Surf Sport Official of the Year
Sandy Clarke, Mullaloo SLSC, WA
Sandy has gone above and beyond in 2018/19 as an official at club, state and national level and is a dedicated and smiling presence, appreciated at every event she officiates. Sandy is the official trainer, assessor and mentor at Mullaloo SLSC and refereed the annual club marathon and nipper carnival. She also held major officiating roles across both water and beach events including State pool rescue, IRB racing, surf rowing and water and beach events e.g. Referee at the 2019 SunSmart WA Surf Life Saving Championships; as well as national events such as being Chief Marshall for the Aussie Masters at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. Sandy is passionate about recruiting and retaining youth officials, introducing the WA Youth Officials Program for ages 13-15which attracted 34 participants from nine clubs. Many participants went on to officiate at three or more events.
Mark Lehman, Burnie SLSC, TAS
Mark “Larry” Lehman continued his lifesaving officiating journey throughout 2018/19 contributing to all state-wide Nipper and Senior carnivals in a range of officiating roles such as Area Referee, Race Starter, Check Starter, Marshall, and Finish Judge. The highlight of Mark’s season was his involvement as an official at the Australian Youth and Open Titles. Mark takes great pride in his learning and development as an official and uses every opportunity to collaborate with other officials at major events. He is also an invaluable asset to Burnie SLSC, supporting Nipper parents undertaking official duties and forging great relationships with competitors and officials state-wide.
Paul Rothwell, Christies Beach SLSC, SA
Paul “Blue” Rothwell is an inspirational volunteer in surf lifesaving and is committed to the promotion and development of the movement at local, state, national and international levels. In the last 12 months his officiating roles have included: SLSSA Referee for 2019 IRB competition, SLSSA Deputy Referee for 2018 IRB, Area Referee for Junior Carnivals SLSSA, Official at National IRBs, and Referee for 2018 ILS Worlds. Paul is respected for his strong communication skills, supporting and providing direction to officials and team managers. At Christies Beach SLSC, Paul is a catalyst for volunteering and leads by example as club Vice-President, surf patrol Vice Captain, functions and bar manager, developer of strategies for the club’s fundraising, boat repair.
Sandra Madeley, Wonthaggi LSC, VIC
Sandra is an active, passionate and committed member of Wonthaggi SLSC, whose dedication as an official is second to none. She is actively involved at club carnivals, an R&R Judge at championships, Chief Marshall at junior and senior pool carnivals and encourages all members within her club to become participate in officiating. Sandra attended the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships and was appointed Chief Marshall of the National Teams Open Lifesaving World Championships; National Teams Youth Lifesaving World Championships and Youth Lifesaving World Championships, after which she proudly received “Official of the Meet” by her peers. Her volunteer involvement extends to club roles including Junior Coordinator and committee member through to her role on the SLV Membership and Leadership State Council Executive.
Louis Tassone, North Curl Curl SLSC, NSW
Louis has continued to demonstrate his ability to be a level-headed and meticulously thorough official this season. He is well respected amongst his peers for his level of competency, continuing to be rewarded with many senior appointments at Branch, State and National levels. A few of these roles have included the Manly Open- Sectional Referee Beach, Deputy Referee at the SLSNSW Pool Rescue Championships and Area Referee for both SLSA Australian Open Championships and Ocean 6 Series. His approachable and friendly demeanour, open communication skills, and collaborative approach have helped to establish him as a well-respected official amongst competitors and team managers.
Michael Lafferty, Maroochydore SLSC, QLD
Mick is a Sunshine Coast Branch Senior Official and has contributed as an official at 23 carnivals over the 2018/19 season. His roles have included: Referee of the Queensland Senior State Championships; Referee of the Northern Territory Junior and Senior Championships; and Sectional Referee of the Australian Youth and Open Women’s Championships. He has assisted and mentored officials at club carnivals, and events such as the North Queensland Championships and Northern Territory Championships. Mick also introduced a new marshalling system at branch carnivals and the Queensland Senior State Titles which successfully contributes to the efficient running of the carnivals. Mick is a patient and professional person who is valued by other officials and State and National Sports Committee members.
