Local surf clubs ride the crest
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.
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.