Tea-Rose Passon, Port Melbourne LSC – LSV
Tea has displayed outstanding professional commitment to her club recording over 300 patrol and water safety hours during the past season. Tea holds numerous roles within her club including Vice President, Patrol Director, Communications Manager, Youth Development Officer amongst others. Tea also finds time to be actively involved at both Anglesea and South Melbourne.
Tea’s strategic thinking in relation to engaging and developing youth members and pursuing opportunities to collaborate with other clubs is particularly commended. She also implemented the Club’s first Pink Patrol and promoted the Save Like a Girl LSV initiative.
Tea has been instrumental in club improvements and initiatives, Tea implemented significant improvements in communications and engagement of youth and access to programs and key information through use of social media (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Sportsbag). This initiative has ensured information is accessed in a contemporary and relevant way for young members.
Tea embodies the values of lifesaving and volunteerism by continually going above and beyond through her commitment to all aspects of her club and local community and encouraging and empowering other members to do the same.
Harold Marshall, Umina SLSC – NSW
Harold has been a passionate and committed volunteer at Umina for 12 years. In his contribution to the club and wider community, he embodies and champions the SLS mission ‘to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities’. Over the past season Harold has maintained a six-year 100% patrol attendance, averaging 60 hours per season.
Harold has held many roles over the past season including Sponsorship Coordinator, Carnival Organiser, and Nipper Coach. Harold has a strong media presence, hosting the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence and commentating for the State Champs and Aussies in 2021. Harold’ strong social connections and engaging presence has seen him excel as Master of Ceremonies at Umina’s many fund-raising and social events. Harold’s desire for continuous improvement and asking what can be done better, How can we involve, and what does the Umina membership want? has seen the club be named NSW club of the year for two years running. Harold assists the NSW Media team with social media content, photo’s, videos and ideas of how to communicate with the NSW membership. Harold has produced Youtube content over the COVID period on “how to look great on a video call”. Harold featured in the SLSA new media campaign and oversaw the NutriGrain Athletes messages of support to the NSW Nippers prior to the State Titles.
Ray Fien, Pacific SLSC – QLD
Ray is a member of Currumbin and in his 44th year lifesaving holds 165 awards. Ray models supportive and positive attitudes, across the many roles that he holds at a club, Branch and State level which are far ranging and support all aspects of the organisation from patrolling to officiating, training, junior and youth development activities. In addition to his patrolling duties, Ray is also a club Trainer and assisted at three of Currumbin’s annual proficiency training days as well as assessing numerous club courses throughout the season. As a club Official, Ray officiated at 15 carnivals for Currumbin ranging from local Oceans 38 Carnivals to National carnivals including the Kellog’s Nutri Grain Series and Australian Titles. Ray sits on the clubs Supporters Association Management Committee as a volunteer member and the Surf Sport Standing Committee as Officials Liaison Officer.
At a Branch level Ray sits on four committees including the Selection Committee, Judiciary Committee, as Chair, Life Members & Honours Committee and Patrol Inspection Committee. At a State level Ray is the current Junior Activities Advisor and sits on the Surf Sports Selection Panel and Membership Services Committee. At Currumbin Ray has pioneered the Official’s Recognition Program to assist with retaining and recruiting new officials which has resulted in the club achieving its strategic goal for Officials across the season as well as promoting and recognising their contribution to the club. At a club level Ray simply inspires others to get involved, help out where you can and do what you can for your club.
Tracy Koch, Darwin SLSC – NT
Tracy is considered a powerhouse at her club. This season Tracy and her team implemented all year-round nipper training, Tracy’s training sessions incorporated water skills (swimming and board program) as well as land-based programs across a number of Darwin locations, ensuring maximum opportunities for nipper engagement throughout the year.
Tracy and her team were pivotal in the implementation of the Star Fish program, for children with disabilities. The program opened the club to a new cohort of members and enriched the lives of some very new and excited nippers, subsequently Nipper enrolments soared this year and were eventually closed due to the popularity of the club’s program.
