Hunter Water has proudly supported the Hunter Surf Lifesaving movement for over thirty years, appreciating the services the volunteers provide to our beach-loving community which have helped reduce the number of lives lost in the surf each year.
During the 2011/12 patrolling year, over 61,000 hours of volunteer patrol was undertaken by members. A total of 512 rescues were performed and 798 first aid patients treated to keep the beaches safe.
At the Hunter Surf Lifesaving Awards of Excellence, held Friday 15 June, the athletic talents and dedication of the volunteer surf lifesaving members from thirteen clubs across the Hunter were recognised.
Hunter Water presented the volunteer of the year award to Stuart Barnett of Dixon Park Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC). Stuart was recognised for going above and beyond his role the President of the Dixon Park SLSC, preferring to not only organise, administer and supervise club activities but also be actively involved.
The Hunter Water Master Athletes of the year awards were presented to Anthony Logue from Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest SLS and Marilyn Clarence, Swansea / Belmont SLSC for their athletic excellence and achievements at the Australian titles.