The Central Coast’s surf lifesaving clubs have cleaned up at the 111th Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence, bringing home a slew of awards.
The event celebrates the outstanding achievements of volunteer surf lifesavers across surf sports, education, administration, membership and lifesaving, with local clubs, Umina Beach, Terrigal and Copacabana, all honoured on the night for their efforts over the past year.
Umina Beach was the Coast’s most decorated club, picking up the coveted Club of the Year Award, with, Kai Darwin, also named Youth Surf Life Saver of the Year, and the club’s Patrol Team 12, named Patrol Team of the Year.
Terrigal and Copacabana also picked up gongs on the night, with Terrigal’s, Paul Lemmon, named the Masters Athlete of the Year, and Copacabana’s, Paul Duignan, named Facilitator of the Year.
Lemmon was honoured for his incredible achievements on the beach and in the pool over the past year and his enduring commitment to the legacy of Terrigal SLSC.
Seven gold medals, five silver and three bronze.
That’s Lemmon’s medal count from the 2018 International Life Saving World Championships, pool and ocean events.
This season Lemmon once again achieved outstanding results in both individual and team competition, including breaking both World and Australian records.
This is Lemmon’s 11th Masters Athlete of the Year Award.
Duignan picked up his award for his enduring service to both Copacabana SLSC’s and the Central Coast SLS branch’s education portfolios.
This season he was named Director of Education for the Central Coast branch and through that role he has elevated the education portfolio on a regional scale.
Duignan empowers and inspires trainers to deliver course material in new ways to keep members engaged and motivated throughout the season.
As the Chair of the Surf Life Saving Central Coast Education Committee, Duignan provides a collaborative and inclusive approach to create the best outcomes for all 15 clubs on the Coast.
SLS NSW President, George Shales, said the evening was the perfect way to commend exceptional efforts among the 75,000 strong membership.
“Each year our volunteer surf lifesavers put hundreds of thousands of hours into protecting the public on our beaches,” said Shales.
“They display courage and bravery in some of the harshest conditions.
“They are innovators, leaders, educators, athletes, watermen and women.
“They are some of the most skilled first responders on the NSW coastline and we are delighted to recognise the best in each field at our Awards of Excellence,” he said.
Media release, Sep 1
SLS NSW Media