Tannum lifesaving club claims dozen awards
TANNUM Sands award winners were prominent when the Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn Region annual dinner and presentation night was staged in Bundaberg on Saturday.
Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club competitors received a boost ahead of the upcoming 2005/06 season by claiming 12 club and individual awards for the 2004/05 season.
High on the list of Tannum Sands' achievements was the retention of the patrol club of the year title.
Tannum Sands spokeswoman Gail Williams said the award was held in high esteem by the region's clubs and was a reflection of the dedication shown by Tannum life savers.
'That award is the pinnacle because it mean's we're doing our job properly,' Williams said.
'The fact that we've been able to retain it while all the other clubs were trying to knock us off our perch is great.
'It was the award we wanted ? the captains did a great job of keeping our patrols at a high standard despite a loss of team numbers.'
Williams said the effort was also a credit to club captain Ken Pollock and his predecessor Barb McPhee.
Also earning high accolades was Peter Smith who was awarded a life membership after having played an active role in the branch for more than 30 years.
On the surf sports front, Jessi-ca Bauer (under-15 female), Sarah Farlow (under-19 female) and Katrina Maynard (40-49 years female) all claimed branch age championships while Tannum Sands were overall surf boat series champions.
Achievement awards were presented to Darryl Prest (20 years as an assessor and 20 years as an official), Archie Lowe (10 years official) and Ken Williams (10 years official).
Steve McMurtrie was named lifesaving assessor of the year and Trevor Craig official of the year.
Bundaberg SLSC was named champion club while Agnes Water took out the champion club title under the handicap system.