North Cott on a wave

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NORTH Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club scooped a tri­fecta of awards at Surf Life Sav­ing WA’S an­nual Awards of Ex­cel­lence.

Kate Bon­ner was named the Sup­port Op­er­a­tions Vol­un­teer of the Year, Domenic Cowdell won Trainer of the Year and the club it­self fin­ished run­ner-up in the cov­eted La­van Club of the Year Awards.

North Cottes­loe fin­ished just be­hind Den­mark SLSC for the award, which ‘recog­nises and en­cour­ages out­stand­ing achieve­ments in club de­vel­op­ment that re­sults in surf life sav­ing clubs pro­vid­ing safer beaches for the com­mu­nity.’

Bon­ner’s award was for her front­line role in her first year as part of the West­pac Life­saver Res­cue He­li­copter crew, where she took part in 38 pa­trols.

Cowdell was ac­knowl­edged for his ded­i­ca­tion to teach­ing the tech­ni­cal as­pects of surf life sav­ing.

“It’s nice to get recog­nised,” he said. It’s recog­ni­tion of the time and ef­fort I have put in, from my peers.”

Surf Life Sav­ing WA said Cowdell was an as­set to the surf life sav­ing com­mu­nity.

“Domenic works hard at a club and state level to im­prove mem­ber train­ing, and we are very grate­ful for his ded­i­ca­tion,” his award ci­ta­tion read.

North Cottes­loe’s re­sult was an im­prove­ment from last year, when it took home Pa­trol Club of the Year but did not col­lect any in­di­vid­ual ti­tles.

The club’s own an­nual awards night was held just be­fore the State Awards of Ex­cel­lence.

The Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre was packed for the oc­ca­sion with over 200 mem­bers, spon­sors and af­fil­i­ates.

Club gen­eral man­ager Rick Smith said the awards din­ner recog­nised the con­tri­bu­tions club mem­bers made to surf life sav­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as cel­e­brat­ing the end of the sum­mer sea­son and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the re­cent Aus­tralian Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onships at Scar­bor­ough Beach.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our award win­ners, we are proud to recog­nise their achieve­ments es­pe­cially So­phie Ho­gan to win a gold at Na­tion­als,” he said.

“We are lucky to be sup­ported by a large mem­ber­ship base, ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and gen­er­ous spon­sors, to en­able us to main­tain a safe beach for all to en­joy.”

Kate Bon­ner, re­cip­i­ent of Sup­port Op­er­a­tions Vol­un­teer of the Year from SLSWA.

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