Na­tional ti­tle added to list of life­sav­ing achieve­ments

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Se­cret Har­bour Surf Life­sav­ing Club’s finest shone at the Surf Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia Na­tional Awards of Ex­cel­lence, with four mem­bers re­turn­ing from Syd­ney with awards.

Life mem­ber Carolyn Wil­son was awarded the Aus­tralian Surf Life­saver Of­fi­cial of the year, with a mer­i­to­ri­ous award also given to club mem­bers Garry Wil­liams, Jes­sica Wil­liams, Siob­han Hall and Lyla Hall for a res­cue con­ducted in Novem­ber 2016.

Ms Wil­son, who has been with the club for 17 years, fended off com­pe­ti­tion from the coun­try’s top of­fi­cials to se­cure her first na­tional award.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously won State of­fi­cial ti­tles and vol­un­teer of the year for WA in re­cent years, Ms Wil­son said she was thrilled to win.

“It was ex­cit­ing but at the same time it is a team ef­fort — you get the recog­ni­tion but you can’t do it with­out the team of of­fi­cials that are with you,” she said.

“We all do a good job and we all work to­gether as a team so win­ning is a bonus.”

Since start­ing at SHSLSC, Ms Wil­son has taken on a num­ber of roles in­clud­ing pa­trol cap­tain, trainer and as­ses­sor as well sit­ting on the club’s board for eight years.

Ms Wil­son said while she ini­tially wasn’t a fan of the beach, she had grown to love it and couldn’t imag­ine life with­out surf life­sav­ing now.

Pic­ture: Surf Life­sav­ing Aus­tralia Face­book

Carolyn Wil­son with Surf Life­sav­ing Aus­tralia chair­man of sport Andrew Buhk.

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