Lauren Stowe, Narelle Lucas and Natalie Burke at the Across The Waves Sports Club. Photo: Simon Young / NewsMail
Lauren Stowe, Narelle Lucas and Natalie Burke at the Across The Waves Sports Club. Photo: Simon Young / NewsMail Simon Young BUN020313ENT35

The Waves takes out top gong

VISITORS to The Waves sports club will be pleased to know they've walked into the best club in the region according to Clubs Queensland.

The Waves took out the title of Best Club in the Wide Bay at the Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence on Tuesday night along with a host of other accolades.

The Waves marketing manager Josh Hogarth said the staff were thrilled with their achievement.

"We're very proud," Mr Hogarth said.

These awards are held every year by Clubs Queensland and this year we won the Best Club Wide Bay, the Best General Sports Club, the Best Gaming Venue, the Best Entertainment Venue and Best HR Practices.

"We were the runner up for Best Young Manager of the Year as well."

This year is not the first time the Bundaberg club has been recognised for excellence.

"This is the third consecutive year we've won the Best Club Wide Bay," Mr Hogarth said.

"In 2012 The Waves took out first place in Best Club Wide Bay and Best Children's Facilities.

"In 2011 we took first place in Best Club Wide Bay and Best Redevelopment over $1m."

Mr Hogarth said the awards were a team effort.

"There's no single point that earns these awards because it's every area of the club doing well - marketing, human resources, finance, operations right down to the customer service we give," he said.

"It's a variety of things.

"Basically it means all cylinders are firing."

And while the club has been recognised at the awards in the past, this year was their biggest.

"This year is by far the best achievement in the Queensland arena for the Club's Queensland Awards," Mr Hogarth said.

"None of this would be possible without the staff and the members.

"They're the fuel in the tank really."

And while the awards were held in Brisbane, the staff and members weren't left out of the excitement.

"We were getting updates from the team at the awards and then they were being announced over the PA system and people were clapping and cheering," Mr Hogarth said.

"We sent a bulk SMS to all our staff (yesterday) morning congratulating and thanking everyone.

"At the end of the day it comes down to them."