Lifeguard?s dedication rewarded
By SALLY GORDON
ANDREW Tarrant is no beach bum.
The Yamba Surf Life Saving Club lifeguard may have spent the past 34 seasons kicking about on the beach, but it has always been with one eye on the swimmers and the other on the surf conditions.
Mr Tarrant is a life member of the surf club and is renowned for his dedication to the lifeguard movement.
Australian Lifeguard Services North Coast branch recently acknowledged Mr Tarrant's contribution to local lifeguarding when they named him the Clarence Valley winner of the Ron Shepherd Lifeguard of the Year Award.
Mr Tarrant is the first lifeguard in the Valley to bring home the award.
Ron Shepherd is considered the grandfather of lifeguarding on the North Coast.
He was instrumental in establishing lifeguards for beaches from Brooms Head, north to the Queensland border.
His recent retirement from lifeguarding prompted the establishment of a perpetual lifeguard award for the Clarence Valley, Ballina, Byron and Tweed shires.
Clarence Valley Council Maclean lifeguard supervisor Jim Baird said it was Mr Tarrant's dedication that earned him the nomination for the new trophy.
Mr Tarrant, however, puts his success down to loving the beach and the people who use it.
"I always try to do a bit extra rather than just sitting on the beach," he said.