Friday, 23 January 2009

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

This summer we have welcomed many new members to our club, we now have
over 50 junior members and the club is in great shape.

Three of our girls have been selected for the Under 14 development
squad: Sarah, Rebecca and Talia. They are training hard and hope to be
chosen for the team to travel to the North Island.

Our volunteer patrols have been very busy over summer weekends, while
professional lifeguards have been patrolling on summer weekdays,
partly financed by Dunedin City Council ratepayers.

Our lifeguards really appreciate swimmers and boogie boarders who stay
between the flags: it is easier to keep an eye on you all in the
water.

Don't forget if you are boogie boarding you should be wearing flippers
for extra safety in the water.

The Surf Club buildings are at their best ever thanks to the help of
our hard-working members who have painted the outside of the new
blockwork, made a path and steps and mended a large hole under the
A-frame. Our new buildings are now complete and ready for a grand
opening.

The surf life saving event at Kaka Point in December was a great day
from start to finish for Warrington. Special congratulations to Elsa,
top under 8 girl and Ali top under 10 girl. Well done also to the
older competitors, Johnny, Matt,
Jordan, Tarn, Talia, Sarah , Rebecca, Sam, Alan and Cameron. In the
"Bone" canoe race, Ken, Gerard, Jock and Michael were placed 2nd.
Warrington Juniors were placed 2nd out of the six local clubs and came
very close to winning. They are a force to be reckoned with this year!

Congratulations to Rebecca, Arthur and Michael who have all been
chosen for Surf League Teams - go well , go hard. Talia and Sarah and
Matt were also chosen for the squads and will hopefully represent us
next year.

Coming events at Warrington

14-15 February: SOUTHERN REGIONAL OCEAN ATHLETES

Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1 March: Senior Otago Champs

Sunday 1 March: Junior Otago Champs

Saturday 7th March: Warrington will host the South Island Inflatable
Rescue Boat champs. A great spectator sport.

Saturday 28 March: Monster Garage Sale. This is an important
fundraiser for our club and a great way to show your support for our
volunteer life guards. You can help by donating goods for sale (except
for clothes) and by supporting our Garage Sale on the day. Full
details in next month's 'Blueskin News'.

A huge thank-you to everyone who supported us in the National Jandal
Day Appeal on December 5th 2008. To all the club members who stood out
collecting donations and selling the very popular Jandal key rings,
thank you! Special thanks to local business folk, Blueskin General
Store, Blueskin Bay Cafe, Blueskin Nursery, Karitane Stores, all the
local shops in Waikouaiti and Palmerston . . . everyone was friendly
and generous and we look forward to an even better day in December
2009. As yet we are still awaiting a final tally of what our club's
share of the money is.

Club Contact: Lyn Hastie 4822896

by Lyn Hastie, Kaye Burns and Peter Dowden

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