Orewa Surf Life Saving Club is to be awarded the Gudsell Trophy - the SLSNZ National trophy awarded to the club with the highest number of Surf Lifeguard Awards gained. Orewa President, John Chapman, will accept the trophy at the SLSNZ AGM on 24 September. The last time the club won this award was in the mid 1980’s.
The club is incredibly proud of the volunteer instructors that have worked hard training over 47 club members to become lifeguards this year. We’ve had a wide range of ages taking part, with a huge surge in the number of over 40’s completing their awards. This brings a huge breadth of experience into the club and bodes well for the future.
ERC Pool Champs
Congratulations to the memebrs who competed in the Eastern Region Pool Champs last weekend, 13 & 14 August 2016. Although a small squad attended Orewa SLSC finished a handy 4th overall.
Link to Orewa results
Orewa to host Ocean Athletes in 2018
Orewa SLSC has been successful with its bid to host the Ocean Athletes surf carnival in March 2018.
This process has taken nearly 12 months and was led by Dave Shanks. Well done to Dave on a positive result for your efforts.
Dave will lead a group which will be charged with organising the event in conjunction with Surf Lifesaving New Zealand.
Hosting a national sport event is a contestable process with interested clubs having to bid for hosting rights. A lot of work goes into that process.
The club acknowledges the tangible support we received from Mark Mitchell (Rodney MP), the Hibiscus Bays Local Board (in particular Julia Parfitt and Janet Fitzgerald), Destination Orewa (Hellen Wilkins) and ATEED. We also thank our neighbouring clubs (Red Beach and Mairangi Bay) for backing our bid.
This is a huge event for our club and the Hibiscus Coast. It will be the largest sporting event held on the Coast for nearly 30 years. It is also the first time that a national championship event has been held in Auckland since 1988 (also at Orewa).
We expect in excess of 1,000 athletes will attend over the 4 days the event is held.
Given that we have hosted the regional Age Group Champs for a number of years, which attracts up to 700 athletes, the club is well experienced in hosting an event of this size.
This event will be a great opportunity to show case our club to the wider community.
We will keep you up to date as the event approaches.
Resource Consent approved
The Board was pleased to announce at the Annual General Meeting that we have finally been granted Resource Consent for our new building. The news was met with rapturous applause from those in attendance.
This is a huge step forward in our planned rebuilding project and means that we now have a “live” project.
A huge thank you to Zane Taylor and the Building Committee who have been plugging away with Council for a number of years to get us to this point.
The next step in the process is to have final land owner (Council) consent. We already have “in principle” approval from the Hibiscus Bays Local Board and only need to agree terms of a new lease for the building. We hope to have that finalised by September.
We would like to acknowledge the active support that we have received from Mark Mitchell (Rodney MP), Councillors Wayne Walker, John Watson and Penny Webster and the Hibiscus Bays Local Board (in particular Julia Parfitt and Janet Fitzgerald) who have all helped us considerably through the process.
The actual start of the new building is still likely to be 3 years away (depending on funding) – but will be worth the wait!!
Changes of Board Officers at AGM
The Club Annual General Meeting was held last Sunday with some significant changes around the Board table.
Brenda Larsen assuming the role of Chair of Junior Surf.
Faron Turner who takes over as club Chair.
John (Botch) Chapman who takes over as President with the retirement of long serving Board member Wayne Franich.
The Board would like to welcome Brenda and Faron to the table and wish the new office holders well in their role. The Board also want to express their thanks to retiring members Karyn Phillips and Wayne Franich for their work and wish them well in their (semi) retirement. We are assured that both Karyn and Wayne will remain involved with the club, but in other roles.
A structured and planned “rotation” of senior club officers is healthy for any club and these changes have been in the wind for some time. In general terms, the new Board is vastly experienced and well positioned to continue running the club in an efficient manner for the best interests of its members and to deliver a high quality surf lifesaving service to the public.
Orewa Recognised at Northern Region Awards of Excellence
Congratulations to our members who were named as winners in their nominated categories at the recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence:
- Lucy Makaea U16 Sportswomen of the Year
- Grace Kaihau U19 Sportswoman of the Year (jointly with Hannah Williams from Piha)
- Tom Burgess Developing Surf Coach of the Year
- Faron Turner Instructor of the Year
- Nick Tomkins (Orewa), Jackson Smith (Red Beach), Leilani Fuemana & Simone Hollier (United North Piha) and Duncan Clarke (Piha). - Rescue of the Year
The club was aslo awarded
- Orewa NR Masters Competition Club of the Year
- Orewa Cath & Eddie Millar Cup
- Orewa Junior Club of the Year
- Orewa NR Pool Champs
And well derserved recognition was awared to
– Shane Burke & Warwick Sisson -Service Award
– Dave Shanks & Tom Burgess -Distinguished Service Award
– John Chapman - Life Membership
L to R : Shane Burke accepting the Cath & Eddie Millar cup, U16 Sportswoman Lucy Makaea, Tom Bugess accepting the NR Masters Competiton Cup (photos from SLSNR facebook)
Lifeguards recognised through NZ Search & Rescues Awards
On Tuesday 24 May 2016 the Hon Craig Foss, Associate Minister of Transport presented the 2015 New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council Awards. These awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievements in Search and Rescue nationwide.
