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SLSNZ Announces Finalists For The Canterbury Awards Of Excellence

Published: Fri 10 May 2024 04:26 PM
The finalists for Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s (SLSNZ) Canterbury 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.
Stu Bryce, SLSNZ Southern Regional Manager, said, “Congratulations to all the Canterbury finalists. It’s been a busy season and I couldn’t be prouder of the clubs who have kept watch over beachgoers and their communities.
“Looking back on the 2023/2024 season, our Canterbury Surf Life Saving clubs noticed some interesting trends, likely brought on by the fine weather we enjoyed. It seemed people were venturing out to beach spots farther away and soaking up the sun for longer stretches. This did put a bit of extra pressure on our surf lifeguards, with demand shooting up. But, despite this, it was a fantastic season as thousands of people enjoyed our beautiful southern coastline.”
The Canterbury Awards of Excellence will bring together Surf Life Saving clubs from across the South Island, including Nelson, Rārangi, Buller, Kōtuku, Waikuku Beach, Spencer Park, Waimairi, North Beach, New Brighton, South Brighton, Sumner, and Taylors Mistake.
Bryce said, “It should be a great night of celebration, bringing together all areas of the Surf Life Saving movement. Whether it’s our fearless surf lifeguards, hardworking administrators and educators, or our talented athletes. We want to acknowledge and thank them all for the mahi they’ve done.”
During the 2023/2024 season, Canterbury surf lifeguards spent over 25,000 hours on patrol, rescued over 70 people, performed over 140 first aids, and carried out over 4,300 preventative actions.
This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 18 May 2024 at 6pm at the Turanga Library in Christchurch.Full list of finalists:DHL Surf Lifeguard of the YearMatt GoodwinNorth BeachEddie FoskettWaimairiThomas McIntyreSpencer ParkAndy CullenNew BrightonIan RaeTaylors MistakeBen IslesSumnerAmy PhillipWaikuku BeachDHL U19 Surf Lifeguard of the YearJeremy JohnWaimairiCorby AllisonNew BrightonMarkus JorgensenSouth BrightonLucy RyanSpencer ParkCallum GardTaylors MistakeAriana McGeeNelsonJett CouttsSumnerGeraint CampbellWaikuku BeachDHL Patrol Support of the YearAndrea HaleNorth BeachHamish SmithTaylors MistakeFiona ProudfootSumnerPeter DrakeWaikuku Beachbp Search and Rescue Contribution of the YearGina EccersallTaylors MistakeTom DenmanSumnerAaron HarrisWaikuku Beachbp Powercraft Contribution of the YearGary Van LeeuwanWaimairiDean Le WarneNorth BeachDaryl PoulsenSpencer ParkMathieu ReidSouth BrightonRachel HorsburghTaylors MistakeNick HornblowSumnerCalum MackayWaikuku Beachbp Rescue of the YearNelsonSumnerNew BrightonWaikuku BeachCoach of the YearBoetie KoekemoerWaikuku BeachCallum JefferyNorth BeachSteven DrabbleSouth BrightonBen KeysWaimairiDean IsherwoodNew BrightonBlaise ChamberlainTaylors MistakeDylan Neal-HillSpencer ParkLucy JohnsonSumnerSurf Sports Official of the YearDavid PriceNorth BeachAndrea SummerfieldWaikuku BeachLance CleeveWaimairiTesimale Ah KuoiSouth BrightonAimee PalmerSpencer ParkScott BowieSumnerSurf Sportsperson of the YearHugo WrathallWaimairiIzzy McConeNorth BeachMorgan FosterSouth BrightonChloe Ah KuoiSouth BrightonTaylor ChamberlainTaylors MistakeLucy StroudTaylors MistakeStella CrossanSpencer ParkTommy McIntyreSpencer ParkAlex GibsonSumnerEmily SeippSumnerSurf Sports Team of the YearSouth Brighton U17 Male Ski Relay TeamSouth BrightonNew Brighton Female Boat CrewNew BrightonTaylors U19 GirlsTaylors MistakeSpencer Park FemaleSpencer ParkSumner Male TeamSumnerEvent Safety Contribution of the YearTim HarrisNorth BeachTommy McIntyreSpencer ParkAna SchraaNorth BeachDean Le WarneNorth BeachOscar CoxSpencer ParkRiley StewartSpencer ParkZeke De GouwSpencer ParkJunior Surf Contribution of the YearMaia SmithWaimairiRiki FaheyNorth BeachKirsty CullenNew BrightonEwan BaronTaylors MistakeAmy WillcoxSpencer ParkBen QuaneSumnerJulie JorgensenSouth BrightonInstructor of the YearCarl BangmaNorth BeachAogan McGuinnessWaimairiDaniel TuckerSouth BrightonIan RaeTaylors MistakeZeke De GouwSpencer ParkPer TonasciaSumnerAndrew McFarlaneWaikuku BeachExaminer of the YearAogan McGuinnessWaimairiLinda PoulsenSpencer ParkMike SmithTaylors MistakeHarry TaylorSumnerNZ Lottery Grants Board Volunteer of the YearGary Van LeeuwanWaimairiOlivia GainsfordNorth BeachLinda PoulsenSpencer ParkLuke JohnstonSouth BrightonLachlan HillNew BrightonCraig GoldsmithTaylors MistakePer TonasciaSumnerDuncan CampbellWaikuku BeachInnovation AwardSumner SLSCSumnerSports Team of the Year – Large CraftNorth Beach Female IRB TeamNorth BeachWaimairi Open Male Canoe TeamWaimairiSpencer Park Female IRB TeamSpencer ParkSumner Female IRB TeamSumnerNew Brighton Female Boat CrewNew BrightonJunior Surf Coach of the YearJoshua PowerWaikuku BeachJosh EdmondsWaimairiDylan Neil-HillSouth BrightonJeannie MilneTaylors MistakeHuntley QuinnSumnerMonty HodgeSouth BrightonTop Rookie AwardToby Ryder-FoskettWaimairiRyan GoodwinNorth BeachGus McPhersonSpencer ParkHolly BryceSumnerPhoebe TrevellaNew BrightonChloe IrelandWaikuku Beach

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