To support COVID-19 restrictions and the safety of our members, Surf Life Savers from across the state converged on their devices last night in order to celebrate the best of the best at the annual Awards of Excellence.
Surf Life Saving Tasmania’s President, Stephen Godfrey, explained that the awards were about taking time out to recognise the significant contribution individuals, clubs and units make in keeping our waterways safe for Tasmanians and visitors to our State.
“Here in Tasmania we have over 2300 members who are committed to saving lives and making a positive impact in the local community. The Awards of Excellence are an important opportunity to recognise the hard work, selflessness and enthusiasm of our volunteers across a range of categories including lifesaving services, community education, training, surf sports competition, coaching and officiating.”
Members from Tasmania’s northern clubs dominated this year’s awards with Penguin Surf Life Saving Club taking out two of the night’s major awards including, Club of the Year and Nicholas Canales taking out Westpac Surf Lifesaver of the Year. Burnie Surf Life Saving Club claimed six awards, which included Shane Askew winning the prestigious DHL Volunteer of the Year. Burnie’s success comes as the club prepares to celebrate its centenary in 2021. Other notable winners on the night included Rhys Evans from the Bicheno SLSC who won the Holden Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year award.
Mr Godfrey finished, “This year COVID-19 saw us move from a physical awards evening to an online event, however it certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our members. Like most of the challenges we have faced this year, our volunteers have adapted with commendable resilience and determination. We are looking forward to another fantastic season on the states beaches and waterways.”
A full list of award recipients is available on Surf Life Saving Tasmania’s website here https://www.slst.asn.au/about/recognition/awards-of-excellence/