Junior lifesavers will be descending on Northern Beaches of New South Wales in April for another year of the Ingenia Holiday Parks Junior Life Saver of the Year (JLOTY) program and the Youth Opportunity Makers (YOM) workshop.
Nearly 60 of the brightest young lifesavers from New South Wales will come together on the Northern Beaches in April for the Ingenia Holiday Parks Junior Lifesaver of the Year (JLOTY) Program and the Youth Opportunity Makers (YOM) Workshop – two of Surf Life Saving NSW’s flagship youth development programs.
Held from 11-13 April at The Collaroy Centre, the programs assist young lifesavers to grow networks, establishing lasting connections and building knowledge through fun and interactive activities.
The JLOTY Program brings together all 22 of the Junior Lifesavers of the Year, nominated by the 11 Branches. At the end of the program, the overall NSW Junior Lifesavers of the Year (male and female) will be awarded.
Collectively, the group will further develop their skills by working with like-minded young members and the program aims to build a greater awareness of opportunities and individual abilities in the membership.
“I always wanted to be part of surf lifesaving when I’m older and going through things like this program has been a dream to me,” 2022 co-Junior Lifesaver of the Year, Jayden Matthews of Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC said.
“It’s given us the tools to show the next generation how they can be involved on so many different levels of lifesaving and build confidence in your ability and those around you,” fellow winner, Briella Tyler-Dial of Caves Beach SLSC said.
Ingenia Holiday Parks is once again on board as Naming Rights partner of the JLOTY Program, with General Manager of Tourism, Matt Young stating the East Coast holiday park operator was proud to be supporting our future leaders.
“We are extremely proud to support the Junior Lifesaver of the Year program again in its 33rd year and recognise the next generation of volunteer lifesavers and lifeguards,” he said.
“We love to see these kids keeping our beaches and communities safe – especially as so many of our holiday park guests go swimming at the beach.
“These kids make Australia a better place, and we are grateful.”
The Junior Lifesavers of the Year will be awarded at a presentation on 13 April – live-streamed on Facebook.
Ingenia Holidays Parks Junior Lifesaver of the Year Participants
Zoe Hope – Far North Coast
Lachlan Thomas – Far North Coast
Ned O’Donnell – North Coast
Lillian Lougher – North Coast
Gabby Turner – Mid North Coast
Jack McGrath – Mid North Coast
Jack Drury – Lower North Coast
Lucy Miller – Lower North Coast
Kaylah Broadhead – Hunter
Gabe Widseth – Hunter
Rebecca Lawer – Central Coast
Samuel Terry – Central Coast
Chanelle Humel – Sydney Northern Beaches
Ewan Humphreys – Sydney Northern Beaches
Sophia Garvin – Sydney
Calum Reiter – Sydney
Darcy Weber – Illawarra
Nate Jennett – Illawarra
Isabelle Hourigan – South Coast
Cameron Campbell – South Coast
Luke Drewsen – Far South Coast
Rosie McPartland – Far South Coast