Wainui Members came together this afternoon to celebrate an awesome season for the end of year Prize Giving. Acknowledging success, contribution and excellence from our under 5’s to our national achieving sport athletes through to life saving achievements and club involvement.
Salve Zame, Club Chair, kicked off the formalities referring to how far the club has come and what a fantastic community we have and serve. From our core of Life Saving to serve our community by keeping our beaches safe to the hard work that our sport athletes put in, the volunteer commitment from so many that make our club the nurturing environment that it is.
Guest speaker and Club member Laura Quilter spoke about Culture and Values, sharing what she has learnt in her years at elite level High Performance sport. Laura shared stories and experiences of her time as a Black Fin, highlighting the importance of having fun and enjoying yourself, remembering where you’ve come from and the ups and downs it takes to get to where you want to go.
Geoff Thorpe spoke of the secret of success, Quoting James A Baldwin, “Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all endurance”. Speaking of his proud involvement with the club Geoff commented that, “Talent on its own will only get you so far, it’s the hard work that goes in, often what nobody sees that results in achievements such as we have seen tonight”, that is the endurance.
Head Coach and Club Captain, Dion Williams, was stoked with how everyone fronts up and commits with the best attitudes and what an unreal culture has been created from the parents right through to the kids on the beach.
Congratulations to all award winners, in Particular to Louis Birkhead receiving both the Life Guard of the Year and the Club Person of the year award for his outstanding and phenomenal commitment across all areas of club life. Alongside his personal development and growth, Louis put his hand up for many courses to further himself as a life guard and official using those skills to give back where and when needed whilst also maintaining his surf sport training and competition commitments.
Jack Keepa at only 14 received Club Sports Person of the Year, the youngest to win this award following a massive year of achievements across a wide range of disciplines from Pool Rescue Events, mini endurance & multi discipline events, Oceans and Nationals.
2017/18 Season Award winners:
Club Person of the Year – Louis Birkhead
Sports Person of the Year – Jack Keepa
Life Guard of the Year – Louis Birkhead
Patrol Person of the Year – Matt Logan
Emerging Lifeguard of the year – Ben Hutchings
SLA - Jovan Potter, Ben Barker, Hannah King, Ava Smith, Leah Schofield, Sam Meban, Ben Hutchings, Jonty Evans, Jack Keepa
Crewman’s Award – Luke Whibley
Senior Lifeguard IRB Award – Louis Birkhead, Luke Whibley
Senior Sport Awards
Swim Cup Male – Jack Keepa
Swim Cup Female – Abby Logan
Board Cup Male – Jack Virtue
Board Cup Female – Ava Smith
Ski Cup Male – Louis Birkhead
Iron Cup Female – Ava Smith
Iron Cup Male – Louis Birkhead
Canoe Cup – Opens/Masters Womens team Anelia Evans, Moira Lee, Sophie Burns, Carolyn Hodgkinson
IRB Team Cup – IRB Open Crew – Yannis Kokkosis, Mitch Brady, Katie Kirkpatrick
U14 Sports Male – Jack Keepa
U14 Sports Female – Imogen Amor Bendall
Most Improved Male – Jonty Evans
Most Improved Female – Ella Arthur
Waterman Award – Jack Keepa
Shot Bro for team spirit, effort and grit – Maggie Preston
U5 Moana Fukushima-Hall
U6/7 Isabelle Evans
U8/9 GP Singh
U10 Paloma Ryan
U11/12 Omanaia Harrington
U13/14 Arapeta Peachy
Energy and Enthusiasm
U5 Emma Venter
U6/7 Abhnay Singh
U8/9 Jack Long
U10 Sofie and Tasmin Dons
U11/12 Omahia Harrington
U13/14 Alice Lofving
U5 Donnie Thomas
U6/7 Filip Lofving
U8/9 Lela Watters
U10 Charlie Keepa
U11/12 Hannah Webb
U13/14 Theo Weathlery