February 2017 Edition

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2016-17 Newcastle Permanent Junior Lifesavers of the Year Announced
Congratulations to all the Junior Lifesaver of the Year nominees on being selected to represent their respective clubs for this very prestigious award. The quality of the candidates this year was extremely high across all components of the process - nomination, signals, CPR, scenarios and interview which, as a result,  ensured a very close and exciting result. Congratulations to Skye O'Mara from Terrigal SLSC and Hayden Doyle from Ocean Beach SLSC who were announced as the 2016-2017 winners! These two very deserving and dedicated young lifesavers will now represent the SLSCC Branch at the 2017 SLSNSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year camp which will be held at the Collaroy Centre in Sydney from 11 - 14 April 2017. We wish Skye and Hayden all the very best.

Central Coast Leagues Club RWC Launch

Surf Life Saving Central Coast (SLSCC), with support from the Central Coast Leagues Club, has increased its beach safety services provided to the Central Coast community with the injection of a new Rescue Water Craft (RWC) which was christened on Sunday 15 January 2017 at Terrigal SLSC alongside the third SLSCC Nipper Carnival of the season. After a tragic start to 2017 across NSW beaches the boost from Central Coast Leagues Club will greatly assist local lifesaving services in protecting both local residents and visitors to Central Coast beaches.  The new RWC will support the existing surf club patrols as well as providing roving patrols to locations away from the traditional flagged areas. The new craft will also be a primary resource used to rescue people in danger when tasked by emergency services to major incidents outside of standard lifesaving patrol hours. Since the inception of the SLSCC Rescue Water Craft Service in 2004, RWC's have become an integral rescue asset and his new addition to the fleet will even further strengthen Surf Life Savings ability to save lives. Thank you to Central Coast Leagues Club for their ongoing support.

Friday Fun Fact.... The Entrance SLSC 1940

Check out this awesome photo of The Entrance SLSC from 1940 - this is the oldest surf club building still standing on the Central Coast..!
2016-17 Newcastle Permanent Junior Branch Championships
Sunday 5th February 2017 saw around 800 eager nippers and their families converge on Umina Beach in some very hot and testing conditions for the major nipper carnival of the season, the 2016-2017 Newcastle Permanent Junior Branch Championships.
In their final Branch Championships competing as nippers before moving onto the senior ranks next season, all eyes were on the prestigious under 14 division. Sam Cummings(Terrigal) stole the show with a clean sweep in the water events, winning the under 14 male Ironman, Surf Race, Board Race and toped things off by teaming up with fellow club mates to also win gold medals in the board relay and Cameron relay events. On the beach,  Zackery Wilson (Umina) won the under 14 male beach sprint, while Blaine Hayes (Ocean Beach) won the Beach Flags. To top off outstanding careers in Central Coast Junior Surf Sports it was fitting to see Piper-Lily Walker (Avoca) and Mia Middleton (Soldiers Beach) finish with a bang. Walker won the surf race and Ironwoman and claimed a further three gold medals in team events. While Middleton completed the double on the sand, winning both the under 14 female flags and beach sprint events. Other standout performers included Poppi Lever (MacMasters) and Erin Hamilton (Terrigal) in the U/13 female, James Marshall (Shelly Beach) in the U/12 males, Mia Cracknell (Avoca) and Emelyn Wheeler (Terrigal) in the U/12 Female, Jet Green (Terrigal) U/11 male, Devara Marshall (Umina) and Pearl McQueen (Avoca) in the U/11 female and Emma Duggan (North Avoca) U/10 female.  Thank you to the members of Umina SLSC who did an amazing job setting up and hosting these Championships. SLSCC wish all our young athletes the very best as they now prepare for the SLSNSW State Championships at Swansea Belmont SLSC which will be held from 3 - 5 March 2017.
Opens Branch Champs Wrap Up
Open competitors lined up at Ocean Beach for the 2017 SLSCC Open Branch Championships last Sunday for a massive day of competition. Umina’s Jemma Smith continued her impressive form with another standout performance, winning an incredible 12 Gold and 4 silver medals competing in both her U/19 age category and backing up in opens. Her haul of gold medals included victories in both the Open and U19 Ironwoman and single ski events.
It was a break out Championships for Shelly Beach’s James De Vries who was on fire winning the prestigious Open Ironman, Open Surf Race and Open Belt Race as well as winning the same events in his own age category in the U/19 division. He also won the U19 Board race and led his Shelly Beach SLSC team to victory in the Open and U19 board Rescue, U19 Rescue Tube Rescue and U19 Surf teams.
Other standout performers included the Avoca Beach Z Crew and MacMasters Beach Looloo’s winning the Open Male and Female boat divisions. Savannah Wheeler of Terrigal was unstoppable on the beach winning the Open Female Beach Flags and Beach Sprint along with the same events in her U17 age category and Avoca’s Zoe Clarke and Umina’s Lachlan’s Braddish were also in top form clean sweeping the individual water events in the U15’s.  
In the overall pointscore the placings went to Avoca Beach SLSC, followed by Terrigal and Umina in third with the top six rounded out by strong performances from Shelly Beach, Ocean Beach and Soldiers Beach. Check out the full SLSCC Open Branch Championships results here.
Saturdays Masters Carnival was postponed due to extreme heat and will now be held tomorrow at Ocean Beach SLSC starting from 7am.

