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Do you know a member who has made an outstanding contribution this past season?

Make sure they get the recognition they deserve and nominate them for one of our major awards to be presented at our Annual Awards Celebration. Don’t delay! Nominations close Sunday, 5 May.  Don’t forget to include a reason.

Tom Guthrie – Rookie of the Year

A tradition started some years ago, as requested by the wife of Tom Guthrie, is that the previous year’s award winner passes the award to current year’s winner. It is awarded to a new patrolling member who holds at least a Surf Rescue Certificate and has completed up to one complete full season (i.e. less than 2 full seasons) and is between 13 and 18 years of age. Consideration of patrol attendance, attitude, desire to learn more, completion of additional awards, participation in whole of Club activities and overall contribution to the Club in the period of their involvement.

Peter Dawson – Best New Member

Is awarded to a new patrolling member who holds a Bronze Medallion and has completed up to one complete full season (i.e. less than 2 full seasons) and is at least 18 years of age. Consideration of patrol attendance, attitude, desire to learn more, completion of additional awards, participation in the whole of Club activities and overall contribution to the Club in the period of their involvement.

John Holland Snr – Committee Member of the Year

The John Holland Snr – Committee Member of the Year award (perpetual trophy) named in the memory of one of Newport’s exceptional Committee Members over the years the late John Holland Snr.  John expressed a wish that an award is established to recognise the significant contributions made by a member of the Club’s Management Committee. Also, consider contributions to the Club outside their Committee portfolio.

Hans Trumm OAM – Award for Patrolling Excellence

This award was commenced in 2007 to recognise and encourage excellence in Life Saving and commitment to Patrolling.  This came on the back of the Club being recognised in the Branch Most Outstanding Club awards as the winner of Most Outstanding Club in Lifesaving for a third consecutive year, a pillar of our core business. Consideration of patrol attendance, attitude, education of fellow patrol members, additional awards obtained, formal participation as an Endorsed Trainer and/or Endorsed Assessor, as well as being a role model etc.

Paul Stevens – Junior Clubman of the Year

The Paul Stevens Junior Clubman of the Year is the most prestigious of junior awards granted by the Club each season. The criteria are similar to the Michael Hill Memorial Trophy, except it is awarded to a member who is 21 year of age or under. Generally, there will be up to 4 or 5 finalists.

Clubman of the Year – (Michael Hill Memorial Trophy)

The Michael Hill Memorial Trophy is the most prestigious of all awards granted by the Club each season. This perpetual trophy is named after a former Club Captain who was fatally injured in an accident in the late 1950s. This trophy is awarded annually to a member who not only fulfils his or her rostered Patrol commitments, but also participates in all other facets of the Clubs activities, such as fundraising projects, training, social functions, assisting in the maintenance of the Clubhouse, etc., – in other words an all round outstanding member. This award is generally not awarded to a member of the Club’s executive. Generally, there will be up to 6 finalists.