Ken Jones joined Taylors Mistake in 1974 and has been a long serving member of the club after returning from Auckland and North Piha in the 1990s. During the early years, Ken was an active competitor winning a national title in the double ski in 1976. He went on to become a key member of Taylors Mistake Nelson shield team and later joined North Piha to successfully take the Nelson Shield off Taylors Mistake.
Prior to moving to Auckland, Ken was a club member who contributed greatly to the social activities in the Club, introducing many friends to join and creating a fun environment as well as assisting in the club song. His involvement in North Piha was equally social, but also as a lifeguard, patrolling and competing, as well as being club captain in 1990. Eventually returning to Christchurch, Ken was quickly back to Taylors and took up a number of roles on the committee and building officer. As his children grew up he took a greater interest in the junior surf activities and managed teams to the Ocean Athletes as well as teams to the national championships.
From 2008 to 2019, Ken was the club president. He is now presiding over the club during the process of rebuilding the new clubrooms. Ken’s contribution to Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club has been significant but the most lasting contribution has been the ability to make it fun and create lifelong friends.
“We love that beach, We love that sand, We’re the best surf club……”