A Kaka Point couple have been recognised for their efforts in volunteering for the future of lifesavers.
Chris and Sarah Chittock recently received the service to junior coaching award for assisting in training up nippers around the district who were interested in surf lifesaving and the water.
The Surf Life Saving (SLS) New Zealand Otago and Southland Awards of Excellence recognised clubs from across the South Island, including Warrington, St Kilda, St Clair, Brighton, Kaka Point and Oreti.
The couple have children in the club and they run junior surf programmes each Saturday. Along with this, they have helped show youngsters first aid, beach activities, water activities, running patrol, weather safety and more.
They were ‘‘thankful’’ to receive the award and surprised to receive it.
‘‘There are many other volunteers who deserve recognition too, not just us. We just do us, but we’re very thankful for the award,’’ Mrs Chittock said.
Kaka Point SLS club received multiple other awards, including many ‘‘top junior’’ awards, along with regional service awards.
Locals Nyree Dickie and her son Trent both received their regional service awards for their dedication to surf lifesaving. Kaka Point SLS club instructor Carla Murray also received an award for instructor/examiner of the year.
Mrs Chittock said the club was looking for volunteers.
‘‘We hear about people who reminisce on nippers and say how much fun it was, and it’d be great for those people or anyone to come along and get involved.’’
‘‘It would be a cool way to give back.’’
Awards results can be found on the SLSNZ Southern Region Facebook page.