Archive for August, 2020

IRB Development Carnival — Sorrento

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

The first car­ni­val of the sea­son and what a day it was! Although it wasn’t your typ­i­cal IRB car­ni­val, the team moved as we always do, first ones on the beach and last ones to leave.

The day con­sist­ed of a train­ing ses­sion lead by coach Cameron Rap­ley and senior com­peti­tors of Mul­laloo. Our team mem­bers joined forces with all the oth­er IRB clubs for an all in train­ing ses­sion start­ing with a group warm up, which to the naked eye could be con­sid­ered chaos with eighty com­peti­tors run­ning up and down the beach fol­low­ing the lead of Mul­laloo. This was fol­lowed by two hours in the water mov­ing between dif­fer­ent sta­tions. At each sta­tion our team mem­bers nav­i­gat­ed rough surf and weed, work­ing with the oth­er clubs, shar­ing our knowl­edge, our expe­ri­ences gained from numer­ous Aussies cam­paigns and our best tips and tricks. The aim of this ses­sion was to involve some of the small­er clubs in WA and devel­op their skills with­in the sport whilst build­ing on team­work and mate­ship. From the per­spec­tive of a senior com­peti­tor, watch­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in this train­ing ses­sion was some­thing tru­ly spe­cial. See­ing my team mates put aside our club colours and embrace mem­bers of oth­er clubs, teach­ing them every­thing we know for no oth­er rea­son than our pas­sion for the sport is a true tes­ta­ment to our team, our lead­ers and man­agers.

With our bel­lies full of soup and snacks (thanks mums) it was time to get fired up and start rac­ing. Com­peti­tors from all the clubs raced off in heats in a friend­ly com­pe­ti­tion not for points. In true IRB style, it was a great day full of learn­ing and new expe­ri­ences for all, with some team mem­bers even mak­ing their IRB car­ni­val debut. We had com­peti­tors who usu­al­ly crew, dri­ving the boats, dri­vers jump­ing in as crews, patients and swim­mers. We had one boat end upside down, sea weed get­ting in our props and a few good stacks, nev­er­the­less we sur­vived and had fun.

With up to six Mul­laloo teams per event and thir­ty-four reg­is­tered Mul­laloo com­peti­tors, it was clear the blue and gold was once again dom­i­nat­ing the water. Spe­cial thanks go out to our super man­ag­er Lau­rie De Mamiel for organ­is­ing the end­less team changes, Car­lo Tenaglia for coor­di­nat­ing our patients, Phill Dee for tire­less­ly mak­ing sure our patients were safe­ly dropped in the water and our exist­ing Mul­laloo offi­cials for their sup­port, we couldn’t do what we do with­out your help.

Thus said, the team is cur­rent­ly seek­ing any­one else inter­est­ed in offi­ci­at­ing for IRB car­ni­vals. No expe­ri­ence at all required. Can­di­dates must have strong ban­ter, be enthu­si­as­tic about eat­ing brown­ies and pas­sion­ate about the smell of two stroke ear­ly on a Sun­day morn­ing. If this sounds like you, please con­tact Cameron Rap­ley for more infor­ma­tion (seri­ous­ly do it, we are a great bunch). Or even if you just want a good laugh and to spend you week­ends in a wet­tie fly­ing around in a boat, chat to Cam about how you can get involved, we’d love to have you!

We are very much look­ing for­ward to our first com­pet­i­tive car­ni­val at Scar­bor­ough SLSC on Sat­ur­day 5 Sep­tem­ber. Put it in your cal­en­dar, get your club shirt on and come down to sup­port us as we aim to take our the shield for best IRB club for the fourth year run­ning. Stay tuned for results.

Go Mul­laloo!

Chelsea Bull

Club Annual Awards Night!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

WOW… what a night!

Mul­laloo Surf Club cer­tain­ly has some AMAZING peo­ple who ALL give up so much of their time to make our club a bet­ter & safer place to be.

Our Annu­al Awards is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to high­light, recog­nise and reward those spe­cial mem­bers and to cel­e­brate their night with a buf­fet meal and a dis­co.

The room looked FANTASTIC, our social events team did an awe­some job on trans­form­ing the club. We even man­aged to incor­po­rate a Mul­laloo fringe back­drop which took our team 10hrs to com­plete!!  Now that’s ded­i­ca­tion ????

The food was made by our part­ner restau­rant, Swell, who did a love­ly buf­fet meal for us all. The but­ter chick­en was most def­i­nite­ly a hot favourite, with many going back for sec­onds!

Our fel­low MCs for the night, Aman­da Lam­bert and Paul McConnon did us proud, they were a great dou­ble act who ensured the night ran smooth­ly and threw in a few crack­ers to keep us enter­tained. Con­sid­er­ing this was their first time, I think you both did an AWESOME job. Thank You

The night was attend­ed by lots of VIPS & Spon­sors inc the Hon. Albert Jacob our Local May­or & fel­low club­bie to help present the awards.

