Things have quietened down a bit now the patrol season has finished. Many of our members are still in training for competition and to maintain the required level of fitness required. There are is also a number of courses to attend to upgrade our skill and maintain our proficiency that will be tested at the start of the season on Saturday 23rd September.
Our Annual General Meeting is being held at 10.30am on Sunday 6th August at the Surf Club in the Beaches at Bonny Hills Functions Room. If you are a member please come along.
The Ironman Port Macquarie was held on Sunday 7th May. The Club supplied water safety for the swim leg at Port Macquarie and an aid station for drinks, snacks and first aid on Ocean Drive, Lake Cathie. On Sunday 21st May we supplied water safety for the Bird Rock Memorial surf event on Rainbow Beach. This is an event run by Camden Haven Junior Board riders since 1981.
On Saturday 27th May, our Annual Club Presentation Night was held. It was the opportunity to recognise the tremendous volunteers that patrol our beach, our highly talented competitors and those who go out of their way to contribute to our Club. Some of the recipients were; Winner of the Claude Cassegrain Trophy for highest number of patrol hours were Paul Hoole and Michelle Butt. The Rex Clarke Memorial Shield for the Outstanding Patrol was Patrol 5, captained by Dr. Murray Schofield. The new award sponsored by Ocean Drive Family Practice for the Family Patrol Members of the Year was won by Michelle Butt and daughter Grace Kuhnell. The First National Real Estate North Haven ‘Rookie of the Year’ was Peter Alchin. The Allan Barwin Shield for Sportsperson of the year was won by Taylor Sargent. The Masters Sports Award was won by Keith Charles. The Grahame Buckley Memorial Surf Boat Rower of the Year was won by Mark Hurrell. A new award The Isaacs and Cole Accountants – Simon Stennett Memorial Trophy for ‘Young Surf Boat Rower of the Year’ was won by Michael Barnes. The Chalkie Bob Smith award for ‘Club Lifesaver of the Year’ was won by Dr. John Vaughan and Elaine Walker. The Team of the Year was won by the surf boat crew “The Bullsharks” with Droin Pike, Sean Dickson, Dane Elliot, Angus Knox and sweep Wayne Dickson who also won the Coach of the Year. Phil Kaufmann won the Club Administrator of the Year.
On the 17th June, our Club hosted The Mid North Coast Branch of Surf Life Saving had its Annual Awards of Excellence Presentation Night. The night was sponsored by Newcastle Permanent Building Society. The Branch represents 8 clubs in our area being Macksville-Scotts Head, Hat Head, South West Rocks, Kempsey-Crescent Head, Port Macquarie, Tacking Point, Wauchope-Bonny Hills and Camden Haven. WBHSLSC was well represented at the MNC Branch awards with Kye Gill, Grace Kuhnell, Piper Seale, Jess Willis, Lachlan Hawkins, Jack Tougher Wells, Dr John Edward Vaughan, Elaine Walker, Gayl Ellis, Peter Smith and Chalkie Bob Smith OAM all deserved recipients of awards. Special congratulations to Chalkie Bob who was recognised for 50 continuous years as an official. What an awesome contribution to surf lifesaving and our Club. Also Leanne Goggin was awarded being a part of the Branch Team of the Year and Initiative of the Year – The School Engagement Program with our juniors Georgie Bate, Grace Kuhnell and Jess Willis.
On Saturday 15th July 2017, Port Macquarie Orthodontics is sponsoring the Enchanted Black Tie Ball at Beaches at Bonny Hills. Come along to this fantastic night to support some of Port Macquarie’s own live musical talent while raising money for the team running in the City2Surf 2017. All proceeds raised on the night will go to the Black Dog Institute. By attending this night you are helping us take one step closer towards breaking the stigma associated with mental health. Tickets are $75 per person including a drink on arrival; canapés, antipasto plates and a selection of talk and fork dishes. Tickets from; www.trybooking.com.