One of the north’s top life­guards on the look­out

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - KELLEY TANTAU

A Hamil­ton stu­dent has been named as one of the best life­guards of his age.

Sam Cron, 16, has been a surf life­guard for three years, start­ing out as a Lit­tle Nip­per around age 13.

His stomp­ing ground is Raglan Beach, and he was re­cently named the Un­der-19 Life­guard of the Year for the North­ern Re­gion.

The 2017 Surf Life Sav­ing North­ern Re­gion Awards of Ex­cel­lence were held on Au­gust 12. They aim to high­light and cel­e­brate the best in surf life sav­ing.

There are 17 beaches in the North­ern re­gion, rang­ing from as far as Whangarei to Bethells.

Dur­ing his ten­ure, Sam’s had to help out with res­cu­ing kite surfers, jet-skiers and swim­mers.

He’s had ex­pe­ri­ence at Orewa, Piha and Kar­i­o­tahi Beach.

Sam will be out at Raglan over the sum­mer, do­ing paid work dur­ing the week and vol­un­teer­ing over the week­ends.

With the warmer weather com­ing up, Sam re­minds every­one the golden rule of beach­go­ing: swim be­tween the flags.

Sam’s Raglan Surf Life Sav­ing club­mate Mark Shrimp­ton was also named Re­gional Life­guard of the Year.

Sam Cron was awarded the U19 Life­guard of the Year for the North­ern Re­gion.

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