Awards of Excellence
inaugural Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards of Excellence
was held on Saturday July 12th at Woonona Bulli RSL Club.
Special guest presenter Matt Russell from WIN News did an
excellent job of hosting the awards and his follow up story
on Monday night on WIN News was deserving of an Award of Excellence.
Thank you Matt and thankyou WIN News.
are we here and what are we about?
aimed to recognise current excellence from across the 17 Surf
Life Saving Clubs in the Illawarra. Our core business is Surf
Life Saving and the awards searched out Illawarra members
that achieved excellence in contributing to our cause. The
night also recognised excellence in Surf Sports.
SLSI Life Member - Robert "Bobo" White
had the privilege of pinning Bobo with his Surf Life Saving
Illawarra Life Members Badge. Helensburgh Stanwell Park members
were there in force to support their Bobo and enjoy the memorable
Marshall Memorial Life Saver of the Year
Simpson - Bulli
Hon. David Campbell congratulates Angela on her achievement.
celebrates with Senior Volunteer of the Year Wes Berg and
Senior Athlete of the Year Nicole Sheedy. All three are from
Bulli Surf Life Saving Club.
Athlete of the Year - Eva Tobin
Russell presents Eva Tobin with her award. Eva from Wollongong
City celebrated her award as junior athlete of the year in
style and is looking forward to the coming season. Eva excels
in the water and on the beach.
Athlete of the Year
winners Matt Heisley Wollongong City SLSC & Josh
Minogue Thirroul SLSC (right).
Officer of the Year - Bruce Dingwall
is a life member of Wollongong City. At a spritley 71 he devotes
his time to training the youth of his club. Last season Bruce
instructed 9 Surf Rescue Certificates, 15 Bronze Medallions
and 1 Advanced Resuscitation. His award was accepted by Wave
FM Volunteer of the Year Finalist Brett Dingwall.
Athlete of the Year - Nicole Sheedy
of the Year - Terry Hagan
Official of the Year - Gary Chapman
since attending his Officials Course in Sept 2002 and since
then has been an official at every Junior and Senior Illawarra
Carnival, Sydney Water Surf Club Premiership and the NSW Junior
state Life Saving Championships. Gary's unmatched committment
and professional courteous manner has earned him this prestigeous
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Steel Patrol Champions - Bellambi SLSC
John Heath from Bellambi SLSC explained the sustained success
in winning the BHP Patrol Competition was due to the revision
questions that were given to Patrol Members at the start of
every patrol. Gina Crick helps John proudly display the shield.
Well done Bellambi !!!!
of the Year - Noel Gracie
Gracie humbly accepts his award as Best Administrator in the
of the Year Helensburgh - Stanwell Park SLSC
Kontaratos from the Illawarra Credit Union presents president
Dave Anger with the award of Best Club in the Illawarra.
Now in the clubs 95 year they are certainly a club that believes
in the one cap - one club policy. Congratulations to President
Dave Anger for your clubs many achievements that included
a very successful 95th year dinner and a successful hosting
the BHP Steel Branch Championships.
Patroller of the Year - Bill Seay
earned his bronze medallion on the 27th November 1949 and
has been serving his community as a voluntary patroller since
then. That adds up to 54 years. Last season he completed 148
hours on patrol. Well done Bill!
FM Senior Volunteer of the Year - Wes Berg
Mayor Alex Darling presents Wes with his Award of Excellence.
Wes is a 100% patroller and devotes much time to fundraising
for his club. Currently holds the Bulli Workers Volunteer
of the Year award.
Junior Volunteers of the Year
Dixon - Windang SLSC (above) is presented with his award by
McDonald's Manager Mathew McCrory.
McDonald's Junior Volunteer of the Year - Dale Whiteman -
Thirroul SLSC. Congratulations Dale on doing an excellent
job of MC for the Awards of Excellence.
Manager of the Year - Debbie Overell
has been an age manager for 7 years. All 16 of her U14 age
group achieved their Surf Rescue Certificate. Debbie is looking
forward to taking on the roll of Rookie Co-ordinator in 2003/04.
Life Saver of the Year
winners Hanna Walker Wollongong City SLSC& Ben Dowling
Helensburgh Stanwell Park SLSC. Accepting the award on behalf
of Hanna was Gaynor Tobin of Wollongong City SLSC.
Athlete of the Year - David Locke
Council Election Meeting - 25/07/03
Presidents elected the new SLSI Executive:
- Gerald Davies
President - Shaun Minogue
of Finance - Gail Erven
of Youth & Member Development -
of Surf Sports - Lou Whant
of Life Saving - Don Allan
next meeting of Branch Council will be the AGM 7.15pm
Monday 27th October, 2003.