Capital Coast Surf Life Saving NZ Awards of Excellence finalists 2019

Posted by SLS Media on Friday, May 17, 2019

A selection of powerhouses behind Surf Life Saving NZ in the Capital Coast region have been recognised as finalists in the 2019 Awards of Excellence.

The awards recognise the hard work, dedication and skills of club members who have been keeping Kiwis safe on the beach in roles as diverse as lifeguarding, training, administration, fundraising and rescue boat maintenance.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday 25 May at the Mana Cruising Club.

“It’s been another solid season, with lots of training, patrol hours, surf sports and work behind the scenes. It’s impressive to look at the statistics for what’s been achieved and realise how hard everyone’s working on a shoe-string budget,” says Charlie Cordwell, Surf Life Saving NZ Central Region manager.

“Behind the scenes many clubs have been working hard to strengthen relationships with councils across the region, to secure funding needed to provide the services we provide.”

There were no drownings this season on Capital Coast beaches while our lifeguards were on patrol, which is always a good result, he says.

Central Region sport manager Richard Whinham says the Capital Coast area had strong turnouts for all local events this season.

Surf boat crews had an “exceptionally strong year”, he said, with Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s (SLSC) rowing crews making a clean sweep of selections, to be picked as the national Oar Blacks men’s and women’s teams, as well as the national men’s and women’s development teams.

“They then backed this up by claiming the Top Boat Club Trophy at the TSB National Surf Life Saving Championships in March - and with Paekakariki awarded second that shows good things for surf baoats in the area,” Whinham says

“In our local senior events Lyall Bay had another strong year, claiming the White Horse Trophy (for top club in the Wellington region, as well as Foxton Beach SLSC and Palmerston North SLSC); Maranui retained the top junior surf trophy with a strong display at the Capital Coast Junior Championships.”

Capital Coast Awards of Excellence finalists 2019:

U19 Lifeguard of Year
Damien Doyle, Otaki SLSC
Jess Mellsop, Worser Bay SLSC
Ben Strombom, Paekakariki SLSC
Loredana Unsworth, Lyall Bay SLSC
Ben Wickens, Maranui SLSC

Lifeguard of the Year
Lizzie Baty, Palmerston North SLSC
J'Adoube Elkington, Titahi Bay SLSC
Cassandra Lundie, Otaki SLSC
Andrew McDonagh, Lyall Bay SLSC
Brianna Norris, Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards
John Tuia, Maranui SLSC

Sportsperson of Year
Wil McDowall, Titahi Bay SLSC
Max Reid, Maranui SLSC

U19 Sportsperson of the Year
Atakura Julian, Otaki SLSC
Alan McVicar, Titahi Bay SLSC
Pippa Nicol, Lyall Bay SLSC
Max Reid, Maranui SLSC

Sports Team of Year
Lyall Bay U16 Female Taplin Relay Team, Lyall Bay SLSC
Maranui U19 Male Pool Champs Relay Team, Maranui SLSC
Otaki U19 Male Tube Rescue Team, Otaki SLSC
Paekakariki Open Male IRB Crew, Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards
Titahi Bay A Open Male Surf Boat Crew, Titahi Bay SLSC

Coach of the Year
Lizzy Bunckenburg, Titahi Bay SLSC
Steve Dickson , Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards
Walter Maxwell, Otaki SLSC
Rob Nicol, Lyall Bay SLSC
Wayne Wickens, Maranui SLSC

Surf Official of the Year
Teri Anderson, Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards
Glen Jones, Titahi Bay SLSC
Cameron Turchie, Lyall Bay SLSC

Volunteer of Year
Nikki Lundie, Otaki SLSC
Rhys Speirs, Maranui SLSC
Amy Spiekerman, Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards

Innovation of the Year
Maranui, Worser Bay and Lyall Bay combined Surf Lifeguard Award training
Otaki SLSC, Otaki

Service Awards
Amy Spiekerman, Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards
Dave Wells, Worser Bay SLSC
Grant Rae, Worser Bay SLSC
Henry Williams, Worser Bay SLSC
Tessa Bruin, Worser Bay SLSC

Distinguished Service Award
Teri Anderson, Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards

Life Membership
Ben Flynn, Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards
Joss Urbahn, Foxton SLSC
Matt Warren, Paekakariki Surf LifeguardsEnds

**File photos for Surf Life Saving NZ can be found here.

For more information, please contact:
Charlie Cordwell, SLSNZ Central Region manager, 027 557 1015

Karoline Tuckey, media and communications for Surf Life Saving NZ
Phone: 021 636 647 Email:

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