Member Awards

Member Recognition Awards

Surf Life Saving Queensland has a range of awards that are available for clubs to recognise the efforts and achievements of their members. SLSQ encourages all clubs to apply for these awards through their branch to recognise their members.

View the latest version of the SLSQ Recognition Award Manual here

Under-14 Junior Lifesaver of the Year

This award is designed to recognise a Junior within the under-8 to under-14 age group, who has contributed significantly to their club, through: involvement in extracurricular activities; encouraging new members; showing leadership and teaching skills in club activities; good participation and attendance in training; and generally being a good role model for other junior members.

2011/2012 U14 Junior Lifesaver of the Year: Emma Jackson (Ellis Beach SLSC)
2012/2013 U14 Junior Lifesaver of the Year: Alex Finney (Mackay SLSC)
2013/2014 Breaka U14 Junior Lifesaver of the Year: Nicholas Crow (Kurrawa SLSC)
2014/2015 Breaka U14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Harry Graham (Redcliffe Peninsula SLSC)
2015/2016 Breaka U14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Chloe Boland (Surfers Paradise SLSC)
2016/2017 Breaka U14 Junior Surf Life Saver of the Year: Brianna Baker (Eimeo SLSC)

Under-18 Young Lifesaver of the Year

The Young Lifesaver of the Year award recognises our members aged between 18 and 25 years who have provided outstanding lifesaving efforts and contributions to the movement. The nominee should demonstrate their involvedment in patrol activities and show their contributions to their club in other facets including fundraising, training and development.

2011/2012 U18 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Emily Austin (Miami Beach SLSC)
2012/2013 U18 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Mary Parker (Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC)
2013/2014 U18 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Christie Short (Northcliffe SLSC)
2014/2015 U18 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Lachlan Parker (Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC)
2015/2016 U18 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Sandi Davis (Moore Park SLSC)
2016/2017 U18 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Harriet Grant (Cairns SLSC)

18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year

This award is designed to recognize our members aged between 18 and 25 years, inclusive, who have provided outstanding lifesaving efforts and contributions. The nominee should not only demonstrate their involvement in the patrol activities but should also demonstrate their contributions to the Club in other facets e.g. fundraising, training etc. The nominee would clearly demonstrate their efforts as being above and beyond the expectations of a member.

2011/2012 18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Mitchell Hooper (Bundaberg SLSC)
2012/2013 18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Tom Sealy (Mermaid Beach SLSC)
2013/2014 18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Shannon Morgan (Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC)
2014/2015 18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Courtney Taylor (Currumbin SLSC)
2015/2016 18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Benjamin Ellwood (Maroochydore SLSC)
2016/2017 18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Hayley Bowers (Pacific SLSC)

Youth Development Club of the Year

This award is designed to recognise a club within Queensland that is the most proactive in delivering and supporting youth development programs. To be successful, nominees must address the following selection criteria: participation and interaction; skill development and leadership; fun and variety; innovation and improvement; safety and protection; youth recognition; commitment and resources. Clubs must give examples of achievements, policies and activities that demonstrate how the club supports and delivers youth programs and activities at a club level.

2011/2012 Youth Development Club of the Year: Bundaberg SLSC (Wide Bay Capricorn Branch)
2012/2013 Youth Development Club of the Year: Noosa Heads SLSC (Sunshine Coast Branch)
2013/2014 Youth Development Club of the Year: Noosa Heads SLSC (Sunshine Coast Branch)
2014/2015 Youth Development Club of the Year: Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC (North Barrier Branch)
2015/2016 Youth Development Club of the Year: Pacific SLSC (Point Danger Branch)
2016/2017 Youth Development Club of the Year: Mermaid Beach AEME SLSC (South Coast Branch)

Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award – Service to Junior Activities

The Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award recognises a member who has provided outstanding service and commitment to Junior Activities throughout the season. The nominee should demonstrate their involvement in Junior Activities specifically. The nominee would also clearly demonstrate their efforts as being above and beyond the expectations of a normal member.

