Surf life saving club awarded

The Beachport Surf Life Saving Club has scooped the prize pool at a recent annual awards ceremony in Adelaide with three key accolades.

Representatives from the Beachport SLSC had joined 350 members of other surf clubs from around the state at the Adelaide Convention Centre for the annual “Awards of Excellence” night.

The evening was a celebration of the surf movement in South Australia spanning 97 years and 22 clubs.

The local seaside club won the Community Education Program of the Year.

This was recognition for Beachport successfully running a Surf Life Saving South Australia pilot program of introducing surf education into schools, involving over 300 children during a three-year period.

Furthermore, Beachport is now in the running for the national awards in this category.

Secondly, Beachport was runner-up to Adelaide metropolitan club Seacliff for the honour of being Club of the Year.

Thirdly, SLSSA president Kevin Watkins awarded Beachport with the Surf Life Saving SA President’s Award.

The criteria for this award was recognition of exceptional service to the South Australian surf life saving movement.

In his speech, Mr Watkins stated that his board was exceptionally proud of what the Beachport SLSC had achieved in only a few short years.

A Beachport SLSC spokesman has welcomed the accolades and said it was the first time the club had taken part in the Awards of Excellence.

“The awards recognise all Beachport SLSC committee members, families, nippers, youth, patrolling officers and sponsors who have believed in our club since 2016 when all we had was a few boards and nothing else,” the spokesman said.

“Together we have grown a dream to being an affiliated club serving the community.

“Not only that but we run the second biggest Vacswim SA program in the state.

“If ever a club was punching above its weight, then surely it is Beachport.”

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