13-year-old volunteer lifesaver Jayme Wisemantel has won $5000 for Black Head SLSC by sharing the story of his first surf rescue.
The prize was awarded as a part of the 2019 DHL summer campaign, which invited Australians to submit stories of their experiences at SLSC-patrolled beaches in order to raise awareness of the work volunteer lifesavers do to keep the country's beaches safe.
Jayme's story recounted his experience saving a struggling swimmer while patrolling Black Head Beach in January of this year.
He spotted a man stuck in a rip while out on his rescue board and paddled 100 metres to come to his aid and bring him safely to shore.
"The story of Jayme's first surf rescue at Black Head Beach stood out from the rest for its bravery, impact and passion, and truly embodies the heart of the cause," DHL Express Oceania CEO, Gary Edstein, said.
"Thanks to extraordinary Surf Life Saving Australia volunteers like Jayme who patrol our beaches every season with a can-do attitude, we are able to enjoy a safe and memorable time at the beach with our families and friends."
In addition to winning $5000 for his club, Jayme was also awarded a gift voucher for $1000.
He joined Black Head SLSC as a six-year-old nipper and received his surf rescue certificate in November 2018, becoming an active patrolling member alongside his older brother and his father.
"This past summer, I've assisted with multiple rescues and I'm glad that I'm able to use my skills as a SRC member," he said.
"I'm thrilled to have won this prize especially since I really didn't think I would."
The $5000 he won for Black Head SLSC will go towards training and the maintenance and purchase of club equipment.
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