Cudgen named NSW Surf Life Saving Club of the Year
CUDGEN Headland Surf Life Saving Club is celebrating being crowned New South Wales Surf Life Saving Club of the Year on Saturday night.
The honour was bestowed on the club over four other nominees at the 2015 Annual Surf Life Saving New South Wales Awards of Excellence in Sydney.
Club president Adam Mills said the award was recognition of all the club's hard work during the last three years.
Mr Mills said they had worked to strengthen all sections of the club to create a well-balanced organisation.
"Consolidating our direction is the basis for the reward," he said.
"We didn't get the award until towards the end (of the night) and there was a big buzz.
"There were guys watching via live-streaming and our Facebook went berserk."
Since 2004, the club has regularly delivered training programs and volunteers to developing Surf Life Saving program Countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines and their club model is being adopted by fellow Surf Life Saving clubs.
Other clubs in the area have adopted their model, which is now being looked at on a state level.
Mills was present at the Four Seasons hotel on Saturday night to accept the award in person and said the club was ecstatic after the long and nervous wait.
The club will now have the honour of raising the flags at the annual Surf Life Saving Club opening day event, to commemorate the start of the season on September 19.
The awards are designed to recognise and reward excellence within the Surf Life Saving community.