Archive for December, 2018

From the President…

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Well it’s hard to think we are now almost half way through the surf club sea­son and it’s amaz­ing how much has hap­pened in this short time and how much has been achieved as we zoom up to the Christ­mas peri­od.

Patrols kicked off in late Sep­tem­ber and it was great to see our pro­tec­tive pres­ence back on the beach. What I have noticed this year is a lot more fam­i­lies patrolling our beach togeth­er and this just shows the diver­si­ty in our Club and tru­ly high­lights our ‘fam­i­ly’ val­ue. Already we have patrolled many hours as vol­un­teers, pro­vid­ing first aid and advice to our beach goers.

At the start of the sea­son we were faced with bad weath­er once again but every­one pushed through and after a cou­ple of dodgy starts we final­ly got some decent weath­er. The younger nip­pers have been so focused on learn­ing new skills and the return­ing old­er nip­pers have jumped straight back into things.

We had a fan­tas­tic Hal­loween dis­co organ­ised by a ter­rif­ic bunch of par­ents and oth­er vol­un­teers that was real­ly well attend­ed and the kids had a ball. This was an excel­lent exam­ple of what can be achieved by every­one pulling togeth­er.

We also had excel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the nation­al SLSA awards night with Mark Hills and Sandy Clarke receiv­ing nom­i­na­tions. Unfor­tu­nate­ly Mark didn’t win but Sandy came away with the well-deserved and prized Vol­un­teer of the Year which is tes­ta­ment to the effort she con­tin­u­al­ly puts into the Surf Life Sav­ing move­ment. Well done Sandy on behalf of the Club!

Car­ni­vals kicked off ear­ly with a nip­pers, senior and boat event hap­pen­ing very quick­ly. It was great to see all our tal­ent­ed com­peti­tors putting in some ster­ling efforts and shows the train­ing has paid div­i­dends. Com­peti­tor num­bers have been good so far this year and we are start­ing to chal­lenge oth­er clubs that have been strong in pre­vi­ous years.

The World Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onships (ILS) were held in Ade­laide this year and we had a few boats crews make the ardu­ous trek across the Nullar­bor. The trip was worth it for the Bub­ble Wrap men’s 200 crew who walked away with a well-earned world bronze medal – con­grat­u­la­tions guys! I did hear a whis­per our own Jeff Vidler also made an appear­ance in some of the oth­er events!

The first Surf League of the sea­son took place recent­ly and Mul­laloo put up two mixed teams of 24 com­peti­tors (from youth to mas­ters) who all had great fun on the beach across all the surf dis­ci­plines. Round two takes place very soon after Christ­mas at Scar­boro, close­ly fol­lowed by our own Nip­per car­ni­val at Mul­laloo beach.

From a Board per­spec­tive we have begun the clubs next strate­gic jour­ney, by review­ing our cur­rent plan and look­ing to the future. We are very much focused on giv­ing back and return­ing ben­e­fits to our mem­bers. Ear­ly signs of this approach can be seen by the new fur­ni­ture we now have in the Club lounge and a ‘new’ shop pric­ing sched­ule to be announced lat­er in the sea­son.

These kind of ini­tia­tives are a result of the hard work under­tak­en by vol­un­teer mem­bers through club activ­i­ties such as social events, ‘Chase the Ace’ and the Club Shop. These in tan­dem with the new fund­ing arrange­ments that we have with the Swell Restau­rant (which are now start­ing to flow through) allow for the Board to set tar­gets and plans for the club that will build on the achieve­ments of the last strate­gic plan.

In oth­er news, the Board has approved a three month tri­al for Aspire to main­tain our new gym and pro­vide reg­u­lar class­es to Club mem­bers – Neil Forbes as GM of Surf Sports has pulled every­thing togeth­er and made this hap­pen. We would wel­come your feed­back to Neil as to how suc­cess­ful this tri­al is to deter­mine if we should extend it.

