Five members of Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club recognised with excellence awards

Jenny Jones pictured with her husband David received the Clive Hammond OAM Silver Medal.

FIVE members of Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club were recognised for outstanding work and sportsmanship with major awards at the North Queensland Branch Surf Awards of Excellence held recently at Cairns Surf Lifesaving Club, Palm Cove.

Jenny Jones, Blaise Cini, Greg Worth, Kodi Worth and Etty Bay Boat Crew will now represent Etty Bay and North Queensland Branch at the Queensland Surf Lifesaving Awards Excellence Gala Ball being held in Brisbane on September 25.

Blaise Cini, recipient of the Andy Frizzell OAM OBE Award first joined the surf lifesaving movement as a Nipper progressing through the junior ranks and gaining her Bronze Medallion in 1992.

She has always been an active member, dedicated patrolling member, strong surf sport competitor in all water and surf boat rowing, former Miss Etty Bay Surf Girl (1998) and re-joined the club 11 years ago.

Cini keeps the young members engaged with their junior activities through her enthusiasm and dedication to improvement and helping them to gain confidence, especially in the water.

Greg Worth who was named Senior Lifesaver of the Year joined surf lifesaving in 2013. 

Worth has immersed himself into the lifesaving way of life, after initially joining as a Nipper parent and completed Surf Coach Awards across all disciplines.

Jenny Jones, winner of the Clive Hammond OAM Silver Medal is the ambassador of the club being proactive with retention, as well as offering others guidance, encouragement, and support. 

Lifesaving is a huge part of Jenny and her family’s life with over 30 years’ involvement. 

Kodi Worth who received the Under 14 Junior Lifesaver of the Year has been involved in the club since his family joined in 2012. 

His parents Greg and Kylie, as well as brother Baylee have been actively involved in the club and its activities. 

He has progressed through the junior ranks gaining all age qualifications and awards from green caps in Under 6 – Under 14, including his SRC and is now an active club patrolling member.

Worth has been Etty Bay Age Champion from Under 6 – Under 14 and has won Etty Bay SLSC Junior Ironman event for the past two years.

He has won several Junior Activity awards and been a member of North Queensland and Queensland Youth teams.

Etty Bay Under 23 Boat Crew who won Sports Team of the Year achieved first place at North Queensland Branch Carnival and in 2021 third place against Under 23 boat crews at Skins Event in Noosa and Queensland State Senior Championship at Tugun in Reserve Surf Boat.

The crew was made up of Dave Jones (team manager and Sweep), Jesse Witt, Marty Cook, Paul Rinaudo (Stroke) and Daley Jones (Bow).

As a small club, Etty Bay is extremely grateful to all members for their dedication and commitment in a wide variety of roles, as this support ensures they can effectively carry out their duties in keeping all beach goers informed and safe.

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