Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club stalwart takes out Official of the Year at SLSWA Awards

Volunteering Minister Mick Murray presents the Official of the Year award to Carolyn Wilson. Picture: Surf Life Saving WA
Volunteering Minister Mick Murray presents the Official of the Year award to Carolyn Wilson. Picture: Surf Life Saving WA

CAROLYN Wilson, of Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club, won Official of the Year at the SLSWA Awards of Excellence at Crown Perth on Saturday night.

The award recognises and rewards officials who have made a significant contribution to the area of officiating within surf lifesaving, concerning both the commitment shown to officiating and their contribution towards official’s educational development.

Ms Wilson won the title last year as well.

She was described as a selfless member of the community, giving up her spare time to ensure the smooth running of sports carnivals both in WA and at a national level.

She has led courses to ensure the education of new officials and has been entrusted with the national responsibilities of deputy referee at the Pool Rescue Australian Titles and Arena Referee at The Aussies, in both the senior and youth arenas.

Ms Wilson held head referee roles at the State Pool Rescue, Junior States and the Country State Titles.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate outstanding contributions and achievements from SLSWA members, including lifesavers, athletes and all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of their clubs.

SLSWA president Craig Smith-Gander paid tribute to the many volunteers who spent their weekends on beaches across the state.

“It is about celebrating all the volunteers who are the lifeblood of this great movement,” he said.

“These people are the everyday heroes of our beaches, all of whom commit countless hours of service to uphold the mission of saving lives and creating great communities”.

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