Life membership is awarded to those members of our club who have made an outstanding contribution to the club both in life guarding, competitions, administration and other aspects of the club. The following are profiles of the current TMSLSC life members;
Brian obtained his surf bronze (award) in 1954 but his association with the Club has been lifelong in that he has been coming to Taylors from the time of his birth as his father, Monty, was an active member of the Club and his family were an important part of its operations at the time and Brian was part of the “junior surf” section of the Club, then known as the “midgets’ or “nippers”.
Brian has over the years been the most reliable attendee of our AGM’s but unfortunately this is one of the few years other commitments have prevented this.
Brian was a more than competent swimmer, R&R member, ski and board rider.
In respect of the Board you may be interested that in that photo accompanying Bev’s write up in the Annual Report, Brian is the fellow holding the Long Board at the far right. In those years not only were there no Ladies events in ski and board, there were quite a number of similar Junior (Under 18) events excluded, and Brian had to compete against Seniors.
Brian completed with distinction over many years and has been placed many times both Locally and Nationally..
The pinnacle however was I think he would agree would as a member of the Taylor’s Junior Surf Race Team that was first and won the NZ Title in 1958. That year Brian was also picked to Represent Canterbury.
He still competes when able in Masters events at Local and National Surf Life Saving Championships.
a) At the Club, Junior Club Captain 1957-58.
b) Locally at Canterbury. As a junior 1st in Ski Rescue and Junior Surf Teams Race and many placings over all disciplines. As a senior 1st Black and White Surf Relay Team and and many placings over all disciplines over many years.
c) In the Taranaki while teaching there for a number of years, member of Taranaki Inter-Districts Team.
d) At Nationals. Apart from the 1st with the Junior Surf Race Team mentioned above a number of 2nd and 3rd in Junior 4 man R&R, Senior Ski and Senior Canoe.
e) At Masters Championships in different age groups above 60yrs, 1st in Surf Race (2), RunSwimRun, Iron Man and 2nd and 3rd in Ski, Beack Sprint and Taplin) ).
He also has done more than his fair share of patrols over the years, being part of those “old timer” patrollers who looked after the beach on carnival/competition days and during Nationals well into the 1990’s at a time when Lifeguards didn’t need to continually “requalify”.
A Physical Education teacher Brian has been responsible over many years for directing many students with the appropriate skills to club membership, an invaluable service for us.
He also coaches swimming and has for a good number of years, even up to this day, organised pool training for those members willing to partake.
Brian is also a Foundation contributor to the TMSLSC Trust.
Brian’s dad Monty himself was awarded Life Membership in the 1960’s and his son Cameron got his surf award in 1985 patrolled and competed for a number of years until his work took him out of town. There’s a nice photo floating around somewhere of the three “generation” at the Clubs 75th anniversary diner in 1991.
Geoff Le Cren