Umina wins three lifesaving excellence awards

Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club has won three awards at the annual Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence on Saturday, August 29.
Umina was named Club of the Year  for the second year in a row.
Umina’s Kai Darwin won Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year also for the second year in a row.
The club’s Patrol Five, which includes Kai, was named Patrol of the Year.
This is the third year that Umina has won the Patrol of the Year award.
Surf Life Saving NSW president Mr George Shales said the virtual Awards of Excellence worked brilliantly to bring all 129 NSW surf clubs together, despite the Covid-19 restrictions.
He said: “Umina Beach SLSC continues to make significant inroads into increasing engagement from sponsors, members and the community.
“Over the past five years they have increased membership by 26 percent, secured significant additional funding and have had numerous outstanding results in surf sports, education and training and retention.”
Central Coast Surf Life Saving Clubs picked up another three major awards including Branch of the Year.
Central Coast Branch president Mr Stuart Harvey said it was easy leading a branch like his because it had so many outstanding members.
“Our 15 clubs do an amazing job patrolling and engaging our wider community.
“They should all be very proud of their efforts over the last season,” he said.
The annual Awards of Excellence recognise the achievements of volunteer surf lifesavers across surf sports, education, administration, membership and lifesaving.

Website, 30 Aug 2020
George Shales, SLS NSW