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As Patrol Captain Tracey Hare-Boyd strives to ensure that everyone on patrol feels valued and is utilised to the best of their ability, and it’s an attitude that has earned her the inaugural award for the state’s top Patrol Captain.

“This is such an honour to receive this award,” Hare-Boyd said at the 2018 NSW Awards of Excellence at Sydney last weekend.

The North Steyne lifesaver strongly believes in breaking down the barriers between junior and senior members of patrol and has them learn from each other by allocating joint tasks.

“I like to share responsibility around and to encourage people to move forward and get awards to get their own qualifications up.

“In an ideal world patrols would run on their own but of course with the support of the club captain. I feel it’s important that every patrol has the confidence to be out there by themselves because in an emergency situation you have to trust your training and the people you are with,” she said.

Tracey maintains excellent beach management through effective communication with patrol members, members of the public, the Surfcom radio network and Northern Beaches Council Manly Lifeguards.

In emergency situations she aims for them to be quickly resolved without compromising the safety or surveillance of other beachgoers.

Tracey is a well-respected member of the lifesaving community, and has completed more than 80 hours of active patrol this season, and alongside her son Trae was part of a huge emergency response team including off-duty doctors and nurses, lifeguards, and paramedics that was credited with saving an ocean swimmer who had suffered a heart attack at Shelly Beach earlier this year.

The 2018 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly supported by Port Authority of New South Wales with almost 400 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around the state gathering at Dockside, Cockle Bay to celebrate the season that was.

North Steyne's Tracey Hare-Boyd was crowned the first ever Patrol Captain of the Year 

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


Wednesday 29 August 2018