The Board of Surf Lifesaving Australia flew in from all over the country to visit the current National Surf Lifesaving Club of the Year - Venus Bay SLSC - for an event held at the clubhouse during May 2018 to congratulate the club on its achievements.
The event was attended by Life Members, Members and Supporters (including Councillor Alyson Skinner) and cemented the Club's standing as an influencer in the Lifesaving movement and as a leading Ambassador for the local community.
When addressing the event SLSA President (Graham Ford AM) made special mention of the challenges that face members in keeping the beach-using public safe and the impressive growth Venus Bay SLSC is sustained over the past 6 years.
Club President Craig Watson said 'We have had record education awards, membership numbers, competition medals and patrol hours again this past season and the club continues to go from strength to strength. We have a fantastic Nipper program that teaches kids water safety and develops future lifesavers. We are working with multiple agencies to raise funds to extend our facilities. This is imperative as our number of beach users increase and our current club is simply not fit for purpose, in housing essential lifesaving equipment.'
On Saturday SLSA held a formal Board meeting at the Club's facility and moved the afternoon session on to the beach proper, where they observed the Venus Bay SLSC IRB Competition Team run through a tough training session.
'I think what is most significant is that the Board of the Surf Lifesaving Movement in Australia not only took the time to visit and inspect a Club like ours, at grass-roots level.' Watson says, 'But they also made decisions on strategy that will drive the entire national movement, whilst staring out over the beautiful Venus Bay coastline.'
Councillor Alyson Skinner, VBSLSC President Craig Watson, SLSA President Graham Ford AM (NSW)