At the recent LSV Awards of Excellence two members from Point Leo were honoured for their achievements in the past year. Congratulations to Samantha Howe on winning the LSV Open Athlete of the Year and Tamara Brawn for winning the LSV Competition Official of the Year. Their citations from the evening are below.

Samantha Howe: Open Athlete of the Year

Samantha has been a consistent contributor to the Pool Life Saving squad, has been selected for multiple state and national representative teams, and has broken several Australian and World records in the pool over the past two years.  Last year, she was a member of the Australian Youth Lifesaving Team, winning three international gold medals, and was named the Youth Athlete of the Year.

Samantha is an inspiring member of the Point Leo club and also works within the Nipper program engaging the younger members in their nipper activities.  She is a dedicated athlete who has proven her capabilities in the sport for many years and is a deserved winner of this award.

Tamara Brawn: Competition Official of the Year

Tamara has shown ongoing commitment to surf sports for nearly 30 years, has been officiating at state level competition for over 15 years and at national level for nearly 10 years. She is one of the most experienced surf boat officials in Victoria and is now in the top four nationally. Tamara has also been a strong advocate for increasing female athlete and official participation in surf sports.

This season Tamara was appointed carnival referee at the Australian Short Course Championships at Manly, and the 3-day Australian Open in Shellharbour. She also took the lead in development and deployment of the Surf Hazard Rating system for competition and is currently part of a taskforce that is upgrading computer recording software and procedures used in surf boats.