Two Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club members have received awards at Life Saving Victoria’s Awards of Excellence 2020.
Stephanie Reade was announced as the under-14 and under-15 Athlete of the Year and Rob O’Brien was the Emerging Official of the Year.
The annual Awards of Excellence celebrate the outstanding achievements by lifesaving members, volunteers and those in the aquatic industry who contribute to LSV’s mission to prevent drowning deaths and aquatic injury in Victoria.
Stephanie demonstrated excellence in the sport of lifesaving after she was selected in both the Victorian Surf Life Saving state team and the Pool Lifesaving Victorian Development team this season.
Stephanie placed first in every under-15 individual surf race event at Victorian carnivals, as well as taking home multiple gold, silver and bronze medals at the State Pool Life Saving Championship.
Rob was recognised for his commitment and significant contribution during his first three years of officiating.
He was recognised for having officiated at every Nipper carnival this season, where he was the area referee for the under-11 season.
He also qualified as a senior official and officials mentor.
Life Saving Victoria president Paul James, ASM, praised all nominees and winners for their efforts, acknowledging their willingness to help in a year that had brought unique challenges.
“In these extraordinary times, it’s so important to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of our dedicated volunteers, staff and members of the broader aquatic community. It is their ongoing commitment that keeps Victoria’s many beaches, pools and waterways safe,” he said.