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Surf Life Saving Sydney has named Bondi Champion Club of the branch for the 2007/08 season ‘ and for the second time in the past three seasons.

The announcement and a presentation was made recently at SLSS’s Awards of Excellence function at Sutherland District Trade Unions Club, Gymea, where Bondi was also announced winner of three other major awards on the night.

Meanwhile, stalwart John Greaves was the recipient of the club’s most prestigious honour for the 2007/08 season, the President’s Award, at the recent Presentation Night.

Greaves was chosen by club president Rod Harvey, who deemed him the member who made the most significant contribution in the voluntary administration of club affairs during the season.

He was one of the club’s three carnival co-ordinators when Bondi hosted Surf Life Saving Australia’s four-day Year of the Surf Lifesaver closing carnival in November-December 2007, managed the club’s teams at major carnivals including state and national championships and took over as chairman during the season of the Rules and By-Laws Sub-Committee, which has the arduous task of revising the club’s constitution.

Many local dignitaries, including local MPs Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Debnam, and Waverley Mayor Ingrid Strewe attended Presentation Night.

Other recipients of major awards on Presentation Night were:

Lifesaving: Harry Nightingale Memorial Lifesaving Awards: Charles Cotton (Lifesaver of the Year), Irek Kowalski (open Patrol Person of the Year), Jamie Travers and Carl Harding-Irmer (junior Patrol Persons of the Year), Emily Smith  (cadet Patrol Person of the Year). Reg Hart Most Efficient Patrol: Ormsby patrol (captain Peter Quartly). Mick Shearman Memorial Award: Peter Quartly.

Competition: Club champions: Danny McKell (open men’s), Louise Santos (open women’s), Anthony Pledger (under-19 men’s), Sara Gentin (under-19 women’s), Daniel Moore (under-15 men’s). Surf Sports Competitors of the Season: Matthew Horton (male), Jennifer McMillan (female). Surf Sports Coach of the Season: Andrew McEncroe. Boatie of the Season: Michael McBain. Gatorade Rising Stars (presented with tracksuits by Nick Nairn representing Pepsi-Gatorade): Shea Delorenzo, Danielle Hoban, Jennifer McMillan, Nila Oppediasano, Jemma Townsend (women’s under-19 R and R team) and Matthew Horton.
 
Weekly handicap point score surf races: Ziggy Lejins  (A-grade surf race ‘ Dr Tom Farranridge Trophy), Paul Pickering (B-grade surf race ‘ John Bevege Memorial Trophy), Scott Stein (cadet point score), Peter Quartly (most consistent starter ‘ 30 from 31 races). John F. Cox Memorial: Peter Long. Ron Turner Memorial: Adam Nezval.

Education: Kevin Murray Memorial Scholarships: Sara Gentin, Shaun Brooke, Michael Brooke. Rothe Bassingthwaite Scholarship: Oliver Schaffer.

Team of the year: The Bondi women’s open five-person R and R team.