Archive for June, 2017

Removal of Tagged Shark Detection System

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club (SLSC) will soon remove the tagged shark detec­tion buoys locat­ed in front of the Club. The buoys and pub­lic alert sys­tem pro­vid­ed over a kilo­me­tre of tagged shark detec­tion and auto­mat­ic alarms along the main beach.

Despite exhaus­tive attempts to engage com­mer­cial spon­sors, gov­ern­ment from both sides of pol­i­tics and local gov­ern­ment, no finan­cial sup­port has been found to main­tain or expand the tri­al of the cur­rent sys­tem. The new State gov­ern­ment has indi­cat­ed that it will con­tin­ue to fund Surf Life Sav­ing West­ern Aus­tralia (SLSWA) to main­tain its sup­port of the cur­rent shark mit­i­ga­tion ini­ti­ates.

The asso­ci­at­ed mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing between Mul­laloo SLSC and Curtin Uni­ver­si­ty (Cen­tre for Marine Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy) for research into acoustic detec­tion of tagged sharks will now focus on oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate.

Mul­laloo SLSC is obvi­ous­ly dis­ap­point­ed to have to decom­mis­sion this inno­v­a­tive appli­ca­tion of tech­nol­o­gy that enhanced the aware­ness and safe­ty of beach goers at Mul­laloo. It has been the source of some insight­ful acoustic detec­tion stud­ies con­duct­ed over the last few years. Mul­laloo SLSC’s research col­lab­o­ra­tion with Curtin Uni­ver­si­ty has been much appre­ci­at­ed.

The Mul­laloo SLSC would like to acknowl­edge and thank all who assist­ed and spon­sors that pro­vid­ed equip­ment and asso­ci­at­ed ser­vices, includ­ing RPS MetO­cean Pty Ltd, Whit­fords Sea Res­cue and Thhink Wire­less Tech­nolo­gies Ltd.

There remain two Depart­ment of Fish­eries tagged shark detec­tion buoys locat­ed approx­i­mate­ly 600 meters off the beach at Mul­laloo. Any detec­tion from these units goes direct­ly to SLSWA twit­ter feed, based on satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions. There will be no instant siren and red light alert at Mul­laloo SLSC attached to this sys­tem of tagged shark detec­tion.

shark bouyMul­laloo SLSC remains com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing beach goers with the high­est stan­dard of surf life sav­ing ser­vice. We rec­om­mend swim­mers and oth­er ocean users check for shark detec­tion alerts before enter­ing the water and remain vig­i­lant when assess­ing water con­di­tions.

Any enquiries can be emailed to or call the office on 9307 7766.

SLSWA Awards of Excellence

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Surf Life Sav­ing West­ern Aus­tralia (SLSWA) host­ed a suc­cess­ful sea­son at its annu­al Awards of Excel­lence at Crown Perth on Sat­ur­day (10 June) night.

It was a cel­e­bra­tion of out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments recog­nised at State lev­el. Mul­laloo had 10 mem­bers across 15 Awards make final­ist as well as our Club mak­ing final­ist in Patrol Club of the Year (see list below). The diver­si­ty in the awards demon­strates the depth and strength the Club is gain­ing – this is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment and tes­ta­ment to the efforts of not only the final­ists but to all our mem­bers. Thank you.

© Tony Bowers Photography

The evening start­ed with mem­ber Jeff Davidson’s induc­tion into the Sport­ing Hall of Fame with the Fre­man­tle men’s beach relay team 1981–92.  The team, which over the years com­prised Aaron Brinkworth (for­mer Mul­laloo mem­ber), Adam Mills, Bri­an Troy, Jeff David­son, Mark Nolan, Paul Nolan, Philip Hop­kins, Richard Hick­son, Robert Pickard, Rod Pavlovich, Scott Den­non and Mark Peters, had an impres­sive record of golds at State and Nation­al lev­el. This award marks a sec­ond induc­tion for Jeff David­son who was indi­vid­u­al­ly induct­ed into the Sport­ing Hall of Fame in 2004.


