DHL Surf Lifesaver of the Year
Russell Price, Mandurah SLSC, WA
Russell is passionate about lifesaving and has been extremely active in his six years with the Club. In 2018/19 he holds the position of Director of Lifesaving and is energetically involved in managing and coordinating Patrol, Community Service and Water Safety activities. Highlights of Russell’s surf lifesaving participation include, the development of a Club Lifesaving Roster seeing benefits for members and community, and the development of water safety and event plans to ensure the safety of all participants. Russell has worked with Mandurah City to support the Club’s inclusivity focus and has been a Member of the Peel District Local Emergency Management Advisory Committee. Russell leads by enthusiastic example, is a quiet achiever and is described as the voice of reason in Mandurah SLSC.
Steven Krohn, Darwin SLSC, NT
Steven Krohn’s (Krohny’s) passion and pride for his Club and surf lifesaving is evident in all he does. He has been involved in almost every facet of Darwin SLSC, including patrolling, volunteering for Search and Rescue, carrying out surf sports official duties, and club and gear maintenance. He has achieved the highest patrol hours and is always a willing volunteer in any callout or water event. Krohny is dedicated to educating as many beach goers as possible about water safety and works closely with the NT Water Police. He assists at every Nippers session and is eager to demonstrate his love of the ocean and lifesaving, displaying a captivating enthusiasm for what he does. Darwin SLSC values Krohny’s character and commitment.
Lara Emmet, Ulverstone SLSC, TAS
Lara is a valued member of Ulverstone SLSC with a diverse range of skills developed since 2006 as a Nipper. In 2018/19, Lara became Club Lifesaving Captain. Her organisation and coordination of patrol teams and rosters; her roles as First Aid Officer, IRB Captain and Radio Office and her membership on the Management Committee are among her many Club accomplishments. Lara has participated in numerous training areas, including SLST Lifesaving Development Camp; Lifesaving Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue Camp and has had a dedication to the operation of craft, vehicles and equipment. Her clear communication, sound judgement in setting priorities and understanding of lifesaving roles are great assets to her Club.
Brian Burrowes, West Beach SLSC, SA
Brian is an extraordinary individual who has shown a relentless commitment to the heart and soul of the West Beach SLSC and SLSA. Since gaining his Bronze Medallion in 1987/88, he has actively patrolled for 32 seasons, volunteered 382.25 patrol hours alone in 2018/19, and was awarded with Life Membership at West Beach in 2016. He has served in the areas of patrols, training, IRB driver, club radio officer and coaching. He has been the Primary SurfCom Supervisor for most weekday shifts during World Titles monitoring noteworthy events.
Jameson Trainor, Waratah Beach SLSC, VIC
Jameson is an outstanding lifesaver with an enthusiastic and positive personality. He has developed a wealth of lifesaving experience over 9 years. Jameson was selected to be a member of a key team selected to take over the delivery of Bass District Lifesaving Development Camp which encourages teamwork and communication skills, and was the Camp Coordinator of the Leadership, Search and Rescue Course. He has been a fantastic mentor to younger members and has broadened the scope of knowledge of all. The Club is proud that Jameson has been an international ambassador for SLSA and LSV with Japanese Lifeguard Exchange and Building Leaders Scholarship in Sri Lanka.
Mathew Harper, Maroubra SLSC, NSW
Mathew has been a highly valued member of his Club for 15 years. He currently holds the positions of Patrol and Club Captain, Captain of Surf Rescue 30 and is an integral part of training and assessment, development camps. Mat’s focus on education and lifesaving at the club has resulted in record numbers of proficiencies, Bronze and education numbers. He is an active champion competitor, Nippers coach and mentor for young members who fosters a caring, safe and helpful environment for all his 250+ volunteers. Mat is a strong and influential leader within the local community as well as in the surf lifesaving community.
Lynne Messer, Moore Park SLSC, QLD
Lynne Messer has played a key role in keeping the Moore Park Beach safe this year. She was recognised for her commitment by being the recipient of Life Saver of the Year for 2019. Being involved with Queensland Surf Life Saving for 22 years and a member at Moore Park Beach for 17, Lynne’s multiples hats this season included club captain, treasurer, training officer and assessor. Having patrolled 148 hours this season, it is clear to see that Lynne has a passion for SLS that goes deeper than just a duty. With a true belief in teamwork and comradery, Lynne unwavering passion for all aspects of surf lifesaving has made her a valued member of her community.