Life­guard wins a top ac­co­lade

Waihi Leader - - News -

Hamish Clayton from Waihi Beach has been named the top vol­un­teer life­guard in New Zealand.

He one of 20 of New Zealand’s best vol­un­teer surf life­guards who at­tended Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand’s Na­tional Life­guard School to gain their Ad­vanced Life­guard Award.

The event was held in New Ply­mouth at the Fitzroy Surf Life Sav­ing Club.

The three-day Na­tional Life­guard School takes the top vol­un­teer surf life­guards in New Zealand and teaches them more ad­vanced skills in­clud­ing rock res­cues, res­cue he­li­copter op­er­a­tions, ad­vanced first aid and rig­or­ous fit­ness chal­lenges.

All the par­tic­i­pants take these spe­cialised skills back to their lo­cal beaches around the coun­try to help save lives.

Hamish took home the top can­di­date honours after be­ing a stand­out can­di­date all week­end, Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion man­ager, Belinda Sle­ment says.

“Hamish showed ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship, great team work, and sound IRB and de­ci­sion­mak­ing skills. He showed clear de­vel­op­ment over the week­end, had a bril­liant at­ti­tude and re­ally stepped up dur­ing the school.”

The school had some of its high­est qual­ity can­di­dates, she said.

“Ev­ery­one at Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand passes on our con­grat­u­la­tions to Hamish for be­ing this year’s top life­guard. It was no easy feat so he can be in­cred­i­bly proud of it” she said.

Cur­rently in his fifth sea­son pa­trolling beaches, Hamish said it’s an “awe­some feel­ing” to get the top award and be recog­nised for his con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I was not ex­pect­ing it at all. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence through­out the week­end was great, and I learnt a lot from the in­struc­tors and the other life­guards which I’ll take back to Waihi Beach,” Hamish says.

He’s also proud that his hard work has paid off, after spend­ing the past few years con­stantly de­vel­op­ing his life­guard­ing skills, and keep­ing his fit­ness up over win­ter so he could still be at the top level of swim­ming and run­ning.

Hamish Clayton is Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand’s top vol­un­teer life­guard, pic­tured with Surf Life­sav­ing New Zealand pres­i­dent Brian Velvin.

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