Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club has been named Club of the Year at Life Saving Victoria’s annual Awards of Excellence.

It is the third time the club has won the coveted Beaurepaire Shield, which recognises outstanding achievements in club development to help provide safer beaches and aquatic environments for the community.

It was one of many awards presented at Life Saving Victoria’s gala event which was held at the Pullman Hotel in Albert Park on Saturday 27 July 2019, and attended by several hundred lifesavers and dignitaries.

President Paul Hoffman said "winning the Club of the Year for us is recognition from Life Saving Victoria of the contribution all our members make, to keep our beach safe and the community excited about beach safety in our pristine part of the world!". 

The club is now a finalist in this category at Surf Life Saving Australia's National Awards of Excellence on the 9th November at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Venus Bay previously took out the National Club of the Year in 2017 after winning back to back Club of The Year for Victoria in 2016 and 2017.  With strong competition from the other Victorian clubs who were finalists including Lorne, Mordialloc, Port Melbourne, Portsea, Waratah and Williamstown, Venus Bay was thrilled to be recognised for their efforts.

Also recognised on the evening was Ric Mitchell for a distinguished 50 years of service to Surf Life Saving, and Alexander Duncan and Taite Cumming for a courageous rescue which was awarded rescue of the month for January 2019. Elise McCorriston was finalist for Assessor of the Year, Kimberley Gee for Volunteer of the Year and Venus Bay was finalist for the Patrol Efficiency Competition.

The club is looking forward to the season ahead with many exciting plans on the horizon!

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