2020 SLSNZ Otago/Southland Awards of Excellence Winners Booklet

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We are thrilled to announce this year's winners for the SLSNZ Otago/Southland Awards of Excellence!

OTAGO/SOUTHLAND

Awards of Excellence

WINNERS


Introduction

Otago/Southland's Local Awards of Excellence

programme recognises the contribution of our amazing

members from the grass roots of Surf Life Saving during

the 2019/2020 season. Nominations are judged against

the criteria outlined for each award by a local Honours

and Awards, Sport or Lifesaving Committee.

The winners of some categories of the local awards of

excellence will automatically become finalists for the

prestigious SLSNZ National Awards of Excellence

to be held later in 2020.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were unable to host this

year's awards in person. However we are thrilled to

announce this year's winners.

Congratulations to all of our winners! What you do

makes a positive difference to your club, your

community, and Surf Life Saving.


Contents

HONOURS AWARDS

Regional Service Awards

Distinguished Regional Service Awards

Life Membership

SURF SPORTS AWARDS

Surf Official of the Year

Event Guard of the Year

Coach of the Year

Sports Team of the Year

Sports Person of the Year

Presidents Trophy - Outstanding Contribution

to Surf Life Saving


GENERAL AWARDS

Innovation of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

LIFESAVING AWARDS

Advanced Lifeguard Attendees

Rookie Lifeguard of the Year

Rescue of the Year

Regional Lifeguard of the Year

Beach Education Instructor of the Year

Instructor of the Year

Lifeguard of the Year

Patrol Club of the Year

Club of the Year


Honours

Awards


Regional

Service Awards

The Service Awards acknowledge members who have

given outstanding service to Surf Life Saving

over a period of years.


STEPH LAUGHTON

ST CLAIR SLSC

ALEX SUTHERLAND

BRIGHTON SLSC

CHRIS HAIG

ST CLAIR SLSC


Distinguished

Regional Service Awards

Distinguished Service Awards recognise those who have

continued to give outstanding service.


MAX CORBOY

ST KILDA SLSC

CAMERON THIRD

ST KILDA SLSC

STEPH LAUGHTON

ST CLAIR SLSC


Life Membership

Life Memberships are presented to those who have

provided exemplary service.

SETH MCPHEE, BRIGHTON SLSC


Surf

Sports

Awards


Surf Official

of the Year

Doug is always the first to offer to help and was a surf official at all

Southern carnivals this summer as well as the Nationals in Gisborne. A

regular on patrols he also helps coach junior surf and is a club safety

inspector within the region. Doug’s name is synonymous with the

Kaka Point club and he is now coaching and mentoring a second

generation of members. Fellow clubbies reckon he has a “heart of

gold” and there is no doubt that without the work and passion of

people like Doug, many surf clubs would have disappeared. He

epitomises all that is good about surf and just what

it means to be a volunteer.

Winner

DOUG HENDERSON, KAKA POINT SLSC


Event Guard

of the Year

Jessica was an event guard on 12 days and for more than

50 hours this season - more hours and days than any other

guard in the region. Even a leg injury, late in the season that

kept her out of the IRB, couldn’t keep her off the beach as she

worked in a liaison role. Jess was on duty at seven local events,

the Otago junior and senior champs, and the Southern Region

Champs. She’s also continued to upskill by obtaining her Surf

Official Level 1 Award to assist and judge races.

Winner

JESSICA CRAIK, ST KILDA SLSC


Coach of

the Year

Mark coached the men’s masters 160+ canoe crew and

women’s masters 200+ crew to national titles in Gisborne this

year, with the women’s open crew picking up silver and the

under 19 men a bronze. The Warrington club captain’s teams

also enjoyed success at the South Island champs and won 12

golds, 12 silvers and seven bronze medals at the Otago senior

champs. Mark’s a busy man at the club, coaching junior and

senior surf sports, and lifeguarding as a patrol captain.

Winner

MARK HASTIE, WARRINGTON SLSC


Sports Team

of the Year

The Kaka Point U19 Men's Canoe Team won silver and bronze

medals in the long and short course canoe races at the 2020

TSB Surf Life Saving Nationals in Gisborne. They also won the

U19 Men’s canoe events at Otago Senior Championships

and medalled in both their events at

Southern Region Championships.

Winner

KAKA POINT U19 MALE CANOE TEAM

(LAYTUN LORNIE, MORGAN GREER,

LACHLAN STODDART, STRUAN CAMPBELL)


Sports Person

of the Year

Competing in the U16s at the Nationals in Gisborne, Sam

came second in the diamond, ninth in the board race,

18th in the surf race and was a semifinalist on the ski. He won

the Southern Region U16 diamond title and picked up silver in

the board race and bronze in the surf race.


