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  • Sumner Lifeguard Kate Suter awarded NZ SLS Volunteer of the Year 2017

    Sumner SLSC
    23 September 2017


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    Sumner Surf Lifeguard, Kate Suter has been awarded the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award at the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Awards of Excellence 2017.


    A huge award at a national level and truley well deserved. Sumner SLSC is incredibly fortunate to have you doing the exceptional work you do at our club.


    The following is SLSNZ citation of Kate for the Award:


    Kate is a role model to many members in the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club. She promotes a high level of professionalism to members of the public and continues to think about how things can be done better. She is extremely well rounded with exceptional skills and knowledge.


    Last season, Kate completed hundreds of voluntary hours including over 45 voluntary hours Patroling the Sumner Beach. As Head Instructor for Sumner, Kate created training plans from surveys sent to members and carried out courses that qualified 24 new lifeguards, 10 IRB Crew, 5 IRB Drivers, 4 new Instructors and a new Examiner. She promotes the club to the community, attracting new Lifeguards and co-ordinated many critical incidents including a major search where she was first on scene when a car went into the estuary.


    Kate was the manager as well as a competitor of IRB competitions for Sumner and ran 3 motor workshops for Sumner. She is the Head Patrol Auditor in Canterbury, was an Event Lifeguard, ran a rock workshop for 32 members, was a mentor at the National Lifeguard School and attended a Facilitators course so she can run Patrol Captains' courses in the future.


    Kate shows real commitment to Surf Life Saving.


    Congratulations Kate!