Club News – May Update

Avalon Beach SLSC has signed off for another season. Congratulations and thank you to all of our patrolling members who have kept the beach safe from last September until today. No lives have been lost and there have been a total of 80 rescues, 100 first aid treatments and 450 preventative measures.
AUSSIE SILVER FOR ANTIQUESThe Antiques Surf Boat team achieved our best result at the Aussies this year, winning a Silver Medal in the 180 years Female Surf Boat race.  Congratulations on yet another great result to Kerry McEwan, Kate Munro, Beverley Tilbury and Donna Wishart. Swept by Nathan Wellings.
The Anzac Day celebrations in Avalon Beach are the second biggest outside the CBD.  It is a real celebration of community spirit and honours the legacy and freedoms gained through the sacrifice of our forebears.  A small but dedicated group of Nippers, Active and Life Members represented the Club in the march.  Let’s have a stronger representation next year.
There were some great results from our Masters at the Aussies on the Sunshine Coast this month.  For full results of the Masters at Aussies go here.  Below are the highlights;180Yrs Female Surf Boat
Silver Medal – Avalon Beach SLSC Avalon Beach Antiques
Kerry McEwan, Kate Munro, Beverley Tilbury and Donna Wishart, Swept by Nathan Wellings50-54 Male Board Rescue
4th Place – Grant Salmon, Darren Warrener180Yrs Male Surf Boat
6th Place –  Avalon Beach Red
Daryl Johnson, Adam Schofield, Peter Carter and Shaun Wolthers, Swept by Nathan Wellings200Yrs Male Surf Boat
5th Place –  Avalon Beach Krusties
Brenton williams, Craig Goozee, Mark Wood, Michael Heathcote.  Swept by Nathan Wellings60-64 years Male Ironman
4th Place – Chris McGuckin60-64 Male Board Race
4th Place – Chris McGuckin

60-64 years Male Board Rescue
7th Place – Chris McGuckin, Robert Richardson

50-54 Male Board Race
Semi-Final – Darren Warrener

50-54 Male Surf Race
10th Place – Darren Warrener

60-64 Male 1km Beach Run
13th Place – Robert Hopton

60-69 Male Board Race
7th Place – Robert Richardson

There was disappointment for the Pinkies at not reaching the final, but a great result for the Avocados, ending up in the top 12 teams in the country.  For full results of the Avalon Beach Opens at Aussies go here.U23 Female Surf Boat
Quarter Final – Avalon Beach Avocados
Lauren Petersen, Amelia Barber, Rachel Murray,Ellie DiBiagio, Swept by Nathan WellingsU/23 Male Surf Boat
Quarter Final –  Avalon Beach Pinkies
Andrew Bright, Thomas Curnow, Matthew Mayall, Nicholas Sampson, Swept by Nathan Wellings
Help send our Pinkies Boat Crew to the World’s this year and celebrate the end of a great season.  Tickets are reduced to only $30 and are on sale now.  Get your tickets here.
The patrol season may be finished, but that just means the IRB competition season is kicking off with the first carnival this weekend at Caves Beach.  If you are interested in competing this year or next, contact our IRB competition manager Peter Akehurst.  If you would like to find out what its all about, or train for your IRB Crew Award, come down to a training session at 7:30am  on non-carnival Sundays.  Good luck to the whole team, but especially our new novice team of Todd Barber and Zac Dale who have been putting in a lot of training hours for their first carnival.
Thanks to all who showed up for the Club Photo, and for Tim Hixson for balancing precariously on his ladder, missing out yet again on being in the shot, and taking such a great image.
On Sunday we had a thank you dinner and drinks for the committee members, patrol captains and trainers who put in countless hours helping to run the club.  It was a great night, but it would be even better with a few new faces next year.  We have 333 general members (nipper parents) and 212 active members and so far nobody new has put their hand up to help out next year!  If you can help out in any capacity, please let me know.  It doesn’t need to be a huge commitment, and no experience is necessary.  We would particularly like to find some Club members who could get involved in the organisation of Carols by the Sea.  Come and be part of a great team.
According to Mike Stanley-Jones, “Gold is the new Bronze for all Avalon Surf Clubbies.  Lets all look at upskilling ourselves, grabbing a few of the free awards that SLSA has to offer and make ourselves better. The club needs it.  For those of you who like the beach there’s Advanced Resus, Basic Beach management and Senior First Aid.  For those who feel they could complete their Gold, they can join a bunch of like-minded souls and train-up for an assessment in December 2016.  No matter if you only get three quarters of the pathway to Gold – the extra training will make you feel great and your club will appreciate it immensely.”  Email [email protected] if you’d like any additional information.  Below is a list of gold medallion holders from Avalon Beach SLSC.  Will you be next on the list?

