Long-serving St Clair surf lifesavers earn service badges

David Gerrard.
David Gerrard.
Emeritus Prof David Gerrard, Graeme Newton and Kelvin Williams,  all of the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club, Dunedin, have received 50-year service badges from the national surf life-saving organisation.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand presented these badges, among 49 service awards, at an award function in Auckland on Saturday.

On the St Clair club’s social media page, club officials offered "massive congratulations" to the three men, and said their badges were a "great mark of recognition to dedication they have shown to the movement and our great club" over the past 50 years.

Levin-Waitarere’s Nathan Berry won the NZ Lottery Grants Board Lifeguard of the Year award;  Kate Suter, of the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club, was DHL Volunteer of the Year; and  Far North Surf Rescue won the BP Rescue of the Year award.

Three other St Clair club members, Chris Haig, James Coombes, and Michael Andrews, as well as Peter Gibbons, of the St Kilda Surf Life Saving Club, were among finalists for the annual excellence awards. 

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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