Archive for July, 2018

Notice to Members – 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

The Board of Direc­tors are look­ing for­ward to see­ing you at the Club’s Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing this Fri­day. 

The Club Lounge will be open from 6pm (excludes the bar).

Please note the fol­low­ing details for the meet­ing:

  • mem­bers must arrive and be signed in by 7.30pm to be eli­gi­ble to vote;
  • light snacks will be avail­able fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing (sup­plied by Swell);
  • Chase the Ace will be post­poned to the fol­low­ing Fri­day; and 
  • the bar will open at the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing. 

Eligibility to Vote

The Board of Direc­tors recog­nis­es the impor­tance of vot­ing eli­gi­bil­i­ty for mem­bers as the fun­da­men­tal build­ing block for the estab­lish­ment and oper­a­tion of the Club. As such, the Board and man­age­ment have aimed to under­stand and apply the Con­sti­tu­tion and By-Laws accord­ing­ly.

How­ev­er, recent inves­ti­ga­tion and debate about the eli­gi­bil­i­ty of mem­bers to vote has raised some issues with the inter­pre­ta­tion and appli­ca­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion and By-Laws. There is con­tin­u­ing con­tention, with the inves­ti­ga­tion and debate so far being incon­clu­sive and con­test­ed.

As such, the Board has decid­ed, with­out prej­u­dice or the estab­lish­ment of prece­dent, that the AGM of Fri­day 27 July 2018 will be con­duct­ed accord­ing to the min­i­mum require­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tion, being that all mem­bers over the age of 15 years will be eli­gi­ble to vote.

After the AGM, the Board will ful­ly inves­ti­gate the issue, by assign­ing suit­ably qual­i­fied mem­bers to the task and, if need­ed, seek­ing addi­tion­al legal assis­tance and advice. This will pro­vide ample time for the issue to be prop­er­ly addressed and resolved ahead of the Spe­cial Gen­er­al Meet­ing to be held before the end of 2018 to update the Con­sti­tu­tion and By-Laws.

Australian IRB Championship Wrap

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Mul­laloo SLSC IRB Rac­ing Team trav­elled to Thirroul NSW for the recent Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion was one of the largest ever with over 1000 com­peti­tors reg­is­tered to com­pete in Inter­state, Open and Mas­ters com­pe­ti­tions. The Mul­laloo IRB tour­ing team was the largest to trav­el since this group first start­ed com­pet­ing at Aussies in 2016. This year there were 23 com­peti­tors and 10 Sup­port team for a tour­ing team of 33. In addi­tion, there were anoth­er 8 club mem­bers that trav­elled to show sup­port for the group. In total 41 Mul­laloo club mem­bers made a sig­nif­i­cant impres­sion on the offi­cials and fel­low com­peti­tors. With a tour­ing par­ty this large and with the need to get equip­ment, peo­ple from one side of the coun­try to the oth­er and then accom­mo­date them, feed them, it requires a great deal of effort in plan­ning and exe­cu­tion. This was lead by Tour­ing Team Man­ag­er Julie Rap­ley and a great sup­port team of Michelle Cook, Bron­wyn Bul­ley, Angela Schip­per, Sian Mil­lar and Glynne Bar­tle.

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Site set­up. Image © Lau­rie de Mamiel

The com­pe­ti­tion offi­cial­ly start­ed on the Thurs­day with the scru­ti­neer­ing of the IRBs, motors and all oth­er equip­ment by SLSA Offi­cials to ensure it met the required SLSA stan­dard and there aren’t any safe­ty issues with the boats or equip­ment.  This process can take a cou­ple of hours to com­plete assum­ing there are no faults found. Though the MSLSC boats had been through this process only a cou­ple of weeks ear­li­er at the State Cham­pi­onships there were a few minor faults that need­ed to be resolved before we could pass. Minor if you have the parts to replace, more chal­leng­ing if you don’t. We didn’t, so we start­ed explor­ing and once again found in the IRB com­mu­ni­ty, oth­er clubs are hap­py to assist where they can. In fact, the clubs approached went out of their way to accom­mo­date us. A theme that was to con­tin­ue as the week pro­gressed. It may have helped that instead of send­ing the crusty old Team Man­ag­er off to ask, a cou­ple of the younger mem­bers of the team took the ini­tia­tive and came back with big smiles and the two new foot straps we need­ed and the one Scar­bor­ough need­ed.


