• Congratulations Mathew Harper Surf Lifesaver of the Year Winner

    May 27, 2019 By Surf Live Saving Admin

    Mat currently standing in his second term as club captain of  Maroubra SLSC. Under his leadership, Maroubra SLSC’s lifesaving team has excelled, with membership growing 10%, record number of new bronze members, one of the highest numbers of IRB awards, record 100% proficiency awards, and huge retention rates where patrols are now beginning to have greater numbers of young members. Mat has fostered a caring, safe and helpful environment for his 250 + volunteers on the beach and has thus created Maroubra SLSC’s strongest patrol teams. This season saw Mat achieve 10 years of 100% patrol efficiency, which is a huge achievement for a lifesaver.  He also secured various funding grants for lifesaving, community sponsors and liaises with other community organizations such as Curtin University surrounding shark attitudes at Maroubra beaches, rock fisherman safety awareness and community education initiatives with UNSW and USYD at Maroubra Beach. Mat also helped organise the relaunch of Maroubra Marlins disabled Nippers program, which was a highly successful program encourage disadvantages children to participate in surf sports.

    Mat also undertook his third season as the captain of Surf Rescue 30, leading a team of 30- 40 lifesavers in a high risk but rewarding environment. This season, under his leadership, saw the group excel with record number of new awards, a membership increases of 20% and the delivery of a lifesaving service which has not been seen for many years. The comradery and teamwork within the team is stronger than it has ever been before. He participated in many out of hours callouts as part of the SLS Sydney SOG group and conducted night operations with his SR30 team

    Mat is pre-eminent within Sydney Branch SOG and Maroubra SLSC in recruiting and mentoring new and inexperienced members to ensure the future viability and success of support operations.

    This season saw Mat achieve his SMAR and the upgrade of his CERT IV- Training and assessment. This was achieved so that Mat could continue to facilitate SLS Sydney awards. He began as a probationary facilitator for the SMBM award and eventually hopes to facilitate the SMAR award for SLSS. He is also an active Bronze and ARTC trainer for the club, and a Bronze assessor for SLS Sydney. Mat also achieved his State recognised coastal navigation course (pre-rec to ORB Skipper).

    Mat was also privileged enough to represent the club and state at SLSA National Leadership college where he shared his experiences with other lifesavers from around the country. Mat facilitated the SLS Sydney 18-25 development camp where he had 10 young adults and ran seminars which explored what is was like to be a leader within SLS, pathways, challenges and leadership styles. He actively encouraged young members to explore the many leadership opportunities available within the organization.

    Mat presents a tremendous positive image for Surf Lifesaving and is very deserving of the honour of being awarded SLS Sydney Surf Lifesaver of the Year. Congratulations Mat.