2020 Canterbury Awards of Excellence Winners Booklet

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We are thrilled to announce this year's winners for the SLSNZ Canterbury Awards of Excellence!

CANTERBURY

Awards of Excellence

WINNERS


Introduction

Canterbury's Local Awards of Excellence programme

recognises the contribution of our amazing members

from the grass roots of Surf Life Saving during the

019/2020 season. Nominations are judged against the

criteria outlined for each award by a local Honours and

Awards, Sport or Lifesaving Committee.

The winners of some categories of the local awards of

excellence will automatically become finalists for the

prestigious SLSNZ National Awards of Excellence

to be held later in 2020.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were unable to host this

year's awards in person. However we are thrilled to

announce this year's winners.

Congratulations to all of our winners! What you do

makes a positive difference to your club, your

community, and Surf Life Saving.


Contents

HONOURS AWARDS

Regional Service Awards

Distinguished Regional Service Awards

SURF SPORTS AWARDS

CANTERBURY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Top Junior Club

Top Senior Club

K-DAY AWARDS

F.D. Kesteven Cup Winner

Black and White Trophy

Oliver Turpin Trophy

The Giants Eye Trophy

SOUTHERN REGION POOL RESCUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Top Junior Club

Top Senior Club


SOUTHERN REGION POOL RESCUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Overall Top Club

SOUTHERN REGIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Overall Top Club

SOUTHERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Overall Top Club

TOP SURF SPORTS AWARDS

Top U14 Competitor

Top U14 Pool Competitor

Top U16 Competitor

Top U16 Pool Competitor

Top U19 Competitor

Top U19 Pool Competitor

Top Open Competitor

Top Open Pool Competitor

SURF SPORTS AWARDS

Surf Official of the Year

The Shanks Family Event Guard of the Year

Coach of the Year

The Leon "Flash" Peters Team of the Year (Large Craft)


SURF SPORTS AWARDS

The Allen Lee Top Canterbury Team of the Year

Te Onepoto Award for Junior Surf - Service

Te Onepoto Award for Junior Surf - Coaching

Sports Person of the Year

Outstanding Contribution to Surf Life Saving

in Canterbury

GENERAL AWARDS

Innovation of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

LIFESAVING AWARDS

Advanced Lifeguard Attendees

Rookie Lifeguard of the Year

Rescue of the Year

V.S.E Trophy Regional Lifeguard of the Year

Beach Education Instructor of the Year

Instructor of the Year

Lifeguard of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Patrol Club of the Year

Club of the Year


Honours

Awards


Regional

Service Awards

The Service Awards acknowledge members who have

given outstanding service to Surf Life Saving

over a period of years.


BRENDON FERGUSON

RARANGI SLSC

MARY SEELAN

NELSON SLSC

MIKE LITTEN

WAIMAIRI SLSC

NEIL WATTS

RARANGI SLSC


Distinguished

Regional Service Awards

Distinguished Service Awards recognise those who have

continued to give outstanding service.


ANTHONY NUNNICK, TAYLORS MISTAKE SLSC

CRAIG JAMIESON, TAYLORS MISTAKE SLSC


Surf

Sports

Awards


Canterbury

Champsionships

The Canterbury Championships is a key event for all

Senior Surf Lifesaving members to test their skills and

fitness before the Christmas break.

TOP JUNIOR CLUB

SOUTH BRIGHTON SLSC

TOP SENIOR CLUB

SUMNER SLSC


Kesteven Cup

Day Awards

F.D KESTEVEN CUP WINNER

Ironman Taplin Relay consisting of a 400m run, swim,

board, ski, run sprint finish.

SOUTH BRIGHTON A

BLACK AND WHITE TROPHY

4 person swim relay.

SUMNER SLSC


Kesteven Cup

Day Awards

OLIVER TURPIN TROPHY

The top 6 person team

SOUTH BRIGHTON SLSC

GIANTS EYE TROPHY

The overall top club

SOUTH BRIGHTON SLSC


Southern Region

Pool Rescue Championships

TOP JUNIOR CLUB

WAIMAIRI SLSC

TOP SENIOR CLUB

SUMNER SLSC

OVERALL TOP CLUB

WAIMAIRI SLSC


Southern Regional

Junior Champsionships

This event sees junior athletes from all across the South

Island, from U8 through to U14 competing for South

Island Junior Champion titles.

