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Life saving Victoria awards members from Gippsland at Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club
Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has recognised members from Bass, Gippsland and Peninsula for their outstanding achievements in operations, club services, development, training and sports during season 2021-22 at its Valuing Volunteers events.
The celebration, which was one of three across the state, took place at Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on Saturday 28 May and was part of National Volunteer Week, an initiative by Volunteering Australia that recognises the invaluable contributions of volunteers across the country.
BACK - Terry Prendergast (Cape Paterson SLSC), Erin Close (Woolamai Beach SLSC), Jordan Kuerschner (Woolamai Beach SLSC), Ryan Box (Woolamai Beach SLSC), Terry Aslandis (Woolamai Beach SLSC), Liam Marangio (Cape Paterson SLSC) and Alexandra Schapper (Cape Paterson SLSC). FRONT - Sarah Prendergast (Cape Paterson SLSC) and Sunday Doddrell (Waratah Beach SLSC)
Patrolling the region's beaches
This included the gold, silver and bronze 100-plus patrol hours awards, which saw members recognised for the top 20 percent (gold), 30 percent (silver) and 50 percent (bronze) of volunteer patrol contributions across the season.
Victoria's eastern clubs contributed 56,563 of the state's 169,164 patrol hours for the season, equating to 2356 days of patrolling the region's beaches! Volunteers were also presented with special contribution awards, including Woolamai Beach SLSC member Annie Coleman who received a special contribution award for membership and leadership development.
For her work in diversity and inclusion, such as being one of the founders of Pink Patrol, which celebrates the significant contribution of women in lifesaving, as well as other inclusive patrol initiatives.
Mark Cornish (Mornington LSC and Mt Martha LSC), Pamela Mowat (Mt Martha LSC) and Shane Dawson (Mt Martha LSC)
Keeping the community safe
Ms Coleman said, "I am incredibly proud of our work at Woolamai Beach SLSC to not only help keep the community safe on and around water, but also to build an inclusive space for our members so everyone can feel welcome at our club regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race or background."
"It is a privilege for me to receive this award, which is a reflection of the work of everyone at our club to recognise and value the importance of diversity and balance. I am so proud and thankful of the work my club has done this past season and look forward to what we do next." Ms Coleman said.
Mark Cornish (Mornington LSC and Mt Martha LSC) and Shane Dawson (Mt Martha LSC)
Celebrating exceptional efforts
LSV acting president Adam Alsbury congratulated all the eastern winners and thanked them for their efforts this season. "It was wonderful to come together and celebrate the exceptional efforts of our volunteers and to put on our Valuing Volunteers event at Cape Paterson SLSC to say thank you to them all," Mr Alsbury said.
"LSV's volunteers fill countless roles. From those in the red and yellow patrolling the beach, the people in administration working behind the scenes, the nipper instructors encouraging the volunteers of the future, to those flipping sausages on the barbecue every weekend, we couldn't save lives every summer without the collective efforts of every one of our 43,000- strong community." Mr Alsbury said.
"Although the winter marks a shift for our lifesavers, many of them will continue their training, planning and involvement all year round, so we thank everyone for their continued dedication to lifesaving." Mr Alsbury said.
Claire Tremewen, Alyssa Clark, Sunday Doddrell, Isabella Tremewen and Cameron Browne (all from Waratah Beach SLSC)
Eastern award winners
Lifesaving services significant contribution
- Craig Stoodley, Mt Martha LSC
- Shane Dawson, Mt Martha LSC
- Andrew Nott, Point Leo SLSC
- Guy Davenport, Dromana Bay SLSC
- Scott Johnson, Venus Bay SLSC
Volunteer training significant contribution
- Brittany Morgenthaler, Point Leo SLSC
- Pamela Mowat, Mt Martha LSC
- Lindsay vander Pal, Dromana Bay SLSC
- Howard Draper, Sorrento SLSC
- Craig Stoodley, Mt Martha LSC
Gold patrol hours
- Awarded to 13 Bass, Gippsland and Peninsula members
Bronze patrol hours
- Awarded to 25 Bass, Gippsland and Peninsula members
Aquatic sports significant contribution
- John Clinch, Seaspray SLSC
Club support significant contribution
- David Schultz, Inverloch SLSC
- Ray Webb, Gunnamatta SLSC
Membership and leadership development significant contribution
- Reagan Morel, Mornington LSC
- Annie Coleman, Woolamai Beach SLSC
- Romy Lipszyc, Point Leo SLSC
- Adam Lipszyc, Point Leo SLSC
Silver patrol hours
- Awarded to 20 Bass, Gippsland and Peninsula members
Annie Coleman (right) from Woolamai Beach SLSC with her partner Luca Buono
Terry Aslandis (Woolamai Beach SLSC), David Schultz (Inverloch SLSC), Xavier Korbel (Inverloch SLSC), Jackson Comrie (Inverloch SLSC)
David Schultz (Inverloch SLSC)
Pictures from Life Saving Victoria website.
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