Success spans the ages

City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club members and awards of excellence winners Shannon Reynolds and Ian Scott.
City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club members and awards of excellence winners Shannon Reynolds and Ian Scott.

Shannon Reynolds (19) was named Junior Athlete of the Year and Ian Scott (75) was inducted in to the SLSWA Hall of Fame after competing and coaching at the City Beach-based club for the past 35 years.

Reynolds, of Wembley Downs, won a bronze medal in the under-19 single ski at the 2014 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Scarborough and gold in the open double ski and the under-19 double ski, single ski and single ski relay at the 2014 State Championships.

It was the fifth time the Curtin University occupational therapy student has represented Australia in surf-lifesaving.

Reynolds moved to Perth from Karratha when she was 10 and joined City of Perth soon after, competing in several disciplines.

The former Churchlands Senior High School student said surf-lifesaving was a hobby and kayaking her competitive sport.

Reynolds will compete in the World Championships in Hungary after a training camp in Italy at the end of this month.

She is the only WA competitor in the Australian kayak team and will train with her teammates in Queensland in two weeks.

Scott, of Wembley Downs, has coached the City of Perth’s Rescue and Resuscitation team to state and national titles for three decades.

‘I enjoy passing on knowledge to other WA coaches and our club members,’ he said.

The club’s historian said he was looking forward to the new clubrooms being finished at City Beach late next year.

‘I think there will be a new approach with the building and our already high morale will be boosted. We’re in the top 10 in Australia consistently because people like Shannon and new clubrooms help us maintain that.’