Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Awards of Excellence has gone virtual in 2020.
Over two action packed nights, the service, passion and dedication of Queensland’s volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards will be recognised.
Earlier this evening, Awards of Excellence Night One was hosted by 2019 Peter Lacey Athlete of the Year Georgia Miller and Under 14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year Maeka Free.
16 awards were presented to those who have gone above and beyond to protect beachgoers.
Amongst the winners was Isabella Maloney, from Ayr SLSC, who was named U14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year. Maloney is already a Junior Club Captain, assists in weekly Nipper training sessions, completed 23 hours on Water Safety, gained her Surf Rescue Certificate and completed 39.5 patrol hours.
Dylan Chapman from Miami Beach SLSC was named U18 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year. Chapman has contributed more than 100 hours on patrol this season as well as providing water safety at carnivals, nippers and the Albatross Nippers program. He is involved in all facets of the club including patrolling, sport, youth development and education.
Lilly Tindall from Noosa Heads SLSC was named Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year. In 2019 Tindall won two golds and a silver in the First Aid Competition at the Aussie Championships. She holds a variety of roles at her club including Patrol Captain, Junior Club Captain, Youth Mentor, Assistant Age Manager and Junior Development Coach. Lilly also obtained her Training Officer’s Award and Silver Medallion – Beach Management
Dave Whimpey, CEO of Surf Life Saving Queensland congratulated all winners and commended them on their service.
“Our volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards are the backbone of our organisation and I congratulate all of those nominated and rewarded tonight for going well above and beyond the call of duty,” Whimpey said.
“Although we could not gather to celebrate in person tonight, SLSQ wants all members to feel recognised and thanked for their passion and service throughout the season.”
Full list of 2020 Awards of Excellence – Night One winners:
U14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Isabella Maloney, Ayr SLSC
U18 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Dylan Chapman, Miami Beach SLSC
Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Lilly Tindal, Noosa Heads SLSC
Lifeguard of the Year – Corey Jones, Sunshine Coast
Junior & Youth Development Club of the Year – Miami Beach SLSC
Andy Frizzell OAM OBE Award for service to Junior Activities – Vaughn Thomas, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta
Operations Support Person of the Year – Brenden Scoffell, Gold Coast
Junior Athlete of the Year – Riley Brennan, Currumbin SLSC
Youth Athlete of the Year – Connor Peabody, Kurrawa SLSC
Sports Rookie Official of the Year – Nicolas Perugino, Palm Beach SLSC
Sports Team Manager of the Year – Margaret Cargoni, Coolangatta SLSC
Sports Rookie Coach of the Year – Cinnamon O’Shanesy, Dicky Beach SLSC
Professor Tess Cramond AO OBE Medal – for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Resuscitation – Robin Smith, Taylah Kouvaras and Abigail Green, Maroochydore SLSC
Jack Dearlove MBE Medal – for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Rescue – Lilly Tindal, Lara Porter, Joe Goulding, Rupert Anisimoff, Dakota Panetta and Roger Aspinall, Noosa Heads SLSC
Jack Dearlove MBE Medal – for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Rescue – Clayton Schilg, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta SLSC
Community Education Program of the Year – Noosa Heads Community Education Program, Noosa Heads SLSC