LOCAL Byron Surf Life Guard and longboard legend Steve Mills was named NSW Lifeguard of the Year for the 2013/14 season on the weekend at the 2014 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence in Sydney.
Mr Mills has been a lifeguard with the Australian Lifeguard Service for 17 years contributing 4421 hours over that time.
He is also a six time NSW Longboard Champion and three time Australian Title Runner-Up.
During the 2013-14 season, he assisted with two successful CPR's.
This includes being part of the team that saved the life of Sean Mowen who had a heart attack during the recent Winter Whales Ocean Swim Classic.
"Steve is a professional and passionate lifeguard at Byron Bay's Main Beach," said Scott McCartney Northern NSW Lifeguard Coordinator.
"He is dedicated to educating the community about water safety and does so with the many visitors to Byron Bay."
"Steve is extremely professional and vigilant which is what you want in a lifeguard. He is constantly alert, keeping swimmers within the flags and anticipating changing surf conditions.
"He is a great role model for the younger guards coming through and I make sure I put them on duty a couple of times with Steve so they can see how its done.
More than 280 of Surf Life Saving's lifesavers, athletes, coaches and administrators attended the awards to celebrate the contribution of volunteers and clubs from across NSW.
The awards were presented by Stramit Building Products.
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