DHL Volunteer of the Year
Mike Shaw, Fremantle SLSC, WA
Since 2008, Mike has been a valued and passionate member of Fremantle SLSC. His contributions to Surf Lifesaving at a club, state and national level are outstanding. Mike has been actively involved in patrols as current club Vice Captain, participated in education as Club Bronze Medallion Coordinator, commercial training, surf sports (Club Manager), community programs that include the delivery of beach safety programs for newly-arrived migrants and fundraising. Mike is also the Chair and member of the State and National Education Advisory Committees respectively. He demonstrates extraordinary commitment and professionalism and epitomises his club values of service, fun, development, teamwork, integrity and wellbeing.
Greg Girle, Gove Peninsula SLSC, NT
Since 2013, Greg has been involved in nearly every facet of the Gove Peninsula SLSC from patrols through to Nippers Age Manager, Surf Sports competitor and official, Club gear maintenance, bar, BBQ, working bees, and now Club President. He is respected across the GPSLSC as a hardworking, loyal, knowledgeable and experienced person who uses his skills, expertise, reassurance and sense of humour to strengthen the club culture and membership which has faced internal and external challenges in recent times. Greg responds to any volunteering task requested of him and in his actions continually promotes core surf lifesaving values.
Craig Mackinnon, Carlton Park SLSC, TAS
Craig is an outstanding contributor to the surf lifesaving movement as Carlton Park SLSC President, Tasmanian Surf Sports Executive member, Surf Sports Official, active patrolling member, surf sports competitor and junior coach. Most recently, Craig was the key organiser of the 50th Mercury 7HOFM Surf Safari – Australia’s longest running surf craft endurance event. He also coordinates the Carlton Park Surf Festival, Banana Boat Kids Ocean Swim and surf awareness programs. Craig’s passion for surf boat rowing, junior development, and officials’ development will ensure others grow and learn in surf lifesaving as he has done for over 20 years.
Kylie Ellison, Brighton SLSC, SA
Kylie has always gone above and beyond to put the welfare of her surf lifesaving “family” first. From being an active patrol member to Vice Captain of Brighton SLSC’s lifesaving services, she is the only female Jet Rescue Boat Driver in the state and continues to hold a host of leadership positions at major events. Kylie was most recently First Aid Officer for the World Lifesaving Championships and Power craft Roster Coordinator for the 2018/2019 Australian Lifesaving Championship. Kylie epitomises the values of the surf lifesaving movement and is a committed, friendly, supportive and extremely well-respected member.
John Takac, Lorne SLSC, VIC
John is a highly respected life member of Lorne SLSC and Life Saving Victoria. In his volunteer role as Race Director for the Pier to Pub swim and Mountain to Surf Run, John leads team of 400 volunteers, supporting over 7000 competitors and developing best practice event solutions. Additionally, he is part of many club committees that involve training and mentoring future club leaders, providing peer support for all involved. After 30 years as an active patrolling member for Lorne SLSC and active reserve member for Wye River SLSC, John still leads by example by getting out in the water to talk to surfers and standing at the water’s edge to educate members of the public about beach and water safety.
Wendy Law, Broulee Surfers SLSC, NSW
Wendy has demonstrated outstanding commitment to surf lifesaving since 2005, taking on a multitude of roles at Broulee Surfers SLSC as well as the Far South Coast Branch including Club Secretary, Chief Training Officer, Radio Officer; and Branch Director of Finance, Assistant Director of Surf Sports and Member Protection Officer. She has played an integral role in recruitment and retention by growing surf sports across the FSC Branch through various initiatives including the Senior Enduro and Youth Colour Carnivals, supporting region-wide Nipper and youth programs, and fostering the growth of branch sponsors. Wendy is highly respected across SLSNSW as someone who performs roles efficiently and effectively with integrity, professionalism, teamwork, patience and good humour.
Craig Law, Sunshine Beach SLSC, QLD
Craig is dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic member of the Surf Life Saving community who is highly regarded and respected at club, branch and state levels. His volunteer roles at club level include Deputy President, Team Manager, Pool Coach, Awards Officer, Media Officer, Grants, Building Committee Member, Water Safety and Patrol Member. At branch level they include Branch Surf Sports Committee Member, Team Manager and Selector for the Branch Representative Team; and at state level has been both Team Manager and member of the QLD Cyclones Youth Team Selection Committee. Craig’s distinguished services to lifesaving were recently acknowledged when he was awarded both Sunshine Coast Lifesaving “Volunteer of the Year” and “Clive Hammond Silver Medalist”.