2011/2012 Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award: Darrin Spark (Emu Park SLSC)
2012/2013 Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award: Melinda Jackson (Ellis Beach SLSC)
2013/2014 Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award: Kevin Schofield (Pacific SLSC)
2014/2015 Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award: Fiona Grant (Cairns SLSC)
2015/2016 Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award: Sharon Brennan (Point Lookout SLSC)
2016/2017 Andy Frizzell OBE, OAM Award: Jenny Jones (Etty Bay SLSC)

 

Surf Lifesaver of the Year*

The Surf Lifesaver of the Year award not only recognises but rewards members who have made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of surf lifesaving frontline services, It is aimed at active surf lifesavers undertaking duties who can be presented as an identifiable ‘ambassador’ for Surf Life Saving

2011/2012 Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Sebastien DePaula (Marcoola SLSC)
2012/2013 Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Deryck Taylor (Currumbin SLSC)
2013/2014 Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Daniel Capps (Noosa Heads SLSC)
2014/2015 Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Clayton Webster (Pacific SLSC)
2015/2016 Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Kirsty Glithero (Yeppoon SLSC)
2016/2017 Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Scott Summers (Sunshine Beach SLSC)

Volunteer of the Year*

The Volunteer of the Year award recognises an individual who has demonstrated achievements in a range of different areas of a club or surf lifesaving service organisation throughout the season. The individual’s contribution should evidently enhance the development of Surf Life Saving.

2011/2012 Volunteer of the Year: Scott Andrews (Surfers Paradise SLSC)
2012/2013 Volunteer of the Year: Terry Lund (Ayr SLSC)
2013/2014 Volunteer of the Year: Rob Campbell (Dicky Beach SLSC)
2014/2015 Volunteer of the Year: Warick Redwood (Sunshine Beach SLSC)
2015/2016 Volunteer of the Year: Michael Hughes (Mudjimba SLSC)
2016/2017 Volunteer of the Year: John Hamrey (Bilinga SLSC)

Club of the Year*

The purpose of the Club of the Year award is to encourage and recognise outstanding achievements in development that results in clubs providing safer beach and aquatic environments for the community.

2011/2012 Club of the Year: Noosa Heads SLSC
2012/2013 Club of the Year: Noosa Heads SLSC
2013/2014 Club of the Year: Mermaid Beach AEME SLSC
2014/2015 Club of the Year: Mermaid Beach AEME SLSC
2015/2016 Club of the Year: Pacific SLSC
2016/2017 JLT Club of the Year: Ellis Beach SLSC

Lifeguard of the Year*

The Lifeguard of the Year award category recognises and rewards Australian Lifeguard Service employees who have made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of lifeguard services during the season. Nominees should show valuable contribution, commitment to public safety and have a strong work ethic.

2011/2012 Lifeguard of the Year: Clinton Farlow (Wide Bay Capricorn)
2012/2013 Lifeguard of the Year: Jason Smith (Sunshine Coast)
2013/2014 Lifeguard of the Year: Timothy Wilson (South East Queensland)
2014/2015 Lifeguard of the Year: Jorge McCulloch (Townsville)
2015/2016 Lifeguard of the Year: Shane Bevan (Sunshine Coast)
2016/2017 Lifeguard of the Year: Max Pettigrove (Sunshine Coast)

Trainer of the Year*

The Trainer of the Year rewards trainers who have made significant contribution towards the area of education and lifesaving awards within surf lifesaving throughout the season. Nominees should not only show commitment but should demonstrate major achievements and future contributions toward the organisation.

2011/2012 Trainer of the Year: Darren Bailey (Surfers Paradise SLSC)
2012/2013 Trainer of the Year: Lynne Messer (Moore Park SLSC)
2013/2014 Trainer of the Year: Gary Williams (Ellis Beach SLSC)
2014/2015 Trainer of the Year: Annabel Grant (Cairns SLSC)
2015/2016 Trainer of the Year: Peter Gabbert (Nobby’s Beach SLSC)
2016/2017 Trainer of the Year: Courtney Taylor (Currumbin SLSC)

Assessor of the Year*

The Assessor of the Year recognises those assessors who have made a significant contribution towards the area of education and lifesaving awards within surf lifesaving throughout the season. Nominees need to show outstanding commitment to lifesaving assessing duties as well as show their future assessing contibutions towards the organisation.

2011/2012 Assessor of the Year: Glen Russell (Northcliffe SLSC)
2012/2013 Assessor of the Year: Lynne Messer (Moore Park SLSC)
2013/2014 Assessor of the Year: Michael Stevens (Ellis Beach SLSC)
2014/2015 Assessor of the Year: Malcolm Coyle (Dicky Beach SLSC)
2015/2016 Assessor of the Year: Guy Tanner (Mudjimba SLSC)
2016/2017 Assessor of the Year: David Young (Sarina SLSC)

The Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal

The Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal recognises individuals who have made an outstanding and special contribution to the development and well-being of his or her own club.

