Surf club's busy summer lauded
Hauraki Herald, Auckland by None 21 Apr 2017
General News - page 55
Trust Waikato Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club had a busy time over Easter - its last patrol for the season.
Cyclone Cook brought large swells and offshore winds, yet there were good numbers on the beach and in the water each day.
On Saturday, the club hosted the Eastern Region IRB Drivers and Crew examination, with lifeguards from Pauanui, Whangamata, Waihi and Onemana crews examined and awarded their Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver and Crew Awards.
On Sunday, just before prize-giving, the club was called to a jet ski that had overturned on the bar.
They teamed up with Coastguard and St John to get the ski back to Royal Billy Point and the lifeguards got the patient back to shore where he was treated for secondary drowning then taken to hospital.
The awards ceremony attracted a sell-out crowd, following a celebratory dinner, which was hosted by JK's Kitchen and Bar.
Awards: Most Improved Junior Surf, Charli Tracey; Junior Surf Sportsmanship Award under 8s, Sophie McCarthy; Junior Surf Sportsmanship Award under 10s, Angus Ashley; Junior Surf Sportsmanship Award under 12s, Jenna Veal; Top Rookie, Hannah Cook; Most Volunteer Hours, Ashleigh Pinner; Bracken Cup for Instructor of the Year, Alex Rosie; Smith Cup for Eastern Region Lifeguard of the Year, Stephanie Peploe; Gibson Cup for Volunteer of the Year, Jenny Peploe; Upjohn Cup for Patrol Captain of the Year, Daniel Gordon; Peploe Cup for Junior Lifeguard of the Year, Ashleigh Pinner; Alderman Cup for Intermediate Lifeguard of the Year, Jamie Lock; Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club Lifeguard of the Year 2017, Jock Rosie.