July Newsletter

On behalf of the Board of Management and members of the Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc, I extend an invitation to join us at our 91st Annual General Meeting to be held in the Club Room, Avalon Beach SLSC at 3:00pm onSunday, 31 July, 2016.At the meeting the Club’s Office Bearers will be voted in and we will present our Annual Report which documents a very successful 2015/16 season.    The Steve Parkes Award for Achievement in Lifesaving Education, last year won by Mike Stanley Jones (pictured), will also be presented.

A special resolution will be put to the meeting to change the name of the Club from Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club Incorporated to Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc.

A special resolution will also be put to the meeting to adopt a new constitution.  There is more information on these special resolutions in the newsletter below.

Following the AGM, you will also have the opportunity to renew your membership and collect any awards you may not have received.

I look forward to seeing you at the 91st AGM and hope you will stay on afterwards and catch up with members past and present in the Club Lounge.

Please confirm your attendance by email to[email protected] or contact our office on (02) 9918 3298.


A review by the Constitution Committee found that the current constitution, adopted in 2008 and entirely suitable for its time, would now require numerous amendments to address ongoing change. The wording is now seen as inflexible, specifies procedures which are no longer aligned with current Club practices, and is out of line with recently adopted SLSNSW and SLSA constitutions. The proposed constitution is based on a template created specifically for surf clubs and remedies the above issues. This constitution provides both the framework and safeguards we need to operate as a successful club, without the specific parameters that may restrict how the club chooses to operate in the future. Specific rules regulating the operation of the Club will be adopted as a set of By-Laws that can be amended as required by the Board of Management. I urge every member to review the proposed constitution and vote to adopt it at the AGM.  You will have received a copy of the proposed constitution by email with the notice of the AGM.  If you have any specific questions or concerns in relation to the proposed constitution, please contact me.  i will also be at the the barthis Friday between 5:30 and 7:00pm to answer any queries or questions in relation to the proposed constitution.

The Club was known as Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club until it incorporated in 1990 as Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club Incorporated. The proposed change in official name brings the name of the Club back to historical and common usage (as depicted on our logo), and into line with Surf Life Saving Australia Limited, Surf Life Saving New South Wales and Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Incorporated.
Membership renewal for the 2016/17 season will open following the AGM on Sunday 31st July.  Membership rates remain the same as last year, with the exception of our Under 15 to Under 18 year old members, who are now free (these age groups must still complete the membership renewal or registration process).  Free membership for these age groups is an initiative as part of our Youth Program designed to encourage and retain young members (who are our future) within the Club. There will also be no competition levies in the 2016/17 season for senior club members.  Senior club membership fees will increase by $50 after 30 Septemberhowever, so make sure you renew your membership early.   This increase is necessary due to the large sum required to be paid by the Club for Capitation fees (covering membership and insurance for each member) due to Branch and State at this time.Step by step instructions on how to renew your membership are on our website here.  Instructions for new members are here.  A Membership Renewal Form must be (electronically) signed by all members.   Membership fees must be paid at the time of submitting your renewal form.  Refer to our Membership Fees page on our website for information on current fees.  Only Financial members (those members who have electronically signed their Membership Renewal Form AND paid their Membership fees) are covered by SLSNSW Insurance and iCare (formerly WorkCover) and are also entitled to member benefits.

Avalon Beach SLSC were recipients of some major awards at Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Awards of Excellence.held on 24th June.  With six awards we believe we won more than any other Club on the Northern Beaches.  Congratulations to all our winners and nominees.

Outstanding Service Award

Christine Hopton

Northern Beaches Council Initiative of the Year
Avalon Beach SLSC Youth Program

Streets Most Outstanding Club for Administration  
Avalon Beach SLSC (shared)

SNB Championship Point Score U/23 division
Avalon Beach Pinkies
Nick Sampson, Matthew Mayall, Tom Curnow, Andy Bright, Nathan Wellings (sweep)

Rescue of the Month May-June 2015    
Avalon and Warriewood SLSCs
Beverley Tilbury, Kate Munro, Donna Wishart, Kerry McEwan ( Avalon Beach), Russell Lamb and Jen Spencer (Warriewood)

Rescue of the Year 2015/16      
Avalon and Warriewood SLSCs
Beverley Tilbury, Kate Munro, Donna Wishart, Kerry McEwan ( Avalon Beach), Russell Lamb and Jen Spencer (Warriewood)

Surf Lifesaver of the Year
Nick Sampson

Volunteer of the Year
Volker Klemm

Trainer of the Year
Mike Stanley-Jones

Surf Sports Official of the Year
Darren Warrener

Team of the Year
Avalon Beach Pinkies
Nick Sampson, Matthew Mayall, Tom Curnow, Andy Bright, Nathan Wellings (sweep)