2011/2012 Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal: Lynne Messer (Moore Park SLSC)
2012/2013 Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal: Ken Clark (Point Danger Branch)
2013/2014 Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal: Rob Campbell (Dicky Beach SLSC)
2014/2015 Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal: Jesse Witt (Etty Bay SLSC)
2015/2016 Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal: Kevin Schofield (Pacific SLSC)
2016/2017 Clive Hammond OAM Gold Medal: Scott Summers (Sunshine Beach SLSC)

Lifesaving Service Awards

The Lifesaving Service Awards recognise the efforts of our volunteer surf lifesavers on the beach. Clubs and branches are asked to identify members who have achieved outstanding service within the following categories:

Lifesaving Excellence Awards

Lifesaving Excellence Awards reward clubs, branches, groups of members, individuals, members of the community and external organisations for particular excellence within the surf lifesaving movement. They are designed to encourage and recognise people or a group of people who through their efforts have assisted SLSQ to save lives or improve systems and methods to assist SLSQ in saving lives. These awards are separated into different categories including: Commendation for Lifesaving Development Commendation for Individual Excellence in Lifesaving Commendation for Group/Club Excellence in Lifesaving Commendation for Lifesaving Initiative.

Frontline Leadership Service Awards

The Frontline Leadership Awards provide and opportunity for clubs to recognise those people who contribute to the movement through leadership – the members who put in the hard yeards and time to help clubs function effectively. The Frontline Leadership Awards recognise: Senior Club Officers serving on your Executive Committee this season (e.g. Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, Captains etc) who have served five years or more. All other Club Committee Members/ Officers (i.e not on your Executive Committee) who have service ten years or more.

Administration Service Awards

Administration Service Awards recognise the efforts of the paid club and branch administrators who contribute time and effort to the running of club or branch duties. Nominees must be current club or branch full-time or part-time administrators who have worked five or more consecutive years of service based on five year terms e.g. 5,10,15,20. Years of service will only be back dated to 1995.

SLSQ Life Member

Life Membership is the highest honour than can be bestowed on a member. Life Members of SLSQ may be elected by the Council from the members of the Association who have rendered special service to the association with in the are of, or on behalf of, SLSQ. Nominations shall be referred to the Life Members and Honours Committee and shall be initiated by the written request (accompanied by a summary of the nominee’s service) by: the State President; any two members of the association subject to endorsement by an affiliated branch; any affiliated branch There are no restriction on numbers for consideration and election.

Athlete of the Year*

Athlete of the Year is designed to recognise and reward athletes who have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

2011/2012 Athlete of the Year: Stephanie Ballantine (Kurrawa SLSC)
2012/2013 Athlete of the Year: Tim Delahunty (Currumbin SLSC)
2013/2014 Athlete of the Year: Shannon Eckstein (Northcliffe SLSC)
2014/2015 Athlete of the Year: Elizabeth Pluimers (North Burleigh SLSC)
2015/2016 Athlete of the Year: Shannon Eckstein (Northcliffe SLSC)
2016/2017 Athlete of the Year: Harriet Brown (Northcliffe SLSC)

Junior Athlete of the Year

The Junior Athlete of the Year recognises our younger athletes within the under-11 and under-14 age groups. Nominees must have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

2011/2012 Junior Athlete of the Year: Bailey Armstrong (Northcliffe SLSC)
2012/2013 Junior Athlete of the Year: Joshua Linton (Mooloolaba SLSC)
2013/2014 Junior Athlete of the Year: Jarrod Shute (Northcliffe SLSC)
2014/2015 Junior Athlete of the Year: Hayden Cotter (Mooloolaba SLSC)
2015/2016 Junior Athlete of the Year: Lani Pallister (Alexandra Headland SLSC)
2016/2017 Junior Athlete of the Year: Lucas Miller (Northcliffe SLSC)

Youth Athlete of the Year*

The Youth Athlete  of the Year is designed to recognise and reward youth athletes who have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

2015/2016 Youth Athlete of the Year: Nicole Kay (Kurrawa SLSC)
2016/2017 Youth Athlete of the Year: Toby Wilson (Northcliffe SLSC)

Masters Athlete of the Year

The Masters Athlete of the Year award is designed to recognise and reward masters athletes who have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

2011/2012 Masters Athlete of the Year: Gina Lynch (Noosa Heads SLSC)
2012/2013 Masters Athlete of the Year: Lee Vrolyks (Northcliffe SLSC)
2013/2014 Masters Athlete of the Year: Kylie Zikarsky (Alexandra Headland SLSC)
2014/2015 Masters Athlete of the Year: Lee Vrolyks (Northcliffe SLSC)
2015/2016 Masters Athlete of the Year: Lee Vrolyks (Northcliffe SLSC)
2016/2017 Masters Athlete of the Year: Alison Pegg (Noosa Heads SLSC) and Lee Vrolyks (Northcliffe SLSC)

Coach of the Year

The Coach of the Year award recognises and rewards coaches who have made a significant contribution towards the area of coaching within surf lifesaving with regards to both athletes performance and the area of coaching educational development.

