Bulli SLSC has been named Illawarra Surf Lifesaving Club of the Year at the annual Awards for Excellence at Austinmer over the weekend.
Renovation and extension work on the clubhouse meant the crews at Bulli had no access to the surf club for the entire season! They were therefore forced to operate out of two shipping containers which also held all the equipment- with no line of sight to the beach.
Nippers operated out of two tents and two trailers filled with all the equipment for the season.
Club President Keith Caldwell says it was a great honour for the club to be named Club of the Year.
“Our hard-working members need to be congratulated on their efforts this past season. As I have said before we have some extraordinary people doing extraordinary things and this is great acknowledgement of a challenging season. We maintained our no lives lost whilst our members are on patrol. 104 years strong and great performances were achieved in surf sports, education, administration and nipper activities, which were acknowledged at the awards of excellence night.”
During the course of the nights festivities the club also picked up Surf Sports Club of the Year and placed equal 2nd in Patrolling Club of the Year. Six other members won their various categories:-
Greg Miller -Administrator of the Year
Sean Taylor- Junior Age Manager of the Year
Jamie Caldwell -Education Manager of the Year
Glenn Sweeny – Surf Sports Coach of the Year
Bulli Open Men’s Boat Crew – Surf Sport Team of the Year
Holly Holmesby- Junior Athlete of the Year
Highly Commended was also awarded to :- Max Vercoe, Kaimana Fittock and Lucas Ottaway.