Stellar efforts from lifeguards in Franklin have earned accolades for local clubs at the Surf Life Saving Northern Region Awards of Excellence held on Saturday.
Surf Life Saving Kariaotahi and Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service were both rewarded for their skills, in an event that saw 17 clubs compete for top honours.
Surf Life Saving Kariaotahi won the prestigious Rescue of the Year Award and the Sunset Beach crew took away a trifecta of trophies.
The Karioitahi team were awarded the Rescue of the Year Award thanks to a massive afterhours mission that saw lifeguards respond to three separate emergencies in rapid succession.
The first emergency began at 6pm on January 30 after patrols had ceased, when a swimmer got into difficulties and had to be assisted, unconscious, to the shore and given oxygen while medical support was summoned.
Shortly after, lifeguards were advised that two other beachgoers were missing, possibly at sea. A land and sea search was undertaken which eventually located the missing people on land, safe and well.
Lifeguards were then asked to respond to a head-on motorcycle accident that left one person with suspected spinal and pelvic injuries and a badly broken leg. They checked and stabilised the patient and transported her to the clubrooms for monitoring while an ambulance arrived.
Nineteen Karioitahi club members assisted that evening, including three newly qualified lifeguards.
President Jim Coe said it was great for the club to be acknowledged for its hard work.
‘‘It’s recognising all that effort that the guards put in during the season and the training, recognised by the region receiving this award. It’s just a really good feeling.
Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service proved their prowess by collecting trophies for the Regions IRB Championships, Competition Team of the Year for its female IRB crew of Taylor Shrimpton, Eva Imrie, Jemima Ferrier, and Shane Edwards who won the received Outstanding Contribution to Power Craft award.
Edwards was also named Surf Coach of the Year.
The Sunset Beach IRB team excelled at each event they entered this season, which culminated in three gold medals at the National IRB Championships including the Foxend Trophy for the top women’s team.
Club member Carolyn Edwards received a service award for her contributions to the Port Waikato club, while Club Administrator of the Year was jointly won by Dawn Newson-Adams from Kariaotahi, and Elle Scheepens from Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Patrol.
Surf Life Saving Kariaotahi won the prestigious Rescue of the Year Award at the weekend’s Surf Life Saving Northern Region Awards of Excellence. From back left: Rick Shroeder, Tara Coe, Jim Coe, and presenter of the award, Chris Stark. Front left: Bradley Walters and Guy Hornblow.
Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service’s women’s IRB team, Eva Imrie, Jemima Ferrier and Taylor Shrimpton.