2011/2012 Coach of the Year: Barry Newman (Northcliffe SLSC)
2012/2013 Coach of the Year: Wade Sinclair (Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC)
2013/2014 Coach of the Year: Brett Robinson (Currumbin SLSC)
2014/2015 Coach of the Year: Brett Robinson (Currumbin SLSC)
2015/2016 Coach of the Year: Ryan Hoffman (Kurrawa SLSC)
2016/2017 Coach of the Year: Craig Holden (Elliott Heads SLSC)

Surf Sports Rookie Coach of the Year

Rookie Coach of the Year is designed to reward outstanding lifesaving coaching performances with less than two years’ experience with athletes at an international, national, state and/or branch level.

2011/2012 Rookie Coach of the Year: Kelly Margetts (Currumbin SLSC)
2012/2013 Rookie Coach of the Year: Michael Wilson (Mackay SLSC)
2013/2014 Rookie Coach of the Year: Julie Arbeithuber (Eimeo SLSC)
2014/2015 Rookie Coach of the Year: Johanna Redwood (Sunshine Beach SLSC)
2015/2016 Rookie Coach of the Year: Brock Redwood (Sunshine Beach SLSC)
2016/2017 Rookie Coach of the Year: Vincent Jason (Alexandra Headland SLSC)

Official of the Year*

The Official of the Year recognises those officials who have made significant contributions to the area of officiating within surf lifesaving with regards to both commitment to officiating over the calendar year and their contribution towards official’s educational development.

2009/2010 Official of the Year: Charles Melloy (North Burleigh SLSC)
2010/2011 Official of the Year: Beverley Walsh (Currumbin SLSC)
2011/2012 Official of the Year: Alan Seeney (Dicky Beach SLSC)
2014/2015 Official of the Year: Graham Rice (Kurrawa SLSC)
2015/2016 Official of the Year: Scott Byrnes (Kirra SLSC)
2016/2017 Official of the Year: John Braddick (Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC)

Surf Sports Rookie Official of the Year

Rookie Official of the Year is designed to reward outstanding achievements in respect to lifesaving officiating with less than two years’ experience at an international, national, state and/or branch level.

2011/2012 Rookie Official of the Year: Christine Litzow (Northcliffe SLSC)
2012/2013 Rookie Official of the Year: Ralph Lipponen (Kirra SLSC)
2013/2014 Rookie Official of the Year: Robyn Groom (Moore Park SLSC)
2014/2015 Rookie Official of the Year: Claudia Gall (Sarina SLSC) & Simon Johnstone (Point Lookout)
2015/2016 Rookie Official of the Year: Jesse Witt (Etty Bay SLSC)
2016/2017 Rookie Official of the Year: Peter Keen (Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC)

Surf Sports Team of the Year

The Team of the Year is designed to recognise and reward teams within the surf sports area who have demonstrated sporting excellence as well as contributed to the area of surf sports within surf lifesaving.

2011/2012 Team of the Year: U15 Swim, Board, Cameron Team (Alexandra Headland SLSC)
2012/2013 Team of the Year: First Aid Team (Maroochydore SLSC)
2013/2014 Team of the Year: The Tugun Hunters (Tugun SLSC)
2014/2015 Team of the Year: Open Patrol Competition Team (Alexandra Headland SLSC)
2015/2016 Team of the Year: Open Patrol Competition Team (Alexandra Headland SLSC)
2016/2017 Team of the Year: Open Patrol Competition Team (Alexandra Headland SLSC)

Surf Sports Team Manager of the Year

The Team Manager of the Year Award is designed to recognise those team managers with outstanding achievement in respect to administration and organisation performances at carnivals for a branch of club.

2011/2012 Team Manager of the Year: Lesley Street (Sarina SLSC)
2012/2013 Team Manager of the Year: Brian Markham (Port Douglas SLSC)
2013/2014 Team Manager of the Year: Marsha Maynard (Currumbin SLSC) & Leigh Hartland (Mooloolaba SLSC)
2014/2015 Team Manager of the Year: Stephen Fry (Northcliffe SLSC)
2015/2016 Team Manager of the Year:Jason Wells (Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC) & Danyelle Lipponen (Coolangatta SLSC)
2016/2017 Team Manager of the Year: Craig Law (Sunshine Beach SLSC)

 

* The Member Recognition Awards marked with an asterisk will be progressed as National Awards.