Winner

SAM STEDMAN

ST CLAIR SLSC


Presidents Trophy

(Outstanding Contribution

to Surf Life Saving)

This award is presented to a member who has made an

outstanding contribution to Surf Life Saving in the

Otago/Southland region.

Isaac has had an immense summer, putting in countless hours

coaching members not only at St Clair but across the Otago

region. He’s widely respected as a leading surf sports coach

and is passionate about improving surf athletes.

He’s a senior member of the Otago Search and Rescue Callout

Team where his skills have been required on many jobs

as an IRB driver and lifeguard.

He continues to teach others, passing on his knowledge and

experience, and the hours he puts in are second to none. The

great news is that Isaac is keen to keep doing

what he does so well.


Winner

ISAAC DAVIES

ST CLAIR SLSC


General

Awards


Innovation

of the Year

The combined use of drones, dye marker and diving gear in

the search for missing 14-year-old Vinnie Beecroft was

innovative and was an example of lifeguards quickly adapting

to the conditions and landscape they were in.

Winner

OTAGO SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM

ST CLAIR SEARCH JANUARY 2020


Volunteer

of the Year

Max has shown over the past summer that he is an effective

leader who makes critical, life-saving decisions under pressure,

earning the respect not just of his lifeguard colleagues, but within

Police, local leaders and the wider Otago region. The Otago

search and rescue team, under Max’s leadership, is regarded as

one of the best in New Zealand but his contribution to surf

extends beyond that.

Max has an active and busy role at St Kilda, and was part of the

event management team for the South Island Champs and 2019

IRB champs. He also oversaw the digitalisation of the Otago

clubs’ radio network and has been successful at securing much

needed sponsorship. Overall, Max has made an outstanding

example of the can-do attitude that Surf Life Saving represents.


Winner

MAX CORBOY

ST KILDA SLSC


Lifesaving

Awards


Advanced

Lifeguard Attendees

FOR THE 2019/2020 SEASON

Mikayla Garforth, St. Clair SLSC

Jackson Aluesi, St. Clair SLSC

Sarah McNaughton, Warrington SLSC

Timothy Ball, Oreti SLSC

Seth McPhee, Brighton SLSC – Head Instructor


Rookie

Lifeguard of the Year

Nico is a consistent helper around the Brighton club, active in

patrols, competitions and community events. Always up for a

challenge, Nico has a positive attitude that

he uses to great effect.

Winner

NICO BURTON, BRIGHTON SLSC


Rescue

of the Year

On January 23 this year, 14-year-old Vinnie Beecroft fell from a cliff at

St Clair prompting a rescue that then turned into a four day search

involving 40 surf lifesaving volunteers and more than 500 hours in a

multi-agency operation that included Police, the National Police Dive

squad, Land SAR, Cliff rescue, helicopters and the helicopter water

rescue team. The search was dangerous as it covered 5km of rocky

coastline with the divers searching through blowholes, kelp and

caves, requiring the IRB and swimmers having to negotiate

the rocky shoreline in a 1.5m swell.


Winner

OTAGO SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM

ST CLAIR SEARCH JANUARY 2020


Regional

Lifeguard of the Year

Sarah has had a busy summer, helping patrol beaches

throughout the region and taking over as head lifeguard at

Warrington after the unexpected departure of the head guard.

She has also continued to upskill herself, completing National

Lifeguard School and the Rock Training & Navigation Module.

Winner

SARAH MCNAUGHTON, WARRINGTON SLSC


Beach Education

Instructor of the Year

Jody is an experienced and committed beach educator,

with a strong passion and dedication to keeping kiwi students

safe at our beaches. This award is a reflection of the experience,

can-do attitude and value Jody brings to the

Otago Beach Education team.

Winner

JODY MOWAT, ST KILDA SLSC


Instructor

of the Year

Sarah is Oreti’s Lifeguard Coordinator and Chief Instructor, and

she organises the club’s lifeguarding activities - both training and

patrolling. She runs the training for new lifeguards, and this season

organised the training session for First Aid, VHF Radio and the IRB

crew persons’ module. A graduate of the BP Leaders for Life

programme, she is on her way to becoming an

examiner for the Surf Lifeguard Award.

Winner

SARAH BALL, ORETI SLSC


Lifeguard

of the Year

Jackson is a patrol captain and head regional lifeguard at

St Clair SLSC, as well as a member of the Otago Search and

Rescue team. He was part of the search for a 14-year-old boy,

Vinnie Beecroft, who fell from a cliff at St Clair, driving the first

responding IRB crew with Nathan Wolf and within the first hour

was part of a dive team that searched for Vinnie. Over the next

three days he was heavily involved in the search as

a diver, in an IRB and acting as a liaison between

the Surf teams and Police.


Winner

JACKSON ALUESI

ST CLAIR SLSC


Patrol Club

of the Year

ST CLAIR SLSC


Club

of the Year

ST CLAIR SLSC

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