Tracey and her team of Age Managers were able to run two carnivals this year and Training and skill development sessions saw a number of long-term nippers and cadets gain their SRC and Bronze Medallions. Tracy’s proactive nature and inclusive attitude has seen more parents willing to get involved as Age Managers opening up new opportunities for development and positive club experiences.
Luke Bishop, Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC – WA
Luke has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to SLS and Swanbourne Nedlands. Over the past season Luke held many positions at Swanbourne Nedlands including Club President, Member and Chair of the Club’s Building Extension Subcommittee, Member of the Club’s Strategic Plan Subcommittee and Stronger Communities Subcommittee, Patrol Group Captain, and Development Coach.
In addition to these many roles Luke is a Training Officer and Assessor of Bronze Medallion Courses, the Clubs Brand and Image Officer and Member and Chair of the Club’s Lease Subcommittee. Luke combines his passion for the community with immense drive and energy to better his club and the surf movement.
Luke doesn’t just contribute to initiatives that provide intrinsic reward, he tackles challenging and thankless tasks at the heart of the broader needs of his Community, club and members. These initiatives have included Working with Children policy and child safeguarding improvements, Covid-19 response and protocol, constitution and by-laws reviews, youth lifesaver mentoring, re-introduction of sponsorship and grants, desperately needed facility maintenance and upgrades, articulating a new Club strategic plan, annual grant and lease negotiations.
The club has been in need of a building extension to tackle changeroom and storage shortfalls. Luke setup and presided over a Building Extension Subcommittee which got to work immediately. It is estimated Luke contributed more than 1000 hours over the 2020/21 season to this project alone.
Cal Silcock, Christies Beach SLSC – SA
Cal has been an impressive and dedicated member of Christies Beach this season. Cal has served on the Lifesaving Advisory Committee (LAC) as the State Radio/Communications Officer and has supported SLSSA in this capacity since 2016. Cal is considered a highly regarded member of the LAC for his expertise in radio communications and emergency operations management.
As State Radio/Communications Officer, Cal accrued more than 450 volunteer hours this season alone; whilst making himself available and contactable 24/7 to assist with specialist technical advice across all internal departments and external agencies.
Cal championed Surfcom and Lifesaving project management, through tools such as ‘Atlassian’, allowing him to track and allocate tasks for team members to action, including Implementing an electronic text call-out process into the SURFCOM system for activation of club-based members in response to emergency tasks. Cal created and maintained a full repository of SURFCOM standard operating procedures for all manner of incident types and implemented and managed a remote support function to maintain the operational functionality of 45 club-based lifesaving iPads. Cal has been the driving force behind the introduction of the SLSA ‘Operations App’ into all SA operation activities over a three-year period. During the 2020-2021 season, the Operations App was utilised for 98% of login activity, patrol logs and incident reports. Cal’s commitment to the club is second to none and the ripple effect of his actions throughout SLS cannot be underestimated.
Neil Hargreaves, Port Sorell SLSC – TAS
Neil’s commitment to Port Sorell over the past season has been exceptional. Noted as a proactive executive member, Neil brings a wealth of emergency service and business knowledge to his many roles at the club. Over the 2020-21 season Neil has completed his IRB Crew Certificate, Age Manager, Technical Official and Silver Medallion Beach Management awards. He is also completing the upgrade to his Cert IV TAE and is assisting to deliver awards as a Probationary TAF. In addition, in his role as Registrar Neil has seen a 71% growth in club membership.
As Port Sorell Training Manager, Neil has established a comprehensive training management system which commenced with a detailed Training Needs Analysis for our club, developing training pathways for active members. With his detailed planning and training drive, club members completed a record number of SLS awards this season. As a qualified paramedic, Neil saw the opportunity to build on the synergies between our Surf Club and our local Ambulance Tasmania volunteer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and worked to relocate the CERT training and operations base to Port Sorell. He negotiated and drafted the Memorandum of Understanding between Ambulance Tasmania and the Port Sorell around establishing an environment of cooperation and shared knowledge.