Last Saturday night the Sydney branch of Surf Life Saving New South Wales held their annual 'Branch Awards of Excellence'. These awards recognise outstanding service and exceptional achievement of volunteer lifesavers. I want to congratulate and make special mention of the following award winners from clubs within Wentworth: Trainer of the Year, Michelle Cowans, from Tamarama Surf Club; Support Operations Member of the Year, James McLennan, from Bronte Surf Club; UAV Member of the Year, Brittany Banks, and Master's Athlete of the Year, Scott Thomson, both from North Bondi Surf Club; and Bronte resident Ryan Tindall, who works across the clubs, who was named Duty Officer of the Year.
I am especially pleased to acknowledge a number of the younger volunteers who received an esteemed award: Youth Life Saver of the Year, Will Brown, and Junior Lifesaver of the Year (female), Maggie Eisenhauer, both from Bronte Surf Club; Youth Volunteer of the Year, Imogen Barham, from Clovelly Surf Club; Youth Athlete of the Year, Lily Finati, from North Bondi; and Junior Athlete of the Year, Krishna Inder, from Bondi Surf Club.
Congratulations also the McDonald Patrol from Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club on being named Patrol Team of the Year.
I would also like to thank and congratulate North Bondi president, Andrew Christopher, and Tamarama president, Tim Murray, who recently invited me to their clubs' annual presentation nights. Tamarama's presentation night was significant in being the last event to be held in their old clubhouse, before demolition and rebuild. At the North Bondi presentation, I was delighted to present two of the youth awards to Archie Godby and Isabella Murray.