Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club has been awarded the Victorian Life Saving Club of the Year for the second consecutive season. The club received the coveted Beaurepaire Shield at Life Saving Victoria's Awards of Excellence evening in Melbourne on July 27th, 2017. The title is incredibly hard to win and Venus Bay faced tough competition from Portsea. Venus Bay members were thrilled to take the award again, earning the congratulations of large clubs and senior lifesaving officials. With 542 members, the club continues to grow and achieve great success.
Venus Bay also had finalists in three other categories: Marty and Elise McCorriston - Volunteer of the Year; Tom Goode - Nipper Volunteer of the Year; and Kimberley Gee - Traininer of the Year. This was the first time the club was represented in four award categories, much to the satisfaction of club president Craig Watson. "It's always difficult for a small club like ours to be heard, when you're competing against the larger clubs like Porstea, Lorne and the Melbourne based bay clubs, but we couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome," he said.
"We are currently raising funds for an essential extension to our current lifesaving club facility and this accolade endorses the direction we are taking. We welcome businesses in the South Gippsland region to come on down and tour our club. We would love to see how we can help you get your message out there and how we can partner with you to provide a safe beach environment for all users."
Club representatives will now travel to Sydney in November to present to the National Committee competing against all the state winners for the ultimate National Club of the Year accolade.