AOE 2020 DHL Surf Lifesaver of the Year Nominees
Steven has many roles within the club from Rescue Watercraft operator, to RIB crew and driver, as well as being an official. Steven became an official to ensure that there were enough officials on the beach to hold events. He is a model surf lifesaver who is willing to help with anything and will do what he can to assist all the members, including taking on mentoring roles with the youth.
Scarboro SLSC, WA
Angus has many roles within the club including IRB Crew and Driver trainer, patrol captain and is in his third season as Beach Operations Director on the Scarboro Board. He has developed an asset management and equipment roll over procedure to ensure the most effective use of club equipment. Angus continues to remain a role model for members of all ages. He has also brought in a change in management style that has had a positive impact not only on his club, but also other clubs in the area.
Penguin SLSC, Tas
Nicholas is a key member of the Management Committee, taking on the Lifesaving Manager role for the third consecutive year. This season Nicholas has significantly increased the rostered patrolling members from 4 to 51. This is a result of his focus on education and upskilling of members, ensuring the sustainability of the club. The club would not be in the positive position it is today without his contribution.
Seacliff SLSC, SA
Derek’s pro-active attitude towards volunteering makes him a stand out lifesaver where he is an inspiration to many. Derek’s dedication to patrols saw him complete over 260 hours in the past season. He has been Seacliff’s most outstanding patrol member for the past 3 years. Throughout the 2019/20 session Derek has stepped up to many positions, such as vice-captain of patrols. Derek played a key role in actioning Seacliff’s 1st Pink patrol, promoting 40 years of women in lifesaving.
Point Leo SLSC and Mount Martha LSC, LSV
Rhys inspires by vision, example and inclusion. His maturity enables him to interact and influence at all levels and ages with a focus on the youth of the club. His leadership spans surf sports, awards training, social inclusion, youth retention, personal fitness and personal development. He is single-minded and diligent in pursuit of any goal, while still being a relaxed and likeable young man.
Camden Haven SLSC, NSW
Tony inspires all members from Nippers through to senior patrolling members. Tony has achieved success rebuilding the nipper board training program and guided a team of water safety volunteers in training days and Nipper days. His dedication to the club and to surf lifesaving is infectious and those that are around him feel his passion and enthusiasm.
Sarina SLSC, QLD
Holding roles of both President and Club Captain, Neil used a first principles approach to review how the club could improve their lifesaving presence on the beach whilst increasing member engagement, and reducing member burn out. Neil has spearheaded an initiative to better involve and engage with nipper families at the club and this has seen junior membership increase by more than 30% last year. Neil is an approachable leader and respected by all.