A field of 177 finalists has been named in the 2019 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence – including a swag from the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley.
The awards highlight Surf Life Saving’s best and brightest. The ceremony on August 31 looks to take these hardworking boys, girls, men and women from the sands of their home beach to the spotlight of Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, in Sydney.
The awards celebrate the accomplishments of members, clubs and branches in the 2018/19 season across all aspects of the movement.
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce AFSM says, “the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence celebrates the incredible people in our organisation and the impact they have on their clubs, members and their local communities.”
There will be 25 awards presented on the night with Far South Coast Branch represented strongly:
- Port Authority Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Andrew Holt, Pambula SLSC
- Volunteer of the Year – Wendy Law, Broulee Surfers SLSC
- Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Jai Curvin, Bermagui SLSC
- Administrator of the Year – Sue Hunt, Bermagui SLSC
- Youth Volunteer of the Year – Connor Leayr, Pambula SLSC
- Services Team of the Year – Bermagui Call Out Team
- Branch of the Year – Far South Coast
- Trainer of the Year – Sharon George, Tathra SLSC
- Innovation Award – Development of Joint Operations Search and Rescue Capability, Far South Coast Branch
- Official of the Year – Glenn Bywater, Narooma SLSC
- Coach of the Year – Neil Innes, Batemans Bay SLSC
- Youth Athlete of the Year – Elli Beecham, Narooma SLSC
- Surf Sports Team of the Year – Phoenix, 180 years Women’s Boat Crew, Batemans Bay SLSC
- Lifeguard of the Year – Morgan Smith, Bega
Surf Life Saving NSW Membership Manager Claire Bevis says that, “while many of our members have previously received awards at a branch-level, it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to acknowledge their achievements at a state-level in front of the wider lifesaving community.”
For a full list of finalists from around the state check the SLSNSW website.