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
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
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