March 28, 2022

Wanda SLSC was proud to launch two new surf craft in honour of dedicated club volunteers on Saturday 26 March, in front of a large crowd of members and supporters. Speeches and tributes were followed by the maiden voyage of both vessels.

These surf craft are vital to Wanda and, in club tradition, have been named after members who stand out. The craft were kindly donated by Lloyds Supa IGA Cronulla & Hurstville (IRB) and Gerard Malouf & Partners (surf boat).

The new surf boat was named in honour of Rod ‘Stick’ Holdsworth, a Wanda SLSC member for 40 years. Rod has contributed widely to our club for decades, in particular the boat section. He was a rower, sweep, coach and mentor. His coaching helped us win our first Australian junior title, and his determined approach guided many crews and junior rowers. It’s a fitting tribute to name a surf boat in his honour, a boat that will be valued by Wanda crews for years to come.

The new IRB was named in honour of hard working club members Adam “Bucks” Buckley and Mark Lloyd. As leading IRB section members, they have spent countless voluntary hours on rescue efforts, supporting nippers and at surf carnivals. Both Mark and Adam are a driving force behind the professional response of our IRB team, and wholly deserve this honour.


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