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Life Saving Australia Awards of Excellence.

Surf Lifesaver Scott Summers from Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club (QLD) received the prestigious DHL Surf Lifesaver of the Year award.

Scott is an exceptional frontline lifesaver who has a clear focus on developing both his club and regions capabilities, holding a number of roles including Director of Lifesaving, Gear and Equipment officer IRB officer, and club supervisor.

Numerous awards were presented throughout the evening recognising achievements in surf sports, education, training, rescues of merit, hall of fame and life member inductions and the prestigious annual awards.

Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club (VIC) won the DHL Club of the Year award, and Max Pettigrove from the Sunshine Coast Lifeguard Service was named DHL Lifeguard of the Year.

With demonstrated dedication to the Grange Surf Life Saving Club (SA), Caroline Kearney took out the DHL Volunteer of the Year award for her commitment to member recruitment and retention, coaching, junior development and succession planning.

After an outstanding season Jake Lynch of the Newport Surf Life Saving Club (NSW) was appointed surf sport athlete of the year. Jake won double gold in sprints and flags for the Australian Life Saving Team, and has done extensive work coaching at club level, and attending state development camps.

Surf Life Saving Australia President, Graham Ford AM delivered a moving tribute to the valuable contribution surf lifesavers give back to the community.

“The Awards of Excellence is a about recognising the achievements, the contributions and the commitment surf lifesavers, volunteers, coaches, trainers and athletes make to the Australian communities,” he said.

“All the nominees, and winners this evening have shown an extraordinary dedication and commitment to volunteering. That’s why we are able to exist and to fulfil our purpose to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities.”

Surf Life Saving’s night of nights also recognised surf lifesavers who performed significant rescues of outstanding courage and bravery. A total of 19 Meritorious Awards were presented, including the highest level of merit, awarded to 13-year-old Jayke Menefy who rescued a man while on holiday with his parents on the Sunshine Coast.

The award winners on the night were:

DHL Surf Lifesaver of the Year

Scott Summers, Sunshine Beach SLSC, QLD

DHL Club of the Year

Venus Bay SLSC, VIC

DHL Lifeguard of the Year

Max Pettigrove, Sunshine Coast Lifeguard Service, QLD

DHL Volunteer of the Year

Caroline Kearney, Grange SLSC, SA

Trainer of the Year

Rachel Englund, Carlton Park SLSC, TAS

Assessor of the Year

Stephanie Reindel, Bonbeach LSC, VIC

Athlete of the Year

Jake Lynch, Newport SLSC, NSW

Surf Sports Coach of the Year

Jock Campbell, Wanda SLSC, NSW

Official of the Year

Carolyn Wilson, Secret Harbour SLSC, WA

Youth Athlete of the Year

Jemma Smith, Umina SLSC, NSW

Community Education Program of the Year

Combined Nipper Seahorse Program, QLD

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