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.

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 of the movement. At club level, he's

been Patrol Captain for many years, undertaking lifeguarding

instruction and mentoring others under the position of

Chief Instructor.

Ben continues to contribute to club administration. At District

and Regional levels he's been a member of the Local

Lifeguarding Committee, Patrol Auditor, Examiner, Capital

Coast Call Out Squad leader, member of the Wellington

District Event Safety Team and a Wellington District IRB


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 of 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 of a

SLNZ Distinguished Service Award.

Awards of Excellence

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