Archive for November, 2019

MEMBER WELLBEING: Movember — Supporting Men’s Health Month

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

It’s been just over six months now since I wrote my ini­tial arti­cle on my own health jour­ney and with Movem­ber now well under­way I felt it time to pro­vide an update.

My ini­tial can­cer diag­no­sis back in Feb­ru­ary now seems like a very long time ago as there have been many oth­er things tak­ing over my life, pos­i­tive­ly.

Since April I have been through six week­ly immunother­a­py treat­ments fol­lowed by a biop­sy which iden­ti­fied fur­ther high grade tumour polyps in my blad­der. It was explained to me that this may be new growth or have been rem­nants of the orig­i­nal tumour which were missed — obvi­ous­ly I hoped for the lat­ter! As a result, I was pre­scribed three fur­ther weeks of treat­ment.

Now all of this takes time. Between each course of treat­ment and sub­se­quent check is a wait of about six weeks. If noth­ing else, this process has taught me to be extreme­ly patient! It’s just over six weeks now since I went in for my lat­est biop­sy. The good news is the sur­geon found no new growth and noth­ing vis­i­ble that war­rant­ed a biop­sy. The down side was she now want­ed me to under­take a fur­ther course of what they term ‘main­te­nance treat­ment’.

I wasn’t told how long the main­te­nance would be but assumed it was anoth­er three weeks of fun. When I received the call from the Oncol­o­gy team to book in, I was shocked to learn that my main­te­nance treat­ment was now a once a month event for the next twelve months. Well that was kind of a blow to the sys­tem! For sev­er­al days I felt defeat­ed that the jour­ney was now going to be extend­ed by a fur­ther year…not what I want­ed to hear! As the days passed, I slow­ly let it sink in. I spoke with Michelle and the boys along with my very under­stand­ing boss, and it all fell into the thoughts of ‘it’s only twelve ses­sions’.

What I’ve learnt about this treat­ment is how much it actu­al­ly takes its toll on the body. First­ly, the anx­i­ety and stress of actu­al­ly going through it — I’m not going to lie, catheter­i­sa­tion is not a pleas­ant expe­ri­ence, and the after effects of treat­ment are becom­ing cumu­la­tive. For those of you who have expe­ri­enced cys­ti­tis, the day of treat­ment is effec­tive­ly that all day…on steroids! After that, because I am being giv­en a dose of live BCG vac­cine (used against tuber­cu­lo­sis), the immune sys­tem kicks in the next day and I then get flu like symp­toms for some days after that.

On the pos­i­tive side I’ve had a great year keep­ing my mind busy. I have final­ly fin­ished my Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion that I start­ed through Surf Life Sav­ing Australia’s lead­er­ship path­way, and which I sank plen­ty of time into (thanks for your patience Michelle). Work has cer­tain­ly been busy and chal­leng­ing, and not for­get­ting my role of Pres­i­dent of this won­der­ful Club which has allowed me to have many con­ver­sa­tions with many awe­some and sup­port­ive peo­ple. Add to that nor­mal home life with my eldest son Josh going through his ATAR ‘expe­ri­ence’ and my youngest Aron choos­ing his sub­jects for his upcom­ing year 11 jour­ney. Life has been busy but extreme­ly reward­ing.

Any­way, my first two month­ly treat­ments are now com­plete with the next two booked in, fol­lowed by my next check in January…not my pre­ferred birth­day present, but nec­es­sary!!

The point of my mes­sage is this. In what has now been termed men’s health month, if I can save one per­son, help some­one face their health fear or just sim­ply start a con­ver­sa­tion about some­thing that is trou­bling them, then I’m glad to have shared my per­son­al sto­ry. There are oth­ers going through much worse than me, and those who have already endured some­thing and come out the oth­er side. It’s easy to tell some­one you’re there for them to help but how many of us actu­al­ly ask for that help when we need it? Men espe­cial­ly are extreme­ly stub­born, and some feel it a weak­ness to seek help or advice from oth­ers. With this mes­sage I’d like to chal­lenge that and say it’s ok to speak out.

