Taranaki members were officially recognised for their hard work and dedication to saving lives on Taranaki's beaches last night at the 2013 Origin Energy Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.
The celebration of surf lifesaving took place at Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club.
The night's top award, Shell Todd Oil Services Lifeguard of the Year, was awarded to Adam Fraser of Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club.
The purpose of this award is to recognise a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the delivery and development of drowning prevention services for Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
Adam has completed 65 hours of patrol duties over the past season. Some of the main rescues included coordinating a five person rescue effort, a big surf rescue and many after-hours rescues. As Vice Club Captain, Adam has supported the Club Captain in providing guidance and support for all Fitzroy lifeguards and patrols, often spending many hours in a support role which goes un-logged.
Adam has helped 50 new local lifeguards gain their surf lifeguard qualification, 30 of these from Fitzroy, and as chief IRB Examiner he has also qualified eight new IRB drivers and 35 crewmen.
He has been a great role model for the young lifeguards of Fitzroy and Taranaki.
Surf Life Saving Regional Manager Tim Marsden says it takes a lot of commitment to be a lifeguard and the awards that were presented on Saturday are proof of that.
"Adam has given up countless hours to reach this level of nomination for Lifeguard of the Year and he truly deserves this recognition."
The night's other top awards included Origin Energy Volunteer of the Year and Origin Energy Rescue of the Year.
Origin Energy Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Michael DeBique from Opunake Surf Life Saving Club. Origin Energy Rescue of the Year was awarded to Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club for a rescue on January 13 when a group of six teenage boys drifted outside of the flagged area and into a notorious rip.
Mr Marsden says "the actions of all of the winners are the expression of our values, and it's the best of those values we celebrate with our awards."
Adam Fraser from Fitzroy SLSC
receiving his Shell Todd Oil Services Lifeguard of the Year
from Joanna Breare from Shell Todd Oil Services. Photo taken by Deidre Velvin
Michael DeBique from Opunake
SLSC receiving his Origin Energy Volunteer of the Year award
from Vicki Meijer from Origin Energy
Photo taken by Deidre Velvin