The 2022 Awards of Excellence 

Surf Lifesavers from across the state gathered to celebrate the 2021-22 season at Blundstone Arena on the 13th August 2022. The awards are about taking time to recognize the significant contribution individuals, clubs and marine rescue units make to keeping our waterways safe for Tasmanians and visitors to our state.

Here in Tasmania we have over 3000 members who are committed to saving lives and making a positive impact in their local community.  The Awards of Excellence are an important opportunity to recognize the hard work, selflessness and enthusiasm of our volunteers across a range of categories including lifesaving services, community education, training, surf sport competition, coaching and officiating.

Our Award Winners:

DHL Club of the Year, Burnie SLSC

ISUZU Patrol Club of the Year, Bicheno SLSC

DHL Volunteer of the Year, Jacqueline de Jonge, Burnie SLSC

Westpac Surf Lifesaver of the Year, Neil Hargreaves, Port Sorell SLSC

Ampol Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year, Jenna Stacey, Clifton Beach SLSC

Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year, Charlotte Beach, Clifton Beach SLSC

Marine Rescue of the Year, Dodges Ferry VMR

Marine Rescue Outstanding Individual Contribution, Phil Peppiatt, Dodges Ferry VMR

Marine Rescue Youth Achievement Awards, RIcky Chaplin, Wynyard VMR

Trainer of the Year, Moira Black, Carlton Park SLSC

Assessor of the Year, Sam Lohrey, Kingston Beach SLSC

Isuzu Community Education Programme of the Year, Starfish Nippers, Southern Region

Innovation Award, PR & Media Friends, Clifton Beach SLSC

Athlete of the Year, Elsie Menzie , Burnie SLSC

Youth Athlete of the Year, Alex Woodhouse, Burnie SLSC

Team of the Year, Nathan Cross & Brad Rubock, Burnie SLSC

Coach of the Year, Liz Eustace, Ulverstone SLSC

Official of the Year, Mark Lehman, Burnie SLSC

The full list of 2021-22 Nominees

Watch the event live here, streamed via our YouTube Channel

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Summary of Awards: 

Award

Summary 

Surf Lifesaver of the Year An active patrolling member who has made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of surf lifesaving frontline services.
Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year An active patrolling member under the age of 21 who has made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of surf lifesaving frontline services.
Volunteer of the Year An impressive member who has made a difference through their volunteering efforts.
Club of the Year An outstanding SLS-affiliated club that is committed to improving the experience of its members, providing a safer environment for the community, and improving club operations.
Patrol Club of the Year

An outstanding SLS-affiliated club that demonstrates the highest level of patrols through lifesaving service levels, development of its people, engagement with the community, demonstrated continuous improvement.

Athlete of the Year An athlete aged 15 or older who has achieved sporting excellence in Open Aged Competition.
Youth Athlete of the Year An athlete aged between 15-18 who has achieved sporting excellence in Youth and/or Open Aged Competition.
Team of the Year An athlete team who has achieved sporting excellence in Youth and/or Open Aged Competition.
Coach of the Year An accredited coach who has made a significant contribution to athlete performance at a state, national and/or international level, to the development of athletes in SLS activities outside of surf sports, and to the educational development of other coaches in SLS.
Official of the Year An accredited surf sports official who has made a significant contribution to both officiating at a state, national and/or international level, and to the educational development of other officials in SLS.
Trainer of the Year An endorsed Trainer who is passionate about building the skills of others, consistently delivers a positive learning experience, and who encourages other members to engage in the delivery of training.
Assessor of the Year An endorsed Assessor who is passionate about building the skills of others, consistently delivers a positive and supportive assessment experience, and who encourages other members to engage in training or assessment.
Community Education Program of the Year A SLS-delivered activity or program which has significantly contributed to the organisation’s mission of saving lives, creating great Australians and building better communities.
Innovation Award A well-researched concept, piece of equipment, program or event which is/has been implemented to improve any facet of Surf Life Saving.
Marine Rescue of the Year An outstanding rescue or activity demonstrating excellence in preparedness, response and safety at an incident by a crew or unit.
Marine Rescue Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution The Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution is presented to a volunteer who made an exemplary contribution to Marine Rescue in Tasmania during the 2021-22 year.
Marine Rescue Youth Achievement Award
This award recognises a stand-out volunteer under the age of 25 who has shown exceptional qualities and has made a remarkable contribution during the 2021-22 year.