2020 DHL Lifeguard of the Year Nominees
Following Emile’s first metro season, he volunteered to work the full Broome season in 2019. Working away from home for the first-time Emile was exposed to the full range of lifeguard duties including mass rescues, minor and major first aids, and a wide range of public relations incidents. In November of 2019, Emile was selected for the main South West season in Dunsborough, as a grade 2 lifeguard. With each posting Emile has pursued every available opportunity to lean and develop which has transformed him into a capable, proactive and dependable lifeguard.
Brady patrolled every lifeguard shift at Goolwa beach this season and was involved in all 8 incidents. Brady assisted with several missing persons on the beach, thankfully all were found safe and well. Brady’s level of professionalism and surf confidence has made him a standout. He took it upon himself to mentor the younger guards, helping them relax more into their roles and to feel supported. Brady is extremely approachable and interacts well with the public.
Hannah is the Chief Lifeguard. When Hannah stepped into the role, she highlighted areas for improvement and implemented a new training program called ‘Building Leaders Scholarship’. Hannah has developed the team’s skill set and culture by setting up a mentoring program. Hannah has created a working environment that envisages a hardworking, respectful and supportive culture. By acting as a role model and demonstrating the behaviors across the board and through leading by example, Hannah influences in a positive manner those around her.
Will is a positive and supportive worker who is always looking to help. Will is someone who junior lifeguards in the Bermagui area look up to. This summer the Bega Valley saw unprecedented bushfires. Will really stepped up, helping with the evacuation centre, monitoring closed beaches and assisting communications. He stayed and helped until he was told it was too dangerous to stay. Will was evacuated to Bega, where he then continued to work on the Merimbula beaches.
Corey has developed into not only a great Lifeguard, but also a great leader and team player. Corey has created a positive and healthy environment for all who work in his area, and he does this by leading by example. On quite days he ensures all lifeguards are rescue ready by initiating scenarios as training exercises. Corey is also a valued member of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and is always first to put his hand up to help around the hanger.