Archive for January, 2017

Mullaloo in the mix with Australia’s best!

Monday, January 23rd, 2017



The Mur­phy Builders QLD Maroochy­dore Clas­sic was held over the week­end o 21-22nd Jan­u­ary 2017 and four of our ath­letes – Brett Gould, Wes Gould, Ben Jones and Harry Jones com­peted for Mul­laloo SLSC. This par­tic­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion had some great cash prizes and drew good num­bers and very com­pet­i­tive ath­letes from around the states!

Sat­ur­day started with very hot, humid and windy weather with chal­leng­ing surf con­di­tions for the U17 and U19 indi­vid­ual events going through to finals (all except for Iron­man).

Sun­day was Day 2 of the com­pe­ti­tion and was over­cast and windy for most of the day and much more com­fort­able tem­per­a­ture wise. The team events along with open indi­vid­ual plus Iron­man finals from Sat­ur­day were on the agenda.

IMG_1670Harry Jones com­peted in Indi­vid­ual, Board, Iron and Surf – a great learn­ing expe­ri­ence for him com­pet­ing against the cream of Inter­state com­peti­tors.

Ben Jones‘ high­lights were mak­ing the semi-final of the Open Iron and a cred­i­ble 12th in the Open Surf race.

Wes Gould impressed with a fan­tas­tic effort by mak­ing 3 indi­vid­ual finals in U19s – 7th in Ski, 7th in Board and fin­ish­ing an awe­some 4th in the Iron­man!

Brett, Wes and Ben com­peted in the Open Board Relay fin­ish­ing 10th in the final and in the Ski Relay fin­ished 9th in semi – miss­ing the final by just one spot.

Harry, Ben and Brett teamed up with Trigg SLSC’s Callan Smith and fin­ished 3rd in the Open Surf Team. A com­bined Mullaloo/Trigg six man Taplin team with Ben, Wes, and Brett with Dan Hum­ble, Devon and Callan fin­ished a very cred­i­ble 7th in what has been described as ‘very excit­ing race’!

The boys all did Mul­laloo SLSC proud, being con­sis­tently in the mix against the top clubs in the coun­try.


Friday, January 20th, 2017

With thanks to Darcey Brooks for her account of the 2017 T.O.A.D Camp!

Group shot with Heli-TOAD

Teamwork, Opportunities and Development (TOAD) Camp

We arrived at the north port ferry terminal…grabbed our shirts and hats and searched for peo­ple we knew…soon enough we were on the ferry on the way to Rotto. The ferry was packed and Neve and I had a bit of med­ical com­mo­tion next to us from a mem­ber of the pub­lic but she was sur­rounded by life savers…what could go wrong!?

We trekked to the bar­racks and got to know the team we were going to be with for most of the camp. Even­tu­ally our bags got there…took them a while!16145432_1895080524044408_1970268667_o And we set up our dorms…oh and then had to take every­thing down and move dorms….and then set up again.
Morn­ing fitness…we all dreaded it but it wasn’t that bad but the swarm of stingers were very pleas­ant.  We devoured brekky and were stoked for the bike ride. Just a tip…never try to hire bikes for 76 peo­ple it’s well…chaotic. We hadn’t even started rid­ing yet and I had already fal­len over so we were in for a long day. The scenery was amaz­ing and the water looked like some­thing out of the Mal­dives. The big, end­less hills though…not so amaz­ing.

16196461_1895080737377720_1920217545_oAfter a few stacks and a cou­ple of grazes we got to our first snor­kel­ing spot. The water was so refresh­ing and we never wanted to get out! After­wards, we went to the light­house and then back to town for lunch. We headed to the basin for another snorkel and chat­ted to the local life­guards about their res­cues as they are the only life­guards on Rotto! Later that night we did our radio oper­a­tors course and it was hella easy and heaps of fun but that was the the­ory bit so we were happy to get to bed after.

Wednes­day morn­ing fit­ness con­sisted of less “phys­i­cal” exer­cise as they all assumed we would be tired…which was true. We did team games and, thanks to Corey, I had to have a ten min­ute shower to get all the shav­ing cream out of my hair! We went to the beach and then did the prac­ti­cal side of the radio course…we all passed although I would be quite wor­ried if some peo­ple actu­ally had to go call some­one in an emer­gency! Then we did our skits. Corey and I were in the same group and never under­es­ti­mate what that lit­tle guy can do… We dressed him in a girls one piece bather and we got behind a blan­ket and did some syn­chro­nized swimming…to our sur­prise and the help from a few 10’s from the judges we won!

I have actu­ally never laughed so hard in my life. Last day pack up we dreaded but brekky was to die for! We walked to the air­port and the res­cue heli­copter was there and we got to ask the crew ques­tions and got to see the inside. After a few hours of free time around the island we were back on the ferry head­ing home.

This camp is def­i­nitely the high­light of the hol­i­days and it has given me friends and skills for a life­time. We never once sat with or played with our friends we already knew, we made new ones – yet it felt like we had known them forever. We got intro­duced to so many new path­ways in surf life­sav­ing that I had never heard of and I’m sure every­one enjoyed the whole thing although I sure was happy to crash in my own bed Thurs­day night.

On behalf of Neve, Corey and myself – Thank You to Mul­laloo SLSC who gave us this oppor­tu­nity and for every­one involved who made it a rip­per of a week!

Yewww, Darcey!

Group Shot-TOAD

IRB Drivers and Crew Forum

Monday, January 16th, 2017

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Invit­ing all IRB Dri­vers and Crews.

IRB Operations Forum

Fri­day 20th Jan­u­ary, 6.00pm in the Club Lounge

The pur­pose of the forum is to encour­age and invite all mem­bers with the appro­pri­ate IRB awards to take part in all aspects relat­ing to pow­er­craft usage within the club. The group will become the Mul­laloo IRB oper­a­tions group and will be encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in some or many of the Life­sav­ing, Edu­ca­tion and Com­pet­i­tive duties.

Some of the duties will include –

  • Cov­er­age for Patrol and Abalone patrol oblig­a­tions,
  • Sun­day morn­ing Set up and water safety duties,
  • Club events and car­ni­val ros­ters.

Being a part of this dynamic and expand­ing group will bring rewards of grat­i­tude, ful­fil­ment along with social ben­e­fits. In addi­tion there will be oppor­tu­ni­ties to expand on your skill base and become a part of the edu­ca­tion com­po­nent of IRB oper­a­tions within the club and move into the fast paced arena of IRB com­pe­ti­tion.

The forum will include

  • An out­line of where IRB oper­a­tions are cur­rently at within the club.
  • An out­line of areas where help and per­son­nel are needed.
  • The desired out­comes and goals of the group.
  • IRB Edu­ca­tion Oppor­tu­ni­ties
  • IRB Com­pe­ti­tion Goals
  • Intro­duc­tion of the IRB Oper­a­tions Co-ordi­na­tor and their duties
  • Overview of equip­ment and its desired usage.
  • Basic main­te­nance stan­dards

The Forum is intended to all club mem­bers that hold an IRB qual­i­fi­ca­tion, how­ever there are many oppor­tu­ni­ties for all mem­bers, sup­port­ers and par­ents with an inter­est in the IRB oper­a­tion within the club to become involved.

All atten­dees will be greeted with some light refresh­ments from the bar as a token of appre­ci­a­tion for your forth­com­ing involve­ment with the IRB oper­a­tions group.