My own con­tri­bu­tion to Movem­ber is to take part and raise mon­ey to assist in the sup­port of men’s health, much to the dis­gust of Michelle who hates me with any facial hair! It’s only for 30 days in total which is a very short time in the scheme of things. My ask of you is to sup­port your fel­low Club mem­bers who are par­tic­i­pat­ing this month and we’ll check out the mo’s on Fri­day 29 Novem­ber.

Alis­tair Cook

Mullaloo Senior Carnival Wrap

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Hel­lo Mul­laloo,

As you are more than aware Mul­laloo host­ed a senior surf and boat car­ni­val on Sun­day, along with our nor­mal nip­per activ­i­ties. This made for a spec­tac­u­lar sight on the beach and was a joy to behold. The weath­er pre­sent­ed its good side and, apart from the intru­sion of some stingers, a great day was had by all.

This car­ni­val was spon­sored by Motion Move­ment Clin­ic in Marine Boule­vard, Ocean Reef. This is the place to go for all your  sports mas­sage reme­di­al mas­sage needs, with a focus on soft tis­sue sports con­di­tion­ing, injury pre­ven­tion, man­age­ment and reha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The car­ni­val was also sup­port­ed by Fresh Fron­tier and, as always, their con­tri­bu­tion was delight­ful­ly con­sumed.

Please sup­port our won­der­ful spon­sors.

A day such as this does not occur with­out many hours of metic­u­lous plan­ning, involv­ing the time and effort of a sig­nif­i­cant group of ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers at the club. It also relies on the vol­un­tary efforts of our club mem­bers, who on this occa­sion, stood up when asked to pro­vide their time  and effort. With­out this sup­port such an event such as this would not be pos­si­ble.

It is not appro­pri­ate to men­tion by name all those vol­un­teers who made this show pos­si­ble, main­ly because I don’t have the names of all those who helped, and you have my apolo­gies for this over­sight.

The day was a great suc­cess and I am immense­ly proud of what we, Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club achieved. Click here for all the results and click here for all the action. Click here for Tony Bow­ers pho­tos.

In an effort to cap­ture all our helpers I would like to acknowl­edge, in no order of sig­nif­i­cance, the fol­low­ing: The Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and Man­agers, the Plan­ning Com­mit­tee, the beach set up and pack up crews, the IRB team, the surf boat trans­port crew, the first aid team, the water safe­ty team, the carpark­ing team, the duty patrol, the announc­er, the offi­cials, the offi­cials sup­port  team, the bar staff, the sausage siz­zle team, the office team, the nip­pers for giv­ing up part of their beach, the com­peti­tors and their sup­port­ers, and to many, many oth­ers who worked in the back­ground, or who saw a need dur­ing the day and pitched in and helped.

To one and all , a great big and heart­felt THANK YOU.


Neil Forbes – Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Surf Sports

Beachies News

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

A mas­sive con­grat­u­la­tions to all of our fan­tas­tic beachies who took part in the senior car­ni­val at the week­end on our very own beach! We had an amaz­ing beachies turn out with some very promis­ing results.



Open Male Beach Sprint                                            Open Mixed 2Km Run
Round 1 heat:                                                               Final:
Aaron Gigney 1st Jai Hawke 9th place
Round 1 heat 2: Bai­ley Cook 10th place
Samuel Deans 3rd place Corey Bar­tle 13th place
Lach­lan Halvor­son 7th place  
Final: Youth Mixed 2Km Run
Aaron Gigney 6th place Final:
Samuel Deans 7th place Ryan Tot­ten 6th place
  Clau­dia Dineen 11th place
U 14 Female 2Km Run Hol­ly Brown   16th place
Hol­ly Brown 3rd Place Ebony Mil­lar 19th place
U15 Female 2Km Run                                              U15 Male 2Km Run
Clau­dia Dineen 3rd place Ryan Tot­ten 3rd place
Ebony Mil­lar 8th place  
Open Male 2Km Run                                                 U 17 Male 2Km Run


