Archive for March, 2020

MEMBER WELLBEING: Emotional Intelligence and Young People

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

When things are stress­ful and place us into sit­u­a­tions which inter­rupt our reg­u­lar rou­tine, oth­ers often ask how we are feel­ing.  This is not always an easy ques­tion to answer, espe­cial­ly if you are young or your emo­tion­al intel­li­gence is not high.  Emo­tion­al intel­li­gence is the abil­i­ty to be aware of, con­trol and to express your emo­tions and our capac­i­ty to do this, influ­ences our inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ships.  Peo­ple who are high in emo­tion­al intel­li­gence can artic­u­late how they are feel­ing and have an increased aware­ness and empa­thy for oth­ers.  They can express their feel­ings and emo­tion­al states and under­stand what oth­ers might be feel­ing and how to help.  For younger peo­ple, par­tic­u­lar­ly lit­tle ones, like any oth­er part of our devel­op­ment, emo­tion­al intel­li­gence grows with expe­ri­ence and comes with its own lan­guage which we have to learn.

When we are lit­tle, we gen­er­al­ly describe events as good or bad and our lan­guage is typ­i­cal­ly lim­it­ed to hap­py and sad.  Whilst this basic lan­guage gets us through on a day to day basis as we grow, for extreme events such as COVID-19 where we are exposed to sit­u­a­tions and expe­ri­ences which are out­side of our nor­mal devel­op­men­tal expe­ri­ences, basic lan­guage can leave us exposed to not being able to artic­u­late what we are feel­ing.  Basi­cal­ly, you may be ask­ing your child a ques­tion, they do not have the lan­guage or body aware­ness to answer in a way that is accu­rate or mean­ing­ful.  So how can you help younger chil­dren to increase their emo­tion­al vocab­u­lary?

It would not be abnor­mal or unusu­al to feel stressed or anx­ious right now, to be wor­ry­ing about what might hap­pen to us and our loved ones and to wor­ry about the future.  How­ev­er, we can decrease these wor­ries and ratio­nalise them if we can explore them a bit more.  For exam­ple, if a young per­son tells you that they are scared, it can be help­ful to ask them what that means to them.  What does it feel like and what they are scared of.  Can they draw ‘scared’ or relate it to a book or movie they have read or watched.  Can they show you a face of what that emo­tion looks like? Can they describe it as a colour? Can they express out of ten how scared they are now com­pared to a time before when they have felt scared?  What does ‘scared’ feel like in their body?  Is their heart going faster, are they feel­ing sweaty, do they feel like they want to run and hide or do they just want to stand still?  If you can help the young per­son to describe, draw or relate scared to a pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence then you can begin to ratio­nalise or nor­malise it for them and help them to increase their emo­tion­al vocab­u­lary.  Nor­mal­is­ing scared by state­ments such as ‘Yes, some­times I feel that way too but then I have to remem­ber that every­thing is going to be okay because we are being care­ful by wash­ing our hands etc, we are safe and we are loved, soon things will return to nor­mal etc etc”.

By allow­ing the young per­son to describe their emo­tions in terms of how it feels in their bod­ies will also help you to under­stand what is going on for them and to be aware and mind­ful of signs when this might be worse, for exam­ple, if you notice they are extra fid­gety, over­ly emo­tion­al, sweaty, qui­et or with­drawn or if they are hav­ing night­mares.  By help­ing them to increase their aware­ness of their own bod­ies reac­tions to their emo­tions and their emo­tion­al lan­guage; you will also be able to sup­port them more and offer them com­fort.  By behav­ing in a way which is safe and pre­dictable in allow­ing your child to express their emo­tions with­out dis­miss­ing them and by giv­ing a calm and con­sis­tent response, you will help your child to process what is cur­rent­ly hap­pen­ing in their world.  You will also be teach­ing them a valu­able skill which will help them under­stand theirs and oth­ers respons­es to stress lat­er in life and a skill which they can take into oth­er rela­tion­ships.

Pam Bubrzy­c­ki

MEMBER WELLBEING: Coping in these uncertain times

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

We are in uncer­tain times and for the fore­see­able future, our dai­ly lives will change and with that we need to make some basic yet nec­es­sary adjust­ments to ensure that we can cope now and with what will come over the next days, weeks and months.  Many are being asked to work from home, whilst those in essen­tial ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ty ser­vices are see­ing an increased and relent­less demand for sup­port.  The home­less are still home­less, the lone­ly still lone­ly and the sick still need med­ical care.  Sit­u­a­tions such as this pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties, chances to show our worst and our best.  As indi­vid­u­als and as a club, we have a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to shine, to be kind to our­selves and to oth­ers and to look out for those who are doing it tough in our inner cir­cle and our wider com­mu­ni­ty.

