Chris Perrott, Portsea SLSC – LSV
Chris Perrott has been Portsea Lifesaving Director for the past two seasons. He is responsible for overseeing and managing all club patrol activities, and also sits on the club committee and the Operations Subcommittee. Chris is an active trainer and assessor for the Club, supporting the delivery of education programs during this season. Chris is also a Westpac Helicopter crewman and paid lifeguard on the Mornington Peninsular.
Chris has implemented a number of new initiatives and innovations to address identified issues and opportunities to improve the delivery and development of frontline services. Chris focused on initiatives themed around youth engagement, succession planning, patrol member engagement and upskilling and efficiency improvement. Chris also identified youth retention was an issue for the club and developed patrol skills sessions and mock scenarios to build the skills of the young patrol members, keeping them engaged. Senior patrol members were enlisted as leaders, empowering them to lead the groups whilst developing their own skills. The impact of Chris’ leadership, innovation, commitment and contribution on and off the beach has seen a direct improvement to the delivery and development of frontline services at club and state level. Chris’ sharing of skills and initiatives across the state have also directly impacted and supported other clubs to improve their service delivery
Paul Sharpe, Umina SLSC – NSW
Paul is the Director of Lifesaving at Umina, a position he has held the position for the past four years. Prior to that, he was the Club President for 4 years. Over the past season Paul has patrolled 242 hours on the beach. Paul is a Patrol Captain but has volunteered on every single patrol team this season. In addition, he has arranged a patrol team and has personally volunteered for two patrols at The Entrance to support them.
Paul is a SLS Central Coast Duty Officer and attends every SLSCC Lifesaving meeting. This year the Umina call out team were tasked to a critical rescue at Pearl Beach which significantly impacted many club members. Paul’s ability to organise and ensure members had the correct support really assisted those responders. He has also assisted non club members this year who carried out a serious rescue of 2 children and a father outside of patrol hours at Umina Beach.
Paul identified the lack of young people and women in lifesaving leadership roles and has made it his mission to increase gender and age equity across patrols. He actively identifies potential and mentors’ people to become leaders.
Melinda Jackson, BMD Northcliffe SLSC – QLD
Melinda first joined SLS in 1980 when women were first permitted to become members. Since that time Melinda has been an active member in many facets of lifesaving, including Official, Coach, Mentor, Competitor and active patrol member. Melinda recently up skilled as an ECT Facilitator, delivering Frist Aid and Advanced Resuscitation courses. She has directly instructed over 130 lifesavers in VET First Aid courses in the last six months as well as delivering Advanced Resuscitation, Bronze Medallion and SRC courses in that time, amassing over 120 hours of training this season.
Melinda is a committed Official, from local carnivals, Branch, State and the Aussies she has devoted nearly 400 hours as a Sectional Referee or Chief Judge and many hours of oganisational time to ensure the smooth running of many local carnivals. Melinda is Head Pool Rescue Coach at Northcliffe, a role that has seen her team win point score for the third consecutive year. As South Coast Branch Pool Coach Melinda’s team won the Queensland Interstate competition. Melinda is the ultimate all-rounder, she takes joy from others success, whether it be writing nominations, volunteering at sports lunches, refereeing at carnivals and patrolling she takes pride in each activity and is a true lifesaver at every level.
Steven Krohn, Darwin SLSC – NT
Steve is a dedicated member of Darwin, often noted as the first to arrive and last to leave the club. Holding multiple awards, (IRB driver, Silver medallion and RWC operator) has increased Steve’s capacity to volunteer across many facets of SLS, from water safety for Nippers to covering patrols and Officiating at carnivals. Noting a shortage of Officials in the local area, Steve immediately stepped up, alleviating pressure on other Officials, ensuring local carnivals could still be successfully delivered. Steve further contributes to his club by sharing his knowledge of SLS, mentoring younger members and engaging new members. Steve has a keen interest in IRB racing, guiding other club members and offering advice on racing techniques and training.
Steve is an asset to Darwin SLSC and the local community and is always willing to share his knowledge for the betterment of the club.
Jay Morgan, Fremantle SLSC – WA
Since joining Fremantle, Jay has been an Age Group Manager, Rescue Water Craft (RWC) operator and trainer. Jay has completed a number of awards, including IRB crew, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Pain Management, Silver Medallion, IRB Driver, Beach Management, and Bronze Trainer.
During winter 2021, Jay commenced training as an RWC assessor. Over the past season, Jay was Fremantle’s Club Captain. In his first year in this key role, he has been instrumental in ensuring the club’s compliance with member protection and is passionate about member wellbeing. A passionate trainer, Jay has assisted with Bronze proficiencies, SRC training. RWC crew awareness both at his own club and at Denmark SLSC.
Matthew Burrage, Goolwa SLSC – SA
Matt is an active, enthusiastic and motivated member of Goolwa. He holds many awards, and this season achieved a total of 350 logged patrol hours. As well as an active Goolwa member, Matt undertook various roles at State level, focusing on life saving operations, service delivery and continuous improvement.
Matt has been instrumental in keeping SLS at the forefront of emergency service operations in SA, ensuring SLSSA members are utilised by State Water Police in their response activities. Further to this involvement, Matt has delivered training for emergency operations and youth development programs, Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue courses to emergency operations groups member who assist police with search and rescue. Matt has become mentor to many of the members he has trained. He leaves a significant impression, recognises bravery and encourages on-going commitment within his youth groups, always ensuring the welfare of his group as a priority.
Dean Dunham, Penguin SLSC – TAS
Dean has been a member of Penguin for over 40 years, this past season has kept Dean busy as a Patrol Captain holding the following awards: Silver Medallion, Bronze Medallion, ARTC, IRB Driver and Crew. Dean is also part of our club’s Emergency Response Team. A keen Boatie, Dean has regained his S3-Sweep and Surfboat Coaching qualifications. Dean is recognised widely as an excellent leader, he has played a key part in re-shaping Penguin’s lifesaving area, delivering an inclusive and improved volunteer experience for the Penguin members. Through Dean’s guidance the club has seen growth in 62% in over 18 active membership.
Whilst Dean is an avid Boatie and is passionate about what this area brings to a club, his focus on club development and member satisfaction shines through. Dean has consistently provides advice to the club Executive to assist the growth and development and has encouraged and supported the Management Committee to drive the club to achieve its goals.