It’s been a highly successful summer for the men and women of the Australian Lifeguard Service, and as preparation ramps up for next season it’s time to honour and recognise those who distinguished themselves throughout 2016/17.

Every year Lifeguard Supervisors up and down the coast are invited to submit nominations for their respective council area’s Lifeguard of the Year. This is a just reward recognising those whose professionalism and commitment to the ALS stands out over the course of what was another exceptionally busy summer on the beach.

Following this recent announcement, these nominations will go before a selection panel that then elect a NSW Lifeguard of the Year.

The following Lifeguards have been announced as Lifeguard of the Year for their respective council areas.

  • Jayden Mandall (Tweed)
  • Ben Mortimer (Ballina)
  • Jai Sheridan (Byron)
  • Harrison Henwood (Clarence)
  • Timica Hawkins (Kempsey)
  • Blake Polverino (Port Macquarie)
  • Ijsbrand Schaap (Shoalhaven)
  • Beth Knox (Bega)

Each of these Lifeguards have had outstanding seasons whether it has been mentoring rookie recruits, taking on leadership positions, earning their UAV pilot licence, participating in major rescues, or communicating the importance of being beach aware to the general public.

“I’m pleased with the calibre of Lifeguards nominated for their respective awards this season as it really underscores the depth we have right across the state,” ALS NSW Lifeguards Operation Manager Oliver Munson said.

“While our Lifeguards don’t do it for the recognition, it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate their achievements at the end of the season,” Mr Munson concluded.

Although the season has finished the work never stops with the ALS team busy conducting reviews of all operations across the state, planning training programs, and inspecting equipment.

Perhaps most important of all is the recruitment phase. The ALS prides itself on its people with many Lifeguards returning year on year. But they’re always on the hunt for new talent with many Lifeguards having a strong background in the surf club environment.

Each area’s Lifeguard of the Year is eligible for the overall 2017 NSW Lifeguard of the Year Award a selection panel will nominate finalists with the winner being announced during the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at Sydney’s iconic Hilton Hotel next month.

For further information about becoming a Lifeguard with the ALS for the 2017/18 season please visit Become a Lifeguard.