Archive for May, 2020

2020 Annual Club Awards

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

The Nominees are.….….

Award Club Per­son of the Year Nip­per Activ­i­ties Vol­un­teer
of the Year
Train­er of the Year Asses­sor of the Year IRB Life­saver of the Year
Pam Bubzy­c­ki
Pen­ny Fort­mann
Mark Hills
Tanya Hon­or
Julie Rap­ley
Car­lo Tenaglia
Paul Brier­ley
Louis Cheese­man
Luke Eliot
Pen­ny Fort­mann
Julie Rap­ley
Todd Bar­tle
Bernie Flint
Simon Gid­ley
Sandy Clarke
Mark Hills
Jacqui McGre­gor
Todd Bar­tle
Roger Greg­son
Jacqui McGre­gor
Car­lo Tenaglia


Award Life­saver of the Year Young Life­saver of the Year Young Achiev­er of the Year Coach of the Year
Nick Iel­lamo
Lau­rie de Mamiel
Car­lo Tenaglia
Jen­ni Wood
Mol­ly Bean
Ellie Black
Ava Bush­by
Will Ket­ter­ing­ham
Ava Bush­by
Corey Bar­tle
Soraya Lee
Anni­ka Ras­mussen
Max Smith
Paul Brier­ley
Mark Don­nel­ly
Pen­ny Fort­mann
Nick Kane
Carl Mills
Cameron Rap­ley

Oth­er Awards to be Pre­sent­ed include:

  • President/Board Award
  • Offi­cial of the Year
  • Team of the Year — IRB Dri­ver
  • Team of the Year — IRB Crew
  • Top 5 Patrol Hours
  • Patrol of the Year
  • Young Train­er of the Year
  • Admin­is­tra­tor of the Year
  • Young Ath­lete of the Year
  • Ath­lete of the Year
  • Pool Res­cue Team

Member Wellbeing: What will you keep?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

As West Aus­tralians begin to emerge from social iso­la­tion due to the  COVID-19 restric­tions, what will you keep?

The past few months have been extra­or­di­nary, resem­bling some­thing from a sci­ence fic­tion nov­el.  The world thrown into chaos as a super virus touched vir­tu­al­ly everyone’s lives.  Fam­i­lies sep­a­rat­ed, social iso­la­tion chang­ing every aspect of our days, liveli­hoods lost and glob­al­ly a death toll usu­al­ly asso­ci­at­ed with wars or geno­cide.  Yet, as much as COVID-19 brought the need to change how we live, it also brought the oppor­tu­ni­ty to recon­sid­er our choic­es and habits and to adapt.  Out of some­thing unthink­able came some good and some vital lessons about our­selves and oth­ers have pro­vid­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing, reflec­tion and reassess­ment.

As COVID-19 spread around the coun­try, work­places changed with rapid speed to allow its employ­ees to work from home.  Whilst this ini­tial­ly cre­at­ed some stress, it pro­vid­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties to slow down and to meet the com­pet­ing demands of work and fam­i­ly in unique ways.  Whilst many have lost their jobs and have had to find oth­er ways to fill their days, it also gave an insight as to the expe­ri­ence of hav­ing to be reliant on social wel­fare, an oppor­tu­ni­ty to revis­it our bias and judge­ments of oth­ers less for­tu­nate.  Places of edu­ca­tion changed to deliv­er­ing remote edu­ca­tion whilst stress­ful for many, also giv­ing some young peo­ple a reprieve from the day to day unpleas­ant­ness that the school envi­ron­ment can bring and par­ents a new appre­ci­a­tion for teach­ers.  Homes became gyms and many found the joy of exer­cis­ing for free out­doors.  Com­put­ers became a greater facil­i­ta­tor of human con­nec­tion and many chose to phone friends and loved ones rather than send texts or emoji’s bring­ing joy to oth­ers.  Beau­ty salons closed, forc­ing some of us to accept the grey and become a lit­tle less self-obsessed and more com­fort­able in our own skins.  The post office became a major shop­ping dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­tre rein­stat­ing the hum­ble postie as a deliv­er­er of joy not just bills.  The hum­ble toi­let roll became a com­mod­i­ty rivalling the bit econ­o­my bring­ing out some of our worst behav­iours and also some extra­or­di­nary acts of sim­ple kind­ness.  Doc­tors and oth­er med­ical staff came into our homes to offer assess­ments and treat­ments negat­ing the need to sit in wait­ing rooms poten­tial­ly get­ting ill­ness­es we did not ini­tial­ly have.  Veg­ie patch­es have been rein­stat­ed as sources of food and enjoy­ment, pets have been res­cued and giv­en new lov­ing homes at rates nev­er expe­ri­enced before and we all learnt that we can live at home and eat a meal with our fam­i­lies cooked at home every now and then.  Neigh­bours, who have nev­er spo­ken became known to each oth­er, fam­i­lies who had drift­ed apart reunit­ed and chil­dren have prob­a­bly spent more time out­side with their imme­di­ate fam­i­ly unit that we have seen in decades.  Politi­cians who are nor­mal­ly the sub­ject of our dis­con­tent, and front line work­ers who are nor­mal­ly for­got­ten and face­less became our dai­ly heroes and sub­jects of our grat­i­tude, appre­ci­a­tion and admi­ra­tion.  And whilst we couldn’t trav­el, our envi­ron­ment was giv­en a chance to heal and reju­ve­nate as our oceans flour­ished and our foot­print on the earth was for a few short months less­ened.

