Of­fi­cially the best

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ex­cel­lence in NSW on Satur­day.

Mrs Wil­son has been in­volved in surf life­sav­ing for 17 years.

She won the WA Of­fi­cial of the Year two years in a row and has held of­fi­ci­at­ing po­si­tions at club, state and na­tional lev­els.

She was de­scribed as a men­tor for as­pir­ing of­fi­cials and a “truly in­spir­ing im­age of surf sports”.

“My whole fam­ily is in­volved in surf life­sav­ing and the Se­cret Har­bour Surf Life Sav­ing Club,” she said.

“My hus­band Digby and I wanted our three chil­dren to be safer in the surf. So we joined the SHSLSC when our old­est was able to join, 17 years ago. I love the beach, the surf club and the as­so­ci­a­tion.”

Mrs Wil­son said surf life­sav­ing had al­lowed her chil­dren to grow up in a nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment and de­velop into young adults with a sense of com­mu­nity.

“Surf life­sav­ing has given me the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop my own knowl­edge, skills and lead­er­ship, which I pass on through be­ing a trainer, as­ses­sor and men­tor,” she said.

“Mostly though I have gained many friends, not only lo­cally but www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d476054 all over WA, in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tion­ally through my of­fi­ci­at­ing.”

Mrs Wil­son said it was a priv­i­lege to rep­re­sent WA in Syd­ney.

“It was an ab­so­lute honour to be awarded with this na­tional award for some­thing I en­joy vol­un­teer­ing my time to and get the re­ward of spend­ing time with my surf life­sav­ing fam­ily,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Carolyn Wil­son is the Aus­tralian Of­fi­cial of the Year.

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