Waipū Cove surf lifeguards have three new trophies to add to the club’s cabinet after a successful evening at the Northern Region Awards of Excellence.

Saturday night’s event had Jaine Curran named Instructor the Year for her role in nurturing and training future lifeguards. This season 25 people qualified as Waipū Cove lifeguards and patrol support under Curran’s guidance.

Younger guard Lucy Manning, 14, won Rookie Lifeguard of the Year for her commitment to the club – which included more than 100 hours patrolling the beach.

Manning, who started her surf lifesaving journey as a six-year-old in the club’s Nippers programme and became fully qualified in March, said the win was an exciting surprise.

Another big moment came for the Waipū Cove Surf Life Saving Club in the form of the Surf Life Saving Northern Region 2021 Innovation Award.

The award recognised the club’s successful Coast Watchers network established in Bream Bay.

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