Currumbin Surf Club Wins Rescue Board

11 Aug 2009 11:14 AMJann Stuckey

11 August 2009

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP presented Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club with a new surf rescue board in recognition of their achievement of winning The Point Danger Branch ‘Patrol Club of the Year’ Award Lifesaving Club. This is the fifth year Ms Stuckey has donated a rescue board.

“As a volunteer organisation under increasing demands from a growing population, surf lifesavers are constantly in need of extra life-saving equipment and I am pleased to be able to support them with an annual donation such as this,” said Ms Stuckey

There are 11 clubs in the Point Danger branch, with eight located in the Currumbin electorate.  During the past year they have performed 285 rescues, 5247 preventative actions and warned 7977 people.

Ms Stuckey said:  “When you add up the hundreds of patrol hours some of these dedicated individuals put into their clubs you realise the intense level of commitment they have to the surf lifesaving movement.

“Competition was keen with every Point Danger club participating.

Captain of Currumbin SLSC, Mark Goodwin, in accepting the award, said the club had set a goal to win it in two years but this was wonderful.

The winner of the Point Danger Branch Patrol Club of the Year Award was determined using a point score system, with the Club that attains the most number of points being announced as the winner. 

Points were awarded for patrol inspections and tasks, Surf Life Saving Queensland and branch paperwork, branch surf rescue championships, branch board of life saving meetings, branch workshops/forums, annual summary and finance returns and patrol breaches.  

“I congratulate Currumbin for their sustained and determined win this year and pass on my best wishes to all the other clubs who put up solid competition,” she said.

Whilst performing patrols is the main job of the clubs, they have also trained and educated new and existing members in essential life saving awards. These include 327 bronze medallions, an increase of 23.8 percent from the previous year, 128 advanced resuscitation certificates, 58 defibrillator certificates, 101 operational first aid certificates and 1690 nipper age awards.

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