Johnathan named junior lifesaver of the year

Ocean Beach’s Johnathan Hall and Terrigal’s Tarah Bryers were nominated Junior Lifesavers of the Year


A young lifesaver from Umina Beach was crowned Junior Lifesaver of the Year at Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on Sunday, January 31.

13-year-old Johnathan Hall clinched the title at Surf Life Saving Central Coast’s Newcastle Permanent competition after being nominated by his Club – Ocean Beach SLSC.

Johnathan said the competition was much more difficult than he expected but he was grateful for the award.

“I was so thrilled the moment I got it …I felt so happy that all the hard work put into it had finally paid off,” he said.

“I think everyone that was there deserved it.

“I’m definitely wanting to go further with surf lifesaving; I’ve got some state competitions coming up and I’m looking forward to them.”

Nominees undergo a four-part interview which involves a theory test, signals, CPR scenario and an interview which is conducted by independent assessors.

The results are then recorded and tallied up to provide a score out of 102.

Areas such as a nominee’s demonstration of leadership roles in club activities, their contribution in community events, and their encouragement of new members, were all assessed.

Director of Junior Activities at Ocean Beach Surf Club, Robyn Carr, said the Club was very proud of Johnathan’s achievement.

“Our club has had a good run of people winning this award so it’s something we strive for with the younger children in the club to give them something to look forward to,” Carr said.

“We are very big on trying to build, not just their competition skills, but their life skills too.”

With just one male and female being awarded the top title, Terrigal’s Tarah Bryers was also named Junior Lifesaver of the Year.

Maisy Rae