The awards on the evening inc:

New Life Mem­ber­ship Awards  – Kay Smith, Tony Green­field and Kim Allen

Nation­al Medal for Patrol Duties – Guy Edwards, Tony Green­field and Paul Rustidge

Nation­al Patrol Ser­vice Awards – 20yrs – Car­lo Tenaglia

SLSA Train­ing Ser­vice Awards – 20 yr – Mark Hills & Bar­bara Loudon; 20 & 25yrs — Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki;  20, 25 & 30 yrs – Steve Dargie

Nip­per Activ­i­ties Vol­un­teer of the Year – Louis Cheese­man

Admin­is­tra­tor of the Year – Jen Ducasse

Train­er of the Year –  Todd Bar­tle

Young Train­er of the Year – Rob­bie Payne

Asses­sor of the Year – Mark Hills

IRB Life­saver of the Year – Todd Bar­tle

Com­pe­ti­tion Offi­cial of the Year – Vic­ki Ras­mussen

Coach of the Year – Pen­ny Fort­mann

Team of the Year –  Josh Bull & Rob­bie Payne

IRB Aussie Final­ists – Megan Bul­ley, Lillyan Rosich, Sean Coven­try and Corey Bar­tle

IRB Mas­ters Aussies Final­ists – Cameron Rap­ley, Todd Bar­tle and Megan Bul­ley,

Young Ath­lete of the Year – Katie Wad­dell

Ath­lete of the Year – Soraya Lee

Young Life­saver of the Year –  Will Ket­ter­ing­ham

Life­saver of the Year – Nick Lel­lamo

Patrol of the Year – Paul Cop­land, Ava Bush­by, Jess Thorne, Rochelle Villemin, Sarah May, Sefton Upton, Aaron Gigney, Natal­ie God­win, Patri­cia Col­bourne, Peter Mor­gan, Jen­ni Wood, Anni­ka Ras­mussen, Roger Greg­son, Lee Dray­cott, Han­nah Wal­lace, Amy Wad­dell and Jack Bar­ret

Top 5 patrol hours – Anne-Marie Wider­man­s­ki, Natal­ie God­win, Car­lo Tenaglia, Phil Dee and Peg­gy Bakalis

Young Achiev­er of the Year –  Ava Bush­by

President’s Award – Julie Rap­ley

Club Per­son of the Year – Tanya Hon­or

A mas­sive con­grat­u­la­tions to ALL our award win­ners.

For those who have nev­er been to our Annu­al Awards before, please keep an eye out this sea­son for some­one you think is super spe­cial and doing a great job vol­un­teer­ing for our club. ALL our mem­bers are invit­ed to nom­i­nate those spe­cial peo­ple so that they can be con­sid­ered for an award at our next awards night.

Spe­cial thanks to the social events team who spent many hours prepping/decorating & clean­ing up:

Pen­ny Fort­mann, Cindy de Bom­ford, Simone & Sarah Truter, Stephanie Dray­cott, Kay smith, Aman­da Davies, Kirsten Dob­son, Pat­ty Col­bourne, Helen Gigney, Don­na Har­ris, Bren­da Camp­bell, Jack­ie Mar­tin, Glen­da Schulz, Amiee Hon­orSandy Clarke and Emi­ly Eliot.

Tanya Hon­or

2020/21 Membership Fees set — Online Registrations open!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Dear Mem­bers,

It is that time of year again when we start our renew­al process before the sea­son com­mences in earnest. Annu­al mem­ber­ship fees are usu­al­ly announced at the AGM, but due to COVID-19 the AGM has been post­poned until 19 Sep­tem­ber 2020. There­fore, this year I’m extreme­ly pleased to announce the Board has endorsed changes to our mem­ber­ship fees which I will share with you now.


A Cou­ple (2 adults) $350
1 Par­ent and 1 Child under 21 $350
1 or 2 Par­ents and 1 or more Chil­dren under 21 $430


Active Youth Mem­ber (aged 14–18 years inclu­sive $200
Active Senior Mem­ber (aged 19 years and over) $250
Social Mem­ber $250


  • WA Seniors Card – qual­i­fy for 50% off indi­vid­ual mem­ber­ship (proof required)
  • WA Stu­dent – (14 to under 24 years and not part of a Fam­i­ly Mem­ber­ship) qual­i­fy for 50% off mem­ber­ship (proof required)

Dis­counts can­not be used in con­junc­tion with patrol rebates.

PATROL REBATES (for renew­ing mem­bers only)               $100

Only one rebate per mem­ber­ship cat­e­go­ry i.e. Fam­i­ly, Indi­vid­ual.


  • Full Mem­bers – For those who have ful­filled the min­i­mum 2019/20 sea­son patrol require­ments of 30 hours of record­ed patrol and/or water safe­ty hours
  • Long Ser­vice Patrolling Mem­bers (nil hours required) – Must be pro­fi­cient
  • Reserve Active Patrolling Mem­bers (16 hours min­i­mum) – Must be pro­fi­cient

Addi­tion­al to above Mem­ber­ship

Gym/Shed Key (non-refund­able) $30
If Lost Key — Replace­ment $30
Car­ni­val Fees User pays

Age deter­mined as at mid­night 30 Sep­tem­ber 2020.

