Congratulations to Andy Cross, South Narrabeen NSW, Nikon ‘Clubbie of the Year’ 2011
Saturday evening in Sydney was an exciting night as Surf Life Saving Clubs from around Australia came together to celebrate the annual National Awards of Excellence.
Andy Cross, representing the South Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club in NSW, was announced the inaugural winner of the Nikon ‘Clubbie of the Year’ Award at the Awards of Excellence on Saturday 8th October. He receives 1st prize of $5,000 cash and a COOLPIX AW100 and his club also receives $5,000 cash with our congratulations.
With a massive 1,565 votes taking him to first position, Andy also raised $1,000 worth of Nikon credits for his club which will allow South Narrabeen Surf Club to purchase some much needed gear to assist in their duties.
We spoke to a thrilled Andy after his win and asked him how he planned to make use of his prize money and what difference the combined winnings of $10,000 cash will make to him and the South Narrabeen SLS club.
My three young kids helped out heaps with the Nikon ‘Clubbie of the Year’ all over the community. The surf club is their second home and they were so excited I made the top six. We have done it a little tough over the past few years so I will have no hesitation in dividing any prize money between the kids.
South Narrabeen SLSC is just like a big family. Our club is currently being renovated so this award would make such a difference to raise our profile in the community. It would help to promote our club throughout the area and get more people down to the beach. At our club they could feel how good it is to give a little back to the community and enjoy what a great place South Narrabeen Surf Club is and what Surf Life Saving is all about.
Huge congratulations to all our Runners Up
Each of our 5 runners up will receive $1,000 cash and a COOLPIX AW100 for themselves and $1,000 cash for their Club, in addition to the $1,000 Nikon gear credits they raised through the community votes.
These 5 outstanding Clubbies gave us their thoughts on what it meant to be recognised as Finalists and also what it meant to their Club.
|Alex Daw. Glenelg, SA.
Alex told us that he will probably use his prize money to help him attend the Australian titles or to put towards some training equipment – he’s had his eye on a new paddle. And as for his Club, the cash will go a long way towards helping them buy much needed gear and equipment.
|Kerie Allen. Wonthaggi, VIC.
When we asked Kerie what she might use her prize money for, she was in two minds – “I’m not really sure, I may save it for an overseas holiday or put it towards funding my lifesaving adventures for the coming season”.
But she was sure that this award will help to promote her club within the community – We are a smaller club and it shows that you don’t need to come from a big club in order to achieve something.
|Rob Pollock. Kurrawa, QLD.
Rob was very clear on how he was going to put his prize money to good use.
“A few years ago I purchased a DSLR camera, but only a very basic cheaper model. Now I’ll be able to upgrade to something much better and use it to shoot the many training sessions I conduct for the IRB crewperson awards, this assists with identifying techniques the candidates needed to work on”. And the benefits for his Club have been significant too.
“During the course of these awards I spoke to the many local business owners and residents, most of whom were overwhelmed that our club provides over 9,000 hours of volunteer service to maintain a safe bathing reserve each year. I think the most important thing to come out of this was the community realised that as a surf club we still rely heavily upon the support of the community and that support can come in many different forms from financial support, donations of equipment or even just a simple vote”.
|Brett Riley. Ocean Beach, NSW.
For Brett, this prize money will give him the chance to widen his horizons. “I have been selected by my school to be part of an international soccer tour and the prize money would help cover costs. I also think this award will make an immense difference to Ocean Beach Surf Lifesaving Club because we are a particularly small club and rely on local sponsorship and assistance from the community to operate.”
|Michelle Jacobsen. Mooloolaba, QLD.
Michelle is looking forward to a much needed break. “I intend to put most of it straight into my savings. But this money will also be a bonus for my holiday in Thailand in December.”
As for how she believes the Club will put the money to use, she was confident it would come in handy. “I hope my club gets the opportunity to purchase some new equipment for our beaches, with the ability to donate some of the old equipment back to the less fortunate clubs.”
We’d like to thank everyone in the community, with your support every nominated club was a winner with over 24,200 votes cast and $114,660 of Nikon gear credits raised to directly benefit SLS clubs around Australia. How good is that!