2020/21 Newcastle Permanent SLS FNC Awards of Excellence

The 2020/21 Surf Lifesaving Newcastle Permanent Far North Coast Branch Awards of Excellence are coming up in June. Nominations are now OPEN.

Please see the FNC Branch Awards of Excellence Information Flyer which will give you specific information on the Far North Coast Branch Awards.

Nominations OPEN Wednesday 21st April and close at 5:00pm Friday 14th May 2021.

Guidelines for Entries

  • Each candidate will need to be approved by their club before sent to the selection process.
  • Nominations are to be completed online via the Jot Form link below. Please note there is a maximum word length for all awards. Any extra information sent through will not be accepted.
  • Clubs are required to complete and submit an online nomination form by Friday 14th May 2021. No nominations will be accepted via email or post.
  • Nominations are to include a digital profile image of the nominee (for individual awards) or logo (for group/team awards) via the online nomination form. Please ensure all nominee photographs are from the shoulders up.

Jot Form Link – 2021 SLS FNC Branch Nominations

Details of the Awards evening are:
Date: Saturday 19th June 2021
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Ballina RSL, 1 Grant St, Ballina

Tickets will be sold to enter the ceremony. Clubs to get the numbers to the Branch Administration Officer by Friday 14th May 2021 for catering purposes.

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.

2020 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Congratulations to the all award winners at this year’s Awards of Excellence announced through virtual video on Saturday 20th June 2020. All award winners will go on to represent the Far North Coast Branch at the Surf Life Saving New South Wales 2020 Awards of Excellence.

To watch the video, please visit the SLS FNC Branch Facebook page LINK

Full list of award winners:

2019/2020 Young Surf Life Saver of the Year
Bede Curnow – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Lifesaver of the Year
Paul Ransom – Fingal Rovers

2019/2020 Patrol Captain of the Year
Beau Monks – Byron Bay

2019/2020 Patrol Team of the Year
Patrol 4 – Fingal Rovers

2019/2020 Training Officer of the Year
Matthew Bell – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Assessor of the Year
Kris Beavis – Ballina Lighthouse + Lismore

2019/2020 Facilitator of the Year
Michael Pontefract – Evans Head + Casino

2019/2020 Services Team of the Year
Cudgen Headland Event Organising Team

2019/2020 Administrator of the Year
David Rope – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Official of the Year
Debbie Pawsey – Evans Head + Casino

2019/2020 Coach of the Year
Samantha Miller – Lennox Head + Alstonville

2019/2020 Masters Athlete of the Year
Joe Dougherty – Yamba

2019/2020 Surf Sports Athlete of the Year
Bailey Copeland – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Young Surf Sports Athlete of the Year
Lily O’Sullivan – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Surf Sports Team of the Year
Cudgen Headland Pool Rescue Team

2019/2020 Young Volunteer of the Year
Sven Loemker – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Volunteer of the Year
David Field – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Jacob Lollback Encouragement Trophy
Luke Chaffer – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 President’s Trophy
Lily O’Sullivan – Cudgen Headland

2019/2020 Competition Point Score Trophy
Cudgen Headland SLSC

2019/2020 Newcastle Permanent Junior Club of the Year
Salt SLSC

2019/2020 Newcastle Permanent Education Club of the Year
Cudgen Headland SLSC

2019/2020 Newcastle Permanent Administration Club of the Year
Cudgen Headland SLSC

2019/2020 Newcastle Permanent Surf Sports Club of the Year
Cudgen Headland SLSC

2019/2020 Newcastle Permanent Lifesaving Club of the Year
Byron Bay SLSC

2019/2020 Newcastle Permanent Overall Club of the Year
Cudgen Headland SLSC

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