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During the 2018/2019 Patrol Season, Director of Lifesaving, Mikaela Sutherland will select one patrol member each month who deserves a bit of extra recognition for their extraordinary efforts whilst on patrol.

APRIL 2019

Congratulations to John Brown who is our APRIL Patrol Member of the Month!

John is recognised as April’s PMOM for his consistent attendance at patrols, his willingness to help out whenever needed and his help in training other members on the IRB. He is a consistent and valued member on patrol, and for that we are extremely thankful! Well done John.

MARCH 2019

March’s Patrol Member of the Month award goes to TWO members.  Lachlan Cole and John Wilde.

Both members were rewarded with a $50 Ripcurl voucher.

Well done Lachlan and John.


Even though Lachlan has had an injured thumb and wrist, which prevented him from going in the water and doing most the fun stuff the other SRC’s do, he has still been on every patrol for the entirety of the patrol. This also included helping to run an ironman competition between myself, Steve and the other SRC’s, running a surfing competition for the other SRC’s and scoring for them, helping me train his peers who let go of their board in the surf (helped me run their push up and sit up corrective training) and also has helped the patrol by being highly vigilant and pointing out possible problems as they arise.

He did not use his injury to get out of patrol wide activities such as pack up and has instead performed to the best of his ability. Notably last patrol he was a very active player in putting radios away and helping sweep sand out of the trailer after others emptied the contents for him.

Overall his performance, positivity and initiative far exceeded expectations of not only an injured person but also an SRC.


John has been a consistent performer all year but recently has really stepped up. The main points are his consistency and reputation within the patrol, his extra commitment throughout this month, his constant initiative, his treatment of a patient during his patrol and his recent application to be trainer.

John is a very dependable member who I can always count on to carry out any task to a high standard. He is a key individual in the leadership team utilising guidance, rewards and respect. John has volunteered on extra patrols to help out others.

On a recent patrol we had patient who dislocated and relocated his knee. John and Steve helped the man and provided first aid as well as a ride up to and referral to the lifeguards. John was very professional during this procedure, acted autonomously and helped with the incident report.

John has also applied to further his skills and become a trainer. Not only is this a desperately needed qualification at Wanda in which John can train for any award due to his extensive qualifications but his reason for doing it is highly admirable. John wants to do this because he knows how hard Sam works for the IRB training and also wants to educate our junior members. This is really clear on patrol as well where he always encourages SRCs to help him with first aids and gives them avenues, such as the roving patrols and a bat wash down to develop.


Congratulations to Denny Rowlands who is our FEBRUARY Patrol Member of the Month!

Denny always contributes to patrols, offers to help out when needed and serves as a role model for other patrol members. He has been involved in several rescue scenarios this season and leads by example for everyone to learn from. Well done Denny! Enjoy spending your $50 gift voucher!


January’s Patrol Member of the Month award goes to TWO members.  Joshua Crowther and Jayden Wilde.

Both members were rewarded with a $50 Ripcurl voucher.

Well done Joshua and Jayden.


Josh has consistently performed above and beyond his basic patrol requirements. He has not only helped manage his patrol when needed with no fuss, but has also performed the highest number of rescues on patrol 10 so far, with four rescues and two assists. Josh takes the time to train the younger members on duties involving the radio and IRB, and constantly displays important core lifesaving skills. He gets involved in all aspects of patrol, all the while with three young kids – even attending patrol on the due date of his youngest child! An impressive effort by Josh!


Jayden has shown impeccable service to Wanda as a Patrol Captain since his return this season. As one of the youngest captains, Jayden shows incredible responsibility and commitment, offering to help out wherever needed – even doing full day shifts as Patrol Captain on his short breaks from his defence force duties. Jayden is constantly putting his team members forward for recognition, encouraging them to develop, and bringing new ideas forward to the board for patrol improvements. He truly has the best interests of the club at heart in everything he does. Well done Jayden!


Congratulations to Elyssa Pierce who is our DECEMBER Patrol Member of the Month!

Not only a leader in the competitor field but also a great role model for surf lifesaving. Elyssa is always proactive on patrol, willing to help and always showing great leadership to the younger patrol members.

Elyssa recently attained her Silver Medallion which enables her to lead and manage a lifesaving team in emergency and non-emergency situations. Upskilling is a crucial part of our role and this sets a great example to up and coming members of the club.

Elyssa is now the proud owner of a $50 Ripcurl voucher. Well done Elyssa, happy shopping!


November’s Patrol Member of the Month award goes to TWO members.  Mia Ross on patrol 1 and Noah Doran on patrol 10. Both members were held in high reprimand by their patrol captains who said they went above and beyond what is expected of them on patrol at such a young age.

Both members will be rewarded with a choice of a piece of Wanda merchandise or a $50 Ripcurl voucher.

Well done Mia and Noah.


Mia has been acknowledged as being someone who leads from the front, and a role model for the SRC members on her patrol with her maturity and the responsibility she takes on when on patrol.


Noah has been eager to learn all sorts of skills on patrol from patrolling in the tower, practising his board skills and going out on the IRB. This came in handy as he (as an SRC) did some impressive rescues on his patrol at the end of November, which were noted to be in significantly challenging conditions by his patrol captain.


Big congrats to Harry McNamara who is our OCTOBER Patrol Member of the Month! Harry has contributed a massive 21.3 hours to patrols in just over a month, and on top of that attained his Bronze medallion. Well done Harry!