IRB Rac­ing WA State Team Reps. Image © S. Mil­lar

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Mas­ters comp. C. Rap­ley & T. Bar­tle. Image © L. de Mamiel


State team patients. Image © L. de Mamiel

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Inter­states, Josh Bull, Jett Mitchell, Ayden Bar­tle. Image © S. Mil­lar

Fri­day was the first day of com­pe­ti­tion, the sched­uled events for the day were the Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships and the Inter­states. MSLSC had 5 Mas­ters com­pet­ing this year, in Cameron Rap­ley, Todd Bar­tle, Alis­tair Cook, Edgar Coel­lo and Clay­ton Mil­lar. The con­di­tions at the beach were not what we would nor­mal­ly get to expe­ri­ence, with a good swell and occa­sion­al big­ger sets. The day start­ed
ear­ly for the team, get­ting up at 4.30am to get ready and be at the beach at 5.30am to have boats and equip­ment set up and tak­en down from the com­pound to the beach ready for a 7.30 am start. All the Mas­ters teams did well in the con­di­tions in their respec­tive races, with Cameron Rap­ley and Todd Bar­tle get­ting a sixth in the Mass Res­cue Final, with Ayden Bar­tle and Sien­na Lip­scombe going along for the ride as patients. In the Teams Res­cue and Sin­gle res­cue the team made it through to the semi-final stage, a real­ly sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment.

The Inter­state com­pe­ti­tion fol­lowed and MSLSC had a large num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives because of the suc­cess of the team in win­ning a num­ber of the events at the WA State Champs, this is a key cri­te­ria in the West­ern Suns selec­tion.  The team list is in the fol­low­ing link West­ern Suns IRB Team The Scar­bor­ough club also were rep­re­sent­ed in the WA State Team with Emi­ly and Jess com­pet­ing as the dri­ver and crew in the Female Tube Res­cue.

Mul­laloo SLSC had the hon­our of read­ing the Com­peti­tors Oath at the open­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion and the Club was rep­re­sent­ed by our cap­tain Josh Bull. This year the Inter­state Com­pe­ti­tion was being used as the selec­tion tri­als for the Aus­tralian Team to com­pete at the World Surf Life­sav­ing Champs lat­er this year in Ade­laide, so the events were more hot­ly con­test­ed than ever and it made for some great rac­ing. QLD and NSW are tra­di­tion­al­ly the stronger states, with Vic­to­ria not far behind and this year was no dif­fer­ent. How­ev­er, WA per­formed very well and were fourth over­all, only 10 points behind Vic, with Qld first and NSW sec­ond. The best plac­ings for WA, were sec­ond in the Relay, where 16 com­peti­tors are need­ed to run the Tube, Mass, Team and Sin­gle com­bined as a relay event and the Female Sin­gle Race in which WA were also placed sec­ond. The good results from Day 1 of comp allowed us to leave the beach with heads held high and the gold and black of WA very much noticed on the water by the oth­er states.


Sat­ur­day — Comp. Day can­celled due to large swells. Image © L. de Mamiel

Day 2 of com­pe­ti­tion start­ed ear­li­er at Mul­laloo IRB HQ, with some get­ting up at 4.00am and most at 4.30am to eat break­fast and get gear ready for the 5.30am bus trip to the beach. As we moved equip­ment from the com­pound to the beach, the sound of the waves crash­ing alert­ed us to the fact the fore­cast­ed swell of 3 metres was prob­a­bly going to hap­pen. As the sun start­ed to rise, we could see the size of the sets com­ing through and realised the start would be delayed. As the day pro­gressed, there were reg­u­lar meet­ings of the Com­pe­ti­tion Safe­ty Com­mit­tee fol­lowed by brief­in­gs to Team Man­agers. The start was delayed and then delayed again and then delayed once more to assess if con­di­tions would change and then final­ly the day’s com­pe­ti­tion was called off around 1pm, as it was deemed too risky to run races in the con­di­tions.

Day 3 dawned and with a whole day of rac­ing lost because of Saturday’s con­di­tions it would not be pos­si­ble to run the 152 sched­uled races for heats, sec­ond round, quar­ter and semi-finals to get to the final for each event. After con­sult­ing with Team Man­agers a deci­sion was made by the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mit­tee to reduce the Open com­pe­ti­tion to two events, Open Sin­gle and the Open Team, but this was still 72 races to be run on the Sun­day.
Single rescue, Josh Bull & Robbie Payne. Image © S. Millar

Male sin­gle res­cue, Josh Bull & Rob­bie Payne. Image © S. Mil­lar


Male sin­gle res­cue, Emmet Grimes, Jett Mitchell & Josh Cook

The swell was still high and with occa­sion­al big sets com­ing through it made for some spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing and left the crowd in awe of the skills and brav­ery of the com­peti­tors.

There were a num­ber of boats that flipped as a result of get­ting too much air going over a wave and not being able to get the bow of the boat back down in time. Even the patient boats tak­ing out the patients for the upcom­ing races pro­vid­ed some action with some spills and the occa­sion­al patients div­ing into the water before a big wave hit the boat.


