The Surf Life Saving National Awards of Excellence programme recognises the contribution of our amazing members from the grass roots of Surf Life Saving during the 2019/2020 season. Congratulations to all of our winners and award recipients.
Ian Robinson has been an active member <strong>of</strong> Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services since 1953. During that time, he's been involved as an active lifeguard, competitor swimmer, board member, volunteer search & rescue, coach, instructor, examiner and many other contributing positions. Ian’s passion for many decades has been the IRB. Ian was selected to be a member <strong>of</strong> a team instrumental in the development <strong>of</strong> the IRB strategies for <strong>SLSNZ</strong>. Ian’s passion hasn't wavered over the years and he still shares his knowledge about IRB driving, racing and maintenance. You will <strong>of</strong>ten find him in the IRB shed engaging young Surf Lifeguards on the story behind this valuable piece <strong>of</strong> rescue equipment, what makes a good driver and how much progress lifeguarding has made over the decades. Ian is still an active member <strong>of</strong> the Club and is down at the Clubhouse most days. You will regularly see him attending sports events and actively involved in Club fundraising or social events. He's continued to show extraordinary commitment to making these events a success on the Waihi Beach calendar. In <strong>2020</strong>, 85 year old Ian was presented with a Queen’s Service Medal for services to surf lifesaving and his local community. He is a proud life member <strong>of</strong> Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services and the Club is so proud to have him as a member. <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Excellence</strong>