© Tony Bowers PhotographyAnne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki took home the Asses­sor of the Year Award hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly won the State and Nation­al award last sea­son. This state win puts Anne-Marie as a final­ist in the upcom­ing Nation­al awards lat­er in the year. Just a few high­lights of Anne-Marie’s resume:

  • Anne-Marie is a mem­ber of the club’s Edu­ca­tion Lead­er­ship Group, with par­tic­u­lar respon­si­bil­i­ty for iden­ti­fy­ing and men­tor­ing new Train­ers and Asses­sors for the past three sea­sons. She has also con­duct­ed assess­ments exter­nal to the club, with­in the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area as well as WA coun­try clubs includ­ing Albany, Broome and Port Wal­cott.
  • Anne-Marie has facil­i­tat­ed updat­ing workshops/programs for coun­try clubs when vis­it­ing those areas.
  • Anne-Marie is an active mem­ber of the SLSWA Mem­ber Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee (METAC) and has held this posi­tion for five years.
  • Anne-Marie was appoint­ed to rep­re­sent the State on the SLSWA Com­mit­tee tasked with review­ing and updat­ing the resources for Pain Man­age­ment, ARTC and Sil­ver Medal­lion – Advanced First Aid.
  • This sea­son Anne-Marie pro­vid­ed sup­port to the SLSNT team in set­ting up life­guard ser­vices for aquat­ic facil­i­ties which includ­ed train­ing new life­guards.
  • Anne-Marie is the Depart­ment of Trans­port endorsed SLSWA Recre­ation­al Skipper’s Tick­et (RST) Asses­sor Coor­di­na­tor.

We wish Anne-Marie good luck this year at the Nation­al Surf Life Sav­ing Awards.

Thank you to all our patrolling mem­bers whom are all very deserv­ing of appre­ci­a­tion for their vol­un­tary time giv­en. The SLSWA Awards night recog­nis­es mem­bers across the State for their patrolling ser­vice, in par­tic­u­lar those with 100 or more patrol hours under their belt this sea­son. We are very proud that we have four mem­bers who achieved this great mile­stone for the sea­son — Ayden Bar­tle, Alex Upston, Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki and Natal­ie God­win!

Congratulations to all our Finalists:

Young Achiev­er of the Year Final­ist:
Wes GouldLife­guard of the Year Final­ist:
Rachael Crabb

Admin­is­tra­tor of the Year Final­ist:
Vic­ki Ras­mussen

Asses­sor of the Year Final­ists:
Phill Dee
Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki

Offi­cial of the Year Final­ist:
Sandy Clarke

Coach of the Year Final­ist:
Cameron Rap­ley

Youth Ath­lete of the Year Final­ist:
Wes Gould
Jake Smith

Team of the Year Final­ists:
Open Male Obsta­cle Relay
(Brett Gould, Wes Gould, Jake Smith, Callan Smith)Open Male Pool Manikin Relay
(Wes Gould, Ben Jones, Jake Smith, Callan Smith)

Open Male Med­ley Relays
(Wes Gould, Ben Jones, Jake Smith, Callan Smith)

Bernie Kel­ly Medal Final­ist:
Wes Gould

Vol­un­teer of the Year Final­ists:
Alis­tair Cook
Vic­ki Ras­mussen

Patrol Club of the Year Final­ist:

Pho­tos Anne-Marie and Jeff above: © Tony Bow­ers Pho­tog­ra­phy.

A few pics from the night!

Celebrate Guy Edwards — New Life Member

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Guy EdwardsWel­come and con­grat­u­la­tions to our newest Life Mem­ber Guy Edwards.

Guy became a mem­ber of the Mul­laloo SLSC with his wife Cheryl and two sons Aaron and Brody in 1998.