Female teams, Megan Bul­ley, Chelsea Bull & Josh Cook. Image © S. Mil­lar

After some great rac­ing by the Team mem­bers over the day, Coach Cameron Rap­ley was of the view that the Mul­laloo team mem­bers had per­formed well and showed to them­selves and the com­pe­ti­tion that they were wor­thy to be com­pet­ing at the high­est lev­el of the sport in Aus­tralia. Some of the younger mem­bers in the team in Cathal Grimes and his crew Liam Rogers, Alex Upston and Taj Hawke in addi­tion to Lach­lan Halver­son and Sean Coven­try should gain con­fi­dence from their rac­ing and be proud of their results.  The sea­soned Open and Mas­ters com­peti­tors did well in their respec­tive races, with Josh Bull and Rob­bie Payne with patient Megan Bul­ley pro­gress­ing through to Quar­ter Finals, Emmet Grimes, Jett Mitchell and first time IRB Aussies dri­ver Alis­tair Cook with crew Edgar Coel­lo pro­gressed through to the sec­ond round.  Team A of Josh/Robbie and Cameron/Todd made it through to the quar­ter finals of the Male Teams event.

It was the Female Res­cue Team of Ash­lyn Bul­ley, Sien­na Lip­scombe and Ayden Bar­tle who were the best placed team, with them pro­gress­ing to the Grand Final to com­pete against the best teams in Aus­tralia. As the race got under­way one of the big­ger sets of waves was to come through and make it a chal­leng­ing race. When the boat goes over the wave and dis­ap­pears from view or gets to the cans and dis­ap­pears from view because of the waves, you know it is big. This race had every­thing speed, waves, height and as it turns out some dra­ma. The Mul­laloo team had a great start and were right in the mix head­ing out into the first of the waves in the top three boats. Over the first wave, over the sec­ond and then over the third with the boat almost per­pen­dic­u­lar but land­ing ok. What the crowd did not know was that this last wave had tak­en its toll, with Sien­na injur­ing her ankle as the boat came down. Ash­lyn was ready to turn around to take team mate back to the beach for first aid, but Sien­na insist­ed they com­plete the race, typ­i­cal of the tenac­i­ty and com­mit­ment of this pair­ing. Ayden did his part and was able to get in the boat with some assis­tance and very vocal encour­age­ment from Sien­na.  A fifth place was a great result and set the scene for this team to come back next year to do even bet­ter. The female teams res­cue team of Ash­lyn Bul­ley, Megan Bul­ley, Chelsea Bull and Bre­an­na Roberts also had a great result mak­ing a semi-final.

This year we had some new unsung heroes, or patients as they are known in the team sheets, Rochelle Villemin and Josh Cook both had heavy work­loads and came out of the water every time with a smile. (Josh, great work with the change dur­ing turns.) They joined the sea­soned patients in Ayden Bar­tle, Chelsea Bull, Sien­na Lip­scombe, Bre­an­na Roberts, Ash­lyn and Megan Bul­ley and helped take on the heavy work­load of the patients need­ed for rac­ing. And our patients made quite an impact. One of the pleas­ing out­comes of this tour was our pres­ence on the beach. As we walk through the are­na our faces are famil­iar to com­peti­tors and offi­cials. Our club cap is known and respect­ed, but the most pleas­ing of all is when offi­cials go out of their way to men­tion how our com­peti­tors in par­tic­u­lar­ly our patients are always organ­ised, on time, polite and great fun in the “pig pen” (mar­shalling tent). Feed­back like this instils a sense of pride with­in the team and how they rep­re­sent our club.

Run­ning a team of this size in a com­pe­ti­tion like this has its chal­lenges, just to keep up with the results and changes that are pre­sent­ed. Along­side myself (Lau­rie de Mamiel) I had the sup­port of Robyn Bul­ley, Bron­wyn Bul­ley and Corey Bar­tle who were run off their feet con­stant­ly mak­ing sure the team func­tion smooth­ly. Thanks for your out­stand­ing efforts.

It was also very pleas­ing to see many famil­iar faces make the trek to show sup­port. Thanks to Steve Lee, Mandy Lee, Soraya Lee, Mitch Lee, Brodie Lee, Wes Gould, Aron Cook, Car­lo Tenaglia and Vic­ki Ras­mussen for their efforts. Our sup­port­ers just being there meant a lot to the group but their will­ing­ness to jump in at a moment’s notice to lend a hand meant they became a valu­able asset to the team and need to be thanked for their efforts.

As with Sum­mer Aussies, IRB Aussies comes around very quick­ly but with the plan­ning by Coach Cameron Rap­ley and his coach­ing sup­port team of Phil Dee, Brett Warn­er, Edgar Coel­lo, Josh Bull, Rob­bie Payne and Emmet Grimes, the months of con­di­tion­ing train­ing and skills train­ing the team com­mit­ted to, has paid off for the squad as the results have shown.

Lau­rie de Mamiel
Team “Super” Man­ag­er.

