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.
Instructor <strong>of</strong> the Year Sonia Keepa Wainui SLSC
Sonia Keepa, from Wainui SLSC, is the DHL Instructor <strong>of</strong> the Year after a year that saw her teach 51 life guard and patrol support candidates, six prospective IRB crew and three IRB drivers. It will surprise no one that all 60 <strong>of</strong> those students qualified. Keepa has always instructed at the highest level and prides herself in ensuring her students have all the knowledge and skills they need before they are put forward for exams. Sonia was also involved in the planning and delivery <strong>of</strong> <strong>SLSNZ</strong>’s SLA programme and helped with Gisborne’s SLA academy that pulled together the region’s clubs. She was also active in regional IRB camps and patrol workshops, and as the Chief Instructor at Wainui she is a role model to all. Keepa is widely liked and respected, and her students speak fondly <strong>of</strong> her and <strong>of</strong> how she teaches. Her advocacy <strong>of</strong> water safety and enthusiasm for life guarding is what Surf Life Saving NZ is all about. <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Excellence</strong>