President’s Christmas Message

Well it’s that time that comes around all too quick­ly every year, we’ve hit the mid­point in the sea­son and Christ­mas is near­ly upon us as the Club takes a well-earned break for a cou­ple of weeks. The Ted Scott Marathon marked the end of com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end and huge con­grat­u­la­tions to Har­ry Jones for tak­ing the win, very close­ly fol­lowed by Soraya Lee as first female.


The Club has reached a mile­stone this sea­son with over 2100 mem­bers reg­is­tered which is an amaz­ing sta­tis­tic. Our patrols are in full swing, lift­ed by many new­ly qual­i­fied mem­bers and it’s great to know the pub­lic are in safe hands when vis­it­ing our amaz­ing beach once again. Many cours­es have already tak­en place along with sev­er­al skills main­te­nance ses­sions for exist­ing award hold­ers; thank you to the edu­ca­tion team for mak­ing all this hap­pen.


From a Wood­side Nip­pers per­spec­tive, we now have over 660 kids wear­ing the new Sun­day kit sup­plied by Wood­side, all the way from Under 6 to Under 13. The kids all look fan­tas­tic in their new vests and caps and we are extreme­ly grate­ful to Wood­side for their invest­ment this year. Our Wood­side Nip­pers and Lit­tle Nip­pers have seen their first car­ni­vals, for some of them this is the first time they have com­pet­ed, and it’s been great to see every­one hav­ing so much fun.


Car­ni­vals have already kicked off this year and it’s ter­rif­ic to see so many of our mem­bers involved and achiev­ing great results. The Nation­al Surf League has been a suc­cess and our WA rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Club have been per­form­ing extreme­ly well. Our state-based Surf League has also been a great suc­cess with one of our teams com­ing away with a fourth place in round one, which is huge achieve­ment. There are still many more car­ni­vals to come in the New Year!


From a Board per­spec­tive, we have set up sev­er­al com­mit­tees to get trac­tion on key items, and we are also in the final stages of our future strate­gic plan that will be released to mem­bers next year. Our bud­gets are track­ing well across the Club and the Board have decid­ed on a num­ber of items that will receive cap­i­tal invest­ments in the com­ing year (read more).


Final­ly I’d like to thank all our hard­work­ing vol­un­teers, with­out whom we would not achieve the amaz­ing things we have this year includ­ing the near 4,500 patrol hours already. Addi­tion­al­ly, our Man­age­ment team, Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and of course my fel­low Direc­tors, thank you for all your hard work and input this year, we have achieved so much in a short time.


I’ll fin­ish off by wish­ing you and your fam­i­lies a won­der­ful Christ­mas and a pros­per­ous New Year and I’ll see you on the beach in 2020 or a fun-packed remain­der of the sea­son!


Alis­tair Cook



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