Once Guy suc­cess­ful­ly received his Bronze Medal­lion he com­menced a jour­ney that over the past 19 years has encom­passed many roles with­in the club from an Exec­u­tive lev­el to patrolling the beach as a vol­un­tary life­saver – which he con­tin­ues to par­tic­i­pate.

His resume is a tes­ta­ment to his strong vol­un­teer eth­ic and adapt­abil­i­ty across all facets of the club, and this is demon­strat­ed by the awards that have been afford­ed to him by his peers.

More recent­ly Guy has been a tremen­dous ambas­sador as an IRB dri­ver and at the Aus­tralian SLS Titles which is a sub­stan­tial effort involv­ing many hours over many days. This was over and above his con­tri­bu­tions as the Sup­port Ser­vices Gen­er­al Man­ag­er for the Club at the time.

Life Mem­ber­ship is about spe­cial or dis­tin­guished ser­vice to the Club, so if you take the time to reflect on his per­son­al con­tri­bu­tion then with­out his gen­eros­i­ty the Club may well be in a dif­fer­ent place.

The fol­low­ing list is an overview of Guy’s con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments to date.

Club posi­tions held

  • Direc­tor of Finance 2003–2005
    • While on the board the Club achieved the fol­low­ing: Final­ist in the SLSA ‘Club of the year’ in 2004 & 2005, SLSA ‘Club of the year’ in 2005, SLSWA Reg Trigg Tro­phy, SLSWA Hay­ward shield
  • Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of Sup­port Ser­vices from August 2012-Feb 2016
    • This posi­tion has Man­agers for Facil­i­ties, Finance, Mar­ket­ing and Mem­ber­ship report­ing to it. The Club achieved WA Club of the year in May 2016.
  • Mem­ber of the Risk and Gov­er­nance com­mit­tee 2012 to Feb 2016 and Nov 2016 to cur­rent
  • Chair­man of the IRB Rac­ing Lead­er­ship Group from 2015 to 2016
  • IRB Offi­cer – from 2011 to 2015

Club Awards achieved

  • Club Per­son of the Year 2004/05
  • Club Train­ing Offi­cer of the year 2007/08 and 2011/12
  • IRB Per­son of the year 2011/12
  • Recog­ni­tion of out­stand­ing ser­vice – 2012
  • Nom­i­nat­ed for Vol­un­teer of the year at SLSWA “Award of Excel­lence” 2011
  • Cer­tifi­cate of appre­ci­a­tion for event assis­tance, water safe­ty, first aid and car­ni­val offi­ci­at­ing at local, state and nation­al lev­el 2013/14

Edu­ca­tion and Life­sav­ing Awards gained

  • Train­ing Offi­cer – Bronze Medal­lion from 2006 to cur­rent
  • Train­ing Offi­cer – ARTC from 2010 to 2014
  • Train­ing Offi­cer – IRB from 2011 to cur­rent
  • Asses­sor – Bronze Medal­lion from 2016 to cur­rent
  • Bronze Medal­lion
  • Sil­ver Medal­lion – IRB Dri­ver
  • Sil­ver Medal­lion – Beach Man­age­ment
  • Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques Cer­tifi­cate
  • IRB Crew Cer­tifi­cate
  • Senior First Aid
  • Pain Man­age­ment Cer­tifi­cate
  • Spinal Man­age­ment

Surf Sports – Com­pe­ti­tion and Ser­vice

  • First Aid offi­cial
    • Pro­vid­ing ser­vices at local, State and Nation­al car­ni­vals
  • SLSA Cer­tifi­cate of Appre­ci­a­tion – Offi­cial at 2011 DHL Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships
  • 5, 10 and 15 Year Offi­ci­at­ing Ser­vice Awards
  • Surf Offi­cial Lev­el 1 from 2001 to cur­rent
    • Offi­ci­at­ing at local, State and Nation­al car­ni­vals
  • Com­pet­ed at Senior and Mas­ters local, State and Nation­al com­pe­ti­tions
    • Sprints and sprint relays, line­man in Belt Race, March Past
  • Mem­ber of the Aussie tour­ing Team from 2006 to 2016
  • Mem­ber of the IRB Rac­ing Aussie tour­ing team 2016
  • Coach­ing Ser­vice
    • Junior and Senior Sprint Coach – 2015/16
    • Assis­tant Sprint Coach – 2011 to 2013