OVERALL TOP CLUB

SOUTH BRIGHTON SLSC


Southern Regional

Champsionships

The Southern Regional Championships showcases the

best athletes in the Southern Region.

OVERALL TOP CLUB

TAYLORS MISTAKE SLSC


Top Surf

Sports Awards

TOP U14 COMPETITOR

TOP U14 POOL COMPETITOR

TOP U16 COMPETITOR

TOP U16 POOL COMPETITOR

TOP U19 COMPETITOR

TOP U19 POOL COMPETITOR

Matthew Hickman

South Brighton SLSC

Natasha Macgibbon

Sumner SLSC

Mihiroa Pauling

Waimairi SLSC

Hugo Wrathall

Waimairi SLSC

Louis Clark

Taylors Mistake SLSC

Louis Clark

Taylors Mistake SLSC


Top Surf

Sports Awards

TOP OPEN COMPETITOR

TOP OPEN POOL

COMPETITOR

Jarvis Hansen

Taylors Mistake SLSC

Alex Yee

South Brighton SLSC


Surf Official

of the Year

Lance Cleeve officiated at multiple Junior and Senior events both

locally and regionally this past season. He also completed his

Facilitators course award, allowing him to qualify more Surf Officials in

the region to help with our surf sports events. We thank Lance for the

hours he put into the Surf Officials space and look forward to continue

to work with him moving forward.

Winner

LANCE CLEEVE, WAIMAIRI SLSC


The Shanks Family

Event Guard of the Year

Zavian Fletcher event guarded at numerous local events as well as

at the Southern Regional Championships and Oceans ’20. He

spent many hours this past season with New Brighton’s junior

lifeguards showing them new skills and helping them gain more

experience both crewing and driving. Zavian was also a mentor

at the IRB development weekend last October. For most of the

season’s local and regional events Zavian set apex courses

before racing, then event guarded as a driver.

Winner

ZAVIAN FLETCHER, NEW BRIGHTON SLSC


Coach of

the Year

Dave has been club coach at Taylors Mistake for three years and was

one of the coaches of the successful Southern Challenge in February.

Taylors Mistake won top club at Southern Regionals and finished as

the top South Island club at TSB Nationals in Gisborne.

Winner

DAVE SMITH, TAYLORS MISTAKE SLSC


The Leon "Flash"

Peters Team of the Year

The crew won gold at TSB Nationals in both the long

and short course events and were unbeaten in local

carnivals and at the Canterbury Champs.

Winner

WAIMAIRI OPEN WOMEN’S CANOE CREW

CAITLIN RUDDLE, MADDIE DAWE,

KIM HENDRIE, CARLY KEYS


The Allen Lee Top

Canterbury Team of the Year

Steven and Zac won gold in the open men’s double ski in a hot

field at the TSB Nationals in Gisborne, as well as also winning

Canterbury Championships Open Men’s Double Ski. Zac was

named in the 2020 New Zealand Black Fins Open Squad.

Winner

SOUTH BRIGHTON OPEN MEN’S DOUBLE SKI

STEVEN DRABBLE, ZAC QUICKENDEN


Te Onepoto Award

for Junior Surf - Service

Dean led the club’s impressive presence at the Canterbury Champs

with 42 competitors and South Island champs with 26 - the club

winning 21 medals across the two events. With an average of over

120 juniors every Sunday morning and close to 200 enrolled, Dean

has built a great team around him to assist with coaching which has

allowed him to deliver a programme that works for all kids,

regardless of their ability.

Winner

DEAN LE WARNE, NORTH BEACH SLSC

SERVICE


Te Onepoto Award

for Junior Surf - Coaching

South Brighton won top club at the Canterbury and South

Island Junior Championships with six from Danielle’s squad of

26 junior athletes (U11-14) finishing in the top three age group

overall athletes at both events. Two of these athletes

winning a gold and bronze at Oceans.

Winner

DANIELLE CURRIE, SOUTH BRIGHTON SLSC

COACHING


Sports Person

of the Year

Louis was named in the NZ Junior Black Fins team and

represented NZ at the 2019 International Surf Rescue Challenge

at North Beach in Durban, South Africa. He enjoyed success in

the tube rescue, surf race, mixed surf teams and

ocean lifesaver rescue.

