Archive for April, 2020

Message from the President

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Dear Mem­bers,

Nor­mal­ly at this time of year we would have fin­ished all the State Cham­pi­onships, be cel­e­brat­ing our vic­to­ries, and be get­ting ready for Aussies. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, that hasn’t been the case and our lives have become so dif­fer­ent to what we’ve been used to.

To our Wood­side Nip­pers, what an amaz­ing bunch you are, and I real­ly hope you had a great deal of fun, learn­ing new skills on our beach this sea­son. We have decid­ed to put on hold what we had in mind for an end of sea­son event and will aim to do it at the start of next sea­son. Have a well-earned break over win­ter and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing you back for anoth­er year in Octo­ber!

To our Com­peti­tors; you trained hard all year and put your­selves in the best place pos­si­ble to demon­strate your skills at the final events of the year. This was not wast­ed, you showed what you are capa­ble of. Keep train­ing, set your goals high­er for next year and push your­self to exceed them.

I’d like to extend a heart­felt thank you to all our mem­bers who have lis­tened to and accept­ed some very harsh and rapid changes to our Club. To those still spend­ing time around the Club, exer­cis­ing, or per­form­ing patrol duties, thank you, as well for keep­ing our spir­it alive. The Board, Exec­u­tive and Man­age­ment Teams are still work­ing, albeit vir­tu­al­ly, to ensure the Club keeps tick­ing along, and of course Karen and Jen are still avail­able to answer queries.

Next month we had our Annu­al Din­ner sched­uled along with our AAA Awards night which have both had to be post­poned. Nev­er­the­less, we are still tak­ing nom­i­na­tions for some of the awards (please nom­i­nate mem­bers for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments) that would have been hand­ed out that night as we still want to recog­nise those who have done won­der­ful things for the Club. How we present those awards and the process we will fol­low is yet to be decid­ed, but we will ensure the team behind the scenes con­tin­ues work­ing to achieve some­thing.

As you may have seen and as detailed in the newslet­ter, Nick our Man­ag­er of Life­sav­ing has made the dif­fi­cult deci­sion to cease Club patrols for the East­er week­end onwards. Over the course of the sea­son we have pro­duced some incred­i­ble sta­tis­tics and that is thanks to all those patrolling and pro­vid­ing water safe­ty – you kept our beach safe!

We have made the deci­sion to leave the com­pe­ti­tion shed open to mem­bers for the time being to access their equip­ment. We expect mem­bers to fol­low social dis­tanc­ing prac­tices and to ensure these areas are not used as a chang­ing area or for com­mu­nal gath­er­ings. If it is report­ed these restric­tions are not being adhered to, we will be forced to revoke access.

We move into unknown ter­ri­to­ries, but we should not let that get us down. One day soon we will be back at the Club as a fam­i­ly, enjoy­ing our won­der­ful beach and adja­cent facil­i­ties. We’ll con­tin­ue to serve the com­mu­ni­ty with our out­stand­ing patrol ser­vices, and we’ll pro­vide life­long skills to you, our amaz­ing mem­bers.

I hope you all enjoy a fan­tas­tic East­er week­end with your fam­i­lies, hope­ful­ly in a more recon­nect­ing way. I’m sure I’ll see some of you at the beach, but please ensure you fol­low the social dis­tanc­ing guide­lines – the last thing we’d want is for our beach­es to be closed!

Take care, look out for your­selves and each oth­er, stay safe and see you soon.

Alis­tair Cook
Pres­i­dent, Mul­laloo SLSC