Whilst there have been some exam­ples of pan­ic and poor behav­iour, there are many things we can do to ensure that we get through this togeth­er as a com­mu­ni­ty.  Not all changes from this sit­u­a­tion are bad, peo­ple are con­nect­ing with oth­ers in cre­ative ways and we are see­ing some inspi­ra­tional exam­ples of what it means to be a mem­ber of the human race and how sim­ple acts of kind­ness change the lives of oth­ers.  Our envi­ron­ment is enjoy­ing a break from mass crowds and our oceans and our air are like­ly to improve as a result of the lim­i­ta­tion on trav­el.  Moth­er nature may get a chance to reset and per­haps we will all reflect on our lives and think about what is impor­tant and what real­ly mat­ters to us.

Here’s a few tips to help you face the chal­lenges you and oth­ers might be expe­ri­enc­ing;

Work­ing from home

  • Cre­ate a rou­tine and stick to it. Get up, get dressed and work irre­spec­tive of the loca­tion.  Yes, resist the temp­ta­tion to work in your pj’s, keep­ing to a nor­mal rou­tine is best.
  • Set aside a place for work, try to avoid work spread­ing all over home
  • Be strict with work hours, strict with your­self and with oth­ers
  • Take breaks, get up, go out­side
  • Try to exer­cise when and where pos­si­ble, we all did this before the inven­tion of gym’s we can do it now
  • Con­nect with oth­ers through the many plat­forms avail­able, this will help you and your col­leagues feel con­nect­ed and less iso­lat­ed

Fam­i­ly Life

  • Acknowl­edge that hav­ing kids at home and all being in one space for extend­ed peri­ods of time can be stress­ful.
  • Have space where each can go to have some ‘alone time’. Don’t feel guilty about need­ing this, we all do.
  • Be mind­ful of yours and oth­ers height­ened emo­tions and stress lev­els. It is an unfor­tu­nate fact that we are like­ly to see an increase in fam­i­ly and domes­tic vio­lence at this time.  Know your own lim­its, have some strate­gies to cope and if vio­lence in the home is a real­i­ty for you, know where help can be found (see resources below)
  • Stay con­nect­ed, phone, skype what­ev­er it takes.
  • Lim­it screen time for all and find reli­able resources to get your infor­ma­tion. The Dept of Health, oth­er gov­ern­ment sites and reli­able mass media sources are like­ly to give you the most cur­rent and accu­rate infor­ma­tion.
  • Acknowl­edge that for chil­dren this is like­ly to be a scary time. Talk to them, keep expla­na­tions sim­ple and stick to rou­tines as much as pos­si­ble.

Per­son­al Well­be­ing

  • It is okay to feel anx­ious and scared but try not to cat­a­strophise the sit­u­a­tion and pan­ic. We will get through this, life will con­tin­ue, it might just look dif­fer­ent and some of that dif­fer­ent might be good.
  • If you find you need some­one to talk to about your men­tal health, call Life­line (see below)
  • Take advan­tage of new down time; get those jobs around the house done.
  • Have a clear out, give some of your excess to oth­ers who might need it more.
  • Write a let­ter or card to some­one you may have lost touch with or a neigh­bour who might be feel­ing lone­ly, iso­lat­ed and vul­ner­a­ble. It might make a huge dif­fer­ence to them.
  • Look for cre­ative and dif­fer­ent ways of doing things. Exam­ples are dri­ve­way Anzac morn­ing cel­e­bra­tions, dri­ve way exer­cise groups, walk­ing your dog at dif­fer­ent times to avoid crowds.  It is still okay to go out­side, just observe rec­om­mend­ed hygiene prin­ci­ples and social dis­tance rec­om­men­da­tions.
  • Eat well, sleep well and you are like­ly to have a bet­ter immune sys­tem.
  • Do some gar­den­ing, start that veg­ie patch you always want­ed to do

The key mes­sage here is try not to pan­ic, life will con­tin­ue, we will get through this so take care of your­self and of oth­ers and choose to show your best.