Louis won one gold and two bronze at the New Zealand Pool

Rescue Championships, and gold in the U19 board rescue and

silver in the U19 tube rescue at the TSB Nationals in Gisborne. He

was a dominant figure in the Southern Region Pool Champs

and won 11 titles at the Southern Region Championships in

Dunedin, including the open mens, U19 surf race

and run swim run titles.


Winner

LOUIS CLARK

TAYLORS MISTAKE SLSC


Outstanding Contribution

to Surf Life Saving

in Canterbury

Over the past season, Steven has been very busy in the surf

sports space. From being involved in revamping the Canterbury

Development Squad for athletes in the region to further themselves

as a more holistic athlete rather than just turning up to train, to

being one of the main contributors in creating the Southern

Challenge which also won Innovation of the Year.

Steven has also had a successful season as a competitor himself,

collecting three medals at the recent TSB Nationals in Gisborne,

including a gold in the open men’s double ski, which him and his

partner (Zac Quickenden) won Canterbury/Tasman team of the

year. Steven also placed second in the open men’s single ski,

and second in the open men’s ski relay alongside

Zac Quickenden and Alex Fort.

Steven also collected a variety of medals at Southern Region

Championships and Canterbury Championships. As a region, we

thank Steven’s efforts in Surf Sports within the region and the

opportunities he has helped create for other athletes also

coming through the surf sport pathway.


Winner

STEVEN DRABBLE

SOUTH BRIGHTON SLSC


General

Awards


Innovation

of the Year

The Southern Challenge was created by South Brighton’s

Steven Drabble and Jessica Rodrigues and sees club members

from within the region drafted into four teams that

compete in a World’s-style format competition.

By drafting the teams of 12 (six men and women) the coaches,

managers and athletes worked with those from other clubs

they may have known little about.

After its successful debut the Southern Challenge is now

included in this summer’s calendar as a main event with plans

to expand its size and to allow competitors from outside

the region the chance to compete.


Winner

SOUTHERN CHALLENGE


Volunteer

of the Year

It is almost impossible to briefly sum up Mike’s contribution to surf

as he is active at a club, regional and national level across a range

of topics but in particular health and safety. He’s been on the

Taylors Mistake committee for 15 years and is the club’s vice

president and continues to lifeguard in a patrol support role. At a

regional level he facilitates instructors training and patrol captains

courses. Mike’s involvement in surf sport events has seen him as an

event referee, event guard and official. It’s fair to say Mike’s

influence within surf can be seen from the junior to senior

levels, and from club through to national activities.

He’s an impressive bloke.


Winner

MIKE SMITH

TAYLORS MISTAKE SLSC


Lifesaving

Awards


Advanced

Lifeguard Attendees

FOR THE 2019/2020 SEASON

Brittany Spencer, Nelson SLSC

Asher Lambert, Kotuku SLSC

Luke Smith, Taylors Mistake SLSC

Kate Suter, Sumner SLSC – Instructor

Chris Harrison, Sumner SLSC - Instructor

Toni Cranko, Sumner SLSC – Mentor

Tom Denman, Sumner SLSC - Mentor


Rookie

Lifeguard of the Year

Noah completed 37 hours of patrol at Sumner Beach assisting in

preventative actions and rescues. He completed all the components

of the Rookie Award and was selected to compete in the Rookie

Competition. He also took part in the Junior Surf programme as a

regular competitor and strong swimmer. Noah has a positive

attitude with strong leadership qualities as seen when he performed

the role of Patrol Captain in training scenarios.

Winner

NOAH FANENE, SUMNER SLSC


Rescue

of the Year

SPENCER PARK SLSC/WAIMAIRI SLSC

22.03.2020


Full Story

As told by Justice Cross, Spencer Park SLSC

It was a beautiful sunny day in Christchurch with good surf and there

was a lot of people on the beach and in the water. I was out surfing

with my family friends approx. 200m north of Waimairi Surf Club

in Christchurch. Unfortunately, one of my friends came off their

surfboard and broke and dislocated their ankle. I was next to her

when this happened and immediately got help from other

people in our group and called 111.

My mum and I both have medical training and were able

to look after the patient until the ambulance arrived. I spent

about 90 minutes with the patient and assisted ambulance staff

relocating the ankle and getting her extricated off the beach and

into the ambulance. A club member from Waimairi (I do not

know his name) did come with a medical kit etc but this wasn't

needed - and other surf life saving staff offered assistance

however the situation was under control.

