Life saving stars recognised

Club captain Brad Kehoe with Jess Costello who received a Life Membership award.

Rookie of the Year Isaac Johnson was busy at Mangawhai Heads beach this season.

After 20 years of membership and over 1000 hours of service, Jess Costello was recognised by the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Life Saving Club (MHVLS) at its annual prizegiving on June 30.

Costello became the 20th person to receive a Life Membership award for her work in training life guards, patrolling and club management.

She has also worked as a professional lifeguard in the United Kingdom during her time as a member of Mangawhai and is a qualified paramedic, teaching first aid in the region.

Club executive Tony Baker says it’s no surprise that Jess picked up this award as she is a major ‘mover and shaker’ in the club and one of its top lifeguards.

Club president Jon Drucker received the Patrol Member of the Year award for doing over 150 hours on the beach and managing the club’s funding and assets.

Rookie of the Year went to Isaac Johnson, who patrolled for over 85 hours this season and was involved in a number of after-hours rescues.

The Flavell Trophy went to the best patrol for the season captained by Stella Waldron and Brad Kehoe.

Junior surf coordinator Inez McDonald took out the Arnie Leader Senior award for her work on developing the Sunday Nipper Programme. Shay Waldron was recognised for her 10 years of service to the club.

Daniel Hassall received Senior Lifeguard of the Year for his leadership and lifeguard skills.