Red Beach has 14 finalists heading into Surf Life Saving Northern Region's Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 17 July. They have been named in 10 award categories for the function at the Cordis Hotel in Grafton.
The night will recognise the outstanding efforts of those who have excelled in their chosen areas of expertise including lifesaving, sport, officiating, and administration during the past summer.
Harry Mellor is a finalist for Surf Lifeguard of the Year, while Andrew Short is one of three people in contention for the award for Developing Surf Official of the Year.
Jack Gavin, Red Beach’s head coach for the past six years, is a finalist in the Surf Coach of the Year category; Brendon Rutledge-Malyon is a finalist for Junior Coach of the Year.
Red Beach has two of the three finalists for Outstanding Contribution to Junior Surf. Both Richard Rogers and Claire Burgham are in contention for the award.
Meanwhile, eight Red Beach athletes have been named as finalists in the area of surf sport. In the U15 Sportsman of the Year category, Kaiha Gilbertson and Jasper Cornish are both in the running to take the trophy.
Ciara O’Neill is one of three finalists for the U17 Sportswoman award, Akira Gardiner is a contender for the U17 Sportsman award, and Renee Benney hopes to be named as the U19 Sportswoman of the Year.
It’s an all-Red Beach line-up for the U19 Sportsman of the Year honours. Vying for the title are Kalani Gilbertson, Angus Henare, and Patrick Makgill. One of them will be named as the winner.
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Article by Ross Malyon