SLSNSW Lifesaver Exchange Program - NZ

Huge Congratulations to Matthew Calbert from Ocean Beach SLSC who has been selected  in the SLSNSW Lifesaver Exhange Program to visit New Zealand next month. What a brilliant and well deserved opportunity for Matt who is a fantastic young leader for both Ocean Beach SLSC and Surf Life Saving Central Coast. Great Job Matt !

Streets Surf Boats Series Wrap Up

Boat crews from the Central Coast and Hunter lined up in picturesque conditions at Soldiers Beach for the sixth and final round of the Streets Surf Boat Series on Saturday 4 February 2017.
In the Series 22nd year, this season was another huge success for the Streets Surf Boat Series with competitors and officials enjoying all six rounds with some excellent talent and depth across all divisions. It was great to see strong performances from the Coast crews who won six of the 10 divisions with wins to Terrigal’s Under 19 men’s and women’s crews along with wins in four divisions to Avoca Beach, including their under 23 men’s and women’s, masters woman’s and opens reserves crews.
A huge congratulations must also be passed onto each of the special award recipients:
~ U23 Encouragement Award - Redhead "Gold" U23 womens crew
~ U19 Encouragement Awards - Ocean Beach "Pen Island" U19 mens crew
~ Bruce Thorogood Trphy - Terrigal "Gee Boys" U19 mens crew
Please click here for overall results which are also available on the slscc website and facebook page for the photos.
Congratulations and thank you to all crews and officials for their support and participation throughout this fantastic series, to Streets Ice Cream for their continued support and to the host club Soldiers Beach SLSC for facilitating such a perfect day and event overall.

Newcastle Permanent Ducks for Bucks

The exciting and colourful spectacle of thousands of little red and yellow ducks have proved to be hugely popular once again with spectators attending the annual Newcastle Permanent Ducks for Bucks race at The Entrance Channel on Australia Day which is the major fundraiser for SLSCC.
The ducks charged the channel, spurred on by the enormous crowd, all encouraging their respective ducks to get to the finish line first. The SLSCC Rookies did a fantastic job as the ducks were very quickly channelled to the finishing line with the first three ducks to cross the line winning Newcastle Permanent bank accounts to the value of $5,000.
Huge congratulations to this years winners:
~ 1st Place ($2,500.00) - Toby Laing - North Entrance - Ticket # 6234
~ 2nd Place ($1,500.00) - Rachel Owen - Bateau Bay - Ticket # 2258
~ 3rd Place (1,000.00) - Ayva Marshall - Umina - Ticket # 10,111

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie Challenge

The annual Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie Challenge was held at Terrigal Beach on Saturday 14 January 2017, showcasing 13 teams and over 70 Rookie Lifesavers dressed in their Rookie Lifesaver patrol uniforms.These young lifesavers have again been out in force this season supporting surf patrols while developing their own skills and being mentored to become fully qualified patrolling lifesavers.
All events conducted in this fantastic and fun event are team orientated and designed around lifesaving scenarios that the rookies could be expected to face whilst on patrol. Rookies also participated in theory examinations and flag signals used on patrolling duties.  Huge congratulations to all the Rookies who participated this year and we wish them all the best for the season.