Surf Sport Coach of the Year
Matthew Bowbridge, Trigg Island SLSC, WA
Matthew has been a member of Trigg Island SLSC since 2000. He has worked energetically over the years and now holds the position of Senior Board/Iron Coach. His coaching achievements are many and during the 2018/19 season he coached eight Trigg Island athletes into the WA Interstate Team; coached the Trigg Island U17 Male Board Relay to bronze at the Australian Championships, and coached Will Savage to Gold in the Open and U17 Ironman at the SunSmart WA Surf Life Saving Championships. As a mentor Matt assists junior coaches on a weekly basis, is the ideal role model for all development coaches, and ensures that all work from the same plan and for the same goals. This has created success the Club has not seen before.
Liz Eustace, Ulverstone SLSC, TAS
Liz is a highly valued member of Ulverstone SLSC, always willing to assist other clubs within the state with her knowledge and advice. She is an active member of the Board of Management as Surf Sports Captain and is the current Ulverstone SLSC Senior Coach and Under 7 Coach. Her achievements in coaching are reflected in the lengthy list of successes, and Liz was delighted to witness two of her athletes winning the Binni Wilson Shield for Most Outstanding State Championship Competitors. Liz coaches many seniors and assists with the Nippers program, as well as holding the positions of Aussies Team Manager for 15 seasons and Interstate Team Manager in the 2018/19 season. Her communication skills are brilliant, and Liz is the ‘Go to’ person for all Club matters.
Sean McKenzie, Semaphore SLSC, SA
Sean has been a Club member since he was a Nipper and has progressed to being one of the brightest young coaches in the State. Recognising the need to build the depth of the coaching ranks, Sean sought out a solution and has worked tirelessly to remedy the situation with the result that he is a Development Coach for SLSSA. He has taken a collaborative approach and been inclusive in working with athletes from other clubs, allowing smaller clubs to become competitive. He promotes close relationships between external swimming and sporting coaches, balancing his programs and sessions accordingly. This has resulted in great successes for the Club and its members of all age groups and skills.
Scott Ivey, Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club, VIC
Scott’s list of achievements reflects his dedication to coaching, which he sees as ‘not just teaching about lifesaving but helping to teach about life.’ His coaching of all IRB teams has resulted in an amazing list of successes, and in achieving this he encourages up-and-coming IRB coaches to push on to improve. Scott coached Williamstown IRB Team to winning the Victorian Premiership Series, the State and Australian IRB Championships and the World IRB Championships. He has also coached members of the inaugural Australian IRB Team.
Sean Golding, Sawtell SLSC, NSW
Sean has been a patrolling member in the North Coast Branch for 11 years, and a member of Sawtell SLSC since 2016. He has played an active role in coaching Juniors, Seniors and Masters competitors and in 2018/19 has been Head Coach for U17s and Masters. Sean is an advocate and role model for positive and healthy club culture, and while he is committed to best performances from his athletes, he is equally dedicated to encouraging good sportsmanship, positive attitudes and team spirit. He has achieved excellent results from his coaching in NSW Country and State Championships and Aussies 2019, and pursued opportunities to train with other squads, thus developing connections and friendships across the branch.
Kurt Wilson, Currumbin SLSC, QLD
Kurt had a vision to provide facilities, resources, coaching and pathways for surf sports competitors across the areas of beach, water, boat, board riding, IRB, Pool Rescue and Surf Rescue competitions, thus allowing Currumbin Beach Vikings to have the opportunity to train and succeed in any discipline of their choice. His strategies included retention of members, developing a competitive psychology and building a sense of place and belonging. He has held Head Coach positions in the Pool Rescue Team, World Championship Team and Australian Life Saving Team and Director of Sports. Kurt has been instrumental in the structured approach to competitors adhering to the Club Good Competitor Policy and encouraged members gaining their Bronze to then gain First Aid and ARTC.