AWARDS & HONOURS


2016-17 SLSA Awards of Excellence

SURF SPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR


RYAN HOFFMAN
Kurrawa SLSC, QLD

Ryan is acknowledged as the Kurrawa Kraken Beach Athletics ‘team spirit’, coaching a variety of individuals who have made the national teams for Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Netherlands, Great Britain and Japan in the last 12 months. He has also been a long term coach of both the Open Male and Open Female Gold medallists at the Australian Championships 2016.

SURF SPORTS OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR


WAYNE DRUERY
Cronulla SLSC, NSW

Wayne is the Director of Surf Sports at Surf Life Saving Sydney. This year Wayne was appointed as the referee of the Nutri-Grain Finals Series 2016/17. Wayne has previously held the role of deputy referee at the Nutri Grain Trials and Series, and was Head Referee for SLSNSW State Age Championships.

SURF SPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR


SHANNON ECKSTEIN
BMD Northcliffe SLSC, QLD

Shannon has had a successful year winning his 8th Australian Ironman Title and his 9th Nutri-Grain IronMan Series, winning five out of six rounds. His dominance shows why he is regarded as the greatest having complete control and skill from start to finish. Shannon has recently taken the position of Director of High Performance at BMD Northcliffe.

SURF SPORTS YOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR


JEMMA SMITH
Umina SLSC, NSW

Jemma has had a successful year making the Australian Youth Team for World Titles, being named Captain. She also broke the Australian record in the 100-metre Manikin tow with fins at The Australian Pool Rescue Championships and came first in the U17 Ski at the Australian National Championships where she was crowned best overall female athlete.

TRAINER OF THE YEAR


KIMBERLEY GEE
Venus Bay SLSC, VIC

Kimberley has made a positive impact at Venus Bay SLSC, being responsible for increasing award attainment by a staggering 194%. The club now has 81 actively patrolling members, with 69 members achieving 179 awards during the past season.

ASSESSOR OF THE YEAR


ANNE-MARIE WIDERMANSKI
Mullaloo SLSC, WA

Anne-Marie has been involved in SLS training and assessment since the early 1990’s and is currently involved at all club, state and community levels, with additional input into national committees. Each year Anne-Marie travels to the Northern Territory in order to provide training and assessment support.

DHL LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR


SHANE BEVAN
Australian Lifeguard Services, QLD

Shane has played a key role in mentoring and acting as a role model to the younger lifeguards, both in his area and across the Sunshine Coast. Since obtaining his Cert IV in Training and Assessment in 2014, Shane has become one of the ALS-QLD RWC trainers responsible for the training and assessment of all new lifeguards.

DHL SURF LIFESAVER OF THE YEAR


KANE HUGHES
North Cronulla SLSC, NSW

Kane is currently Vice Captain and Patrol Captain at North Cronulla, spending his patrol hours mentoring young SRC and Bronze Medallion holders. Kane holds an impressive 70+ awards. He is a qualified Trainer and Assessor with 12 years of experience completing over 1400 patrol hours.

DHL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR


DARYL MOSS
Jan Juc SLSC, VIC

Daryl has played a key role in supporting club activities across all areas of the club. Daryl was awarded Life Membership at his club in recognition of his 20 years of service. He has taken on a new role as Club Training Mentor Manager in order to enhance the level of retention of younger members.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM OF THE YEAR


CARLTON PARK SLSC SURF FESTIVAL
CARLTON PARK, TAS

The annual Carlton Park SLSC Surf Festival is a community based event held on Carlton Beach and surrounds. Now in its fifth year, the festival incorporates a number of events aimed at promoting surf awareness, showcasing Tasmanian talents in surf sports, providing health and fitness opportunities and improving overall community engagement in surf lifesaving. Carlton Park SLSC Festival was celebrated in 2015 as the Community Event of the Year by the Sorell Council Australia Day Awards, showing fitting recognition for the benefits the festival offers.

DHL CLUB OF THE YEAR


PACIFIC SLSC, QLD

Pacific SLSC has seen overall membership increase from 242 to 331 this season through effective recruiting strategies. Pacific’s key priorities are to recruit and retain members through engagement, development and recognition of their skills and knowledge.

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