Lo­cal surf clubs ride the crest

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

MULLALOO and Sor­rento surf life sav­ing clubs were cel­e­brated on Satur­day night as they wrapped up an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son.

The lo­cal clubs took out seven ti­tles at Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s an­nual Awards of Ex­cel­lence, which recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments of mem­bers, vol­un­teers and athletes.

Among the ma­jor award win­ners was Mullaloo’s Andrew Man­ning who jointly took out the Life­saver of the Year with Fre­man­tle’s Liam Burke.

Man­ning was recog­nised for his valu­able role in the co-or­di­na­tion of vol­un­teer abalone pa­trols dur­ing the 2017-18 sea­son.

The 55-year-old who has been with the club since 2002 said he en­joyed help­ing the com­mu­nity “en­joy our great as­set in the safest way”.

“It amazed me with all the hard­work­ing vol­un­teers in our club, I should be hon­oured this way,” he said.

Also from Mullaloo, Sandy Clarke won both Of­fi­cial of the Year and Vol­un­teer of the Year, while Mark Hills was named Asses­sor of the Year and the club re­ceived Pa­trol Club of the Year.

For Sor­rento, Jack­son Sy­monds took out his fourth Ath­lete of the Year Award af­ter he was the first ath­lete in more than 50 years to win a fourth Aus­tralian ti­tle in the open beach sprint.

The 24-year-old who has been a mem­ber of the club since he was 10 said it was “a bit of a shock” to again win the award.

“Every­one else who was nom­i­nated for it had an amaz­ing year and any of them de­served it as much as me,” he said.

Also from Sor­rento, Jenny Plint was named Coach of the Year.

Tyler Brown

Mullaloo SLSC pres­i­dent Stu­art Clarke and Andrew Man­ning re­ceiv­ing Pa­trol Club of the Year award from Lot­tery­west’s Lorna Pritchard.

Sor­rento SLSC’s Jack­son Sy­monds re­ceiv­ing his award.

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