Ian Wright 5/01/1986
Chris McGuckin 24/03/1996
Roger Sayers 13/04/1996
Shaun Wolthers 22/09/1999
Jean Harper 25/01/2000
Damian Geyle 17/12/2000
Charles Lindop 17/05/2008
Alan Moran 14/02/2009
Mike Stanley-Jones 14/02/2009
Volker Klemm 14/02/2009
Steve Parkes 14/02/2009
Sarah Lindop 24/04/2010
Nicholas Wood 12/12/2010
Adam Schofield 2/09/2011
Andrew Lindop 7/02/2012
David Roberts 18/03/2012
Patrick Quinlan 9/12/2012
Matthew Brennan 21/04/2014
Pim John van Gestel 21/04/2014
Charlie Birch 19/03/2016
Boomerang Bags is a non-for -profit initiative to help free Avalon Beach of single use plastic bags.  Over the past 15 months local residences have been busy sewing and collecting bags which are labelled Borrow and Bring Back.  These bags are being housed in 7 boxes around Avalon for shoppers to Borrow and Bring Back. This initiative results in lessening the impact of plastic pollution entering our beautiful beaches, parks and waterways throughout our community. Each Boomerang Bag used will save 500 to 600 plastic bags being used in a year. More information is available, and also on Facebook. Boomerang Bags Avalon will launch on Saturday, 25th June 11am on the steps of Avalon Recreational Centre.
She had the wrong colours on her head (Newport), but Chris Hopton won a gold medal at this years Aussies in the 150 yrs min Female Taplin Relay (3 team) with Janet Proudfoot, Lise Layard and Monica Lerpiniere.  Congratulations Christine.
There will be a night of laughs in the Club Lounge this Saturday at 7pm supporting Barrenjoey High School.  Tickets are only $30 and available here.  If you haven’t been to one of these events, you should.  Highly recommended!
“Barbs” joined the club in 1979, the same year he was awarded his Bronze Medallion, so he really is a part of the furniture.  If you have done your SRC, Bronze, First Aid or IRB Course, you have probably been taught by Terry.  There is not much about Surf Life Saving that Terry doesn’t know.  Last year he achieved a 30 year service award.  He is one of our trainers for Bronze and is an Assessor and Examiner for IRB awards.  As a surf official he was a powercraft coordinator at the Aussies last year, and has a vast experience in the management of surf carnivals.  Terry is our water safety officer for events such as the Surf Swim and Lion Island challenge, and also helps to manage the IRB competition team.  Terry is generally found either on the beach, tinkering with an engine in the IRB room, fixing the ATV or something else,  He is rather fond of both a joke and a beer, and not necessarily in that order.  Terry’s official title on the Board of Management is Deputy Director of Life Saving and Education and Beach Vehicle Officer.  I really don’t know how the club would function without Barbs.  Both his son Todd and daughter Amelia have followed their father into IRB racing, and are representing the Club this year.  I would like to thank his lovely wife Megan for sharing him so much.  Thank you Barbs for your enthusiasm, passion, humour and constant dedication.
7/8 May:  IRB Round 1 – Caves Beach
14 May:  End of Season Party
21/22 May:  IRB Round 2 – Terrigal
25 June:  Presentation Day
4/5 June:  IRB Round 3 – Birubi Point
18/19 June:  IRB Round 4 – South Maroubra
2/3 July: IRB State – Mollymook
22/23/24: IRB Aussies – Mollymook
31 July:  AGM
Registration starts in August.