Pam Bubrzy­c­ki


Domes­tic Vio­lence Help Line   1800 Respect (1800 737 732)

Life­line  13 11 14

Wrap up of St Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

WOW.… What an INCREDIBLE night we had on Fri­day, cel­e­brat­ing St Patrick’s Day!

We had a night jam packed full of enter­tain­ment for all our club mem­bers. Face­paint­ing, Tat­toos, Green Hair­spray, Braid­ing, Colour­ing, Irish Dancers & an awe­some Live Irish Band, Cra­ic n On!

We were all very excit­ed to be get­ting our Irish on and don­ning the icon­ic green cloth­ing to cel­e­brate.

Cindy & Jack­ie spent most of the day cook­ing a hearty Irish Stew which sold out very quick­ly. A huge thank you to Fresh Fron­tier who spon­sored the event and pro­vid­ed all the veg­eta­bles for the Mash, Cab­bage and Stew. We even had the Love­ly Emma vol­un­teer to bake 2 loaves of Irish Bread to go with the stew.

The Irish Dancers were AMAZING, every­one was mes­merised with their rou­tines, espe­cial­ly the wood­en board one which ampli­fied the sound of the Irish step dance.

We had one of our best raf­fles yet, with some fan­tas­tic prizes includ­ing a Pad­dy Box, and a $50 vouch­er for The Gal­way Hook­er, an Irish Pub in Scar­bor­ough.

The night cer­tain­ly got into full swing (maybe the Gui­ness was kick­ing in!)  as the last 2 hours of the night saw some inter­ac­tive danc­ing with the WHOLE club. Every man, woman and child was on the dance­floor hav­ing the best time ever.

The live Irish Band, Cra­ic n On had cer­tain­ly cre­at­ed an elec­tric atmos­phere and one of the best nights the club has had in a long time.

I can’t wait for St Patricks Day next year 😉

A mas­sive thank you as always to the social events team who always give up so much of their time to help out and make these events a FANTASTIC suc­cess:

Jack­ie, Cindy, Pen­ny, Pat­ty, Kay, Mandy, Marni, Don­na, Helen & Simone. 

And our younger team mem­bers:

Zara, Danielle, Aimee, Sophie, Leah, Jen, Sarah & Amber. 

*  The group of girls per­formed for our club for free with the hope of hav­ing a whip around at the end to help fundraise for a high per­for­mance coach to help  them train at an elite lev­el.   Sad­ly at the time of their per­for­mance, num­bers were low , so they did not raise much mon­ey. If you would like to make a con­tri­bu­tion then please let Tanya know by email to 

Tanya Hon­or

Little Nippers Champs

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

U8 girls flags — Gold Medal­ist and State Champ — Han­nah Wol­marans had a lit­tle bit of luck in the 3rd semi and then smashed them to take the gold, it was amaz­ing to watch.

U8 girls sprints — Dar­cie Ben­nett made the final

U8 girls swim — Rebekah Hendy made the final

U8 girls board — Jas­mine Thomp­son 4th, Ada Heaton 7th and Sky­lar White­head 9th

All our girls made it through the first round with a lot pro­gress­ing through to the semi finals in every event. With more than 100 girls com­pet­ing, this is such a fan­tas­tic effort.


U8 boys flags — Nathaniel Leeks was our best com­peti­tor mak­ing the top 8, falling just short of mak­ing the finals. James Lee made the top 16

U8 boys sprints — James Fair­head took out 5th place against some real­ly quick com­peti­tors.

U8 boys swim — Ryan Cavanagh placed 13th

U8 boys board — Ryan Cavanagh 7th and James Lee 13th

Again there were 96 com­peti­tors in the boys and it was such a mas­sive achieve­ment for all of them.

For all our nip­pers it was a huge day and such a great car­ni­val, some absolute­ly out­stand­ing sin­gle achieve­ments and the sup­port shown for each oth­er was a great rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our club.

Spe­cial men­tion to Jack Colan­ge­lo who showed a nev­er give up atti­tude in the flags after miss­ing the start and almost fought his way back into mak­ing the next round, well done Jack you are a win­ner in my eyes.

UNDER  9’s

The Under 9’s had an awe­some day at Sor­ren­to for the state cham­pi­onships on Sun­day! We had some real­ly great results and the Mul­laloo com­radery was absolute­ly won­der­ful to see with all the kids cheer­ing on the kids who had pro­gressed to the next heats.

