SLSA National Awards of Excellence
Youth Surf lifesaver of the Year
Angus McMillan, Scarboro SLSC, WA
Angus has prided himself on upskilling and advancing himself through the Surf Life Saving award structure. His vast knowledge has enabled him to become his club’s Lifesaving Officer, Patrol Captain and Training Officer as well as becoming a member of the Beach Operations Committee. He has balanced these achievements with a strong competition presence and over 100 volunteer patrol hours on the beach. Angus mentors Bronze Medallion trainees and was instrumental in the club’s negotiation with local council on their service agreement and maintaining compliance.
Joshua Woodrow, Darwin SLSC, NT
Josh has had a busy season gaining three Silver Medallion awards: First Aid; Spinal Management and IRB Crewman. He has continued to focus his energy on mentoring and coaching Nippers within the club. He has consistently provided 12 hours of water safety per week during the wet season, mentoring and coaching his young club members. Josh is a true asset to his club and the NT Surf Life Saving community.
Emily Glithero, Yeppoon SLSC, QLD
Emily has successfully juggled her duties as Club Captain, Patrol Captain, Age Manager and competitor over the past season. Emily takes pride in encouraging Nippers to participate in activities and thrives on improving personally by gaining any award possible within her remote region. Emily has extended her skills by becoming the club’s First Aid Officer and training other members in CPR. Emily is a shining example within her club and region for young surf lifesavers.
Matthew Calbert, Ocean Beach SLSC, NSW
Matthew is a highly qualified young surf lifesaver, earning his Gold Medallion Certificate II in Aquatic Rescue, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, and IRB Crewman as well as numerous other training and assessor certificates. Matthew’s professional training has made him an invaluable first aid officer at carnivals, and a part-time pool lifeguard. As a Patrol Captain at Ocean Beach SLSC, Matthew has continued to develop his skills as a trainer, facilitator and first aid competitor, earning numerous gold medals at branch, state and national level. Matthew sets a tremendous example for young surf lifesavers.
Tom May, Seacliff SLSC, SA
Tom has had a significant impact on beachgoers at Seacliff Beach. Tom was responsible for introducing the MobiChair and beach access mat, two additions to the beach which have enabled wheelchair users the opportunity to enjoy the ocean and beach environment. Tom has also been instrumental in initiating internal patrol audits with the aim of increasing proficiency and professionalism for patrols, as well as creating an opportunity to generate feedback from the members. Tom is considered an exemplary young member with a bright future in the club’s development.
Nicholas Canales, Penguin SLSC, TAS
Nicholas has stepped up over the past season as Lifesaving Manager at Penguin SLSC, taking on the position as Patrol Captain for two separate patrols to keep patrols running at the club. His skills are further utilised on the club management team as the IRB and Equipment Coordinator. Nicholas has led teams in various surf lifesaving capacities as a trainer, development camp leader, and chief instructor. Nicholas is keen to share his knowledge and passion for surf lifesaving through training and service. Nicholas exhibits a selfless attitude and proactive nature to ensure the best possible outcomes for his club and state.
DHL Lifeguard of the Year
Brett Wood, WA
Brett has used his diverse skill set and knowledge to work across a variety of beaches in the Perth metropolitan area. Trained as a drone operator, Brett was instrumental in the early development and implementation of the program at Secret Harbour SLSC. Brett used his expertise to mentor and train volunteers in drone deployment in surrounding areas. Brett is an enthusiastic and passionate lifeguard willing to share his knowledge and engage the public at any opportunity.
Connor O’Sullivan, QLD
Connor is a highly regarded senior lifeguard at Port Douglas and Green Island. Connor is an integral part of the community and has made a significant effort to ensure he knows all emergency services personnel by name. The relationships he has created have allowed Connor to positively promote the lifeguard service and its capabilities to the other emergency services. Connor spends many hours mentoring new staff and is always willing to go above and beyond to help his peers. Connor is well respected within the community and has a strong relationship with
the local surf lifesaving volunteers in Port Douglas.
James Turnham, NSW
Education has been a vital aspect of James’ role with the Australian Lifeguard Service. Over the past season he has delivered presentations to over 4,000 school students as well as leading pilot Surf Rescue Certificate programs to year 11 and 12 students. James has been a first responder to numerous incidents as well as being a media spokesperson for some very high-profile incidents. James has shown courage, strong leadership and compassion in some very challenging situations. James also coordinated the Department of Primary Industries Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle program in Port Macquarie and provided UAV surveillance for the NSW State Championships.
