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Proud partner of Surf Life Saving NSW, ClubsNSW celebrated the contributions of registered clubs from across the state on Thursday 20 May at the 2021 Clubs & Community Awards.

After overcoming the toughest 18 months in the history of registered clubs, winners and finalists were acknowledged for the support that they provide to their local communities across nine categories. The first award of the evening, Fostering Grassroots Sport, which recognises the encouragement of sport within the community was awarded to The Sutherland District Trade Union Club (Tradies) for their support of Elouera SLSC through the Surf Awareness Clinic.

Tradies General Manger, Jason McMaster said they were proud to be recognised in amongst the strong mix of registered Clubs in NSW who all work to do good in their local communities.

“We are extremely grateful to Elouera SLSC for nominating us in this category for our support of Elouera and the Surf Awareness Clinic over the past 24 years. There are a lot of registered clubs in NSW doing great things in their communities and we’re very proud to have been recognised for our contribution.”

Conceptualised in 1982, the Surf Awareness Clinic is a week-long program designed to educate children 7-12 years old in surf safety including danger recognition such as identifying rips, currents and swell types, as well as basic skills for CPR, first aid and sun safety. Each year, more than one hundred Elouera SLSC lifesavers join several Tradies directors and volunteer their time to run the program which has trained more than 11,000 participants.

“Our partnership with Elouera is one of the longest running in Tradies history and the effort their volunteers put into the Surf Awareness Clinic each year is truly phenomenal. By empowering young people with essential skills to enjoy the beach safely, the Clinic aligns with both Tradies values and mission and we look forward to it continuing to make a positive impact for many years to come” said Jason.    

Elouera SLSC President David Kowald nominated Tradies as a show of appreciation for their support and was pleased to enrich the partnership between the two organisations.

“To be able to give something significant like this back to our major sponsor really helps strengthen the relationship”.

Along the coast of NSW, registered clubs provide invaluable support to numerous Surf Life Saving Clubs. 

“The beach is such a big part of life in the Sutherland Shire and our Surf Life Saving Clubs play an integral role in keeping both our locals and visitors safe. We proudly sponsor all of the Bate Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs and we’re always impressed by the dedication and professionalism of all the volunteers” said Jason.

ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis said that despite the challenges faced over recent times, registered Clubs never stopped supporting worthy causes in their communities.

“Clubs have continued to go above and beyond to support their members and the wider community.”

Surf clubs are encouraged to nominate their local clubs for the support received  for the 2022 Clubs and Community Awards and to keep an eye on the website for nominations to open.


Monday 31 May 2021