Capt. Scott Summers – Lifesaver of the Year!

Congratulations to Capt. Scott Summers, winner of the Lifesaver of the Year award.

Check out the article from the Sunshine Coast Daily.

Where’s the best surf club on the Sunshine Coast?

A NEWISH Sunshine Coast surf club has proven lifesaving is not about money, Ironmen or history – it’s about loyalty and the volunteers who patrol the beach.

Sunshine Beach Surf Club took out the most awards at the Sunshine Coast Surf Life Saving branch presentations this week, including best volunteer and best lifesaver.

The club is one of the youngest in Queensland, only starting in 1980.

It doesn’t run on huge budgets, its supporters’ club only has “a few pokie machines” and its surf sports’ program is “about 20% the size of the big clubs”.

WINNING GRINS: Lifesaver of the Year Scott Summers (left) and Volunteer of the Year Warick Redwood.
WINNING GRINS: Lifesaver of the Year Scott Summers (left) and Volunteer of the Year Warick Redwood.

President Craig Law said it was the “family-orientated” approach and dedication that set it apart.

While many clubs have struggled to recruit volunteer lifesavers, the number of patrolling members at Sunshine Beach has increased from 85 to 145 in four years.

This was made up of mums, dads, aunts and uncles who had children involved in the nipper program.

“If you look at our patrol roster, 85% of members are aligned with nippers,” Mr Law said.

“The retention in our patrol area is very strong.

“We have a really good small club feel and we have great local trade and a loyal tourist base.”

Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club won a number of awards including Sports Team of the Year for their open patrol competition team.
Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club won a number of awards including Sports Team of the Year for their open patrol competition team.Brett Wortman

Mr Law said the club wasn’t “highly financial”, but its members were “rich in loyalty”.

“Our club is supportive of them (volunteers), but not in the way of financial incentives,” he said.

The decision by several Ironmen, including Matt Poole and Ali Day, to leave Mooloolaba after it cut back its surf sports’ program was “very disappointing”.

“Once the money was pulled, they left,” Mr Law said.

“If we had financial issues, our members wouldn’t run away.”

Lifesaver of the Year, Scott Summers, said the club’s family approach set it apart.

“Sunshine Beach Surf Club is a family orientated club, not a big mega-club. Everyone knows each other,” Mr Summers said.

 

Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesaving Branch winners:

  • 18-25 Young Lifesaver of the Year: Charlotte Webber – Noosa Heads SLSC
  • Youth Development Club of the Year: Mudjimba SLSC
  • Sports Team of the Year: Alexandra Headland open patrol competition team
  • Athlete of the Year: Nick Sloman – Sunshine Beach SLSC
  • Masters Athlete of the Year: Rod Taylor – Mooloolaba SLSC
  • Sports Team of the Year: Alexandra Headland open patrol competition team
  • Rookie Official of the Year: Athol Johnston – Mooloolaba SLSC
  • Official of the Year: Laurie Beer – Noosa Heads SLSC
  • Rookie Coach of the Year: Johanna Redwood – Sunshine Beach SLSC
  • Handicap Champion Club of the Year: Sunshine Beach SLSC
  • Champion Club of the Year: Alexandra Headland
  • Club Captain of the Year: Geoff Jeffcoat – Marcoola SLSC
  • Trainer of the Year: Grant Hutson – Dicky Beach SLSC
  • Assessor of the Year: Mal Coyle – Dicky Beach SLSC
  • Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Scott Summers – Sunshine Beach SLSC
  • Volunteer of the Year: Warick Redwood – Sunshine Beach SLSC
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