Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year
Shannon O’Brien, Port Bouvard SLSC, WA
Since becoming a member in 2010 as a nipper, Shannon has achieved a vast number of awards from her Surf Rescue Certificate in 2011 and Bronze Medallion in 2013 through to Silver Medallion in 2018. She is currently Treasurer and the youngest member to have been on the Executive Committee of the Port Bouvard SLSC where she took the initiative in setting up a new point of sale system for PBSLSC. Shannon is the youngest ever Patrol Captain who is diligent regarding preventative action and water safety and passionate about implementing youth engagement strategies. She is professional, calm and collected in dealing with surf incidents and has proved an excellent communicator in relaying information to public and authorities, young and old alike.
Phoenix Riggs, Darwin SLSC, NT
Phoenix Riggs is regarded as a developing youth leader in the SLS arena. He completed 29 patrol hours in 2018 including 7 volunteer hours and 2 hours of water safety. During this time, he completed his Bronze Medallion, and was an Age Manager for the 2018 season. Phoenix is well respected and is a great role model for junior nippers. Commencing his surf career very early in life, his courage, conduct and determination means that he has always stood out as a leader among his peers. Not only has he been noticed for his respectable conduct in the surf area but was also a semi-finalist in the Somerville Community Services Awards.
Zia Mitchelmore, Clifton Beach SLSC, TAS
Zia started her life-saving involvement at the age of 5, joining the Clifton Beach Seahorses in 2006. Beginning patrolling at 13 she progressed to her Bronze Medallion in 2016 and has had many achievements, totalling 209.58 patrol hours since 2014 and is now Patrol Vice Captain. She has strengthened her leadership skills while undertaking the role of Leader at the Development Camp in Ulverstone, Tasmania and taking on the role of Training Officer with Clifton Beach SLSC. Zia provides a positive role model for the club; is U14 Age Manager and is a great mentor for the club’s younger members.
Samuel Ralph, Grange SLSC, SA
Sam joined Grange SLSC as an Under 6 Nipper in 2008 and over the past 10+ years has worked diligently towards surf awareness and beach safety with the local community. He has been an active member of the Club in Surf Sport and Lifesaving Competitions, being a member of the youth High Performance Academy and recently achieving a Gold Medal in the U17 Champion Lifesaver; Silver Medal U17 Champion Patrol and Bronze Medal, U17 First AidSam is a very active patrolling member, having been involved in rescues and obtaining further qualifications to add to his commitment to lifesaving. He assisted in the SRC training of Youth Members and is proactive in developing new procedures for processing the Club’s proficiencies. Aged only 16, Sam has a bright future in surf lifesaving.
Jess Robinson, Point Lonsdale SLSC, VIC
Jess has been involved with SLS since 2008 finishing the nipper program in 2014 and representing the Club in surf lifesaving competition. After attending a U15 LSV Leadership Camp, Jess continued instructing nippers’ programs and developing her skills in first aid and preventative actions. She completed her Bronze Medallion in 2016/17; became Junior Club Captain in 2018 and completed the Advanced Life Saving Camp. In 2018/19 Jess was both Pt Lonsdale d Club Training Development Officer and Nipper Instructor. Among her many achievements, Jess has attained her Gold Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, Basic Beach Management and Silver Medallion IRB Drivers. She was the very public face of Pt Lonsdale SLSC as the Rip View Swim Classic Finish Line Coordinator, the major fundraising event for the year.
Kai Darwin, Umina SLSC, NSW
Kai joined Umina SLSC as a 5-year old nipper and has been passionately involved in the organisation ever since. Holding positions on the Management team, facilitating youth camps; participating in the leadership program, supporting club and community education including Surf Safety in primary schools, Kai is a role model for both club youth and nippers. He assisted in SLSNSW titles in Safety and Emergency Management, water safety and duty boat. He has been involved in many incidents over the years, including a rescue of an unconscious Umina patient. Some of Kai’s many roles include Water Safety Coordinator for nippers, Club’s Radio Officer, assistant at Bronze courses and IRB crewing course; To support his roles within the Surf club, Kai holds many qualifications including IRB driver’s qualification as well as Spinal Management and Trainer. Kai sees his involvement with the local SES as a benefit in the relationship between emergency services.
Zoe Breitkreutz, Arcadian SLSC, QLD
Zoe joined Mackay Surf Life Saving Club as a nipper in the Under 8s and has just completed her 13th season in surf lifesaving. Zoe has a host of lifesaving awards under her belt, including her Bronze, Silver and Gold Medallions, as well as her Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Advanced First Aid and her Rescue Water Craft Operator Certificate. Always striving towards the next goal, Zoe is now working towards obtaining her Development Coach qualification. Not only is her passion a genuine drive behind her commitment to SLS, Zoe was also this year’s highest fundraiser after collecting over $83,000 across the year for her club. Selected to be an ambassador for the Summer Surf member development Program, Zoe is a passionate surf lifesaver dedicated to driving membership while raising much-needed funds for Arcadian SLSC.