Surf lifesavers honoured with prestigious awards
TWO long-serving surf lifesavers were honoured with major awards at this year's Surf Life Saving Australia National Awards of Excellence held at the Art Gallery of NSW late last month.
Cudgen Headland's Jenny Kenny and Coolangatta's Daniel Hoyland received two of the most prestigious awards of the night.
Kenny took out the Surf Sports Official of The Year title while Hoyland (OAM) was made a life member.
A hard-working official and Lismore Tafe teacher, who originally became involved in Surf Lifesaving in Tasmania in 1980, was honoured for her work consistently volunteering at club, branch, state and national competitions across all age ranges.
"Jenny uses her vast knowledge to mentor and inspire other officials, encouraging them to push themselves and develop their understanding of Surf Life Saving through participation," a surf lifesaving spokesperson said on the night.
"Jenny's knowledge and experience has extended into planning carnivals and competition programs to ensure a safe and fair competition for all athletes. Jenny has contributed to the development of officials' training courses and has influenced the implementation of scenario-based learning into modules."
Meanwhile Hoyland from the nearby Coolangatta club also made the trip to Sydney to receive his honor.
Described as "one of the most dedicated and committed Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service officials", Danny Hoyland's service to Surf Life Saving has spanned more than 25 years, volunteering at branch, state and national levels.
"Danny has made a significant contribution to the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and was instrumental in its implementation, developing many aspects of the high-risk rescue technology that is utilised today," the audience of surf lifesavers and officials from all over Australia was told on the night.
"Danny's contributions to the development of this technology placed Surf Life Saving services in a very respected position within Australian aviation. Danny has been a member at Coolangatta SLSC for the past 44 years and continues to carry out beach patrols."
The annual awards ceremony honours Surf Lifesavers for their work across all aspects of the organization from sporting competitors to officials and those who have put their lives on the line to rescue others.