Kingscliff, NSW - 31 August 2015

It‘s official – our own Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club was announced on Saturday night, as the “2015 New South Wales – Surf Life Saving Club of the year”.

The 2015 state-wide Awards of Excellence were held in front of a dining audience of 1200+ and live-streamed to media audiences across the nation from the Four Seasons Hotel Convention Centre in Sydney. President Adam Mills accepted the prestigious award on behalf of the Cudgen Headland Club and its members, and despite fierce competition from the larger metropolitan clubs, Cudgen was crowned the winner as a reward for the clubs hard work over the last 3 years to strengthen all sections of the club and not just focus on one particular area to maintain a well-balanced organisation.

Lifesaving Director Mike Crawley said today, “the club has been fortunate to receive the benefit of strong leadership over many years from Adam, Gary Cain and David Field and that altogether the combined drive has leveraged the large country coastal club into some exceptional outcomes that continue to deliver improved aquatic rescue activities for the members and the public”.  

Since 1922, Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club has been a proud member of the Kingscliff community. The club has grown from the 25 original members and now not only provides valuable lifesaving service to our community and visitors on the beach but provides support and assistance for community events. During the 2014/15 season the club had 196 patrolling members and 60 cadets who provided over 5000 hrs of volunteer service. We have had strong growth in membership across most areas of the club over the last season and have also seen gains in key performance areas.

Cudgen’s recent achievements include the development of a major rescue craft training initiative [named ALBERT] which has now been adopted by the Far North Coast Branch and rolled out for use across Northern New South Wales, hosting of the 2014 Australian Championships which is one of the largest IRB racing events in Australia, a return to surfboat rowing with the junior crew winning bronze at the national titles which was equally matched by the U17 Board relay team, and exceptional individual performances by our athletes such as by Luke Chaffer who became the first member to win four medals in a single Australian Championship event . Cudgen is also leading the way on the recent shark surveillance initiatives, through the development of some operational guidelines and the organisation of surveillance trials at Lennox Heads.

Adam wanted to extend his appreciation to the local community and the Club’s sponsors who have steadfastly supported the Club’s large volunteer membership base which enables Cudgen Headland SLSC to provide great facilities and Lifesaving services to the public.

“The plan has always been to strengthen and grow every part of the club. We’re very lucky as we have had great community support and the local council is extremely supportive to not only our club, but to the other clubs in the area as well”, Club President Adam Mills said in a recent media interview.