Mov­ing for­ward next year we will need to get some­one to record the detailed results, because as AGM I’m always too busy rac­ing around like a head­less chook with boards and loads of kids etc. Please feel free to let me know more results, but from mem­o­ry Zariya Yearn got 7th in the final of sprints, Ben Chad­der­ton got 8th in the final for boards with Liam Bar­row­clough get­ting a Bronze Medal, he was about 3 board lengths ahead in his semi final of the sec­ond place pad­dler but he got blocked out at the cans in his final and almost snuck around to snatch 2nd. He killed it in the swim and is the under 9 State Cham­pi­on with a Gold Medal.

All the kids did so well and we are all super proud of their efforts. This was the first car­ni­val this year where heats and semi­fi­nals were run so kids had to com­pete 2, 3 or 4 times in each event to make it to the final. As the kids move up to under 10’s next year, this is how all our car­ni­vals will run.

Ryan Stephen­son (U8 AGM) & James Breed (U9 AGM)

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Congrats to our ECU February Volunteers of the Month

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Feb­ru­ary Vol­un­teers of the Month:

Eva Opiela and her amaz­ing fam­i­ly of Antho­ny, Amelia and Ben­jamin Rowe for run­ning the sausage siz­zle every week. They are at the Club every Sun­day by 6:30am and then don’t leave till after 12 noon mak­ing sure every­thing is set up, runs smooth­ly and then packed up at the end. Eva also is the one that man­ages and places all the orders for every­thing that is required and picks it all up and deliv­ers it to the club.

Jacqui McGre­gor who as well as giv­ing up her very lit­tle free time for Mul­laloo she is heav­i­ly involved with the train­ing of Yanchep SLSC mem­bers. Her work around Mul­laloo events, patrols and Sun­day club day setups are leg­end sta­tus.

Chae­nae Brookes and Court­ney Fyfe have tak­en the under 13 boys for the last few sea­sons, and they give up their Sun­day morn­ings and some­times Sat­ur­days as well to try to reign in this row­dy group of old­er boys and deal with their par­ents! They turn up to car­ni­vals after cel­e­brat­ing their own 21st birth­days the night before even! Not many 21 year-olds would be giv­ing our 12-year-old boys that much of their time and ener­gy.

Tracey Cox for her pas­sion and ener­gy and great sup­port to the Fundrais­ing team and the Social Com­mit­tee. Tracey has worked tire­less­ly with Tanya Hon­or to ensure that the recent social events at the club have been the suc­cess they have been. She was relent­less in track­ing down fan­tas­tic dona­tions to help sup­port the Bush­fire Appeal — allow­ing us to raise the amaz­ing $14K we did!

Hazel Foley recog­nised for her amaz­ing inia­tive mak­ing bracelets rep­re­sent­ing each of the surf clubs attend­ing the State Nip­per Qual­i­fiers, rais­ing a fan­tas­tic $208 for the Club.


Small Contingent of Fearless Masters yield Awesome Results

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Mighty Mul­laloo Mas­ters who fin­ished an over­all 2nd at the 2020 Sun­smart WA Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships at Den­mark. Sea­soned com­peti­tors encour­aged first timers in a spir­it of fun and cama­raderie. In the words of chief Mas­ters organ­is­er Jen­ny Orme “Con­grat­u­la­tions to our vir­gin Mas­ters who gave it a go and came away with a medal and a grin on their face.”

Spe­cial thanks to Jen­ny Orme who effi­cient­ly organ­ised com­peti­tors and teams with the invalu­able assis­tance of the expe­ri­enced and dili­gent Dawn Jones. Heart­felt thanks to team pho­tog­ra­ph­er Julia Greg­son – who cap­tured some incred­i­ble action shots.

Thanks also to Team Man­agers – Richard Orme, Jeff and Ali Bak­er and the amaz­ing offi­cials Jes­per and Anni­ka Ras­mussen, Corey Bar­tle and Sandy Clarke. Many thanks to the “Trail­er Boys” Bren­ton Rose and Troy Baird – who towed the gear trail­er and erect­ed tents before their com­pe­ti­tion. Also many thanks to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the IRB crew – Julie and Cameron Rap­leyTodd and Glynne Bar­tle, Edgar Coel­lo, Clay Miller, Josh Bull and Aron Cook for help with set up.

Final­ly Jen­ny Orme wish­es to express her thanks to “coach of elite ath­letes – Nick Kane” and  sin­cere thanks to all our oth­er club coach­es.