Final:                                                                            Final:
Jai Hawke 9th place Jai Hawke 5th place
Bai­ley Cook 10th place Bai­ley Cook 6th place
Jay­den Mil­lar 11th place Jay­den Mil­lar 7th place
Corey Bar­tle 13th place Corey Bar­tle 8th place
Open Female Beach Sprint                                         U19 Male Beach Sprint
Tanya Hon­or 6th place Aaron Gigney
U19 Female Beach Sprint                                           U17 Male Beach Sprint
Geor­gia Har­ri­son 4th place Caleb Mills 4th place
U17 Female Beach Sprint                                             U15 Female Beach Sprint
Mol­ly Dray­cott 5th place Alana Sim 4th place
Alyssa Cal­non 5th place
U14 Male Beach Sprint
Samuel Leeks 4th place U14 Female Beach Sprint
Han­nah Wal­lace
Open Male Beach Relay                                               
Mul­laloo Team B: Bai­ley Cook/ Deakin Lee 6th place


U19 Male Beach Flags
Mul­laloo Team A: Aaron Gigney 7th place


Aaron Gigney 4th place
U15 Male Beach Relay


U17 Male Beach Flags
Mul­laloo Team A: Hud­son Cook, Ryan Tot­ten 3rd place


Caleb Mills 4th place
U15 Female Beach Relay


U15 Female Beach Flags
Mul­laloo Team A: Alana Sim, Han­nah Wal­lace


Alyssa Cal­non 7th place
Open Male Beach Flags                                                U14 Female Beach Flags
Aaron Gigney 6th place Han­nah Wal­lace 2nd place
Demi Van Rens­burg 4th place
U19 Female Beach Flags                                               Hol­ly Brown 7th place
Geor­gia Har­ri­son 3rd place
U17 Female Beach Flags                                              
Mol­ly Dray­cott 6th place
Aimee Hon­or 8th place
U14 Male Beach Flags                                                  
Samuel Leeks 4th place


Ria McBen­nett



MEMBER WELLBEING: Back to Front Xmas Tree

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Our club has a Well­ness ini­tia­tive, which encour­ages club mem­bers to look after their own well­ness as well as con­nect to their com­mu­ni­ty and reach out to oth­ers who may be strug­gling or who are less for­tu­nate.

Last year, club mem­bers were giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to spread Christ­mas cheer by plac­ing a gift for some­one who was expe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness under the back to front Christ­mas tree in the club lounge.

This year, you are being asked to help spread a lit­tle bit of Christ­mas cheer to women and chil­dren who will not be spend­ing Christ­mas as home, sim­ply because home for them is not a safe place to be.  These fam­i­lies will be spend­ing Christ­mas in one of the refuges which sup­ports women and chil­dren who are escap­ing domes­tic vio­lence.

So, if you would like to let these fam­i­lies know that they are not alone and that some­one does care, kind­ly con­sid­er donat­ing a small wrapped gift under the tree which will short­ly be placed in the lounge.

I have spo­ken with refuge staff, and sug­ges­tions for ide­al gifts are;

  • Ladies pam­per kit, sham­poo, con­di­tion­er, hair brush­es and slides
  • Lip sticks, chap sticks, mois­turis­ers
  • Eye shad­ow, mas­cara, eye lin­er
  • Sun­screen, mois­turis­er, razors,
  • Feet care, nail-pol­ish, nail pol­ish remover,
  • Nail pol­ish, emery boards, hand crème
  • Face masks, eye mask, mois­turis­er
  • Mag­a­zine, show­er gels, body sponge/glove
  • Hair treat­ment, brush­es, combs, slides, scrunchies
  • Dry sham­poos, deodor­ants, leave in con­di­tion­er or hair masks
  • Hat, sun­screen, lip balm, sun­nies
  • Oil dif­fuser (no can­dles please), book, face mask

Chil­dren (placed last only because the kids are nor­mal­ly well looked after at Christ­mas, it’s the Women and Mum’s who tend to go with­out)

  • Lego (please place age appro­pri­ate­ness on label)
  • Card games eg, uno, skip-bo, snap-bo)

Any­thing you give will be very much appre­ci­at­ed and will cer­tain­ly bring a smile to someone’s face who is doing it very tough over the Christ­mas peri­od.

