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Parents and Friends

Wine event a way to give back to surf lifesaving club

”Looking back all those years ago to when they started, my wife and I are very proud of their transformation. The supportive environment of the club has helped their self-development in numerous positive ways.”

ACG Tauranga dad Grant Rimmer says his sons’ experience as part of Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service over the years has been transformational.

Now he’s hoping to give back to the club with a fundraising wine event to raise money towards the rebuild of its iconic clubhouse.

His sons Quinn, Year 8, and Tai, Year 6, joined the club as five year olds in the Nippers programme. Tai has now progressed to the Oceans Athletes Squad, while Quinn participated last season in the Rookies junior lifeguard training programme.

As well as water skills training, education and experience, Tai and Quinn have had opportunities to give back to the club by helping set up for club carnivals, manning the fundraising BBQ and supporting younger children during nippers. Through this, they’ve had valuable volunteering experiences.

‘Healthy’ is the word he associates with the club.

“Not just in terms of the physical benefits,” he says. “I mean the friendships, the culture of the club, its supportiveness.”

He said the boys, through their club experience, had gained the confidence to put themselves out there on the start line, at times tackling some major surf conditions.

”Looking back all those years ago to when they started, my wife and I are very proud of their transformation,” he said. “The supportive environment of the club has helped their self-development in numerous positive ways.”

ACG Tauranga is a proud sponsor of the MMLS Nippers programme