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SLSNZ Announces Finalists for the Capital Coast Awards of Excellence

Monday, 1 January 0001

The finalists for Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s (SLSNZ) Capital Coast Awards of Excellence have been announced.

 

These awards not only acknowledge the incredible skills, commitment, and effort by surf lifeguards to ensure the safety of beachgoers, but also those who have educated others, managed administration, and participated in lifesaving sport throughout the 2023/2024 season.

 

Charlie Cordwell, SLSNZ Central Regional Manager, said, “Well done to all the Capital Coast finalists.  It’s great to see all their hard mahi being acknowledged.  We have such a fantastic community who give up their time every season to keep beachgoers safe, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

 

“Looking back on the 2023/2024 season, several points and highlights come to mind.  Some of our northern Surf Life Saving clubs, like Palmerston North and Foxton, saw an increase in rescues due to changing beach conditions, keeping surf lifeguards busy.  The Central Region Championships were a resounding success, and Levin-Waitārere SLSC reached a big milestone moving into their new building.  Plus, there was exciting progress in the Search and Rescue space.” 

 

The Capital Coast Awards of Excellence will bring together Surf Life Saving clubs from across the North Island, including Palmerston North, Riversdale, Foxton, Levin-Waitārere, Ōtaki, Paekākāriki, Tītahi Bay, Maranui, Lyall Bay, and Worser Bay.

 

Cordwell said, “It’s going to be a fantastic night celebrating all those who have given to their communities.  Whether it’s the surf lifeguards, administrators, educators, or athletes – they’ve all played an important part and deserve recognition.”

 

During the 2023/2024 season, Capital Coast surf lifeguards spent over 18,000 hours on patrol, rescued over 85 people, performed over 220 first aids, and carried out over 2,300 preventative actions.

 

This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 25 May at the Mana Cruising Club.

 

 

Full list of finalists:

 

DHL Surf Lifeguard of the Year

 

Shea Lenaghan

Ōtaki

Georgia Brown

Maranui

Fletcher Trembath

Foxton

Ollie Phillips

Riversdale

Liam Chesney

Lyall Bay

Monique Lepionka

Paekākāriki

James Groombridge

Worser Bay

 

 

DHL U19 Surf Lifeguard of the Year

 

Ella Gilpin

Ōtaki

Fletcher Trembath

Foxton

Sam Salter

Palmerston North

Orla Dalziel

Worser Bay

Georgia Martin

Paekākāriki

Abby Van Den Heuvel

Tītahi Bay

Alessandra Unsworth

Lyall Bay

 

 

DHL Patrol Support of the Year

 

Maiah Cudby

Foxton

 

 

bp Powercraft Contribution of the Year

 

Isaac van der Vossen

Foxton

Cameron Richardson

Lyall Bay

 

 

bp Rescue of the Year

 

Ōtaki - 23 December 2023

Ōtaki

Ōtaki - 7 January 2023

Ōtaki

Lyall Bay - 2 February 2024

Lyall Bay

 

 

Coach of the Year

 

Tom Dunn

Maranui

Phoebe Grennell

Tītahi Bay

Daniel Turner

Levin-Waitārere

Ben Manners

Lyall Bay

Ethan Atkinson

Paekākāriki

 

 

Surf Sports Official of the Year

 

Joss Urbahn

Foxton

Glen Jones

Tītahi Bay

Sharon Mullin

Lyall Bay

Teri Anderson

Paekākāriki

 

 

Surf Sportsperson of the Year

 

Kate McHardy

Lyall Bay

Ella Strang

Maranui

George Fell

Foxton

 

 

Surf Sports Team of the Year

 

Lyall Bay - U19 Taplin Team

Lyall Bay

 

 

Event Safety Contribution of the Year

 

Thomas Downs

Lyall Bay

Cameron Turchie

Lyall Bay

 

 

Junior Surf Contribution of the Year

 

Liam Quigan

Foxton

Joe Mahoney

Tītahi Bay

Lily O'Donovan

Lyall Bay

 

 

Instructor of the Year

 

Lucan Spiers

Maranui

Isaac van der Vossen

Foxton

Mike Taylor

Riversdale

Caylee Cooke

Paekākāriki

 

 

NZ Lottery Grants Board Volunteer of the Year

 

Carrie Yaxley

Ōtaki

Harrison Walker

Riversdale

Satine Donkin

Tītahi Bay

Andrew Dalziel

Worser Bay

Andrew Bates

Lyall Bay

Emma Norris

Paekākāriki

 

 

U19 Sportsperson of the Year

 

Kate McHardy

Lyall Bay

Amelia Brown

Maranui

George Fell

Foxton