Pam Bubrzy­c­ki

ECU October Volunteers of the Month

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Once again Mul­laloo SLSC was lucky enough to have some excep­tion­al nom­i­na­tions for the ECU School of Busi­ness and Law Vol­un­teer of the Month.

Jude Har­low

What an amaz­ing train­er. So filled with pas­sion and enthu­si­asm it is hard not to be just as enthu­si­as­tic. So much knowl­edge to share and even more patience to spare! Jude gives up 6 to 8 weeks of her life for 2 hours on a Tues­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day to ensure that the Bronze medal­lion recruits are well trained, and she does this a few times a year! This is real ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment. She is ably sup­port­ed by Ger Noo­nan, an assis­tant train­er, who is just as enthu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able and will one day make a great train­er him­self.

Rob Young & Anna Young

IRB, Board Res­cues, Radios … you name it and Rob is your man. He is such a charis­mat­ic man and bright­ens up your day with his infec­tious enthu­si­asm. He has giv­en up so much of his time to assist with the Bronze Medal­lion cours­es, teach­ing the recruits how to do board res­cues and to deal with wet spinal injuries. Not to men­tion the time he devotes to the IRB.  He is well sup­port­ed by Anna, who has an incred­i­ble knowl­edge and a cool, calm and col­lect­ed way of deliv­er­ing it. Togeth­er they make a dream team. With­out peo­ple like them, this club would not be what it is today!

Har­ry Jones

It is always won­der­ful to see the youth step­ping up! They are the future of the club. Har­ry was award­ed for his assis­tance with the Nip­per Pool Pro­fi­cien­cy Swim Eval­u­a­tions and also for help­ing with the Nip­per Board Leas­ing. He was helped by Dawn Jones. Both have invest­ed a lot of time in the club. Har­ry has also vol­un­teered a lot of time at the club com­plet­ing tasks as required. We look for­ward to the con­tin­ued sup­port from this enthu­si­as­tic young man!

Thank you to every­one who vol­un­teers each month! We can­not do it with­out you!

Seeking Expressions of Interest to be Trained as a Drone Operator

Monday, November 11th, 2019

The club is involved in pro­vid­ing drone oper­a­tions as part of SLSWA’s larg­er push into shark mit­i­ga­tion.  SLSWA have recent­ly cre­at­ed a new award – the Drone Oper­a­tors Cer­tifi­cate.  If you are inter­est­ed in being part of this group and oper­at­ing a drone on patrol, you are invit­ed to apply to attend the next course being held ear­ly Decem­ber.

The only pre-req­ui­site to becom­ing a drone oper­a­tor is that you are 16 years of age or old­er and are will­ing to be part of a ros­ter to fly the drone at Mul­laloo Beach.  Good eye­sight and hand-eye co-ordi­na­tion is also use­ful!   With the award, you will be an impor­tant part of the club’s patrolling team and is one way to get involved with­out hav­ing any oth­er awards.

As the train­ing is over a short time­frame, you must be able to com­mit to attend both ses­sions below:

  • Wednes­day 4th Decem­ber from 5.30pm-7.00pm
  • Sat­ur­day 7th Decem­ber from 7am-1pm.

If you are inter­est­ed, please email  Oper­a­tions before 5.00pm Wednes­day 20/11/2019

Beachies Pic Alert!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The beachies crew all pos­ing with our leg­end coach Carl Mills last Mon­day before he took off for work up North. In Carl’s absence we endeav­our to keep the show on the road with assis­tance from mul­ti­ple coach­es.

Coach­es this sea­son:

Carl Mills, Mar­tyn Pigg, Luke Leed­er, Jeff David­son, Stu Ket­ter­ing­ham, Sam Deans and Eric Fort­mann.

It has been fan­tas­tic to see our num­bers increase at each ses­sion over the past few weeks and the beachies crew are look­ing very strong for the com­ing sea­son!

If you haven’t been down to train­ing yet, check out the club cal­en­dar for train­ing ses­sions and come try it out!!!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all beachie com­peti­tors who took part in the pre- sea­son com­pe­ti­tion last Sun­day at City Beach.