Surf Life Saving New Zealand is saddened to learn of the passing of two club members in the past few days.
East End Surf Life Saving Club patron Beryl Julian died suddenly on Saturday. Beryl received her Surf Lifeguard Award in January 1948 and went on to hold many roles within the East End Surf Life Saving Club and the Taranaki region. She received a regional Distinguished Service Award in 1992 for her many years of dedication to Surf Life Saving.
A moment of silence was held for Beryl at the Taranaki Championships on Sunday. She truly was "In It For Life" and our thoughts go out to her family, friends and fellow clubbies at this sad time.
Piha Surf Life Saving Club is also grieving at the loss of a valued member. Senior lifeguard Nicholas Mackenzie (24) has sadly died while holidaying in Japan.
Nicholas has been an integral part of the club for many years, starting out as a nipper. He was an outstanding lifeguard, a dedicated team member of the mighty F Patrol and the surf boat crews. He was a wonderful mentor to many of the club's younger members, and in particular, as a sweep for his Princesses boat crew, and as a club instructor. He always had a smile on his face, ready for any challenge and the club has lost a true clubbie and friend.
Our thoughts go out to his family Vanda, Chris, Sean and Anna as well as Piha SLSC and his wider surf lifesaving family.
Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist,
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823