LIFE­SAVER STEPS UP TO PODIUM

Gala night for the best vol­un­teers

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Hi­lary Ruthven Hi­lary.Ruthven@sc­news.com.au

THE best in Surf Life Sav­ing across the Coast have been put for­ward with the win­ners yet to be re­vealed this week­end.

Five fi­nal­ists from Ma­roochy­dore and Alexan­dra Head­land club will be up against the best vol­un­teer life­savers in Queens­land to snag the Award of Ex­cel­lence prize in their cat­e­gories.

The night will be held at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast on Au­gust 26, to recog­nise the ex­cep­tional achieve­ments and com­mit­ment from the nom­i­nees in life­sav­ing, surf sports and de­vel­op­ment.

Fi­nal­ist for Coach of the Year Jack Hansen said that he over­saw all the teams in the club, but mostly worked with the youth teams.

“I’m head coach of Alex which over­sees all teams at Alex Surf Club,” he said.

“In my role I mainly work with our youth un­der-14s and un­der-16s right through to se­nior and masters un­der 17 and over.”

Mr Hansen said the award nom­i­na­tion hadn’t changed any­thing and the club was fo­cussing on the fu­ture sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tions.

“Look it’s just pretty nor­mal for us noth­ing re­ally changes at the mo­ment,” he said.

“We’re in train­ing for the up and com­ing sea­son, and awards are for the pre­vi­ous sea­son’s achieve­ments.

“I have the com­peti­tors to thank for the re­sults they achieve and make me look like I’m do­ing a good job.”

Fi­nal­ist in the 18-25 Young Surf Life­saver of the Year from Mooloolaba, Oliver Hoelscher said he lived in Bris­bane and com­muted up the Coast to vol­un­teer as much as he could.

“I try to get up there ev­ery se­cond week­end be­cause I work shift work in Bris­bane at a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal so I try to fit it in where pos­si­ble,” Mr Hoelscher said.

He said he was a patrol cap­tain and fo­cussed on en­gag­ing the younger age groups.

“I help out with the youth in­volve­ment stuff to re­ally en­gage that 15-17-year-old mar­ket to give them some­thing to do rather than just hang­ing around on the week­end,” he said.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

TOP HON­OURS: Fi­nal­ist Jack Hansen from Alexan­dra Head­land is in the run­ning for Coach of the Year.

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