Tribute to Bryan & Pat Heron

23rd December 2018


The Flying Herons Room at the clubrooms is dedicated to Bryan & Pat Heron to acknowledge their outstanding support for the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
Now, proudly displayed at the entrance to the room is the Heron Tribute Board which provides the history of the Heron sponsorship spanning a period of 40 years.

The wording on the Tribute Board reads as follows …

The Heron sponsorship of the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club began in 1978 when Bryan Heron, through his company BH Heron Plumbing, presented two rescue training skis to the club’s Nipper members.

In the years that followed, more support was provided by way of sponsored surf skis, boards, double skis and Nipper training boards. Full sponsorship and major support for the Red Beach Surf Club grew from there.

Large donations were made to the clubhouse building projects, ranging from the roof for the new building to additions and alterations in later years.
The very first Heron surf boat was handed over to the club in October 1988. Over time there have been no fewer than six new surf boats gifted to the club.

Further financial support was provided through the funding of travel to surf lifesaving competition, support for travel to the sister club of Collaroy in Sydney and the funding of surf boat sweep training courses.

Bryan Heron, in conjunction with club administrators, initiated the establishment of the BH Heron Red Beach Lifeguard Development Trust which will support the club’s lifeguards and surf lifesaving projects well into the future.

Bryan & Pat Heron are also the proud sponsors of The Flying Herons fleet of surf boats and they also generously sponsor the club’s surf canoe division.

A major milestone was reached in November 2018 when 40 years of Heron sponsorship of the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club were notched up.

Footnote:   Bryan Heron became Club Patron in 1996. He was recognised in the 2007 New Year Honours list and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for his community work with a wide variety of clubs and organisations, focussing on youth. He was made a Life Member of Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club in 2007.

1978  :  The Heron sponsorship began with the presentation of two rescue training skis to the club's Nipper members.