Club best of the best
NOOSA surf lifesaving establishments are once again the toast of the hospitality industry in Queensland, having taken out two major awards on Tuesday night in Brisbane at the Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence
More than 1200 guests at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre gala applauded as the Surf Club Sunshine Beach was named Best Surf Life Saving Supporters Club (small) and Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Supporters Club's Ian McDonald named Club Director of the Year.
Clubs Queensland said Sunshine Beach delivers a premium club experience to its members "by keeping the beach safe, providing competitor training sessions and hosting surf carnivals to build surf skills and awareness.
"The club continues to grow and contributed over half-a-million dollars back into the local community in 2013," it said.
Tim Johnson, of Surf Club Sunshine Beach, was at the awards and was surprised by the win.
"It was our first time nominated in several categories - so we went along to have a look and see how it all works and thought maybe we'd have a crack at it next year," he said.
"So to win an award like that was a thrill and we also finished a finalist in the final three for best club on the Sunshine Coast.
"The judging process is so complicated, it includes your finances, your food, your interaction with the community like the schools and donations and community sponsorships.
"But essentially it comes back to when people walk in the door they have a great experience, smiling staff at a great venue and some old- fashioned value experiences, rather than a glassed-in view.
"I think it's great that our members get to puff out their chest as members of an award-winning club and it gives visitors and the local community the confidence to come here. They might not have been here for years and they might think to pop back in - so it's terrific for the club."
Noosa's Ian McDonald is in his 10th year on the club's committee and has been "a critical driver in the growth of the club and he is always seeking new ways to connect and engage with the local community".
Clubs Queensland chief executive Doug Flockhart congratulated the Noosa clubs.
"The Surf Club Sunshine Beach should be proud of their continual growth and their dedication to keep our beaches safe and our youth educated in beach safety," he said.
"Mr McDonald's passion and dedication to the growth and strength of the Sunshine Coast region is what makes him an ideal board director and his community focus is what has driven the club to deliver significant contributions to the local community."
The Queensland awards celebrate the achievements of this vibrant $1.9 billion industry.