Trainer of the Year
Mike Shaw, Fremantle SLSC, WA
Mike is the Education Manager, Bronze Medallion Coordinator and Surf Sports Manager at Fremantle SLSC. This season he provided 140 hours of training across four Bronze courses and mentored other trainers in the process. Mike’s passion for continual improvement of training resources resulted in him revising the Bronze workbook to reduce the amount of time it takes trainers and assessors to process each group. He successfully developed a First Aid training box for patrol teams to regularly discuss first aid scenarios. Mike delivered commercial First Aid and Community SRC courses, as well as a Beach Safety and Awareness program for local schools. He was also the State Chairman of the Education Advisory Committee and sat on the National Education Advisory Committee.
Stephanie Prendergast, Burnie SLSC, TAS
As the Chief Instructor at Burnie SLSC, Steph has been integral in creating a supportive club environment where members’ skills, knowledge, experience and training are valued. She had an outstanding 2018/19 season training and assessing 28 SRC and Bronze Medallion candidates, as well as 35 IRB Crew and Driver candidates. Steph values collaboration with trainers and assessors from surrounding North West clubs to share good practice and provide flexible training options for trainers, assessors and candidates across three clubs. She values maintaining her training currency through regular professional development and has goals for the future including introducing a “Winter Bronze” course for new Nipper parents and others; and the development of a trainer mentor program for all clubs.
Ashley Clarke, Seacliff SLSC, SA
Ashley has continued to excel and expand in his position as Chief Instructor and trainer/assessor at Seacliff SLSC and SLSSA. He has created a culture which prioritises training and had a rewarding year supporting many new and existing club members who achieved over 280 awards/proficiencies. Ashley was also responsible for growing the number of club trainers from four to nine, supporting diversity and developing more education opportunities. He also volunteered the club to trial the new online Bronze Medallion course realising the potential for club members. His other impressive contributions include Club IRB Racing Team Development Coach and Manager, State Assessor for Bronze Medallion, IRB Crew and ATV, and being a great role model by continually updating his surf lifesaving qualifications.
Jessica Sincock, Lorne SLSC, VIC
The commitment Jess has shown to training and developing the skills of others, including new trainers, nipper parents, and surf sport competitors over three years has been enormous. Jess was acknowledged for her contribution, receiving the Lorne SLSC “Best Clubman Award” in 2018/19. This season Jess played an integral role in setting up the club’s new Training and Assessment structure, resulting in Lorne SLSC completing the most training awards they have in many years. As Chief Instructor, Jess’s boisterous and infectious personality helped boost the culture of events she coordinated including the Bronze and Silver Camps, SRC and various summer courses. Jess was also a trainer for the first Lorne SLSC Indigenous Partnership Program with the Gunbalanya Community School, and assisted training sessions for the Lorne SLSC Community Engagement Leadership Program.
Markus Meier-Lindner, Bulli SLSC, NSW
Markus is a very committed and valued club member who, as Training Officer for Bronze Medallion and IRB, strives to achieve outstanding outcomes in lifesaving operations and patrols. This season he developed a detailed skills analysis document which identified all patrolling members’ current training status and their potential, including training needs within patrol teams. As a result, Markus was instrumental in delivering and assisting various training initiatives that contributed to record numbers of compulsory awards across all patrol teams. He also developed a highly successful briefing system for U14 SRC graduates when transitioning from the Juniors into Lifesaving. The briefing outlines expectations around contributions and behaviour, resulting in new patrol team members who take all duties very seriously.
Belinda Doman, Coolangatta SLSC, QLD
Belinda has been at the forefront of training and education development at a Club, Branch and State level for over 20 years. In 2019 she was recognised for her dedication with two SLSA 20-year certificates for Training Service and Assessing Service; along with being the first female to receive Life Membership with Coolangatta SLSC, Belinda also received the Coolangatta SLSC Harry Connelly Medal for Leadership – a nod to her initiative, good judgement, moral courage, motivation, decisiveness and leading by example. Belinda oversees an extensive training calendar which included a branch record of 28 courses in 2018/19 and seizes opportunities to recruit and mentor new trainers and assessors, as well as share knowledge across clubs and as part of international exchange programs.