Life Sav­ing Ser­vices

  • Patrolling Mem­ber since Dec 2001 with 40+ hours each sea­son
  • Includes over and above Club patrols, Abalone Patrol and water safe­ty
  • 5, 10 and 15 Year Nation­al Patrol Ser­vice Awards
  • Yanchep SLSC – Cer­tifi­cate of appre­ci­a­tion for patrolling hours at Yanchep 2008–2009
  • Par­tic­i­pat­ed in Search and Res­cue efforts dur­ing Aussie titles at Kur­rawa for Sax­on Bird, 2010 and Matthew Bar­clay, 2012.
  • Pro­vid­ed CPR for male abalone fish­er­man brought to shore uncon­scious and not breath­ing by oth­er abalone fish­er­man. Patient was breath­ing but uncon­scious upon leav­ing the beach by res­cue heli­copter.

Oth­er Club vol­un­teer­ing

  • Vol­un­teer for club day setups from 2001 to 2006 (Youngest went to seniors) and 2017
  • Vol­un­teer for South West Youth Camp from 2013 to 2016
  • Vol­un­teer for bar duties from 2001 to cur­rent
    • Has an Approved Man­ag­er Restrict­ed Licence and Respon­si­ble Ser­vice of Alco­hol Qual­i­fi­ca­tion

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Hollywood meets Mullaloo Awards Night 2017

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Our Hol­ly­wood meets Mul­laloo Annu­al Awards Din­ner was held on Sat­ur­day 6 May in our red car­pet­ed, Hol­ly­wood themed Club Lounge. The Hol­ly­wood theme was a big suc­cess with notable celebri­ties, Audrey Hep­burn aka Coun­cil­lor Philip­pa Tay­lor, Darth Vader/Superman aka Pres­i­dent Stu­art Clarke and our super styled mem­bers!

We would like to recog­nise the many mem­bers that con­tributed to a suc­cess­ful evening, their out­stand­ing achieve­ments dur­ing this year and the award nom­i­nees and win­ners.

First­ly, big thanks to Paul “JP” Doo­ley for lead­ing the deliv­ery of a stel­lar Awards night. JP was ably assist­ed by a team of will­ing mem­bers includ­ing Pen­ny Fort­mann, Sandy Clarke, Stu­art Clarke, Cindy de Bom­ford, Lau­rie Camp­bell, Noel Fort­mann, Kirsten Fort­mann, Sal­ly Doo­ley, Dawn Jones, Ali Bak­er, Helen Grimes, Homi Dud­ha, Kirsten Dob­son, Gem­ma Nichol­son, Jeff David­son, Lyn Brosens and Julie Rap­ley – a huge THANK YOU to you all!

This year it was decid­ed to present ser­vice awards of 20 years or more at the Club’s Annu­al Award events. This year we cel­e­brate sev­er­al mem­bers who achieved those mile­stones and more!

Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki was recog­nised for two 20 year ser­vice awards: 20 year Assess­ing Ser­vice Award and 20 year Nation­al Patrol Ser­vice Award an achieve­ment that sees her recog­nised at Club, State and Nation­al lev­el.

