Top Prize For Cudgen Headland

The decision to commit to the “one club, one governance” strategy almost three years ago has paid off for Cudgen Headland with the Tweed Based Club capping a fine season with Club of the Year honours at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.

Cudgen Headland is determined to be a community club and over the past few seasons have implemented a number of initiatives to strengthen the club’s ability to save lives and improve the experience of club members into the future.

Perhaps their strongest example of using creativity to overcome a perceived problem is the ALBERT program they have participated in over the last two seasons.

The Australian Lifesaving Boat Rescue Training program was the result of a need to train more IRB crews and to give them a chance to strengthen their skills in the off-season.

Kingscliff Beach will host the Australian IRB Titles again in 2017, and the club is hoping that an IRB team will be able to contest the event on their home beach.

“It’s been the culmination of a lot of hard work from so many people. When we made the made the decision to embrace the one club, one structure philosophy we knew it was going to be a long journey,” President Adam Mills said after receiving the award on Saturday.

“The plan has always been to strengthen and grow every part of the club and it is something we have actively striven to do. I think the best way to describe it is we have taken a holistic approach.

The club has recorded strong membership growth in recent seasons and is in the final stage of upgrading their facilities thanks to fundraising efforts and the support of the local community.

“We’re very lucky as we have had great community support and the local council is extremely supportive to not only our club, but other clubs within the area as well,” Mr Mills concluded.

The 2015 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Almost 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around the state gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

For a full list of all the winners and to see photographs from the night please visit the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence Event Page or our social media channels

Photograph - Garry Marshall, Adam Mills, and Chris Van Der Waal Cudgen Headland SLSC accept the award for Club of the Year at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 31 Aug 2015