Andrew May, Portsea SLSC – LSV
Andrew holds multiple roles Portsea and LSV. He leads a patrol of largely younger members at one of the most dangerous beaches in Victoria. Andrew sits on the club’s general and operational committees as the Equipment Director and also represents Portsea on the Lifesaving Operations Council, attending quarterly meetings and communicating important changes and information to the respective club areas.
Last season Andrew identified a shortage of IRB drivers in patrols and has trained eight new drivers through individual and group training sessions. Conscious of the incredibly difficult conditions Portsea consistently presents, he doesn’t just train drivers to pass their assessments, but rather to pass their assessments in some of the most difficult scenarios Portsea has to offer. As a result of the innovative work on the IRB program, Andrew has contributed to more experienced IRB crews and drivers who will patrol at Portsea next season. Through Andrew’s upskilling programs, every patrol at Portsea now has a minimum of two qualified drivers, and a more confident IRB response in rescue scenarios. In addition, to his IRB awards, Andrew is now also a certified Rescue Watercraft (RWC or Jet ski) operator.
Andrew is noted as a fantastic mentor to younger club members empowering through involvement, education, and his love of SLS.
Liam Drake, Ocean Beach SLSC – NSW
Liam holds a variety of positions within Ocean Beach including Water Safety Coordinator as part of the Junior Activities Committee, Radio and Communications Officer on the Board of Lifesaving, as well as patrol Vice-Captain. Liam is also part of the club education team as a probationary trainer, having helped train two bronze medallion courses this season.
At the NSW state championships, Liam was part of the Safety and Emergency management team in a variety of roles including working as a Water Safety Coordinator for the Junior championships, Risk and Support Officer for the Opens, and Safety and Emergency Management Support Officer for the Master’s championships. In a similar capacity, Liam was part of the Medical/First Aid team at the 2021 Aussies on the Sunshine Coast. Additionally, he has assisted in an IRB at branch, state and Aussies carnivals. As a Trainer, Vice Patrol Captain and Water Safety Coordinator, Liam spent a lot of time working with new members who had recently achieved their SRC or Bronze. At nippers, Liam worked with these newly qualified members to train and support them to assist with water safety and feel part of the team.
Dylan Chapman, Miami Beach SLSC – QLD
Dylan holds multiple roles a Miami in addition to his patrol duties, Youth Development Officer, Coach and Age Manager. In his role as Youth Development Officer, Dylan has consistently engaged the youth by hosting events, organising trips, and promoting and encouraging youth involvement in external SLS activities. Dylan has extended his own skill set by hosting a Nipper training camp with over 40 participants. Dylan was responsible for the logistics, promotion, catering, finance, coaching and water safety, and coordinated with youth and parents to ensure that all roles were filled. Dylan is also an Assistant Age Manager of 40 nippers in the U9s age group and has proven himself an engaging and interactive leader. Dylan has also assisted with the training of new IRB crewpersons and drivers by volunteering his passion, experience, and considerable talent in the IRBs (courtesy of IRB Racing) as a SME.
Dylan is known as a lead by example mentor, he is admired by his peers and senior club members and looked up by the younger club members.
Fisher Harris, Mindil Beach SLSC – NT
Fisher has led by example over the past season, making a significant contribution at Mindil Beach and local community. Fisher frequently volunteers as water safety for ocean swims and triathlons in the community. In his role as Youth Liaison, Fisher recognised that his adolescent peers viewed patrols negatively, he set about changing their mind-set and bringing them back to patrol, assisting the club in meeting their patrol obligations. Ready to jump in to help, Fisher frequently runs surf sport sessions for the club members as well as filling patrols at short notice.
Fisher possesses a great maturity for his age, he is encouraging of others around him and always willing to jump in for the betterment of his club and fellow members.
Nicholas Graydon, Secret Harbour SLSC – WA
Nicholas joined Secret Harbour as a U8 Nipper and hasn’t looked back. As a Bronze medallion holder Nicholas continues to up-skill, completing skills maintenance and his IRB Crew and Drone Operator Certificates. In addition to completing his Secret Harbour patrol obligations, he supports other club patrol activities including abalone patrols, nipper water safety, community water safety and surf sports carnivals as an IRB Crew member.
Nicholas is Secret Harbour’s youngest Drone Operator, inspiring other youth to embark on that pathway within the club. Nicholas participated in the Cadet SRC/Bronze Medallion/IRB Crew Development Program as one of youth Trainer – Mentors. Nicholas is a Secret Harbour Crusaders (Cadets) and is actively involved in the cadet Youth Engagement Program. He is one of the Cadet Leaders for Secret Harbour SLSC’s annual cadet camp and looked towards as a role model for the club’s youth. Nicholas’ willingness to participate in water safety and patrols works to further his knowledge and experiences as a lifesaver, as well as motivate those around him. Nicholas is an exemplary lifesaver and representative of the broader surf lifesaving movement. He is proud to be a lifesaver, is highly dependable and can be relied upon to complete any task set.
Tom Breen, Goolwa SLSC – SA
Tom is committed to patrolling the beach, completing over 235 hours this season, setting a new club record in the process. Tom continues learning the ropes of an Age Manager and his cheeky fun-loving nature has contributed towards strengthening the delivery of the Nipper program. Tom inspires those around him and is a role model for other juniors. He takes pride in gains experience, expanding his skills and is proactive patrol member. He has been involved in several rescues, where his contribution to teamwork was highly praised.
Tom has contributed to the development of the nipper program, by encouraging nippers to learn new skills, such as catching waves or paddling out slightly beyond their natural comfort zones, all with a view to building their confidence. Tom is keen to pass on his knowledge and build better lifesavers. The impact that Tom has had over other youth members, has been immense, his ability to relate to his peers, whilst also serving as a role model for those of his own age, as well as many who are much younger is truly a reflection of the passion, commitment, knowledge and experience that he has attained at such a young age.
Murphy Knowles, Ulverstone SLSC -TAS
Murphy gained his Silver Medallion Beach Management and IRB Drivers qualifications, making him an extremely valuable and versatile member for patrols. He was the youngest person in the state to become a qualified UAV Operator and has participated in several search and rescue exercises (SAREX) as a Drone Pilot. Murphy attained the TAFE Enterprise Trainer qualification, this season, assisting with two sets of award candidates, Five Bronze Medallion and four SRC, as the trainee Training Officer.
Murphy is well respected by all members of his club as a leader within lifesaving, sitting on panels interviewing candidates for nomination to SLST’s Junior Lifesaver of the Year, contributing to the development of future lifesavers. Murphy is a valued member of the SLST Youth Advisory Group and was instrumental in drafting the Terms of Reference and mapping out the ‘Youth Pathways in Lifesaving’ project, which outlines all that can be achieved in lifesaving; further contributing to the development of frontline lifesaving services.