Sunday, 19 April 2009

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

by Lyn Hastie, Kaye Burns and Peter Dowden

The season has come to an end but we are still busy with planning,
swimming practice and training for next summer.

It has been a busy few months with competitions, new guards getting
trained, rescue boat workshops and training, meetings, fundraising,
fun and friendships.

Our new club rooms were recently opened and attended by present and
past members, sponsors and three of the very first members of our old
club, dating from its origins at Moana Rua on Middle Beach, South
Dunedin. It was great to welcome back Mrs Pat Ellison, Mr Arnold Jones
and Mr Fred Burton who were the instigators of our very first
Warrington club room, the A-frame. They took two years to build this
in their own time and often using their own money. We have much to be
thankful for and they were acknowledged accordingly.

Our new club rooms are now available for public use and have already
been used by the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board for a public
meeting. If you wish to use the club rooms for a function,meeting or
whatever phone Hannah Randall to make a booking: 482 1141.

Our Monster Garage Sale brought in about $1700.00. many thanks to
donors of goods and the many bargain hunters who supported this great
fundraiser for our Club.

The seasons break-ups have also been held, one for the lifeguards and
the other for all families. The Familton/Forbes Family and Pete
Russell were the recipients of the club's trophies for going the extra
mile in time given is so many ways to the running of the club.
Congratulations and well done to you all.

There are many others to also thank, whose work often goes un-noticed:
Club coaches, meeting attendees, menders, fixers, and a special
thank-you to our treasurer who does a huge job behind the scenes.

Thanks also to our band of Surf Lifeguards and Patrol Supports.
Numbers have grown this year and patrols received 100% in their three
inspections during the season.

We have had great results from Warrington in competitions this season.
Unfortunately there have not been any junior results published in the
ODT, so here are some highlights this season for our juniors:

Elsa who was 2nd overall in the under 8 girls

Ali was 1st and Mira 2nd in the under 10 girls

Scott was 2nd in the under 10 boys

Johnny was 3rd in under 12 boys

Matt 3rd equal in the under 14 boys

Ali was 3rd equal in the Otago Champs.

We thank Laurie Henderson for work on our new kitchen flooring. If you
are looking at new flooring please give Laurie a call on 4822760 for
competitive rates.

Brett Hayes, local Electrician was responsible for the installation of
the range, please support him too: 021 542 170.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 11 May. Members are urged to
attend for important planning for next season.

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