Saturday marked what has been a huge year for the Trust Waikato Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service.
The club has not had an opportunity to celebrate the success’s of the past season as the top club in New Zealand for Surf Rescue, or the success of the U19 Surf Boat Crews due to many factors, including the shifting of the communications tower twice in one year.
However, on Saturday 10 December, a special celebration was held, which also saw the announcement of a new rescue vehicle for the beach, which has been sponsored by Toyota Finance.
Waikato Councillor, Jacqui Church, spoke on behalf of the club, thanking everyone who has been involved to help make the club where it stands today.
“We cannot thank you all enough for your excellent service and commitment to surf lifesaving. We actually can’t do that without our sponsors and dedicated volunteers. A big thank you to Toyota Financial Services for this kind donation and support of a new rescue vehicle.”
Glennys Smith said this past season has been massive for the club.
“The decision to retreat the tower by the Council and the erosion problems are something our lifeguards deal with every weekend. The club had major success as a small club competing against the giants of Surf Life Saving clubs in New Zealand and we would like to acknowledge their success and the heart from which our club operates. Our president, Malcolm Beattie, has also been recently elected as President of the Northern Region Surf Life Saving. Going forward, the club and the Northern Region is in good hands.”