Our 2021 LSV Award of Excellence Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 LSV Award of Excellence Winners.

We are immensely proud of the individual and combined efforts of our Award winners and achieving such incredible and well deserved recognition .

Thank you for all that you have done for our Club.

Emerging Official of the Year – Georgia Cassell-Ashton

As a fairly new technical official (second year) Georgia was selected to fulfill the role of Area Risk Response Officer (ARRO) and was responsible for making sure every athlete that entered the water came back in safely and, in the case of an emergency, was responsible for facilitating the rescue operations for her designated water area. She participated in the safety team at Youth/Senior and Masters State Championships in 2021; both events were particularly challenging given the surf conditions and weather.

Outstanding Achievement of the Year – The Lion’s Den (Point Leo’s Youth program for 14-15 year olds)

The Lion’s Den was developed by our VP Juniors Sarah-Jo Mason to leverage off the U14 program and address the club’s issue of engaging and retaining the age group of 14- and 15-year-olds.  It is a two-year program that aims to bridge the gap between SRC and Bronze medallion qualifications being attained. The program will support our youth through their lifesaving journey as active, resilient volunteers vital to the ongoing wellbeing and livelihood of our membership so we can continue to keep our community safe on the beach.

Our 2020 LSV Award of Excellence Winners

At the 2020 LSV Awards of Excellence two members from Point Leo were honoured for their achievements. Congratulations to Rhys Cole on winning the LSV John Wishart Memorial Medal as the Microflite Lifesaver of the Year and Tamara Brawn for winning the LSV Awards of Excellence Official of the Year and SLSA Awards of Excellence (AOE) Surf Sports Awards, Official of the Year

Rhys Cole: John Wishart Memorial Medal as the Microflite Lifesaver of the Year

In the midst of COVID-19 lockdowns last year, our own Rhys Cole was awarded the prestigious LSV John Wishart Memorial Medal as the Microflite Lifesaver of the Year for his contribution to lifesaving over the previous year.

At a club level, his efforts saw him recognised with the Point Leo Gary Tierney Foundation Fellowship in 2020 and he is also a previous recipient of the Point Leo Club Captain’s Award.

Rhys’ achievement didn’t just come by chance. The LSV Award was in recognition of his commitment and dedication to lifesaving and his hard work in upskilling himself to become a better lifesaver.

Rhys has been a qualified LSV lifeguard for over 5 seasons, attaining his gold medallion. Recently, he became the first ever member of Point Leo SLSC to be qualified as a crewman on the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.

Rhys is also an active competitor and retains a high level of fitness and skill through his commitment to training, which led him to excel in the grueling 2019 Coolangatta Gold coming in first place in the Open category in just under 5 hours.

His commitment to lifesaving continues through his willingness to instruct and be a great role model at our Bronze Camps and he was a mentor in the Lifechanger Foundation program run at the club in recent years for young people.

Rhys was also an active member of the Point Leo Club Committee for two years organising fundraising and social events during that time. He has shown great leadership at the club level and continues to play a leadership role as a Patrol Captain.

Congratulations Rhys on your outstanding achievements

Tamara Brawn: LSV Awards of  Excellence (AoE) Official of the Year and SLSA Awards of Excellence Surf Sports Awards, Official of the Year

For a second time, Tamara scooped the LSV Official of the Year Award, the first time was in 2017. In 2020, she not only won the LSV Official of the Year Award but also went on to win the National SLSA Award.

Official of the Year Award recognises and celebrates officials who have made a significant contribution to the area of officiating. This includes both the commitment shown to officiating over the calendar year and contribution towards official’s educational development.

Tamara is renowned to be a fair, positive, dedicated and highly skilled role model for officiating in surf lifesaving. Tamara also spends time mentoring and assessing new officials undertaking their qualifications.

At a state level Tamara was either an Area Referee, Chief Judge and/or Safety Officer at all LSV and VSRL carnivals throughout the 2019-2020 season.

She is the first female referee to lead a national surf boat carnival, the ASRL Open held at Mollymook, and was referee for the National Surf Boat Team selection event.

At an international level, Tamara was the referee of the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Test Match held at Longbeach NSW in February 2020 between Australia and New Zealand.

Tamara is currently a representative on the SLSA Surf Boat Panel and the Lifesaving Victoria Aquatic Sports Executive.

Well done, Tamara!