Each season, all eleven branches select a male and female finalist from the U14 Age Group to become a contender for the prestigious Junior Lifesaver of the Year award.
These young club members are selected on the strength of their leadership potential and commitment to surf life saving throughout their time in juniors. All finalists gather at a three program on Sydney’s Northern Beaches during the Easter Holidays, and for many of them it is often the first time they have met other like-minded lifesavers from around the state.
During the program they participate in an interview with a panel which helps determine the two winners.
Briana has shown tremendous dedication to her club Brunswick Heads ever since she became a nipper. Despite living in Brisbane for the past three years, she still feels a sense of loyalty to her home club and regularly makes the trip down to help out.
“I definitely intend to stay with Brunswick Heads as it’s close to my heart. It’s a big commitment with the travel, but I love the club so it doesn’t ever feel like a chore,” Brianna Clarkson said.
In 2014/15 Brianna assisted younger nippers in her role with water safety, worked in the canteen and barbeque, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it.
She hopes to become an active patrolling member and continue to mentor the youngster at her club as she progresses in her lifesaving career.
“It is such an honour to receive this award in front of people who do so much for the community, and it really shows what is possible. I really want to continue my work as an age manager and mentor younger club members and that is what I will be focussing on next season.”