Streets Rip Awareness Program
During the recent busy Christmas Holiday period, a total of eight (8) Streets Rip Awareness Demonstrations were carried out at a number of our beautiful Central Coast beaches thanks to the support of Streets Ice Creams.
With the increased amount of drownings that occurred over this past holiday season, there was no better timing to reinforce vital beach safety information regarding rip awareness to the beach going public. Each demonstration saw an amount of non-toxic fluro dye colour poured into the ocean to highlight the rip pathway, while volunteer patrolling club members and Rookie Lifesavers conducted scenarios of various rescue techniques such as  a parallel swim to escape the rip and a simulated 'panicked patients rescued with the use of Rescue Boards, Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) and Jet Ski (RWC).
During each demonstration, a live commentary and explanation of the scenarios being performed were delivered over the pa/speaker systems as club members showcased their impressive skills and techniques to spectators. On Australia Day we had the privilege of working with the Little Ripper Drone team which resulted in an incredible demonstration delivered to hundreds of people who had lined The Entrance Channel foreshore. During this demonstration, Rip dye was poured into the channel and two of The Entrance SLSC Rookies jumped into the out-going current, with jet ski on stand by the drone was sent to assist the troubled'' pair. It was fantastic to witness this amazing new technology in action as the drone was tasked', deployed the 3m rescue tube pack towards the patients and inflate upon impact with the water. The patients floated with the tube and awaited jet ski pick up.
Huge thank you to the SLSCC Coordinators Graham Johnston and Nicci Stephenson along with each of the host clubs and their members for their participation and commitment to the Rip Program which was absolutely tremendous.
Avoca 'Z'  Surf Boat Crew represent Australia
Congratulations to the Avoca Beach "Z Crew" who, following their success at the National Selection Trial in December, represented Australia over the weekend of 4 - 5 February 2017 to claim the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Test in New Zealand. The crew made up of John Paterson, Duke Brierty, Daniel Tamblyn, Richard Briery (Sweep) and Brad Mitchell were presented with their Australian blazers by NRL star Paul Harragon at a special ceremony conducted at Surf House at Bondi prior to their departure to New Zealand. Also in the Australian team which flew to New Zealand, were the selected crews from Tallebudgera Qld, Open Ladies, North Cronulla under 23 Male and Newport under 23 female.
When the team arrived at Waihi Beach north of Auckland for racing on Saturday 4th Feb, they were greeted with a dead flat surf with a tiny un-breaking swell with a strong Westerly wind blowing off shore.
Without giving a full commentary of every race, the Avoca Beach boys won two and one second to NZ which, along with the brilliant performance from the Open Ladies with similar results, carried the vital points to claim victory for Australia in the Text Series.
Quite an astounding result for the Avoca Beach boys considering that three of them are only twenty two and one twenty four years of age compared to the seasoned rowers representing New Zealand, three of whom are ex Olympic still water rowers!
SLSCC 2017-2018 Election Meeting
The 2017-2018 Election Meeting of Surf Life Saving Central Coast (SLSCC) will be held on Thursday 20th April 2017 at the Branch Office commencing at 6.15pm.  These important voluntary positions are vital for the successful running of the Central Coast Branch therefore we strongly encourage all members who may be interested in taking on one of these fulfilling roles to complete the nomination form as 2017-18 will be an exciting year in the development of Surf Life Saving Central Coast and interested members will most certainly have an integral part to play.  Members who are interested in nominating for a position are asked to complete and submit the attached nomination form along with a brief half page biography outlining your qualifications and relevant experience relating to the position you are interested in to Mel Ives – by the closing date of 20th March 2017.  For further information, please click here for the Circular and nomination form.
Calling History Buffs - The History of Terrigal SLSC
Terrigal SLSC is approaching its Centenary year and the club is looking to the local Surf Lifesaving community for any photos or information about the club to enrich its historical archives. The aim is to produce a book for the 100th year.
Are there any members of Coast SLS clubs that have memorabilia of Terrigal?
It could be old photos of carnivals at Terrigal, photos of Terrigal competitors at your club carnivals, information about events held at Terrigal over the years (like the women patrolling Terrigal in WWII, the Bicentenary Carnival or State Titles in the 1950’s) or contact with any older members who may have any information.
The committee members are happy to travel to a place of your choice and scan information/photos without them leaving your sight! Your memorabilia is important to you but we want it to also be available for others in years to come. We are also very happy to interview people who may simply have memories that they would like to add.
A lot of us have a ‘shoe box’ or album put away somewhere with our own old photos or even those of parents or older family members. Could you find those boxes and have a look please. That history is really important. If it is about your club, not Terrigal, please consider donating it to Surf Life Saving Central Coast where it will be valued and added to the archives. The more information we have, the better we can credit, remember and value the people who make up our surf community.
This is a great opportunity to engage all the older surf club members in your clubs and in the wider community, to value their experiences. If you know of someone who is a wealth of knowledge, who has kept records of their experiences or has great stories to tell, please contact them and then contact us. We want to collect as much information as we can, primarily about Terrigal, but in addition, any information about the early days of competition between clubs is also extremely valued. Also we can just talk to these people, they do not have to have it all written or photos. Thanks in advance. Please contact the Terrigal Centenary Organising Committee - Cathy Cole 0404872154 or Terrigal Office 43856933.

