2020 SLSNZ Awards of Excellence Winners Booklet


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.

Dion Williams, from Wainui SLSC, is Surf Life Saving NZ’s TSB

Coach of 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 2020, 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.

Awards of Excellence

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