Sunset Beach lifegaurds attended the Annual Waikato District Youth Awards for contribution to the Community for 12 - 24 year olds.

Shane Edwards and Robert Graham were Finalists for the Kia Kaha Award. 'Young People who have contributed in meaningful ways to their community'.

Shane Edwards was the winner of the Kia Kaha Award and Robert Graham a runner up. Congratulations to you both. Well deserved nominations and a huge asset to our community. Read Shane's Nomination below:

Shane Edwards joined our club in 2004 as a junior guard. He has risen through the ranks of our volunteer lifesaving club and in this time he has contributed significantly to the community of Port Waikato. He has trained a large number of local guards to become proficient as rescue boat crews and as patrolling members. This year alone he has trained two rescue boat (IRB) instructors and supervised the training of 15 crewmen and 15 drivers.

The community has benefited by his input as the beach is a safe place for the community family's to recreate over the summer period. He has been involved in a number of very high profile rescue missions and is a member of the Port Waikato region after hours patrol. All of this work is carried out voluntarily.

He sets a very high example for other lifeguards to follow and is held in high regards by the people of Port Waikato. He has been recognised by the Northern Region and the NZ Surf Lifesaving Association as a leader in his highly specialised area of life guarding expertise.

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Robert has been nominated by the Onewhero Area School for his contributions as a Year 12 sports leader at Onewhero Area School, member of the sunset beach surf lifesaving club at Port Waikato and coach of the Onewhero Area School Basketball Team.