I was in my surf lifeguard wetsuit as my mum was borrowing

my plain wetsuit as she did not have her own wetsuit to use. I had

just dropped the spinal board back to Waimairi Surf Club and was

coming down the stairs when a member of the public ran up to me

and informed there was a mother and son struggling out in the

break with their hands up. She was able to recognise I was a

lifeguard due to the writing on my wetsuit.

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The surf club was not open upstairs however there must have been

some people using gear from the club and the gear shed door was

open. I yelled at a young boy (Nathan Walker) who was returning

his boogie board that there was hands up and I needed help. This

was at approx. 1130 hrs. He went upstairs to get a tube and I

had found one in the gear shed. We immediately went out and

performed two tube rescues.

As I am not a club member at Waimairi and there was no one

in obvious club gear on the beach, I wasn't able to inform anyone

else as I didn't know anyone however I was confident that the

young boy I had found could swim. The young club member

(Nathan Walker) retrieved the mother and I retrieved the son.

When I got to the boy, he was bobbing up and down in the

water and was getting smashed by the waves. He was taking on a

lot of water and was in visible distress. The mother was approx. a

further 30m out to sea. By this stage, other clubbies on the

beach must have realised what was happening. There was someone

who came out on a board and other swimmers with tubes who

came to assist. They took the boy off my hands as he was a bigger

boy and needed more than one person to assist him and he was

also very tired. I swam back to shore ahead of the people assisting

this boy and spoke to ambulance staff who had seen what

was happening and were waiting for us on the beach.

Once I had told them what I found when I rescued the boy,

I proceeded back to my group of friends to finish sorting the other

situation. The two people who were rescued were left in care of the

club members and ambulance staff. I believe the young boy may

have been taken to hospital. I did apologise to the young boy

(Nathan Walker) for yelling at him in urgency but he was awesome

in this situation. He didn't ask any questions and there was no delay

in his actions. He just came out and did the job with me and

handled it exceptionally well. It makes me proud as a more senior

member of SLS to see our junior clubbies and lifeguards coming

through and acting in such a professional way. This was just a

matter of right place, right time.

JUSTICE CROSS, SPENCER PARK SLSC


V.S.E Trophy for

Regional Lifeguard of the Year

Jake has shown superb leadership in some demanding and

challenging situations this season, from multiple rescues to

leading missing person searches. He has been a vital part of

the Regional lifeguard leadership team, and this season

brought some extra knowledge to the district from

his season with the RNLI.

Winner

JAKE SIMPSON, SUMNER SLSC


Beach Education

Instructor of the Year

Jade is one of the most experienced Beach Educators in the

country, having taught in Canterbury and around the South

Island. Jade has exceptional student management skills which

create a safe environment for learning, skill development and

fun for the students. She has shown initiative, passion and is

engaged in the development of the programme and

our beach ed team.

Winner

JADE JEFFERY, SUMNER SLSC


Instructor

of the Year

Kirsty trains all the new lifeguards and rookies at New Brighton and

organises the event guards for local and regional sporting events.

This season her training saw one IRB driver, nine crewmen and 15

surf lifeguards all receive their qualifications. She was heavily

involved in the IRB development weekend and Wahine on Water,

helps with Junior Surf, is a club committee member, club ECOS

member and is an active volunteer lifeguard.

Winner

KIRSTY CULLEN, NEW BRIGHTON SLSC


Lifeguard

of the Year

Luke is a respected patrol captain at Taylors Mistake SLSC. He

has great mana, leadership and poise when on patrol, and as well

as completing nearly 38 hours of volunteer patrol he also assisted

the club in other roles. He is Taylors Mistakes only active guard

who has passed the Advance Lifeguard Award and during the

summer was head lifeguard for the regional lifeguard programme

as well as a Beach Education instructor in Christchurch.

Luke was a key part in the club’s Rescue of the year award

nomination for an off-duty rescue of a suspected spinal injury on

Monday 9th March 2020 and was also involved in numerous

other rescues such as the search at Sumner SLSC.

Luke performed with credit at local, regional and national Surf Life

Saving competition events and was named the men’s open top

competitor at the Southern Region Championships in 2020.


Winner

LUKE SMITH

TAYLORS MISTAKE SLSC


Patrol Club

of the Year

WAIKUKU BEACH SLSC


Club

of the Year

SUMNER SLSC

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