The Buddy Lucas Leadership Scholarship is generously
funded by Denis Black, Patron of SLSNR and Life member of both
SLSNZ and SLSNR. It provides prospective leaders the opportunity to
develop and expand their knowledge of Surf Life Saving and develop
their own personal skills.
Buddy Lucas was a legend of Surf Lifesaving in Northern Region
and at his home club of Piha. He joined the Piha SLSC in 1944,
gaining his lifeguard award the year after. From there, he went on
to win multiple National titles in the surf race and made valuable
contributions on the Piha Committee as Club Captain and as
President for nearly two decades. Along with this, he received
Service and Distinguished Service awards at a Club, District and
New Zealand level and was awarded a highly prestigious Life
Membership of the Piha SLSC. Buddy remains as one of the
pre-eminent leaders within our organization and the Buddy Lucas
Leadership Program is aimed to foster young leaders within our
The Buddy Lucas Leadership Program is made up of three areas.
The first of these is the Surf Life Saving Australia
National Leadership College, the second is the California Lifeguard
Exchange and the last area is still being formed but will be
about personal development.