Ōrewa and Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Clubs dominated this year’s Surf Life Saving Northern Region Awards of Excellence held on Saturday July 2.
The two clubs took our 12 awards between them.
Ōrewa picked up seven trophies at the Toyota Financial Services-sponsored awards and had 13 finalists this year, and also received two Service Awards, while Mairangi won five awards and had nine finalists.
Red Beach was also a strong contender, with 13 finalists and four awards, including the highly prized Volunteer of the Year.
Ōrewa’s wins included Examiner of the Year, Faron Turner; Instructor of the Year, Mark Johnston; Surf Official of the Year, Benny Larsen; Developing Surf Official, Belinda Langman; U15 Sportswoman, Elizabeth Brennan and Open Sportsman, James Scott. The U19 Sportsman award went to George Wenman, now named a NZ Youth Black Fin (see story p??). In addition, Belinda Langman and Zac Franich received Service Awards.
Picking up the Volunteer of the Year trophy was Red Beach stalwart Harry Mellor while the club also won for Outstanding Contribution to Event Lifeguarding – this went to Caleb Archer. Red Beach also took out the award for U17 Sportsman, which went to Jasper Cornish and Kate Roger was named U19 Sportswoman.
Twelve clubs featured in the finals.
Ōmaha Surf Life Saving Club was named Top Club.