Life Member Graham Potaka cutting the 30th Anniversary cake.
Cockburn’s 2015-2016 season and 30th Anniversary year concluded with a function held on Friday 15 April at the East Fremantle Yacht Club.
President Rick Salisbury acknowledged the momentum the club had gained and coach Tim Byrne was happy with the year’s results. He highlighted the improvement the mixed crew had made to come from behind to win a hard-fought race.
“But the icing on the cake is what the women did when they went to Adelaide. They showed the rest of Australia that Cockburn won’t be trifled with,” he said.
Daniel Grant, Vivienne Wigg, Fiona Barnes, Pamela Soding, Mary Urbano, Ernie Carey
The following awards were presented:
Men’s Most Improved – Daniel Grant
Women’s Best & Fairest – Vivienne Wigg
Women’s Most Improved – Fiona Barnes
President’s Trophy – Pamela Soding
Rising Star Social Paddler – Mary Urbano
Men’s Best & Fairest – Ernie Carey
An anniversary is not an anniversary without a cake and Life Member Graham Potaka was invited to make the first cut.
Long-serving members honoured at first regatta
The day started bright and early for the Cockburn Blades as the first regatta of the season also celebrated the clubs 30th Anniversary. The members proceeded to set up the tents and the BBQ. The substantial raffle prizes were well displayed and caught the eye of many a paddler willing to try their luck. Club members also contributed to setting for DBWA and helping other clubs unload their boats.