Nip­pers awarded for first sea­son

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Port Wal­cott nip­pers af­ter their first sea­son of surf life­sav­ing.

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