The fol­low­ing mem­bers were recog­nised for their 20 year Nation­al Patrol Ser­vice Award, yes, that is 20 years as a patrolling mem­ber:

Paul Ben­nett • Lau­rie Fos­sier-Mills • Mark Hills • Gre­go­ry Kelle­her • God­frey Law­son • Bar­bara Loudon • Paul Rustidge

Steve Dargie, Life Mem­ber, con­tin­ues his long com­mit­ment to life sav­ing in being award­ed the 35 year Nation­al Patrol Ser­vice Award. Across the 35 years of patrol ser­vice, Steve has had a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the lives of those he has saved in the surf and on the beach. Can you imag­ine the gen­er­a­tions who would have lived a very dif­fer­ent life had Steve not been there to offer his surf life sav­ing and first aid skills?

Mark Hills wel­comed many of our Life Mem­bers to the stage — it has been some time since so many were in the same place — with a most fit­ting recog­ni­tion to new Life Mem­ber — Guy EdwardsRead more about Guy Edwards ser­vice and achieve­ments.

Congratulations to all our Nominees and Winners

Junior Activ­i­ties Vol­un­teer of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Aman­da Lee
Vic­ki Ras­mussen
Colleen Gar­den­er
Tanya Hon­orJunior Activ­i­ties Vol­un­teer of the Year:
Aman­da Lee

Admin­is­tra­tor of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Pen­ny Fort­mann
Colleen Gar­den­er
Aman­da Lee
Vic­ki Ras­mussen

Admin­is­tra­tor of the Year:
Vic­ki Ras­mussen

Edu­ca­tion Train­er of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Sandy Clarke
Guy Edwards
Simon Gid­ley

Edu­ca­tion Train­er of the Year:
Simon Gid­ley

Edu­ca­tion Asses­sor of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Lyn Brosens
Phill Dee
Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki

Edu­ca­tion Asses­sors of the Year:
Phill Dee
Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki

IRB Per­son of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Phill Dee
Cameron Rap­ley
Nic Upston

IRB Per­son of the Year:
Cameron Rap­ley

Com­pe­ti­tion Offi­cial of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Sandy Clarke
Alli­son Ger­ard
John Hillen
Dawn Jones
Jes­per Ras­mussen
Glen­da Schulz

Com­pe­ti­tion Offi­cial of the Year:
Dawn Jones

Coach of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Paul Brier­ley
Cameron Rap­ley
Car­lo Tenaglia

Coach of the Year:
Cameron Rap­ley

Team of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Open Male Pool Res­cue Relays
(Brett Gould, Wes Gould, Jake Smith, Callan Smith)

U/19 Male Pool Res­cue Relays
(Wes Gould, Ben Jones, Jake Smith, Callan Smith)

Open Male Mass Res­cue – “Snap­ping Tur­tles”
(Josh Bull, Robert Payne, Robyn Bul­ley, Megan Bul­ley)

Team of the Year:
Under 19 & Open Pool Res­cue Relays
Brett Gould, Wes Gould, Ben Jones, Jake Smith, Callan SmithAussies Medal­lists:
Ben Jones
Brett Gould
Wes Gould
Callan Smith
Jake Smith

World Medal­lists:
Sandy Clarke
Stu­art Clarke
Rachel Greene
Rachel Kre­mer
Kel­ly Rid­dle

Young Ath­lete of the Year (u15-u19):
Wes Gould

Ath­lete of the Year:
Ben Jones

Young Life­saver of the Year (15–25 years) Nom­i­nees:
Ayden Bar­tle
Erin Duffy

Young Life­saver of the Year:
Erin Duffy

Life­saver of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Todd Bar­tle
Natal­ie God­win
Sarah Greg­son

Life­saver of the Year:
Natal­ie God­win

Young Achiev­er of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Ayden Bar­tle
Ellie Black
Josh Cook

Young Achiev­er of the Year:
Ayden Bar­tle

President’s Award:
Natal­ie God­win

Club Per­son of the Year Nom­i­nees:
Alis­tair Cook
Natal­ie God­win
Cameron Rap­ley
Jes­per Ras­mussen
Vic­ki Ras­mussen

Club Per­son of the Year:
Alis­tair Cook