Awards of Excellence 2020/2021

We all know them – members who care, give up their time and want to make a difference in the organisation. The Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excellence celebrate the incredible people in our organisation and the impact they have on their clubs, its members and their local communities. 

This year’s awards will be presented at the SLSSNB Awards of Excellence function on Friday 25th June 2021. This event will be held at Dee Why RSL, Pittwater Road Dee Why.

General notes 

▫ All nominees must be SLSA financial members (or affiliated organisations). Nominations should focus on activities during the 2020/21 Surf Life Saving season, from 1st July 2020 – 30th June 2021. 

▫ Where ages are mentioned, this refers to the members age as at 30 September in the 2020/21 season. 

▫ Winners may be called upon to act as ambassadors of Surf Life Saving, both within the organisation and to external audiences. 

▫ Surf Life Saving NSW State events or teams will not be considered for nomination for these awards. 

▫ Paid employees at any level may apply for the awards listed. However, paid service will only be counted if applying for the Coach of the Year award. All other awards recognise voluntary contributions only. Unless otherwise specified, these awards are in recognition of individual achievements, team submissions will not be considered. 

Guidelines for submission 

▫ Applicants are required to complete and submit an online nomination form by 28 May 2021. No nominations will be accepted via email or post. 

Applicants must address the criteria for their nominated award 

▫ Nominations are to include a digital profile image of the nominee (for individual awards) or logo (for group/team awards) via the online nomination form. Please ensure all nominee photographs are from the shoulders up. 

Selection Process 

▫ Finalists for the ’Surf Lifesaver of the Year’, ‘Volunteer of the Year’, ‘Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year’ and ‘Youth Volunteer of the Year’ will be invited to participate in an online interview; details of which will be available following the close of nominations. The selection panel will determine a winner from both a review of the application and the interview. 

▫ Finalists from the remaining awards will be determined by a volunteer selection panel and will involve a review of applications. 

Nominations now open for 2020/2021 Awards of Excellence

Winners will progress to the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence 

Lifesaving Awards

Surf Lifesaver of the Year
An active patrolling member who has made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of surf lifesaving frontline services. 

Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year
An active patrolling member (between the ages of 15-21, this refers to the members age as at 30 September in the 2020/21 season) who has made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of surf lifesaving frontline services. 

Patrol Captain of the Year
A Patrol Captain who is passionate about improving the service their patrol offers to the community, or the experience it offers to members.

Support Operations Member of the Year
A Member involved in Support Operations (Duty Officer, Rescue Water Craft, Jet Rescue Boat, Offshore Rescue Boat, UAV) who has made a difference through their volunteering efforts in support operations.

Member Services Awards

Innovation Award***
A well-researched concept, piece of equipment, program or event which is/has been implemented to improve any facet of Surf Life Saving.

Youth Volunteer of the Year
An impressive member (between the ages of 15-21, this refers to the members age as at 30 September in the 2020/21 season) who has made a difference through their volunteering efforts.

Volunteer of the Year*
An impressive member who has made a difference through their volunteering efforts. 

Services Team of the Year
An outstanding team who have made a positive impact in Surf Life Saving or the community through their volunteer services.

Community Education Program of the Year
A SLS-delivered activity or program which has significantly contributed to the organisation’s mission of saving lives, creating great Australians and building better communities.

Administrator of the Year
An Administrator who consistently goes the extra mile to make the lives of other members easier, or to make the services and programs delivered by the club run smoother.

Club of the Year – This award replace the Most Outstanding Club of the Year Award
An outstanding SLS-affiliated club that is committed to improving the experience of its members, providing a safer environment for the community, and improving club operations. 

Surf Sports Awards

Athlete of the Year**
An athlete aged 15 or older who has achieved sporting excellence in Open Aged Competition. 

Youth Athlete of the Year**
An athlete aged between 15-18 (this refers to the members age as at 30 September in the 2020/21 season) who has achieved sporting excellence in Youth and/or Open Aged Competition. 

Masters Athlete of the Year
An athlete over the age of 30 who has achieved sporting excellence.

Surf Sports Team of the Year
An exemplary Surf Sports Team that has achieved notable success. Teams may represent any Surf Life Saving sporting discipline as defined in the Surf Sports Manual.

Coach of the Year
An accredited coach who has made a significant contribution to athlete performance at a state, national and/or international level, to the development of athletes in SLS activities outside of surf sports, and to the educational development of other coaches in SLS. 

Official of the Year
An accredited surf sports official who has made a significant contribution to both officiating at a state, national and/or international level, and to the educational development of other officials in SLS. 

Education Awards

Trainer of the Year
An endorsed Trainer who is passionate about building the skills of others, consistently delivers a positive learning experience, and who encourages other members to engage in the delivery of training. 

Assessor of the Year
An endorsed Assessor who is passionate about building the skills of others, consistently delivers a positive and supportive assessment experience, and who encourages other members to engage in training or assessment. 

Facilitator of the Year
A Facilitator who encourages members to engage in training or assessing, is passionate about building the skills of others, and consistently delivers a positive learning experience.

*Applications that focus on significant achievements in one particular area may not be considered if this area is also covered by other awards (e.g. Lifesaver, Coach, Official, Trainer and Assessor of the Year).
**A youth aged competitor (i.e. aged 15 to 18 years as at 30 September in a season) may be nominated for both the Athlete of the Year and Youth Athlete of the Year. However, only results achieved in Open Age Events and Open Age Team representation are considered for Athlete of the Year Award.
*** The innovation may have been developed in conjunction with an external body/sponsor but must be owned by a member or group of members of an affiliated SLS club.

 

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