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Surf Life Saving NSW will have representation across five categories – the most of any single organisation – when the 2023 NSW Sports Awards is hosted in Sydney in November.

Nearly half of the 12 categories to be awarded on 20 November will see a SLSNSW member or event among the finalists.

Newport SLSC’s Conner Maggs will contest the highly competitive Young Athlete of the Year category after a banner year which saw him claim seven Aussies gold medals in the U17 age group, while Sara Burgen of Coffs Harbour SLSC is among six finalists in the Young Athlete of the Year with a Disability category.

Nathan Foster from Kiama Downs SLSC has followed up his Masters Athlete of the Year win at the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence in August with a nomination in the same category, Sandra Slattery will represent Tacking Point SLSC as she was named an Administrator of the Year finalist, and the 2023 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, proudly supported by Your local club, held across three clubs on Sydney’s Northern Beaches between February and March, is one of five potential Event of the Year winners.

From top left and clockwise: Conner Maggs, the 2023 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, Nathan Foster and Sandra Slattery.

SLSNSW Director and Chair of Surf Sports, Don van Keimpema was proud to see so many finalists on show from the organisation.

“The NSW Sports Awards is a coming together of great NSW athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and organisations and celebrates the achievements from the past year,” he said.

“There are more than 30 sports being represented across the 12 categories this year and it fills me with pride to see so many SLSNSW finalists.

“In our first uninterrupted season of Surf Sports for a few years, we saw a number of great individual efforts and performances and, in many cases, repeated great performances from our strong pool of athletes.

“To see that recognised by the NSW Sports Awards is fantastic for the athletes and a true acknowledgement of Surf Sports as a very important part of the state’s sporting landscape.”

Thursday 19 October 2023