Mornington Peninsula lifesaving clubs took home a swag of awards at last Saturday’s Life Saving Victoria annual Awards of Excellence. Portsea SLSC was named the 2020 Marsh Club of the Year, picking up the Beaurepaire Shield, while a Point Leo SLSC member, from Safety Beach, won the John Wishart Memorial Award as the Microflite Lifesaver of the Year. This member is the first member of club to be qualified as a crewman on the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.
Portsea SLSC won Masters Team of the Year, with team members Henry Kiss, Dwight Harrison, Darren Kerr and Brett Croft securing gold at the Victorian Masters Championships in the men’s 200+ years beach relay event. The club also took out Youth Team of the Year, with its under-14 women’s surf team of Hannah Saadie, Francesca Dever, Genevieve Woolrich and Mackenzie Hunter winning the under-15 youth women’s surf teams race at the Mordialloc carnival.
Mount Martha LSC won the inaugural Community Education Award for its schools program, which provides students with a safe and fun way to experience coastal water activities and develop water safety awareness. The 20-year-old program involves 3900 students from 27 schools in the region each year.
Point Leo SLSC’s Tamara Brawn was named Official of the Year. Tamara is the first and only female referee to lead national surf boat carnivals and is the officials’ representative on the SLSA surf boat panel. Point Leo’s Matthew Callaghan was awarded the Mike Martin AM Champion Junior Lifesaver Award. Matthew was selected as one of the junior club captains and gained his surf rescue certificate this season. He also assisted with club activities and proved himself a leader for all Nippers.
A full list of award-winners can be found here.