Baker Wins Rookie Lifeguard Of The Year
Waipu Cove lifeguard Joshua Baker was named Rookie Lifeguard of the Year at the 2017 Surf Life Saving Northern Region (SLSNR) Awards of Excellence on August 12.
On a night when the Region’s 17 clubs gathered to celebrate the achievements of the 2016-17 season, the Toyota Financial Services-sponsored Awards recognised the best in 35 categories as well as honouring the service contribution of 25 members.
Joshua picked up the award ahead of Paige Cooper-Smith (Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Club) and Angus Kirkman (Orewa Surf Life Saving Club) at the event held at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront.
SLSNR chief executive Matt Williams says Joshua showed an attitude and a skillset to prevent drownings well beyond his years, and was the unanimous choice of all the patrols at his club for the rookie award.
Clubmate Jake McClure also featured in the finals, reaching the last three for the Under-19 Surf Lifeguard of the Year award.