Over 50 of New Zealand's elite surf lifeguards and members were
officially recognised today for their hard work and dedication to
save lives on New Zealand beaches.
The 2012 DHL In it for Life Awards Luncheon, a celebration of
Surf Life Saving, took place today in Wellington today at the James
Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Seven recipients were Special Award Winners along with seven
Service Award Winners. Five people received Life Membership Awards,
celebrating volunteer work spanning many decades. Four received
Distinguished Service Awards and 26 long-standing lifeguards were
honoured with their 50 year badge acknowledging their amazing
contribution to aquatic safety and injury prevention on our
The Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service was awarded the Innovation
Award for a collaborative project with Unitec which has seen
Muriwai lifeguards deliver four modules to students studying
towards a Sport & Recreation Diploma.
The Lifesaving Modules delivered were for the 'Performance Skills
for Sport' course and was one of four sports delivered to the Y2
& Y3 students.
Lindsay Hill from Whangarei Heads VLS won Instructor/Examiner of
the Year. He has been very active as a Surf Lifeguard Award
examiner and has ensured that all the club members were given all
the opportunities on offer throughout the season.
Zayne Boon from Mairangi Bay SLSC was awarded DHL Surf Official of
the Year for his contribution to surf lifesaving that is difficult
to capture in one place. At a club level, Zayne has been a mentor
and leader to probationary and current surf officials and at a
regional level he has officiated at many key events and held the
position of Event and Arena Referee at most of these events. On a
National scale, Zayne was a judge at Surf League and also held the
position of Chief Referee at the 2011/2012 SLSNZ National
Midway SLSC member Devon Halligan was awarded DHL International
Performance of the Year. She
has been nominated for her outstanding performance both in New
Zealand and Australia. She is currently based on the Gold Coast
training with the Manly SLSC with the aim of building on her
DHL Coach of the Year went to Mark (Horse) Bourneville from Piha
SLSC who continues to make a significant impact at Piha and
The Gudsell Trophy was awarded to Red Beach SLSC with the highest
number of Surf Lifeguard Awards gained- Red Beach qualified 49 Surf
Lifeguard Awards in the 2011-12 season.
Far North Surf Rescue won the London Trophy with the highest
number of Surf Lifeguard Awards gained as a ratio of membership:
They won the trophy with 750 points (based on nine people
qualifying, two instructors from a base 10 qualified and refreshed
Several members also received recognition for awards they earnt
last night at the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Awards of Excellence
Hot Water Beach Surf Life Saving Club chairman Gary Hinds was
presented with Lifeguard of the Year. This prestigious award
highlights the skill, experience and dedication Gary has given to
making his local beach safer.
Finalists for this award included Ben Flynn from Paekakariki and
Lauren Gibbs from Bethells Beach.
DHL Volunteer of the Year was awarded to St Clair Surf Life Saving
Club chairman Antony Mason who embodies everything it takes to be
an exemplary volunteer- commitment, passion and unswerving
dedication to Surf Life Saving.
A group rescue effort by the Regional Lifeguards at Piha who
prevented certain, if not multiple drownings, was named this year's
winner. Early in February, with the surf at Piha being 1.5 meters
in height and very rough, four individuals waded deep into the
water and stepped off into a hole, getting caught in the current.
Together the lifeguards managed to reach all the men, one of whom
was completely submersed underwater, had drifted in and out of
consciousness and required emergency treatment back on
Special Award Winners
Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service, Innovation of the
Devon Halligan, DHL International Performance of the
Zayne Boon, DHL Official of the Year
Lindsay Hill, Instructor of the Year
Mark Bourneville, DHL Coach of the Year
Far North Surf Rescue, London Trophy, Awarded to the club with most
Surf Lifeguard and Instructor Awards in one season per capita of
Red Beach SLSC, Gudsell Trophy, Awarded to the club with most Surf
Lifeguard Awards in one season.
50 Year Badges
Andy Sekula, Basil Vertongen QSM, Brian Velvin MNZM, Bryan
Black, Chris Gurr, Edwin Brown, George Cowper, Grant Rowell, Ian
Smith, Ian Watson, Judy Gempton, Ken Griffen, Lance Richards,
Laurence (Laurie) Pharo, Mike Harvey, Peter Fitzsimmons OBE, Philip
Clark, Rae Simpson, Reginald Harker, Robert Harvey QSO, JP, Stuart
Hammond, Valerie Walton, Rocky Hall, Wayne Pritchard, Allister
Hunter, Allan Thompson.
Todd Cations-Velvin, Emma Crofskey, Brent Harvey, Richard
Whinham, Noel Houston, Paul Kayes and Karel Witten-Hannah.
Distinguished Service Awards
Jim Coe, John Chapman, Paul Kayes and Mark McCarthny.
Life Membership Awards
Graeme Cullen, Grant Crossan, Vaughan Garrett, Neville Nodder
and Valda Walsh.