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 was recognised.
Neil John from Sarina Surf Life Saving Club was named Surf Lifesaver of the Year, in recognition of his outstanding leadership as both Club Captain and President.
Neil’s approach and encouraging nature has enabled Sarina SLSC to increase their front-line capability, boost member engagement and strengthen appointments in leadership roles to ensure succession planning for next season.
Coolangatta’s Belinda Doman was named Volunteer of the Year.
Belinda became involved in 1996 as an Under 8 Nipper, 24 years later she was inducted as the first female Life Member of her club and now in her 26th year she has volunteered more than 850 hours keeping beach goers safe.She operates Beach to Boardroom, holding a combination of 13 volunteer positions and leadership roles within her club, a further five at Branch level, and sat on an additional two SLSQ committees over the past season.
Isabella Maloney, from Ayr SLSC, 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.
Kirra Surf Life Saving Club were awarded Marsh Club of the Year in recognition of their strong commitment to delivering quality voluntary surf lifesaving, community safety and member services within their community.Their leadership, commitment to governance and sustainability, and ability to harness the talent and capability within their club and local community is inspiring.
Noosa Heads member Lana Rogers was named the prestigious Peter Lacey Athlete of the Year.Rogers has had a stellar season winning the Open Female Long Course Coolangatta Gold and Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series.
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.”
2020 AWARD WINNERS – FULL LIST
Congratulations are extended to the following members:
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
Andy Frizzell OAM OBE Award for service to Junior Activities – Vaughn Thomas, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta
Junior & Youth Development Club of the Year – Miami Beach SLSC
Community Education Program of the Year – Noosa Heads Community Education Program, Noosa Heads SLSC
Innovation Award of the Year – Nippers Online Program, North Queensland Branch
Surf Lifesaver of the Year – Neil John, Sarina SLSC
Lifeguard of the Year – Corey Jones, Sunshine Coast
Operations Support Person of the Year – Brenden Scoffell, Gold Coast
Trainer of the Year – Rupert Anisimoff, Noosa Heads SLSC
Assessor of the Year – Charles Pashalis, Arcadian SLSC
Volunteer of the Year – Belinda Doman, Coolangatta SLSC
Marsh Club of the Year – Kirra Surf Life Saving Club
Clive Hammond OAM Medal – Scott Burgess, Tallebudgera SLSC
SURF SPORT AWARDS:
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
Volunteer Coach of the Year – Andrew McAuliffe, Kirra SLSC
Professional Coach of the Year – Zayne Hamill, Surfers Paradise SLSC
Masters Athlete of the Year – Steven Fry, Northcliffe SLSC
Sports Team of the Year – Open Female IRB Team, Kirra SLSC
Ron ‘Boppo’ Tallon OAM Official of the Year – Stuart Turrell, Etty Bay SLSC
Peter Lacey Athlete of the Year – Lana Rogers, Noosa Heads SLSC
LIFESAVING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:
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
Jack Dearlove MBE Medal – for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Rescue – Rowan Gameiro, Noosa Heads SLSC
Professor Tess Cramond AO OBE Medal – for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Resuscitation – Patrol 5 and 6, Nobby’s Beach SLSC
Jack Dearlove MBE Medal – for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Rescue – Patrol Team 14, Noosa Heads SLSC
Jack McMaster AM DFC Medal for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Leadership – David Tomba, Noosa Heads SLSC