Pool Rescue States Wrap!

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The Pool Res­cue State Champs went over two week­ends of com­pe­ti­tion – our Youth/Seniors on Sun­day 8 July and our Nip­pers over 2 days 14–15 July. Our small team num­bers pulled out some big wins for the Club – with Mul­laloo com­ing 7th over­all!

Big thanks to all the ath­letes for their efforts and good job we were inside as the weath­er out­side cer­tain­ly had its moments. Thanks to team man­agers Jack­ie Mar­tin (youth/seniors) and Paul Brier­ley (Nip­pers) assist­ed by Louis Cheese­man… yes you def­i­nite­ly found some relay team options quick­ly! Thanks to our offi­cials Vic­ki Ras­mussen, Jes­per Ras­mussen and Sandy Clarke. Spe­cial men­tion and huge shout out of appre­ci­a­tion to Anni­ka Ras­mussen for assist­ing with the pool set­ting – this involves shift­ing manikins and rub­ber bricks in to posi­tion… below the water for each race! Thanks to the par­ents for time keep­ing and manikin han­dling, we def­i­nite­ly could not have com­pet­ed with­out you.

High­lights include our u14/U15 girls man­ag­ing to pull togeth­er two teams in each of the relays earn­ing them the title of STATE CHAMPIONS (Rosie Wil­son, Leah Mar­tin, Katie Wad­dell, Lily Cour­tois) in all three and BRONZE (Zara Mar­tin, Neve MacLeod, Danielle Hon­or, Anni­ka Ras­mussen) in two — great work! Lily Cour­tois also claimed the State Cham­pi­on title for the 100m manikin tow with fins.

Full results can be down­loaded here.

IRB Racing Team Flying High

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The IRB Rac­ing team com­menced pre­sea­son in Octo­ber with the goal of defend­ing last year’s Series Cham­pi­onship. This year we restruc­tured our coach­ing group and put togeth­er an exten­sive pro­gram that con­cen­trat­ed on strength and con­di­tion­ing, com­bined with a swim pro­gram and sprint ses­sions. This then lead us into a new for­mat of train­ing in the IRBs to max­imise the ses­sions to achieve the best out­come. The pro­gram was devel­oped and run by mul­ti­ple vol­un­tary club mem­bers who have put in a mas­sive amount of work to pre­pare the group. The group embraced the new for­mat and with great com­mit­ment the results have been trans­ferred into their per­for­mances this year.

The group have dom­i­nat­ed all three car­ni­vals this sea­son with sig­nif­i­cant points vic­to­ries over their com­po­nents. The most pleas­ing results have come in the teams con­sis­ten­cy with mul­ti­ple teams mak­ing finals in each of the events in the first 3 rounds. As the State Titles approached the team moved its focus into fine tun­ing their skills and mak­ing sure all equip­ment and per­son­nel were pre­pared to the best of their abil­i­ty. Even after a long pre­sea­son and weath­er inter­rupt­ed sea­son that con­tained mul­ti­ple strong cold fronts, the focus and com­mit­ment was as strong as ever. One of the biggest attrib­ut­es of the team and its group of sup­port­ers is its abil­i­ty to have fun no mat­ter what task is at hand. That enthu­si­asm and focus was tak­en into the State Cham­pi­onships.

The States pre­sent­ed us with a great day with good weath­er and a nice swell to keep the spec­ta­tors hap­py. The State Titles con­sist­ed of 9 events in the open and female cat­e­gories. Mul­laloo was dom­i­nant win­ning 8 of these 9 events. Once again the strength of the team was abil­i­ty to get mul­ti­ple teams into the finals of these events. The team worked togeth­er bril­liant­ly and their com­mit­ment to each oth­er is one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors in their suc­cess. In addi­tion to this the male Mul­laloo A crew won the Dave Clark Shield for the best male team of the sea­son. This is the 3rd con­sec­u­tive year they have tak­en this hon­our. Not to be out­done Mul­laloo A female crew also took out their shield for the best female team of the sea­son. The per­for­mance of the team through­out the year and at the state titles con­sol­i­dat­ed them as the club to beat with the win­ning of the series Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

The focus now turns to the prepa­ra­tion of an assault at the nation­al lev­el. This year the IRB Rac­ing Aussies are held in Thirroul, NSW 13–15 of July.

Cameron Rap­ley  

We wish the team every suc­cess in their Nation­al Com­pe­ti­tion and con­grat­u­late all mem­bers as well as some of them mak­ing the West­ern Suns Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Team. To all the sup­port team around the IRB Rac­ing Squad, from soup mums to warm hugs; from swim efforts to lift efforts; from set ups to pack ups, from offi­ci­at­ing fin­ish­es to water safe­ty cor­ralling, from squeals of delight to tears of tri­umph; you are all huge­ly impor­tant and appre­ci­at­ed as part of the suc­cess!