The Surf Life Saving National Awards of Excellence programme recognises the contribution of our amazing members from the grass roots of Surf Life Saving during the 2019/2020 season. Congratulations to all of our winners and award recipients.
Coach <strong>of</strong> the Year Dion Williams Wainui SLSC
Dion Williams, from Wainui SLSC, is Surf Life Saving NZ’s TSB Coach <strong>of</strong> the Year after assisting the Black Fins at the Sanyo World Cup in Japan last year and enjoying good success at a local, regional and national level. William’s athletes won 26 senior and 67 junior medals at a local level and 55 senior medals, four junior ones at a regional level and 32 medals at a senior national level. These are outstanding results for the small Wainui club who finished seventh at the ERC’s and 11th at the Nationals in Gisborne. Williams is highly regarded in surf, helping to produce high performance athletes, open to working with others, as he did in assisting the Kawana Water Surf Team at Oceans <strong>2020</strong>, and sitting on the Gisborne/Tairāwhiti Sport Committee and the National Sport Committee. He is a committed club man, helping with the nippers at Wainui, running refresher courses, volunteering as a patrol captain and, like so many in surf, continuing to help with fundraisers and working bees. <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Excellence</strong>