AOE 2020 – Education Awards
Surf Life Saving has provided a variety of education and training programs for members and the wider community since 1910 when the Bronze Medallion became a pre-requisite for all surf lifesavers.
SLSA recognises the ongoing contribution of our trainers, assessors and educators in maintaining the high quality of education standards throughout Australia and that of our members and clubs in delivering a wide range of community education programs.
Trainer of the Year – Bernadette Flint, Mullaloo SLSC, WA
Trainer of the Year award recognises and rewards trainers who have made a significant contribution towards the area of education and awards.
Bernadette’s commitment to Mullaloo and neighbouring club, Yanchep is shown through her training and skills development of others. Implementing a Youth Trainers program, mentoring fellow members allowing them to follow a training pathway and offering the wider community first aid and CPR are just a few of the many initiatives Bernadette has been involved with. Travelling to Bali with the Mullaloo Education team for the past five years, she has gained her International Trainers and Assessors Certificates with ILS.
Assessor of the Year – Graham Sharpe, Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC, WA
Assessor of the Year award recognises and rewards assessors who have made a significant contribution towards the area of education.
Graham’s excellence in assessing is demonstrated by consistently acting as an Assessor in Charge at assessments across the entire SLS suite of courses including: bronze, silver and gold medallion, emergency care and powercraft. The first person to put his hand up when there is a need to organise an assessor in a short period of time. Graham recognises leadership involves development of people and continues to mentor trainers, assessors and facilitators at Swanbourne Nedlands and others along the WA coastline. Continued service since the 2003/04 season, Graham has an impressive 138 surf lifesaving awards many of which relate to education, training and assessment.
Community Education Program of the Year – Multicultural Surf & Beach Safety Program, Fremantle SLSC, WA
The Community Education Program of the Year recognises members and clubs who have made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of community education programs to develop community resilience.
Fremantle was approached by the Fremantle Multicultural Centre in 2014 to conduct a beach safety session for newly arrived migrants. Many immigrants with limited English came from countries with no familiarity of a beach environment. The program has developed over the past five years changing the lives of the participants and providing water awareness and confidence. An unexpected impact has been on younger Fremantle members, keen to demonstrate their lifesaving skills, they enthusiastically became the ‘leaders’ of the water program. They have also learned of the hardships and journeys of the students, whilst embracing different cultures.
Innovation of the Year – Australian Defence Force (ADF) Pilot Bronze Medallion Course, North Bondi, NSW
The innovation award is given in recognition of any development of equipment, procedures, or other initiatives that will improve any facet of Surf Life Saving Australia.
Former North Bondi President Mark Cotter became aware of the issues ADF members faced transitioning from service to civilian life. Seeking advice from Vet Sports Australia and commissioned Officers at Victoria Barracks, the ADF Pilot Bronze Course was conceived. Trainers, Assessors and Facilitators from North Bondi and Bronte collaborated to focus on identifying participants existing skill sets and emergency response techniques. The course was fast tracked as a result and participants quickly became rescue ready for the beach environment. The impact of the program has been extremely positive for each of the candidates, creating a sense of camaraderie and new networks outside of the ADF. It is envisaged this initiative will help suicide prevention within the veteran community by providing the missing link some ADF members face when leaving the service.
Congratulations to all our SLSA Education Award winners for 2020.