The State IRB Championship were held at Mollymook in perfect winter weather.  We won through to eleven semi finals & three finals.  Congraulations to all our team members and especially those who made the finals against much bigger teams.
Bronze Medal: Under23 Mass Rescue: Matt Mayall (D), Blake Taggart ( C), Melissa Hall & Amelia Barber (patients)
Fourth: Novice rescue: Todd Barber (D), Zach Dale (C), Alan Mahn (patient)
Sixth: 35+ Teams: Alan Mahn and Jason Dale (drivers), Alan Moran and Peter Carter (crew), Zach Dale and Melissa Hall (patients)
When you’ve got up to forty teams competing in each event to reach a final is no mean feat. In particular Todd & Zach’s fourth place was a great result given that they have only been competing together for a few weeks.
Nippers membership renewal and registration for the 2016/17 season will open from 1st August 2016. Membership rates remain the same as last year.  Membership fees will increase by $50 after 16th September however, so make sure you renew your membership early.  Nipper proficiency swims will be held on 17th September, but you must be registered and financial to complete your swim on this day.Step by step instructions on how to renew your membership and register new Nippers, including information on membership fees, are on our website here.  A Membership Renewal Form must be (electronically) signed by all members.  Membership fees must be paid at the time of submitting your renewal or registration form.

Registrations days will be held on the 3rd and 4th September 2016 at the Club.  An information session for parents of Under 6 Nippers will be held on 11th September at 3:00pm.

Congratulations to all our award winners at our Presentation Night, to Christine Hopton and the social committee for such a great event and to everyone who helped out, turned up on theme and got into the spirit of the evening.  It was a terrific and memorable night – who will ever forget the sight of Charles Lindop in a yellow skirt, orange rubber gloves and red vinyl policeman’s cap?  I know I won’t.The Norman Cook Most Outstanding Member of the Year – Jeff Nesbitt
Presidents’ Award – Johnny Harper, Xanthe Friend, Todd Barber
The Chris “Detho” Dethick – Boatie of the Year – Beverley Tilbury
Rookie of the Year (Bronze this season) – Daphne Rhodes
Patrol Captain of the Year – Nina Mills
Patrol Member of the Year – Alan Moran
Junior Member of the Year – Jack Wetherall
Max Watt Competitors of the Year – U/23 Pinkies Nathan Wellings, Nick Sampson, Andrew Bright, Tom Curnow, Matt Mayall
Sunday Swim – Sally Colley


1st Gabriel James
2nd Mackenzie Crawshaw
1st Nick Sampson
2nd Tom Curnow
MALE 40-55
1st Mike Stanley Jones
2nd Craig Leistad
1st Bob Richardson
2nd Ross Bidencope
FEMALE 40-55
1st Sally Colley
2nd Kerrie Shimeld
1st Sue Muller
2nd Christine Hopton

All of our rescue and training equipment and gear (including Nippers gear) must comply with strict Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) specifications.  Compliance with these specifications is checked each year on a gear inspection day.  This year the inspection will be held on Sunday 21st August at approximately10:30am.  We need help on the day – please meet at the Club at 9:00am to assist with the presentation and pack up of all of our gear and equipment.WE ARE CURRENTLY MISSING ONE RESCUE BOARD.  IF YOU HAVE IT PLEASE RETURN TO THE CLUB IMMEDIATELY AND ADVISENICK SAMPSON.
After one year in the job as President I would like to thank and acknowledge all of the members of the Club who have helped me in this role.  Thank you in particular to our incredible Board of Management – what an extraordinary group of dedicated and talented people.  Thank you to my wife Cilla, and my family Christopher, Julia, Fergus and Claudia.  We have a wonderful Club and it has been a real honour to hold this position.  I look forward to next season and implementing some of the ideas discussed throughout the past year including:

  • A five year strategic plan
  • Patrol initiatives
  • A Patrol Competition
  • Strengthening our “One Club” policy
  • Hosting reinvigorated community events such as the Lion Island Challenge and Carols.
  • Building on our great Youth Program
  • Achieving even better Surf Sports results
  • Taking our Nipper Program to even grater heights.
I am very pleased and grateful to see that almost all of our Board of Management and office holders will be continuing in their roles next year.  One exception is Life Member Peter Akehurst, who has held the position of IRB Competition Manager since 1994 and been on the committee since 1989.  That is a lot of meetings.  Digger achieved his Bronze medallion and joined the Club in 1975, when he was also Senior Surf Champion.  He received his Silver Medallion IRB Driver award in 1981.  He has been a trainer in Bronze ans IRB since 1977 and 1986 respectively.  He was IRB Caption in 1990-91.  In 1994 he was made a Life Member of the Club.  In 2010 he received his 30 Year Long Service Award.   As well as bringing his accounting skills to the BoM, “Digger” has organised countless training sessions, carnival tours, carnival entries and carnival management over the years, and been a driving force in the continuity and strength of our IRB team.  His service to the Club has been extraordinary.  But he won’t be a stranger to the Club – he has put his hand up to help manage a Patrol Competition this year (so look out when you are next in uniform!). Thank you Digger for all of your exceptional work spanning decades
31 July: 3:00pm AGM
1 August: Registration opens
21 August: Gear Inspection
30 Sep: Earlybird  membership fees finish
8 October: Lion Island Challenge
1 August: Registration Opens
11 Sep: 3:00pm U/6 Nipper Information Session
16 Sep: Earlybird fees finish
17 Sep

: Proficiency Swims