Surf club mem­bers lap up end of sea­son

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Port Wal­cott Surf Life Sav­ing Club wrapped up its sec­ond sea­son on the wa­ter with an awards af­ter­noon at the yacht club over­look­ing Wick­ham’s Boat Beach last month.

It was a break­out year for the club, with mem­ber num­bers swelling to 130. Fif­teen mem­bers re­ceived bronze medal­lions or surf res­cue cer­tifi­cates.

The sea­son was capped off with a suc­cess­ful foray north to Broome’s Sun­set Car­ni­val, where sev­eral mem­bers placed well among highly com­pet­i­tive fields.

Club pres­i­dent Ben Un­be­haun said growth in mem­ber­ship and qual­i­fied mem­bers had con­trib­uted to a big sec­ond sea­son.

“We had a good core re-sign from the first year and a pretty healthy in­take of new peo­ple,” he said.

“Surf life­sav­ing is just a qual­ity fam­ily ac­tiv­ity, where ev­ery­one can come down to the beach for the morn­ing.” Mr Un­be­haun said the club would look to grow its cadet and se­nior ranks next sea­son and hoped to get a few mem­bers com­pet­ing in Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships. Surf life­sav­ing will re­turn in Fe­bru­ary next year, with a few come-and-try days to be hosted be­fore­hand.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Port Wal­cott Surf Life Sav­ing Club pres­i­dent Ben Un­be­haun with a young mem­ber.

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