Canterbury Awards of Excellence winners announced 

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

May 28, 2021 
Press Release 

Canterbury Awards of Excellence winners announced 

Top volunteers, athletes and Surf Lifeguards have been honoured at Surf Life Saving NZ’s Canterbury Awards of Excellence.  

The awards celebrate volunteers who have gone the extra mile, dedicated numerous hours to their club, and excelled in lifesaving sport.  

The volunteers acknowledged in the Canterbury awards are a part of Surf Life Saving Clubs at Nelson, Rarangi, Buller, Kotuku, Waikuku Beach, Spencer Park, Waimairi, North Beach, New Brighton, South Brighton, Sumner and Taylors Mistake. 

Southern Regional Manager Stu Bryce says volunteers “put in a massive workload” throughout the season.  

“We congratulate the award winners for going above and beyond to deliver for their local communities and clubs.” 

This season, the Canterbury lifeguards completed 91 rescues, 208 assists to safety, 44 searches and 33,919 people were involved in 17, 895 preventative actions.  

Surf Life Saving New Zealand Southern Region Sport Manager Luke Smith says the volunteers excelled throughout the local calendar, despite a few disruptions due to uncontrollable circumstances.  

“A big thank you is needed for all the volunteer officials, event lifeguards, coaches and parents for the countless hours they put in.” 

Kristy Cullen from New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club has been named Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her key contributions at a club, regional and national level.  

“Kirsty gives up countless hours within her own club, and throughout the region to ensure she can make surf lifesaving as enjoyable as possible for everyone involved. We can’t thank her enough for the countless volunteer hours she put in,” says Luke Smith.  

She has contributed to Canterbury as a lifeguard examiner, course facilitator, event water safety coordinator and intermediate lifeguard school instructor. 

Taylor Chamberlain has received the Sportsperson of the Year title, after the Taylors Mistake SLSC athlete excelled at competitions around New Zealand and Australia against some of the top surf sport athletes. The young athlete was praised for his “consistency and solid work ethic” during training, which led to a victory at nearly every major event he competed at.  

Danny Schefer from Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club has been recognised with the Lifeguard of the Year award for his dedication and commitment.  

This past season, he stepped into the role of a club patrol captain, as well as being a head guard for the regional lifeguard period. He recently gained his Advanced Lifeguard Award, which is the highest award available for lifeguards within the Surf Life Saving New Zealand pathway.  

“Danny acts as a great role model for the younger lifeguards coming through the same pathway,” says Luke Smith.  

Surf Life Saving NZ Awards of Excellence are held every year in each SLSNZ region to recognise and celebrate the many club members putting in considerable time, effort and skills at a grass-roots level to make sure Kiwis who head to the beach get home safe. 

The regional awards for each area are held May through July and precede the National Awards of Excellence which will be held at a later date. The Canterbury awards are being announced at an event taking place on Saturday 29 May. 




CANTERBURY Awards of Excellence 2021 Winners 



Surf Official of the Year  
Myffy Roberts - New Brighton SLSC 

The Shanks Family Event Guard of the Year  
Jessica Larson - Sumner SLSC  

Coach of the Year  
Nick Tremewan - Sumner SLSC  

The Leon “Flash” Peters Team of the Year  
Sumner U23 Female IRB Team 

The Allen Lee Top Canterbury Team of the Year 
Taylors Mistake Open Male Pool Rescue Relay 

Te Onepoto Award for Junior Surf - Coaching 
Julie Jorgensen - South Brighton SLSC  

Te Onepoto Award for Junior Surf - Service 
James Murphy - Kotuku SLSC  

Sports Person of the Year  
Taylor Chamberlain - Taylors Mistake SLSC 



Innovation of the Year  
Emily B Drifter Project - Kotuku SLSC    



Rookie Lifeguard of the Year  
Bradan Foster - Sumner SLSC  

Rescue of the Year  
Taylors Mistake Mass Rescue - January 2021 

V.S.E Trophy Regional Lifeguard of the Year  
Jackson Smith - Waimairi SLSC  

Beach Education Instructor of the Year 
Kelly Baker - Waimairi, SLSC  

Instructor of the Year  
Lewis Elliot - Sumner SLSC  

Patrol Support of the Year  
Angela Lambert - Kotuku SLSC  

Lifeguard of the Year  
Danny Schefer - Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club 

Volunteer of the Year 
Kirsty Cullen - New Brighton SLSC

Patrol Club of the Year 
Waikuku Beach SLSC 

Club of the Year 
South Brighton SLSC 


For more information please contact:  

Stu Bryce     
Southern Regional Manager                           
Phone: 027 557 1012 

Luke Smith  
Sport Manager - Southern Region        
Phone: 021 190 1432 

Rajal Middleton  
Head of Commercial & Marketing  
Phone 027 457 1001