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Saturday 16th November saw our Annual Presentation Evening celebrate our usual awards and recognition, as well as the important milestone of 50 years service of surf life saving in Wales. Honoured guests were John David (founder member, first Chairman and first life member) Gerald Bassett (long standing Treasurer), Colin Morris (first Superintendent Examiner and first Welsh Team Manager), Warren Mitchell (father of the Australian `Rubber Duckie` IRB) and Ian Griffiths (Celtic Camping).

The hosts for the evening were Peter Lake and Andrea Pennell and they presided over the following awards:

Nipper Club of the year - Whitmore Bay SLSC

Superclub 2019 - Pen-y-Bont SLSC

Lifesaver of the Year - Shan Parry (Porthmawr)

50 years of service award - Phil Rees (Rhondda)

Life membership was awarded to our Powercraft Chair, Chris Parry (Porthcawl)

The citations for Shan and Chris Parry, read as follows:

Upon arriving at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to set up for an IRB competition early in June a member of the public was spotted on the foreshore, slumped over.

Shan and another lifesaver from Cornwall immediately went to the patient who was unconscious and not breathing. CPR and life support was immediately administered.

The emergency services and paramedics were called and arrived at the scene together with an air ambulance. The patient was taken to hospital where after spending some time in intensive care thankfully survived the incident.

Without doubt, had it not been for the fast response, lifesaving training and experience of these two people we would have been dealing with a fatality.

Shan was also presented with an humanitarian award for her actions in dealing with this serious incident.

Chris has been a member of SLSA Wales for over 30 years and helped in a number of clubs. He has so been a member of the one of the POWERCRAFT COMMISSIONS rising to its chair.

Under his guidance, Powercraft has gone from strength to strength, with the introductions of the Arancia and Achilles boats. He has also helped in the development of the new Milpro Zodiac boat.

He has searched for new practices and techniques to bring the IRB CREWS OF WALES up to being recognised as some of the best in the world. This was proven as these crews provided safety cover in the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 World Lifesaving Championships.

He has worked tirelessly in the production of the IRB Training Manual and New Interactive Website.

He is always ready to help in any way he can. He works hard behind the scenes preparing everything to make events run smoothly, whether that is for lifesaving examinations or competitions. Without him we feel the commission would not run as professionally as it does and would probably need more than one person to fill his role.

Mr. CHRIS PARRY - LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD for his services to Surf Lifesaving Wales.

Following the awards presentations, both the Welsh Youth and Senior team members were presented with their Welsh Caps.


 

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