Top Night for Bay Lifesavers
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Mount Maunganui and Whangamata have taken out this year's coveted awards at the Zespri Bay of Plenty/Coromandel Awards of Excellence last night.
Both clubs were awarded the Zespri Club of the Year title for their respective regions at the glitzy awards evening held at Trinity Warf Tauranga.
As well as the award, the winning clubs also received a $5000 cheque from Zespri, which the company gives so the clubs can spend it on lifesaving equipment.
Zespri general manager grower and external relations Dave Courtney says the company were proud to support an organisation like Surf Life Saving.
"Supporting this award and providing free training for local lifeguards is our way of recognising the people who do so much for our communities, keeping our beaches safe for everyone to enjoy," he says.
In 2014, a new awards format was introduced to reflect the growth in lifesaving in both the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty areas.
The lifesaving awards are now split between the two respective areas which allows for the recognition of more volunteers.
As well as club of the year, some of the top awards included Pacific Medicare Lifeguard of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Rescue of the Year.
Bay of Plenty Lifeguard of the Year was awarded to Shaun Smith from Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club.
The purpose of this award is to recognise a member who had made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of drowning prevention services for SLSNZ. It is aimed at active surf lifeguards undertaking lifeguarding duties.
Bay of Plenty lifesaving awards
Pacific Medicare Lifeguard of the Year: Shaun Smith, Papamoa
Patrol Captain of the Year: Shaun Smith, Papamoa
Instructor of the Year: Garry King, Mount Maunganui
Examiner of the Year: Danielle Shepherd, Mount Maunganui
Volunteer of the Year: Donal Boyle, Omanu Beach
Rescue of the Year: Whakatane SLSC, 7th December 2015
Pacific Medicare Patrol Club of the Year: Maketu
Zespri Club of the Year: Mount Maunganui
Coromandel lifesaving awards
Pacific Medicare Lifeguard of the Year: Christiaan Maarhuis, Waihi Beach
Patrol Captain of the Year: Daniel Gordon, Pauanui
Instructor of the Year: Lucy Scown, Waihi Beach
Examiner of the Year: Spencer Raymond, Pauanui
Volunteer of the Year: Susan Stewart, Waihi Beach
Rescue of the Year: Tairua SLSC, 28th December 2015
Pacific Medicare Patrol Club of the Year: Tairua
Zespri Club of the Year: Whangamata
Eastern Region Rookie Lifeguard of the Year: Ella Higgins, Waihi Beach
Emerging Coach of the Year: Jason Watts, Papamoa
Coach of the Year: Matt Cairns, Papamoa
McLeod Cranes Surf Official of the Year: Ross Merrett, Papamoa
Sports Team of the Year: Whangamata Barrys U23 Men's Boat Crew (Brandon Dromgool, Josh Kerridge, Sam Stockley, Lyndon Vickers, Andrew Jujunovich)
U14 Female Sportsperson of the Year: Isabella Akroyd, Mount Maunganui
U14 Male Sportsperson of the Year Daniel Shanahan, Mount Maunganui
U16 Female Sportsperson of the Year: Tessa Bradley, Mount Maunganui
U16 Male Sportsperson of the Year: Lochlainn O'Connor, Mount Maunganui
U19 Female Sportsperson of the Year: Libby Bradley, Mount Maunganui
U19 Male Sportsperson of the Year: Kane Sefton, Mount Maunganui
Open Female Sportsperson of the Year: Jessica Miller, Mount Maunganui
Open Male Sportsperson of the Year: Adam Simpson, Mount Maunganui
Masters Female Sportsperson of the Year: Jol McGarvey, Omanu Beach
Masters Male Sportsperson of the Year: Ian Glover, Omanu Beach
Individual International Sports Performance: Olivia Eaton, Mount Maunganui
Team International Sports Performance: Mount Maunganui U19 Men's Board Rescue Team (Hamish Miller & Kane Sefton)
Eastern Region Service Awards
Christopher Emmett, Omanu Beach
Donal Boyle, Omanu Beach
Jason Carswell, Omanu Beach
Stephen Williams, Pukehina
Kevin Barugh, Pukehina
Eastern Region Distinguished Service Awards
Danielle Shepherd, Mount Maunganui
Simon Oldham, Omanu Beach
Dennis Mundy, Omanu Beach
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