Nippers awarded for first season
Parents, children and members of Port Walcott Surf Lifesaving Club let their hair down at the weekend as the club hosted a season wrap-up and awards ceremony at the Leisureplex.
All nippers were commended for their participation while age group winners walked away with some new silverware to hang up in their rooms.
Port Walcott SLS president Kate Turner said the awards night was the icing on the cake of a successful first season on the beach.
“I’m so glad we got to recognise all the kids efforts in a proper awards ceremony like this one,” she said.
“We have a really good team, so if the new committee is half as good as the current group we will be fine.”
The club’s finances have been bolstered for next season, with Surf Lifesaving WA presenting a $7745 cheque to spend how they see fit and the City of Karratha committing almost $12,000 to a new equipment trailer.
Mrs Turner said the committee was “over the moon” to learn of the extra funding.
Surf Lifesaving WA board member Chris Brien said he looked forward to seeing the club build on the solid platform built in its first season.
“I think the guys have done an absolutely fantastic job in their first season,” he said.
“Some clubs struggle to get those numbers (of nippers) in the first five years, let alone the first year .
“The support they have from council and in town is fantastic and the only way I see is up.” Chris Putland, who was MC for the night, received the volunteer of the year award.
Lifesaver, trainer and member of the year went to Adam Turner, Alan Cross and Nickie Ralph respectively.
Mrs Turner said attention would now turn to the Broome Sunset Carnival, where several club members were expected to compete.
Port Walcott nippers after their first season of surf lifesaving.