Upcoming Education Courses    

25 February 2017 @ SLSCCHQ            Silver Medallion Beach Management
10 March 2017 @ SLSCCHQ                SLSNSW Provide First Aid Course
18 March 2017 @ Ocean Beach            Gold Medallion
30 March 2017 @ SLSCCHQ                SLSNSW Provide First Aid Course
8 April  2017 @ SLSCCHQ                    SLSNSW Provide First Aid Course
8-9 April 2017 @ North Avoca                Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue
6-7 May 2017 @ TBA                             Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue
To book a spot in a SLSCC Course, please contact your Club Chief Training Officer (CTO) or please contact SLSNSW on 9471 8000 to book a spot in a SLSNSW Provide First Aid Course.

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Surf Sports               22 February 2017 - Board Only
Board of Directors                  14 March 2017
Presidents Tea                       16 March 2017   
Board of Education                 20 March 2017 - with club reps
Board of Surf Sports               22 March 2017 - Board only
Board of Life Saving               23 March 2017 - with club reps
Board of Member Services     18 April 2017 - with club reps
SLSCC Election Meeting        20 April 2017
Board of Surf Sports               26 April 2017 - with club reps

Upcoming Events

18 February 2017     Branch Masters Champs @ Ocean Beach
18 February 2017     Newcastle Permanent Junior Ironperson R3 @ Avoca
18 February 2017     Branch First Aid Champs @ The Entrance
19 February 2017     Branch Champion Lifesaver @ Soldiers Beach
3-5 March 2017        SLSNSW State Age Champs @ Swansea/Belmont
8-9 March 2017        SLSNSW State Masters Champs @ Swansea/Belmont
10-12 March 2017    SLSNSW State Open Champs @ Swansea/Belmont
25-26 March 2017   SLSA Aussies Youth Champs @ Kirra Beach QLD
27-29 March 2017   SLSA Aussies Masters Champs @ Kirra Beach QLD
30 Mar-2 Apr 2017  SLSA Aussies Opens Champs @ Kirra Beach QLD
14-17 April 2017      Easter Weekend
25 April 2017           ANZAC Day
25 April 2017           Final Patrol Day for 2016-17
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