Now to recap the incred­i­ble results……

Start­ing with the Women’s Indi­vid­ual Results:

Kay Smith 70+ 1 km beach run Gold
  70+ Beach Flags Bronze
Jen­ny Orme 60 – 64 sin­gle ski Gold
  60–64 board race Gold
  60–64 surf race Gold
  55–59Iironwoman Sil­ver
  60–64 1km beach race Sil­ver
Sarah Greg­son 50–54 Iron­woman Bronze
  50–54 Sin­gle Ski Sil­ver
Pam Bubrzy­c­ki 50–54 Iron­woman Sil­ver
  50–54 Sin­gle Ski Gold
Aman­da Davies 50–54 Beach Flags Sil­ver
  50–54 2km Beach Run Sil­ver
  50–54    Beach Sprints Bronze
Tanya Hon­or 40–44 Beach Flags Sil­ver
Helen Gigney 55–59 Beach Flags Bronze
  55–59 2km Beach Run Gold
  55–59 Beach Sprint Gold

Sarah Gregson’s high­light was the indi­vid­ual ski race where Pam fin­ished with Gold and Sarah with Sil­ver. Sarah said “waves were humungous and the fin­ish was absolute car­nage but Pam and I remem­bered our train­ing and retrieved our skis to fin­ish through the fin­ish line in con­trol of our craft”.

Women’s Team Events yield­ed more impres­sive results:

Pam Bubrzy­c­ki, Sarah Greg­son & Jen­ny Orme 150 min Taplin Relay (Dream Team) Gold
Pam Bubrzy­c­ki & Jen­ny Orme Female Dou­ble Ski Gold
Pam Bubrzy­c­ki, Jen­ny Orme & Sarah Greg­son 150+ Ski Relay Sil­ver
Aman­da Davies, Helen Gigney, Tanya Hon­or & Kay Smith 200 min Beach Relay Sil­ver

Equal­ly impres­sive Men’s Indi­vid­ual Results

Mike Bubrzy­c­ki 55–59 Surf Race Sil­ver
Paul Ben­nett 65–69 Sin­gle Ski Bronze
  1km Beach Run Sil­ver
Conan Mil­lar 35–39 Beach Flags Sil­ver
  35–39 Beach Sprints Sil­ver
Alis­tair Cook 45–49 Beach Flags Sil­ver
  45–49 Beach Sprint Gold
Todd Bar­tle 45–49 Beach Flags Gold
  45–49 Beach Sprint Bronze
Troy Baird 40–44 Surf Race Bronze
  40–44 Iron­man Sil­ver

 Men’s Team Event Results:

Troy Baird, Paul Brier­ley & Bren­ton Rose 110 Male Board Relay Bronze
Troy Baird, Paul Brier­ley, Bren­ton Rose 130 Sin­gle Ski Relay Sil­ver
Troy Baird Paul Brier­ley & Bren­ton Rose 110 Surf Race Sil­ver
Troy Baird, Paul Brier­ley, & Bren­ton Rose 130 Taplin Race Bronze
Robert Bar­ton, Paul Ben­nett & Mike Bubrzy­c­ki 170 min Ski Relay Bronze
Troy Baird & Bren­ton Rose 40–44 Board Res­cue Gold
Troy Barid & Bren­ton  Rose 40–44 Dou­ble Ski Sil­ver
Todd Bar­tle, Alis­tair Cook Conan Mil­lar & Paul Brier­ley 170 min Beach Relay Sil­ver

Final­ly last but def­i­nite­ly not least the fear­less Boat­ies Results:

Sun­day in the words of Sarah Greg­son brought with it “hor­ren­dous seas and surf con­di­tions and the Boat­ies com­pe­ti­tion was moved to Albany”. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the Bub­ble Wraps 180 male team of Stu­art Clarke, Mar­tin Fisk, Dun­can Com­mell, Trevor War­land and Sweep Stephen Part were knocked out of com­pe­ti­tion by cru­el seas and a mas­sive spill. All are bat­tered and bruised but ready to bat­tle Moth­er Nature anoth­er day.

Thank­ful­ly Moth­er Nature was kinder to the Women’s crew:

180 Female Surf Boat Team – Mul­laloo Mar­lins                                                                      Sil­ver

                                                  Sandy Clarke, Jude Har­low, Rachel Greene, Rachel Kre­mer               

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all involved. Whilst num­bers were few – enthu­si­asm and tenac­i­ty was bound­less!

Check out some of the action here!

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Kat­ri­na West