IN an affirmation of its invaluable work in the community, Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club has been awarded the Far North Coast Surf Lifesaving Club of the Year.
Now it will vie with other contenders for the New South Wales Club of the Year and, eventually, the Australian Club of the Year, which would be a repeat of its 2012 efforts if won.
The club's lifesaving director Andrew Dougherty said a combination of effective management, strong communication between members and a growth in membership all contributed to the win.
"On the patrolling side of things we've had about a 10% growth and also between 10-15% growth overall, including the juniors," he said.
"I'm proud of all of our members. This is a real recognition of our efforts.
"We've had some major success in state before and we've also won Club of the Year, so there's no reason why we're not in the running again. But there'll be some strong competition."
As well as Far North Coast Club of the Year, the club was also awarded Branch Administration Club of the Year and Branch Education Club of the Year.
Additionally, it achieved three individual members awards, which went to Stephen Perris for taking out Far North Coast Senior Lifesaver of the Year, Hugh Bundock for Young Lifesaver of the Year (under-19) and Rod Balkin for Facilitator of the Year. Club representatives will travel to Sydney for the Lifesaving New South Wales Awards of Excellence on August 16.