2020/21 Newcastle Permanent SLS FNC Awards of Excellence

On Saturday 19th June 2021 the Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch held their 2020/21 Newcastle Permanent Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence at the Ballina RSL Club.

Over 140 members came out to celebrate and acknowledge those members who excelled in a number of areas. A range of awards were recognised from Lifesaving through to Education.

Full list of award winners:

2020/21 Newcastle Permanent Youth Surf Life Saver of the Year

Lara Wegemund – Cabarita Beach SLSC

2020/21 Newcastle Permanent Lifesaver of the Year

David Rope – Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 Patrol Captain of the Year

Michael Pontefract – Evans Head-Casino SLSC

2020/21 Support Operations Member of the Year

Garry Meredith – Evans Head-Casino SLSC

2020/21 Lifesaving Club of the Year

Yamba SLSC

2020/21 Tursa Training Officer of the Year

Jill Ennever – Yamba SLSC

2020/21 Tursa Assessor of the Year

Dennis Eyre – Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 Tursa Facilitator of the Year

Stephen Perris – Ballina Lighthouse + Lismore SLSC

2020/21 Education Club of the Year

Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC

2020/21 Services Team of the Year

Cudgen Headland Major Events Committee

2020/21 Junior Club of the Year

Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC

2020/21 A. Cummings & Co Administrator of the Year

Teena Redman – Evans Head-Casino SLSC

2020/21 Administration Club of the Year

Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 Kozii Competition Official of the Year

Kylie Ryan-Milroy – Cabarita Beach SLSC

2020/21 Kozii Coach of the Year

Samantha Miller – Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC

2020/21 Kozii Swimwear Masters Athlete of the Year

Joanne Kay – Byron Bay SLSC

2020/21 Kozii Athlete of the Year

Hayley Smith – Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 Kozii Youth Athlete of the Year

Kalani Ives – Yamba SLSC

2020/21 Sports Team of the Year

Open Female Board Rescue – Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 A. Cummings & Co Branch Point Score Championship

Cudgen Headland SLSC – 1165 Points

2020/21 Surf Sports Club of the Year

Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 Youth Volunteer of the Year

Sven Loemker – Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 Volunteer of the Year

Matthew Bell – Cudgen Headland SLSC

2020/21 Far North Coast Branch Presidents Awards

Michael Pontefract – Evans Head-Casino SLSC

2020/21 Newcastle Permanent Overall Club of the Year

Cudgen Headland SLSC

 

These members will now go on to represent the Far North Coast Branch at the Surf Life Saving New South Wales Awards of Excellence on Saturday 28th August 2021 in Sydney.

2020/21 Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year (JLOTY)

Well done to all 11 candidates who gave up their time to complete the 2021 Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch Junior Lifesaver of the Year selection interviews. Thank-you to this year’s awards panel consisting of John Watson, Paul Smith and Mikala Campbell, for their time.

Congratulations to the two successful applicants who go on to represent the Far North Coast Branch at the Surf Lifesaving NSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year Development Program to determine the State winners.

The successful applicants for this year’s awards are:

2020/21 Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year Female Award

Phoebe Link – Byron Bay SLSC

2020/21 Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesaver of the Year Male Award

Ethan Bayly – Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC

For further information on the 2020/21 Junior Lifesaver of the Year Program and Award please visit Circular 3654: 2020/21 Junior Lifesaver of the Year (JLOTY)

SLSNSW Winner Announcements – Wednesday 14th April 2021.

Far North Coast Branch Junior Annual Report

Please visit the link below to see the electronic version of the Junior Branch Annual Report over the last few seasons. Hard copies of these were distributed at the 2020/21 Combined Branch Championships at the end of January 2021.

SLS Far North Coast 2021 Junior Annual Report

SLS Far North Coast 2020 Junior Annual Report

Junior Search and Rescue Activity

The Junior Search and Rescue courses are growing in popularity across the NSW State. Sydney Branch have delivered a “Junior SMAR” over the past few seasons. Hunter Branch offered a Junior SMAR last season and kindly provided their course notes. The activity was trialled at Cudgen in early October 2020 with the help of the Director of Member Services, David Field.

The aims for delivering this activity within the FNC Branch are:

  1. Provide a fun activity for senior JAC to gain relevant search and rescue knowledge and skills
  2. Encounter aspects of SLSA BM syllabus and aspects of Royal Life Saving syllabus
  3. Meet with other senior JACs in an environment different to competition
  4. Provide pathways to higher awards in SLSA
  5. Encourage senior JACs to become leaders within their club

For further information, take a look at the article put together by David Field, Director of Member Services – Junior Search and Rescue Activity.

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