Mark Scotland, VIC
Mark prides himself on his preventative approach to his role as a lifeguard. Mark’s methods are traditional and based around communication and education. Mark does this through active engagement of beachgoers, informing them of the hazards at the several beaches he patrols. Mark leads by example always maintaining a high level of physical skill as well as theoretical understanding of surf lifesaving principles. Mark is a mentor on the Victorian Lifesaving Camp, sharing his vast knowledge and experience with future lifeguards.
DHL Surf Lifesaver of the Year
Liam Burke, Fremantle SLSC, WA
Liam’s focus over the past season has seen some new initiatives and systems implemented at Fremantle SLSC. Liam’s engagement with the club’s youth has seen a pathway established for youth to step into leadership roles, bridging the gap between the older and younger members. Liam’s youth engagement has also extended into the surf boat section. Having trained to become a sweep in the offseason, he has been able to encourage younger members to feel included, helping to retain the maximum number of young people possible within the club.
Luke Marcroft, Mindil Beach SLSC, NT
Luke is a highly valued member of Mindil Beach SLSC and current Director of Lifesaving. Luke is quick to make himself available for wet season patrols and any additional water safety duties, including Nipper sessions. Luke has gained 24 awards during his time with Mindil Beach SLSC, including being an active member of the SLSNT Search and Rescue team. Luke has travelled in the off-season to Japan to lifeguard and to the Gold Coast to patrol. As the club’s Director of Lifesaving, Luke actively involves himself in the club’s restructure and policy improvements.
Michael Hardy, Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC, QLD
Michael loved surf lifesaving from the first time he brought his family down to a Nippers session one Sunday morning. Since then he has never looked back, becoming Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC’s Director of Lifesaving. In the past season, Michael has achieved over ninety hours on patrol, plus additional hours of water safety and Nipper sessions. As Director of Lifesaving, Michael aims to grow the patrolling membership, ensuring members have access to as many surf lifesaving courses as possible to grow and develop their skills as surf lifesavers.
Matthew Slattery, North Avoca SLSC, NSW
Matthew has over 20 years of surf lifesaving experience at North Avoca SLSC. More recently Matthew has gained his Gold and Silver Medallions (Aquatic Rescue, Beach Management, Advanced Emergency Care) as well as his Rescue Water Craft certificate. Matthew’s current role within the club as President has seen the club membership grow their skillset. He has been the Central Coast Duty Officer for two years and attended SLSA’s Masterclass program. Matthew’s can-do attitude encourages others around him immensely, and he is an excellent mentor, happy to share his knowledge and skills with others.
Heath Armstrong, Lorne SLSC, VIC
Heath has focused his energy through the past season on facilitating and planning events for Lorne SLSC. Of note was the CALD community program and a ‘Safe Swim’ challenge for the Challenge Cancer Foundation. Heath facilitated Lorne’s first multi-agency emergency services meeting, an essential strategy session for all parties. Throughout his time at the club, Heath has completed his Silver Medallion, competed for his club, mentored at leadership camps and gained numerous awards. Heath is a real asset to Lorne SLSC.
Craig Hobart, Christies Beach SLSC, SA
Craig is an active member of the Emergency Operations Group and Christie’s Beach SLSC. Being a life member of the club, Craig has achieved some outstanding results over the last three years as a surf lifesaver. Craig is also an active senior member of the SLS SA Jet Rescue Boat Service, a Rescue Water Craft operator as well as being a state Duty Officer. Craig’s professional life experience enhances his skill as a lifesaver making him a well-regarded mentor always happy to share and develop future surf lifesavers.
Amber Loone, Devonport SLSC, TAS
Amber is an active patrolling member and training officer at Devonport SLSC. As well as striving to further her surf education, Amber actively encourages members to gain awards and become involved. Amber is heavily involved in the Nipper program, assisting with water safety and surf education for the younger members. Amber continues to be an excellent ambassador for her club, attending numerous forums to advance her skill set, in particular SLSA’s Inclusion and Accessibility Forum. Amber is a valued member of her club, and an excellent role model and inspiration to the younger membership.