2017 Daryl Neate

Daryl grew up in Taylors with the family owning the bach “Shangri-la “at the end of the bay.  He started as a nipper and got his surf award in 1962.  Daryl was one of the club’s most successful competitors in both R & R and craft, winning the Nelson Shield 13 times, NZ Iron Man, Ski, Ski Rescue, Taplin Relay and Double Ski Titles.  In all –  35 gold, 22 silver and 21 bronze medals at national championships.

Daryl also represented New Zealand in 1973 in South Africa and in 1974 against Australia.  In 1985 he was inducted into the NZ Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame along with Geoff le Cren.  Daryl competed for the club for 40 years as well as patrolling and coaching.

His long association with the club and support is now being acknowledged and it is with great pleasure he is made a life member.