Representatives from the New Zealand Police, Rescue Coordination Centre, AREC, New Zealand Coastguard, LandSAR, Surf Life Saving New Zealand along with other Search and Rescue sector organisations were in attendance.
The NZSAR Certificates of Achievement for Operational Activity are awarded for an important contribution to search and rescue in the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region, during 2015 Certificate of Achievement – Operational Activity was awarded to Lifeguards for the rescue of a swimmer on North Piha Beach, 24 November 2015
Pictured: (LtoR )Jackson Smith (Red Beach), Nicholas Tomkins (Orewa), Leilani Fuemana & Simone Hollier (United North Piha) and
Duncan Clarke (Piha). Photo: Mark Coote
SLSNZ National Championship 2016
The senior Nationals was recently held at Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty, with 1500 athletes from 49 clubs throughout NZ.
Orewa was placed 11th equal (with Lyall Bay and Red Beach) in the Open competition and 13th in the Masters competition. The Club also had a number of competitors which reached the finals, but unfortunately did not place in the top three. Overall the Club did extremely well and it was a tribute to the Officials and athletes in which became trying conditions.
Gold - U23 Women Surf Boat Long Course - Stars: Alysha Nesbit/ Rachel Hellesoe/ Sasha Ballantyne/ Danielle Shrubsall/ Mark McCarthny -sweep
Gold - Open Mens Surf Boat Short Course -Titans: Jake Griffiths /John McCarthny/J onathon Copeland/ Travis Hadley/ Mark McCarthny-sweep
Silver - U16 Womens Tube Rescue - Lucy Makaea / Eve Thomas
Silver - U19 Womens Surf Race - Ella Drinnan
Silver - U16 Womens Run Swim Run - Lucy Makaea
Silver - U19 Women Surf Boat Long Course -Baby Blues : Sarah Hogg/ Vanja Joy Franich/ Madeline Fergus/ Ashleigh Paotama/ Mark McCarthny-sweep
Bronze - U19 Mens Tube Rescue - Taine Johnston & Cole Drinnan
Bronze - U16 Womens Surf Teams Race - Lucy Makaea / Eve Thomas / Kara Drinnan / Shanae Johnston
Bronze - U16 Men Beach Relay - Xander Cuff / Levi Ata / Brandon Pearson / Liam McMullen
Bronze - U23 Womens Surf Boat Short Course - Aces United: Courtney McConnell / Emma Nesbit / Sylvie Mitchell / Kayla Fuemana / Stu Handford-sweep
Bronze - Open Mens Surf Boat Long Course -Titans: Jake Griffiths /John McCarthny/J onathon Copeland/ Travis Hadley/ Mark McCarthny- sweep
Bronze - Open Women Surf Boat Long Course - ZZ :Grace Francis/ Katherine McCarthny/ Alice Fry/Nastassia Randell/ Jake Griffiths-sweep
Bronze Medal - Best Overall Women 45-49 yrs - Sharon Campbell
1st - 45-49 yrs Womens Beach Flags-Nicky Lafferty
1st - 180+ Womens Beach Relay - Jenny Fergus, Nicky Lafferty, Sharon Randell, Deborah Johnston
2nd - 130+ yrs Surf Teams Race- Hori's Angels: Jenny Fergus, Sharon Randell, Deborah Johnston
2nd - 45-49 yrs Womens Ski Race - Sharon Campbell
3rd - 130+ yrs Womens Taplin Relay - Hori's Angels : Deborah Johnston/ Sharon Randell/ Nicola Lafferty
3rd - 160+ yrs Mens Surf Boat Short Course - Jets : Warwick Sisson/ Tony Olsen/ Stuart Price/ Brendan Coghlan/ Benny Larsen -sweep
3rd - 45-49 yrs Womens Board Race - Sharon Campbell
3rd - 45-49 yrs Womens Ironwoman - Sharon Campbell
3rd - 30-34 yrs Mens Ironamn - Tom Burgess
Orewa President awarded SLSNZ Life Membership
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Wayne Franich appointed to International Lifesaving Federation
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