Volunteer profile: LSV Awards of Excellence nominee, Reagan Morel

For July’s volunteer profile, we’re spotlighting Mornington Life Saving Club’s Reagan Morel who has been nominated for the new Youth Lifesaver of the Year (18 – 21 years) award at Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV’s) upcoming Awards of Excellence (AOE).

The Youth Lifesaver of the Year Award recognises and rewards a young member aged between 18 – 21 years, who has made an outstanding contribution to the delivery of patrolling lifesaving frontline services. It is aimed at an active youth lifesaver undertaking lifesaving duties and who can be identified as an ambassador for LSV.

Known for going above and beyond throughout the seasons and demonstrating leadership within his local community, Reagan’s involvement in surf lifesaving began at the age of six when his parents signed him up for nippers. Reagan has since developed from an enthusiastic young nipper to a confident patrolling surf rescue certificate (SRC) member.

Reagan is the only remaining founding member of the LSVj Advisory Committee and has been instrumental in ensuring our young members have a platform and a voice, providing us with an opportunity to better understand youth members’ motivations. He has provided fantastic leadership as LSVj chair, and with the support of LSV advisory committee members, Reagan has built up the LSVj committee to include representatives from 25 clubs.

Reagan is also heavily involved with his community through fundraising, working bees, assisting with nippers and being part of a competition team, racing in the Victorian Lifesaving Championships earlier this year.

His passion and commitment to lifesaving earned Reagan the Mike Martin Champion Junior Lifesaver award at LSV’s 2018 AOE. In the same year, Reagan was also recognised by Mornington LSC for the President’s Award.

Reagan has been described as a person with an infectious positive energy, who always meets his fellow club members with a huge smile on his face, his hand extended.

When asked what advice he would offer people interested in joining a lifesaving club, Reagan said, ‘Some of my best memories as a kid were at nippers, and I’ve met amazing lifelong friends along the way. Lifesaving offers so many awesome opportunities for personal growth and development, and I’m proud to be equipped with the skills to save a life and make an impact on the community. The sand, sun and summers at the beach are just a bonus’.

LSV congratulates all nominees and finalists for the 19th annual Awards of Excellence, the best and brightest in the aquatic and lifesaving community.

Winners will be announced at our first in-person gala dinner awards ceremony since 2019, to be held on Saturday 6 August at Sofitel on Collins. We can’t wait to celebrate and honour everyone from education trainers to aquatic facilities, to lifesaving clubs and individual athletes.

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