Henley awarded top gongs at annual Surf Lifesaving Awards

Posted on 14/10/2014 by: Vice President

Henley Surf Lifesaving Club took home a slew of awards at the annual state awards night, including the top two honours for volunteer and trainer of the year.

His Excellency the Honourable Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le presented Phil Hogan with the Surf Lifesaving South Australia Volunteer of the Year award at the ceremony held at State Centre in West Beach on Friday 10 October.

Trainer of the Year was given to Andrew Henry for his dedication to training of existing and future lifesavers at the Henley SLSC.

Both Phil and Andrew will represent South Australia and the Henley SLSC at the Surf Lifesaving Australia national awards in Sydney on 25th October.

The State President’s Award was earned by Geoff Brennecke for 34 years of service as a crewman of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Geoff is the longest serving helicopter crew member in Australia, having started his service in 1979.

Mathew Chimu also received the President’s Award for his resilience, courage and dedication to become part of our Surf Lifesaving family at the Henley SLSC. Mathew, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, had to learn to swim before achieving his Bronze Medallion last year as part of the “On the Same Wave” initiative.

Other awards included Andrew Lanyon winning the Individual Masters Competitor of the year and the Combined Surf Boat award for rowing powerhouse Henley’s overall results in the 2013/14 .