Surf Life Saving Northern Region Award of Excellence 2018

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Surf Life Saving Northern Region Award of Excellence 2018

300 Lifesavers, families, friends and sponsors attended the 2018 Annual Awards of Excellence at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland on Saturday night 14th July.  A first In the Clubs 60 year history, the night belonged to Sunset.
                                                                                                                                               
Top Club of the Year - The ultimate and most highly contested award that is given out. The Club with this award was given a new Yamaha Beach Vehicle for their use for next summer.

Best Patrolled Beach - Out of the 17 clubs in the region we were independently audited over the season 4 Times and on each audit achieved a 100% score. Our lifeguard standards were rated the highest in all aspects of beach Patrol.

Outstanding Contribution to Powercraft - Shane Edwards won this award for the outstanding effort he makes to the development of IRB Rescue boats and in the field of Competition where for the past three years we have been Northern, North Island and NZ Champion
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Service Award - Susie Pirret was awarded the SLSNR Service Award recognising her professionalism and commitment to Lifesaving at a Club Level and as the NZ Surf Life Saving Team Physotherapist. 

Distinguished Service Award - Joanne Hobson was awarded this prestigious award for her work in all areas off Lifesaving and in particular the development of Junior Lifeguard Programs.
                                                                                                                                         
Sunset Beach were also finialists for:                                                                                  
Team of the Year - Open Womens IRB Team - Finalist
Rescue of the Year - Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service - (shared with Kariotahi) - Finalist
Administrator of the Year - Taylor Shrimpton - Finalist
Coach of the Year - Shane Edwards  - Finalist
Innovation of the Year - Sunset Beach Duck Rallies - Finalist                                    
We were also presented the Trophy for Northern Region IRB Champions                                                                                                                                                                                    
In summary
These awards are testimony to our club’s commitment to the values that we aspire to for all our members.  The club is on a projectory of high achievement and we are demonstrating to all that our goals are achievable.

Add to these the Community Hub Rebuild Project and one can only say how proud I am to be President of this club for over 30 years, and the family values that we continue to build on.  We are so proud of what we have achieved this year.                                                            
Malcolm J Beattie obe
President

 

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Sunset Beach Lifeguards are 2018 BP Surf Life Saving IRB Champions  and Top Club for the third year.

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Sunset Beach Lifeguards are 2018 BP Surf Life Saving IRB Champions and Top Club for the third year.

Sunset Beach raced with professionalism and their skills were 'surf smart'.  The team performances of Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier dominated the Open Women events. Brothers, Shane and Mark Edwards, ended top on points for Open Men’s and were the only team to make both finals from all clubs with podium finishes both times.  Yes, Sunset can be proud showing awesome team spirit. They were first to the beach, first to fuel, first to help someone in need on the beach and in the water assisting with rescues, flipped boats and enjoying every moment of this experience. 

Racing didn't finish till 5.30pm on the Saturday and we were expecting more of the same Sunday but the surf just got bigger breaking beyond the buoys.  Event organisers ran some heats of the single rescue but with boats flipping everywhere and the buoys having to be about 1 km out to sea just to get beyond the break, it just got too dangerous.  We could only watch in awe as mother nature took over and won the battle.  Event called off with nobody scoring anymore points.  Points stand from yesterday.  Sunset Beach Top Club with 60 points and St Clair nearest with 35 points. Shane and Mark Edwards were Top Open Men’s team and New Zealand Champions.  Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier were Top Open Women’s team and New Zealand Champions.  Prize giving, then a bit of celebrating to follow.  Everyone is safe, no injuries for Sunset Beach and NO flipped boats.  Nice one aye!  What an awesome result!!!

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Gold and Silver Medal, Open Men's Tube Rescue.

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TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships - Midway Beach, Gisborne 17 & 18th March

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service - Bronze Medal U19 Men’s Surf Boat Long Course
Sunset Beach toughed it out at Midway Beach, Gisborne at the TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships.

The Sunset Hipsters came through to make the finals on the Sunday for both the U19 Men’s Surf Boat Long and Short Courses. They fought hard to earn bronze in the Long Course and a fourth in the Short Couse. Congratulations to this team who deserves recognition for their hard work. Team members in the photo from left to right: Flynn Avery, Sebastian Neilands, Mikey Waldegrave (Sweep), Xavier Lusby, Sean Oliver and Harrison Fulton.

Weather and surf conditions on the Saturday wiped out the Sunset Young Guns in two races injuring two crewmen, breaking two sweep oars and the loss of their water pump causing a whole in the bottom of the boat. They were coming 2nd overall in the U23 Men’s Surf Boat before disaster struck and were unable to continue racing. They had to pull out of their events. What a disappointing end to the season for this team who were enjoying their first season in the U23 Men’s and doing so well.

 Sunset Hipsters - Bronze Medal Surf Boat Long Course

Sunset Hipsters - Bronze Medal Surf Boat Long Course

 Tough Surf Conditions at Midway Beach, Gisborne

Tough Surf Conditions at Midway Beach, Gisborne

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Sunset Beach Lifeguards travel to BP South Island IRB Championships - Warrington Beach

Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards and Siobhain Oliver travelled to the South Island and Warrington Beach to compete in the Open Men's events at the BP South Island IRB Championships. They did extremely well, making finals and getting placings. Silver Medal Tube Rescue, Silver Medal Assembly Rescue, Bronze medal Mass Rescue. Sunset Beach were in 8th place with 17 points. Not bad for a one team effort and obviously worth the trip to the South Island. Carolyn Edwards also travelled with the team as an official for the event.

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Northern Region Surf Life Saving Surf Boat Championships - Ruakaka February 24-25th

Double Gold for Sunset Beach!! The Hipsters competed this weekend in the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Surf Boat Championships at Ruakaka. They competed in the U23 Men's Surf Boat Long Course and Short Course, winning Gold medals for both races. Competing were Ryan Brash, Flynn Avery, Sean Olliver, Xavier Lusby and Mikey Waldegrave (sweep). Well done guys for flying the Sunset Beach flag high at this event. Thank you to the support team and Sunset Beach officials who traveled to the event.

 Sunset Hipsters - Gold Medal U23 Men's

Sunset Hipsters - Gold Medal U23 Men's

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