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Nobbys’ Kaylah Broadhead named NSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year

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The local surf lifesaving community is in celebration mode after Nobbys SLSC’s Kaylah Broadhead was named NSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year.

The youngster, who had earlier claimed the Hunter crown alongside Redhead SLSC’s Gabe Widseth, snared the state title after three days of team building and leadership development on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Gabe Widseth and Kaylah Broadhead.

She shared the NSW plaudits with Coogee SLSC’s Calum Reiter.

The pair was formally recognised during a presentation ceremony on Thursday 13 April.

Broadhead and Reiter were two, in a group of 22 eager 14-year-olds, who came from each of the 11 branches across the state.

“It was very nerve-racking, but it was also chill, everyone here deserved it so much, but it was really nice to win,” she admitted.

“There were lots of good activities, however I really enjoyed the ice bath.

“It’s such a unique experience and it really brought us all together.”

A reserved but abundantly personable patrolling member from the Hunter, Broadhead has been involved in the movement for the past five years.

She cites her desire to inspire the younger generation in the surf lifesaving community as a factor in building her character and confidence.

Judges also noted she places a strong value on education, seeing knowledge and understanding of lifesaving activities within the active patrolling member base and the public en masse as crucial to getting the movement’s core beliefs across.

“I want to work to create as much awareness as possible of the beach and particularly rips,” Broadhead said.

“So many people drown in rips and it’s really needless.

“I hope to be able to see how we can help to build awareness around that issue.

“It’s been such a fun few days and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again in the future.”

General manager of tourism for Ingenia Holiday Parks Matt Young said being involved in an initiative now in its 33rd year gave them great pride.

“We operate holiday parks across the Eastern coast and it’s so important that we respect and value our guests,” he explained.

“Working with Surf Life Saving NSW facilitates this.”

Ingenia Holiday 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

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