Victoria’s best and brightest in the aquatic community were recognised tonight at the 15th annual Awards of Excellence at The Pullman, Albert Park.
Portsea SLSC took out the coveted Beaurepaire Shield to be named JLT Victorian Club of the Year, for the first time.
“It’s a great morale boost and a fantastic reward for all the work that’s gone on in the last few years,” says Portsea SLSC’s Club President Stuart Rayner. “It’s a really exciting moment for us.”
The club also took out another major award, Outstanding Achievement of the Year for the growth of its Nipper competition team from zero to almost 100 in just five years.
“We brought in a great group of people to grow the Nippers program,” says Matthew Perrott, Portsea SLSC Club Captain. “This award is fantastic recognition of that effort. Parents were encouraged to become involved and it’s been great to see them go on to get their Bronze certificates, or officiating certificates, and become valued members of the club. That’s been a great by-product of growing the Nippers program.”
Heath Armstrong from Lorne SLSC was presented with the Microflite John Wishart Memorial Medal Lifesaver of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to lifesaving.
“The award is really important to me, because it acknowledges the work that can go into CALD communities and supporting them,” says Microflite Lifesaver of the Year Heath Armstrong. “That’s the thing I’m proud of this season – working with a Sudanese community in Lorne and all the great things Lorne SLSC is now doing in this space. Hopefully this kind of award can encourage other lifesaving clubs to follow suit and support lifesaving in communities that may not be as fortunate.”
Holden Volunteer of the Year (Graeme Long Memorial Medal) was presented to Patrick Spinazzola, Torquay SLSC, recognised for his drive to build the lifesaving camp programs, as well as raising the profile of training and assessment within the club.
Almost 300 guests, including Victorian lifesavers and dignitaries, gathered for the gala event.
2018 MAJOR AWARDS
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Establishment & Growth of the Nipper Competition Team, Portsea SLSC
Portsea SLSC developed a nipper competition team for the last five years, led by Matt Mahon in his role as junior competition team manager. In 2017/18 the club can now boast 80+ nippers representing the club at carnivals and states, as well as participation in LSV’s leadership development camps. This nipper program now has a sustainable structure and an engaged group of parents new to lifesaving, as a result of their children’s involvement.
HOLDEN VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR (GRAEME LONG MEMORIAL MEDAL)
Winner: Patrick Spinazzola, Torquay SLSC
As a Torquay board member, Patrick has been the voice of the views and requirements of the active membership. As chief instructor, he actively ensured the annual training and qualifying for Torquay’s lifesavers and is responsible for the induction and inclusion of new members. In 2017/18, Patrick raised the profile of training and assessment within the club, resulting in approximately 700 surf awards through his initiative and drive to build the bonze camp, school bronze and silver camp programs. He is the conduit between the senior members and the junior members, ensuring participation in club’s activities offered by the club.
Last season, Patrick has recorded 127.75 patrol hours as club patrol captain, carnivals water safety officer and LSC Comms operator and his patrolling commitments were recognised this year with the 5-year national patrol service award.
MICROFLITE LIFESAVER OF THE YEAR (JOHN WISHART MEMORIAL MEDAL)
Presented by Microflite Helicopter Services
Winner: Heath Armstrong, Lorne SLSC
Heath is the emergency call out coordinator for the Lorne SLSC. This role requires him to coordinate and maintain the listing of qualified and available emergency incident responders. In 2017/18, he facilitated the first multi-agency meeting with representatives of Emergency Services.
He is an active and qualified lifesaver. On 17th January 2018, together with the lifeguards on duty, he participated in the rescue and resuscitation of a 70yr old patient, and 3 people stuck in a rip. He has conducted several more rescues, notably a mass rescue of 3 people near Erskine River. Heath is also planning an Indigenous lifesaving program with Wye River, and Fairhaven SLSCs, while building on the club’s current CALD program.
JLT CLUB OF THE YEAR (BEAUREPAIRE SHIELD)
Presented by Jardine Lloyd Thompson Australia (JLT)
Winner Portsea SLSC
During the 2017/18 summer season the club started the long process of the total redevelopment of its clubhouse, meaning the existing facility was fully demolished. Whilst waiting for their new building completion, the club had to adapt by offering lifesaving services out of shipping containers.
This resulted in a successful patrol season with no patrol defaults and members achieving an increased number of awards, including new trainers and assessors. The committee continued its engagement with the local community with programs on education and surf safety.
The nipper program saw growth with 600 young members participating in club events and some competing at state carnivals and state championships. Last year saw a partnership formed with the Mildura LSC, with a number of junior members and emerging leaders from Mildura participating in the bronze camp and other club activities.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
MIKE MARTIN AM CHAMPION JUNIOR LIFESAVER
Winner – Reagan Morel, Mornington LSC
Reagan has been a member of Mornington Life Saving Club since 2009. Over the years, Reagan has developed from a young enthusiastic nipper to a confident patrolling SRC member and is also involved with fundraising efforts and working bees, assisting with nippers and being part of a competition team. Away from the beach, he included himself in numerous charity events, raising funds for those less fortunate than himself. He is described as a person who always meets his fellow club members with a huge smile on his face, his hand extended and an energy that is positive to those around him.
NIPPER PROGRAM VOLUNTEER
Winner – Nicole Dwyer, Port Fairy SLSC
Nicole is the Coordinator of the Port Fairy SLSC Nipper program, a role she took on in 2016. Under Nicole’s leadership the nipper program registrations in 2018 now number 480, an outstanding achievement for a township of 2,500.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERVICE AWARDS
- Rik Price, Carrum SLSC
- Anna Lennon, Wye River SLSC
- Paul McMaster, Lorne SLSC
AQUATIC SPORTS AWARDS
YOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Brendon Smith, Half Moon Bay SLSC
Brendon’s competition year has been very busy – he has competed internationally, nationally and at state levels. He holds international, national and state gold medals and a new National Pool Competition record.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Sophie Thomas, Warrnambool SLSC.
