Lifesaver camp for the best

THE future looks bright for surf lifesaving as NSW's youngest and brightest junior lifesavers (under 14s) wrapped up the 2014 Junior Lifesaver of the Year development camp and awards in Sydney this week.

Annika Janos (Shoalhaven Heads) and Izak Parkes (Shellharbour) were selected from a strong field and proudly represented the South Coast branch.

The prestigious award recognises and rewards outstanding younger members of the surf lifesaving movement who show an advanced level of maturity and leadership potential.

During the camp the finalists from each branch were involved in a wide range of fun, challenging and teamwork-based activities requiring great leadership and communication from the participants.

"The Junior Lifesaver of the Year camp is a fantastic opportunity to recognise our most promising young lifesavers as well as further develop their skills and attributes, and show them the amazing opportunities within surf lifesaving," SLSNSW member services manager Kate Higginbotham said.

Shellharbour lifesaver Izak Parkes had an unforgettable experience.

"We all had a fantastic week which has given everybody so many opportunities to try new things and meet new people.

"I don't think I liked public speaking before but some of the tips I've learnt this week will really change that."

Congratulations to Annika and Izak.

2014 Junior Lifesaver of the Year winners were Isabella Ferencz (Cooks Hill, Hunter Branch) and Jackson Heinze (Terrigal, Central Coast Branch).

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