So, as we emerge from our homes and life slow­ly moves towards what will be the new nor­mal, take some time to reflect, think about how COVID-19 has changed you as an indi­vid­ual and as a mem­ber of the com­mu­ni­ty.  Think about what you have learnt about your­self and oth­ers, how resilient and adapt­able you are what strengths you have and also, what weak­ness­es.  We have been giv­en an oppor­tu­ni­ty to reset, to rede­fine our val­ues and who we are, what is impor­tant and what is not.  What will you keep?

Pam Bubrzy­c­ki

Strategic Plan Launch

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

The Club’s Board of Direc­tors are pleased to launch the Club’s new Strate­gic Plan 2020 to 2024.

As was report­ed in the 2018/19 Annu­al Report, the Plan has under­gone sig­nif­i­cant review and con­sul­ta­tion over the last 12 months, includ­ing a club mem­bers sur­vey, sam­ple inter­views, advice from Life Mem­bers and input from man­agers.  The Board would like to acknowl­edge the efforts of Vic­ki Ras­mussen and Andy Jones with the sup­port of con­sul­tant Tanya Hund­loe of Social Mon­ey Solu­tions in draft­ing the Plan.

The new Strate­gic Plan:
• Builds on the work of pre­vi­ous Boards
• Con­sid­ered the chang­ing envi­ron­ment, espe­cial­ly the Club’s finan­cial mod­el
• Tracked progress towards the ‘One Club’ theme, Dri­ving Sus­tain­able Oper­a­tions, Finan­cial Via­bil­i­ty, Grow­ing Rela­tion­ships and Deliv­er­ing Ser­vices

The result of this review is a new five-year Strate­gic Plan, which acknowl­edges that the Club’s core busi­ness is life­sav­ing ser­vices on the beach with a goal of ‘no loss of life’. Accord­ing­ly, the Plan out­lines the devel­op­ment and sup­port of mul­ti­ple aspects of the Club that con­tribute to life­sav­ing.

The new Strate­gic Plan address­es our ‘One Club’ goal by aim­ing to enhance the mem­ber expe­ri­ence. It also aims to improve life­sav­ing ser­vices by devel­op­ing the skills and edu­cat­ing our life­savers, through a strong and sus­tain­able organ­i­sa­tion. This Strate­gic Plan includes ongo­ing and new pri­or­i­ties in line with the Club’s cur­rent and fore­cast­ed posi­tion, as well as sug­gest­ed objec­tives, actions, tar­gets and mea­sures. It acknowl­edges Surf Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia and Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s cur­rent strate­gic plans and will be reviewed against these dur­ing the peri­od 2019 – 2024.

Click here for the Sum­ma­ry ver­sion of the Strate­gic Plan. A full ver­sion of the Strate­gic Plan will be avail­able through your SLSA Mem­bers Area soon.

Westfield Local Heroes — Dara Mills Nominated!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

I am sure you will all be proud to know that Dara Mills has been nom­i­nat­ed as a West­field Local Hero for her tire­less work with the Surf Club as a life­saver and her inte­gral part in help­ing to make sure that every­one has fair access to the beach.

Fol­low­ing a per­son­al expe­ri­ence with a local man who had been involved in a car acci­dent and was now wheel­chair bound, and could no longer swim as he often used to do because of lack of access, she was deter­mined to get a path­way to the ocean so every­one could come to the beach, when­ev­er they liked. The pure joy of see­ing some­one being able to expe­ri­ence the nat­ur­al won­ders of the beach again pushed Dara to make sure the club could get fund­ing for the Beach Access Mat.

Dara set off on a jour­ney of sem­i­nars, research, count­less emails, phone con­ver­sa­tions and meet­ing the most amaz­ing, inspi­ra­tional peo­ple. Peo­ple who faced adver­si­ties every day, in doing things that we take for grant­ed.

The path­way has been a huge suc­cess and the feed­back from the com­mu­ni­ty has been amaz­ing. The path­way is for every­one, young, old, of all vary­ing degrees of mobil­i­ty and rep­re­sents what true inclu­siv­i­ty in our com­mu­ni­ty means.

We are proud of every­thing you have achieved Dara and wish you well in the selec­tion process.

As soon as the vot­ing opens, we will let you know!