LIFESAVER STEPS UP TO PODIUM
Gala night for the best volunteers
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.
TOP HONOURS: Finalist Jack Hansen from Alexandra Headland is in the running for Coach of the Year.