Port Sorell SLSC recognises almost 35 years of service.

The Coates name is synonymous with Port Sorell Surf Club.

At its Annual General Meeting on 26th June, club members unanimously approved a motion to recognise almost 35 years of combined service to the club, Surf Life Saving and to the local community; granting Haydon & Jo Coates Life Membership of the club.

The couple are the club’s first Life Members.

In his Motion to the AGM, club Training Manager, Neil Hargreaves noted, “In the Surf Life Saving movement, where volunteers are both the backbone and life blood of the organisation, it is important that we regularly stop to recognise the contribution that our members make towards the success of our club and to surf lifesaving within Tasmania and around Australia. 

Whether our members are contributing to the safety of our community whilst on patrol; instilling our club values in our junior members during nipper training; supporting our surf athletes at carnivals, as age managers, coaches or officials; managing the affairs of the club through our committees; bringing our community to the beach at one of our community events; or working to secure the funding that is critical to the operation of our club, every minute of a volunteer’s time is both vital and valued.

Such prolonged and exemplary service to Port Sorell SLSC by Jo and Haydon is most deserving of recognition by the club’s members”.

Haydon Coates

Haydon Coates was awarded his Bronze Medallion on 30 March 2003, volunteering more than 850 hours on patrol as a patroller, Advanced Resuscitation operator, IRB Crewperson, IRB Driver and Patrol Captain.

During his time at Port Sorell, he has been a Surf Sports Official and Training Officer and Endorsed Delegate for our Bronze Medallion, Surf Rescue Certificate, IRB Crew and IRB Driver courses.

Haydon’s second home is at 1 Dumbleton Street; meeting with politicians and councillors, setting up for meetings, events and training (and cleaning up afterwards), liaising with builders and contractors, and dropping in during training.  Haydon has held a number of positions on the committee including as part of the recent Building Subcommittee.  After stepping down as President at the AGM, he continued his support of the club as Vice President.

Jo Coates

Jo Coates earned her Bronze Medallion on 15 November 2005 and her IRB Crew certificate the following year.  Jo also patrols as an Advanced Resuscitation operator and as Patrol Captain.  Jo has volunteered 511 hours on patrol, but many, many more in support of the club and its members.

Within Surf Sports, Jo has been a Surf Coach, Surf Official and Surf Sports Officials Mentor.  She has trained many of our members in Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate.

Jo has made a significant contribution to many of our current and previous members but it is arguable that Jo’s most significant contribution to the club has been in fulfilling our club’s vision of “Bringing the Community to the Beach”.

Jo has been the driving force for a large number of community events at Port Sorell, not least the regular Market by the Beach and Eats at the Beach events.  Jo has lead the planning, approvals and workforce management side of these events which have been a huge success in terms of bringing our community to the club, but have also raised a significant proportion of the club’s income each year.

Jo has also been our grants and sponsorship coordinator, functions manager, Penguin Island Swim coordinator, amongst many other significant roles.

An Evening of Celebration

In the new season, the Club will arrange for the extraordinary contribution that Jo and Haydon have made, and continue to make, to the club to be appropriately recognised and celebrated by way of a Life Membership award dinner.

Once available, details will be distributed to Club members and widely within our Surf Life Saving family and the local community.