In addi­tion the Board will soon announce the launch of a new mem­ber well-being project that will com­mence with some for­mal train­ing for some of our patrolling mem­bers in men­tal health first aid. Thank you to Pam Bubrzy­c­ki for her efforts in putting togeth­er a three year pro­gram for us.

As well as these ini­tia­tives and events, the Board is in the process of review­ing our Con­sti­tu­tion and sup­port­ing By-Laws, as well as our IT capa­bil­i­ties and resources. A new Patrol shel­ter is being designed and priced and the Board is assess­ing the Club’s beach vehi­cle needs.

Thanks to Lot­tery­west, SLSWA have offered us a beach obser­va­tion tow­er at our beach (like the ones at City and Scar­boro) and we are cur­rent­ly work­ing with the City of Joon­dalup to get all the plan­ning approvals in place. Hope­ful­ly all being well this will be avail­able for us in Feb­ru­ary.

The amount of train­ing cours­es and assess­ments per­formed this year has been phe­nom­e­nal and it is a great sight to see our new­ly qual­i­fied mem­bers already giv­ing back to the Club and com­mu­ni­ty by help­ing out on Sun­days and on patrols. The edu­ca­tion team lead by Aman­da Lam­bert have been work­ing over­time to make this hap­pen whilst also help­ing our exist­ing qual­i­fied mem­bers get through their annu­al skills main­te­nance ses­sions.

To Karen and Jen in the office, Man­agers, Gen­er­al Man­agers and of course my fel­low Direc­tors, thank you for every­thing you do and the hours of work you put in to ensure all our mem­bers are looked after. Thank you to every­one else who has vol­un­teered in some way this sea­son, we couldn’t have got this far with­out your help! I’d like to wish each of you a safe, Mer­ry Christ­mas and hope you all have a Hap­py New Year and hope to see you at the Ted Scott Marathon event on Sun­day and our New Year’s Eve par­ty.

See you on the beach!

Alis­tair Cook

Mullaloo hosts State Team Trials and Navy Surf Boat Carnival

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

To host events at the Club takes some coor­di­na­tion to ensure every­thing on the day runs well. Thanks Jeff Bak­er (Event Man­ag­er), Neil Forbes, Phill Dee, Mark Hills, Nik­ki Brown, Simone Trut­ter, Chrissie Payne, Julie Rap­ley and Sandy Clarke for all the pre car­ni­val meet­ings and organ­i­sa­tion.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Jacqui McGre­gor and Guy Edwards on get­ting the water are­nas set up and ready for rac­ing (as well as our Nip­pers and Youth are­nas)! Then on to Judge in Boat — with­out a hitch and every­one start­ing on time!

Thanks Rob McGre­gor and the beach set up crew for anoth­er fan­tas­tic effort and sup­port in set­ting up the beach for the var­i­ous events includ­ing Nip­pers.

Thanks Jared Clarke, Sean Coven­try, Mar­tin Fisk, Alex Upston, Stu­art Clarke, Brad Tris­ton and Paul Coven­try for help­ing out with the surf boat trans­port — this worked as a well oiled machine!

Louise Nuku - muffins were great and then with Rachel Kre­mer awe­some work in the Club prep­ping for the post car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions.

Thanks Ter­ry Upston for offi­ci­at­ing in the boat are­na and assist­ing with boat trans­port. Thanks Jes­per and Vic­ki Ras­mussen for offi­ci­at­ing in the State Team Tri­al are­na.

Thanks Brad Tris­ton and Paul Doo­ley for cook­ing and tend­ing to the shop trips.

Thanks Man­tas (Michelle Gates, Jude Har­low, Aman­da Lam­bert) for your help with the burg­er sales and clean up.

Thanks Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki, Phill Dee and Mark Hills for coor­di­nat­ing first aid, water and beach safe­ty.

Thanks to Surf Life Sav­ing WA for their sup­port and allow­ing us to run the event.

And a Big Shout out to Kay­lene Bozich and Geoff Wil­son on the Surf Boat Pan­el for all their sup­port in the lead up to the event!