When anyone proves their worth either in the business world or in their chosen leisure activity, it is important that their achievements are recognised and rewarded as was very much the case at the Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club’s annual dinner and awards night in July. With the Surf Club restaurant as the venue, all who attended were seen to be thoroughly enjoying both the delicious food and the music provided by local duo, “Wings of Fleetwood.” As the evening, which was kept moving by MC Brian Box got underway, the Nippers club made a presentation of two very treasured items to the club.
Featured Image(above): Ngaire Harris with the board she carried at the Commonwealth Games
One of these being the board that Ngaire Harris carried when she led out the Mauritius Team at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the other was a limited edition framed collage representing the activities at the games. Special guests at the gala event included Division One Councillor Brooke who presented awards to those who achieved. The award for Lifesaver of the year went to a very surprised and elated Steven Palmer and he said that he would like to dedicate the award to all those who have inspired him to become the lifesaver that he is today.
He pointed out that the club has many wonderful people from all walks of life who are prepared to dedicate their time and be mentors to both children and adults alike. Steven became involved in the club four years ago, mainly because of his children, and since then has various milestones including the Bronze Medallion and the “Spirit of Bribie” John Wells award.
The IRB team were awarded their silver medals
Other presentations at the dinner included those for most patrol hours as well as best club patrol and club president Jeff Butler said that there were a number of prerequisites that were taken into account when deciding the recipients. Jeff told me that for someone to be as Lifesaver of the Year, they must not only display a high level of responsibility and accountability but also meet or exceed patrol scheduled hours and undertake Water Safety responsibilities.
MC Brian Box presented Steven Palmer with his Lifesaver of the Year award
When commenting on the award for Best Club Patrol which went to the Patrol Six group, Jeff said that the criteria for that included the necessity for all members to meet their required hours, regularly practice lifesaving training be able to deal with any incident which may arise throughout the duration of their patrol. Another well-deserved award on the night was the belated presentation of silver medals to the club’s IRB team who had earned them at the State IRB Titles.
Lachlan, Oliver, and Riley received their awards from Councillor Brooke Savige
Division One Councillor Brooke Savige with Steven Palmer (L) and club president Jeff Butler
Members of the local community and visitors who spend their leisure time on the Woorim beaches are able to do so safely because of the dedication of the Bribie Island Surf Lifers and they should be and congratulated for their commitment.