Ballina lifesaver gets top award
By Brian Bigg
STEVE SLATER decided to get into surf life saving two years ago because he wanted to set a good example for his own kids.
But when Steve does something he obviously puts his heart into it. Because on Saturday night, after only two years in the game, Steve was voted the Far North Coast Lifesaver of the Year.
More than 120 people attended the Far North Coast Surf Life Saving Awards for Excellence in Lismore on Saturday night.
It involved clubs from Yamba to Fingal. The Northern Rivers scored well, winning all but one of the awards.
"I've been surfing all my life," Steve says. "I encouraged my three sons to get involved in the Ballina club and thought I'd better lead by example."
Steve won not for any spectacular rescue, but for the long hours he puts into patrolling the beaches, the extra training courses he's done, and the amount of work he's put into making Ballina SLSC a strong club.
The winners of the Male and Female Competitor of the Year were a family affair.
Brother and sister Tanyn and Kamley Lyndon, of Lennox Head, took home the awards, although Tanyn shared his award with Jacob Lollback, of Yamba.
Kamley, a Year 12 student at Southern Cross School in Ballina, said competition in the family was what drove them.
"We've been doing it most of our lives," she says. "Dad joined the surf club when we were young, so it's something we've always done."
Tanyn, who specialises in the board events and has made the State team at the age of 15, says he plans to go on and compete in the Iron Man competition.
The famous Ballina boat crew from the 1960s Max Sidney, Brian Sidney, Lance Goldsmith, Cec Denny and Warren Tulk were inducted into the SLSA Hall of Fame. More about them later this week.