Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service certainly know its Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) if the club’s success at the 2017 Surf Life Saving Northern Region 2017 Awards of Excellence is any indication.
The club picked up three IRB Trophies at the recent celebrations, winning the Region’s IRB Championships and the Competition Team of the Year award for its female IRB crew of Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier and Eva Imrie.
Shane Edwards also received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Power Craft, as well as Coach of the Year.
The Sunset Beach IRB team excelled at every event they entered this season, culminating in three gold medals at the National IRB Championships, winning the Foxend Trophy for the Top Women’s team.
Shane Edwards is nationally regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and skilled IRB operators in the country. A finalist as well in the Surf Coach of the Year category, he put in more than 200 hours in maintenance and improvements for Sunset Beach’s IRBs and shared his experience and skills across the region to help improve IRB racing, maintenance and driving.
Club member Carolyn Edwards was also honoured at the Awards, receiving a Service Award for her contributions to the Port Waikato based club.