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.
Distinguished Service Award Ben Flynn Paekakariki SLSC
Ben has made significant contributions to Surf Life Saving at all levels. He's passionate about lifeguarding and the need to pass skills on to other members <strong>of</strong> the movement. At club level, he's been Patrol Captain for many years, undertaking lifeguarding instruction and mentoring others under the position <strong>of</strong> Chief Instructor. Ben continues to contribute to club administration. At District and Regional levels he's been a member <strong>of</strong> the Local Lifeguarding Committee, Patrol Auditor, Examiner, Capital Coast Call Out Squad leader, member <strong>of</strong> the Wellington District Event Safety Team and a Wellington District IRB Instructor. Ben was on the Wellington Board from 2006 to 2010, and served as Chair during the last year. His commitment to lifeguarding is evidenced by his contributions at national level where he was a member <strong>of</strong> the National Lifesaving Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2019. He was a Head Instructor at the Advanced Lifeguard School and was invited to take part in the Rescue Water Craft Pilot Programme in 2008. Ben's commitment to lifeguarding is well established and respected by his peers and this was recognised with a Regional Life Membership at the 2019 Capital Coast awards. Ben easily meets the SLNZ points threshold after taking into account the additional points for other SLNZ roles and is well deserving <strong>of</strong> a SLNZ Distinguished Service Award. <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Excellence</strong>