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.
Lifeguard <strong>of</strong> the Year Max Jones Whangamata SLSC
Max Jones is Whangamata SLSC's club captain, a board member and the Head Regional Guard. He's also contributed 80 hours <strong>of</strong> patrolling as a volunteer and was involved in more than 30 rescues, including three search and rescue operations. Max is an active patroller who is regularly “on the flags” and at the water’s edge issuing preventative advice and guidance. He is an instructor at the club and was involved in regional IRB development camps, instructor/examiner briefings, IRB engine maintenance workshops and the Eastern Region IRB Development Review. Max was a top candidate at the National Lifeguard School and is a highly respected leader and mentor at his Whangamata club. He helps with everything from the Labour Weekend muster, to fundraising and after hours rescues. Max has a strong and positive presence on social media around lifeguarding and is active in his club’s social and sporting scene. But he is also never far from the water’s edge, having spent eight hours <strong>of</strong> his final day on patrol on the flags. <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Excellence</strong>