Assessor of the Year
John Summers, Fremantle SLSC, WA
John has been a member of Fremantle SLSC for 20 years, 15 of which he has held Board positions. He has been the Club’s Lifesaving and Education Director, assessing SRC, Bronze, IRB and RWC candidates from both nearby and regional clubs as well as contributing to skills maintenance checks. Recognising the need to ensure members’ skills over time were maintained to the highest standards, led him to revitalise the Skills Maintenance check to ensure there was a review of radios, CPR and lifesaving scenarios each season. More recently he has become a facilitator in pain, management, assisting longer-serving members to remain active. As a founding member of Wesfarmers Emergency Response Team, John has created strong links with Water Police and diving team, assisting searches and retrievals.
Kate Perry, Port Noarlunga SLSC, SA
Kate is considered a highly dedicated assessor, having extensive knowledge over many areas and a passion for educating surf lifesavers. She is an Assessor and Facilitator at Club and State levels in the areas of skills maintenance, bronze medallion, IRB crew and drivers and Beach Management. The Patrol Auditors’ team took Kate to clubs in SA, conducting the Rescue Audit at three of them. She is a member of the Learning and Development Committee, a position she is keen to fill into the future to assist SLSSA in education. In the 2018/19 season Kate was awarded Port Noarlunga’s ‘Most Consistent Surf Lifesaver’ for outstanding contribution to SLS comprising aspects of lifesaving and competition.
Laura Buckley, Fairhaven SLSC, VIC
Laura is an outstanding contributor to Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club, displaying great ability to connect with all members, making her well respected. She has held the position of Fairhaven SLSC Vice President of Training and Assessment (since 2014) as well as the role of Assessment Support Officer. This role guides and supports the Chief Assessor and Instructors in the planning of effective assessment. Training and assessment are Laura’s areas of expertise and she has been supportive to fellow assessors in maintenance sessions, Bronze Medallion and advanced award assessments. She is part of the Female Leadership Network at Lifesaving Victoria where she shares her enviable experience nationwide.
Mike Le Geyt, South Curl Curl SLSC, NSW
Mike’s numerous contributions to his Club have been outstanding including assessment, facilitating, mentoring. He is also a Facilitating Course Coordinator with Sydney Northern Beaches Board of Education. As Chief Instructor at South Curl Curl SLSC he has been involved with patrol rosters, improving retention rates from SRC to Bronze holders and attracting nipper parents and their children to the Club. He is an advocate for completing proficiencies, training assistants and has completed the bulk of proficiencies for SRC, Bronze, Advanced Resuscitation and Spinal Management awards. Mike continues to suggest improvements to training resources such as course materials and eLearning following feedback from courses he runs. He delivers quality training and assessment and encourages members to improve and maintain their skills.
Derek Baldwin, Tallebudgera SLSC, QLD
Derek’s contribution to Surf Life Saving is consistent and unwavering to both the Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club and Point Danger Branch. He possesses a thirst for knowledge and development that has ensured that Tallebudgera SLSC is well placed now and in the future. He has devoted more hours to assessing than any other member of the Club and has assisted eight clubs in the Point Danger Branch. He has also assisted many others at Club and Surf Life Saving Queensland levels. Derek is a member of the IRB Trainer/Assessor Coordinator (TACO) group that looks at continual improvement processes. Additionally, he participates at the annual Trainer, Assessor and Facilitator (TAF) proficiency with positive input and was a member of the Point Danger Branch Patrol Inspection Committee in 2018/19, roles he will continue going forward. Leg surgery slowed him briefly, but he continues energetically being awarded the Point Danger Branch President’s award for his service to assessing.