Awarded many gold medals as she represented her club at state and national competitions, Sophie was also Open Iron Woman’ Champion at 2018 Victorian state beach championships.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: South Melbourne Seahorses U/15 R&R Team
Harper Waring, MacKenzie Michael, Molly McPhee, Daisy Graham & Sarah Robinson
(Coach – Christine Cardwell)
The South Melbourne Seahorses are a highly successful and committed under 15 mixed R&R team who were: LSV Carnival Pennant Winners, LSV Victorian Champions, 1st Place U/15 Mixed R&R, SLSA Youth Championships, ‘Brian Donnell Memorial Trophy U/15 R&R Australian Champions. These medals and titles are the result of perseverance at training and commitment to each other over the past two years as a team.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Winner: Geoff Matthews, Lorne SLSC
Geoff is the boat captain of the Lorne Edge boat crew. He has coached and swept the club’s boat crews to gold, silver and bronze during the last season. He was also named captain of the Victorian surf boat’s team. He regularly presents at the Victorian Surf Rower’s League annual ‘rowing and sweeping coaching’ weekends. Geoff has now expanded his contribution to surf boat rowing by developing and coaching new sweeps, with the view to keep the sport of surf boat rowing a strong and vibrant competition.
2018 VICTORIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS POINT SCORE WINNER
Winning Club: OCEAN GROVE SLSC
COMPETITION OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Rod Costa, Torquay SLSC
Rod is an accredited SLSA official and heaving involved with surf boat officiating and announcing over the past 37 years. The last season saw Geoff holding officiating roles at LSV carnivals and championships, SLSA Australian championships, plus state and national surf boat championships. He’s been described as a fair, hardworking official who prides himself on an attention to details, as well as being highly involved in the mentoring and training of new and beginner officials.
VOLUNTEER TRAINING AWARDS
Volunteer Training Officer of the Year
Winner: Kimberley Gee, Venus Bay SLSC
Kimberley holds the role of chief instructor and has been appointed ifesaving operations training and assessment officer (Bass region). Her training commitments during the last season resulted in numerous training courses delivered at club, district and state levels. Her peers say that Kimberley trains and mentors in an environment that fosters personal growth, sharing of skills and modelling leadership attributes.
Volunteer Assessor of the Year
Winner: Michael Martin AM, Anglesea SLSC
Michael is the head assessor and also assesses lifesaving awards across the Surf Coast area and the state. He’s committed to the development of assessors and assessment processes within the club. During the season, he introduced an Anglesea Assessors Group. He has mentored and encouraged 25 young members in this area and aims to provide a clear pathway and opportunity for members not only in the club, but also on a broader scale across the Surf Coast region.
PUBLIC TRAINING & POOL SAFETY AWARDS
LSV PUBLIC TRAINING & POOL SAFETY LICENSEE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre
LSV PUBLIC TRAINING & POOL SAFETY TRAINER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Roger Abel
LSV PUBLIC TRAINING & POOL SAFETY SERVICE MEMBER OF THE YEAR Winner: David Allan
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE AQUATICS AND RECREATION INDUSTRY (Sir Frank Beaurepaire Award)
Winner: Bruce Mackay, Western Leisure Services
LSV POOL LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR
Winner: Simon Rohan-Jones
WATCH AROUND WATER – FACILITY OF THE YEAR
Winner: Aqua Pulse – Western Leisure Services
EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Georgia Punton
In her sixth summer working with both LSV’s education and multicultural teams, Georgia always ensured that both a safe and professional program is delivered on every occasion. Georgia is admired by peers for her positive ‘can do’ attitude, her ability to adapt to any situation and her excellent communication skills, particularly with different ages, nationalities and cultures.
LSV SWIM AND SURVIVE LICENSEE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre
Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre are dedicated to delivering a swim and survive program of high standard, with water safety messages the key focus. The centre takes pride in offering lessons to a vast range of participants, aged from 6 months to 87 years of age, including over 25 primary and secondary schools, and childcare centres.
MEDIA SERVICE TO LIFESAVING
Winners: Aaron Langmaid and Tom Minear, Herald Sun
LIFESAVING OPERATIONS AWARDS
BEACH LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR
Winner: Mark Scotland
Mark is a member of Fairhaven SLSC and has been with the Australian Lifeguard Service since 2016. During this time, his roles have included deputy lifeguard for the Surf Coast and Otway region, overseeing 9 lifeguarding sites at Anglesea, Point Roadknight, Apollo Bay, Fairhaven, Jan Juc, Lorne, Torquay, Cosy Corner and Wye River. As a mentor to 50 up and coming lifeguards at the LSV Advanced Lifesaving Camp, Mark’s teaching mantra was: “I want you to have the skills and understanding so that you never feel uncomfortable on shift.”
ADMINISTRATION CLUB OF THE YEAR
Winner: Hampton LSC 1st, Elwood LSC 2nd, Point Leo SLSC 3rd
LIFE SAVING VICTORIA LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Dr Michael Kennedy OAM
Michael completed his four-year term as the founding chair of Life Saving Victoria in November 2006. His commitment to the LSV board of directors continued for another ten years in the positions of independent director and then company secretary. Today in 2018, Dr. Kennedy continues his volunteer participation with:
- Membership of the finance, risk and audit committee
- Membership of the facility development committee
- Advisor, mentor and counsellor to many clubs.
LSV PRESIDENTS CERTIFICATE
Awardees: Luke Treadwell & Michael Treadwell; Greg Rhodes