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.

Sonia Keepa, from Wainui SLSC, is the DHL Instructor of 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 of those students


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 of SLSNZ’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 of her and of how she teaches. Her advocacy of water

safety and enthusiasm for life guarding is what Surf Life Saving

NZ is all about.

Awards of Excellence

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