do whatever I can to give back to my club and community who have done so much for me,” she said.

The 2017 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Over 300 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around the state gathered at Sydney’s iconic The Hilton Hotel to celebrate the season that was.


Wednesday 9 August 2017