Chil­dren up to 14 years MUST JOIN with at least one parent/guardian.

First­ly, our patrolling mem­bers, for those who have ful­filled the min­i­mum require­ments in the 2019/2020 sea­son of 30 hours of record­ed patrol and/or water safe­ty hours, we have increased the rebate you receive to $100. This also applies to long ser­vice and reserve active mem­bers who are pro­fi­cient. There is only one patrol rebate applic­a­ble per mem­ber­ship cat­e­go­ry.

Sec­ond­ly, we have added two dis­counts, one for the old­er mem­bers of the Club and one for younger mem­bers. Any­one who has a WA Seniors card is now enti­tled to a 50% dis­count off indi­vid­ual mem­ber­ship. Those aged 14–24 years who are not join­ing as part of a fam­i­ly mem­ber­ship and who have a WA Stu­dent card are also enti­tled to a 50% dis­count off indi­vid­ual mem­ber­ship. Please note these dis­counts can­not be used in con­junc­tion with patrol rebates or with fam­i­ly mem­ber­ships. Cards must be sight­ed by the office and a copy via email will suf­fice.

Last­ly, fam­i­ly mem­ber­ships have been adjust­ed to incor­po­rate dif­fer­ent fam­i­ly struc­tures, with a fee set for a cou­ple (two adults) or one par­ent and one child (under 21) for $350. Our stan­dard fam­i­ly mem­ber­ship which incor­po­rates one or two par­ents and one or more chil­dren is $430. We have also increased the age for chil­dren with­in the fam­i­ly mem­ber­ship to 21 to incor­po­rate those who may still be study­ing.

This year we are encour­ag­ing all mem­bers to renew their mem­ber­ship online as the process has been sig­nif­i­cant­ly sim­pli­fied by SLSA. Please log into your mem­bers por­tal ( and you should have an alert prompt­ing you to renew.

The Board recog­nise that some mem­bers may have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly impact­ed finan­cial­ly by the COVID-19 sit­u­a­tion. We don’t want that to be a bar­ri­er to you tak­ing part in Club activ­i­ties and would request you con­tact the office by email to under­stand what options are avail­able to you.

I look for­ward to wel­com­ing you all back as mem­bers for the 2020/2021 sea­son and will see you on the beach soon.

Alis­tair Cook

Pres­i­dent, Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club

Celebrating a Milestone Birthday for our inspirational Life Member – Amanda Lee

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

July 1st 1980 marked the start of women’s involve­ment in active surf life­sav­ing duties. Close to this time one of our club’s pio­neer­ing women in surf life­sav­ing – Aman­da Lee (nee Hunt) – first joined Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club (Mul­laloo SLSC) as a nip­per with her par­ents Veron­i­ca and Graeme and Broth­er Julian. Four decades on we wish to shine the spot­light on Mandy Lee as she cel­e­brates her 50th Birth­day this August 13th.

Mandy attained her Bronze Medal­lion in 1985 and quick­ly went on to achiev­ing mul­ti­ple edu­ca­tion awards until she became a Patrol Cap­tain in the 1987/1988 sea­son. Mandy reflects on those times when …“Patrol lists were colour cod­ed and tacked up in the boat­shed and if you had 4 or 5 mem­bers to a Patrol it was a good day”.

Mandy is pas­sion­ate about being involved in surf life­sav­ing and its many ben­e­fits on a per­son­al, fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty lev­el. Amongst the many ben­e­fits, she men­tions the abil­i­ty of surf life­sav­ing to fos­ter resilience in its mem­bers. She also shares one of her moti­va­tions to stay­ing involved in the club …“and that’s what keeps you com­ing back the chance to hang out with your fam­i­ly and friends in a sport and pas­time that is multi­gen­er­a­tional.” Mandy met her hus­band Steve Lee through the club in 1998 and they now have three chil­dren Soraya, Mitch and Brodie – who are all active­ly involved in the club.


Mandy has com­pet­ed and achieved mul­ti­ple medals at a State and Nation­al lev­el in; Surf Sports (includ­ing Surf Ski, Surf Race, Iron­woman, Board Race, Res­cue Tube, Dou­ble Ski, Board Res­cue, Surf Ski Relay..); Surf Boats (first Mul­laloo female surf boat crew in 1994); Cham­pi­on Patrol (coached and men­tored by Bar­bara Loud0n); Cham­pi­on Life Saver (2001 State Gold Medal­list); Res­cue and Resus­ci­ta­tion and Pool Res­cue. On the man­age­ment side of the club Mandy has been a  Patrol Cap­tain, Coach since 1995, an Offi­cial, Age Group Man­ag­er, Direc­tor of Youth, Direc­tor of Life Sav­ing, Direc­tor of Com­pe­ti­tion and Direc­tor of Coach­ing.

How­ev­er, it is hard to sum up Mandy’s con­tri­bu­tion to the club by her awards and achieve­ments as one of her major con­tri­bu­tions is as a role mod­el and men­tor. Mandy con­tin­ues to com­pete at both a Senior and Mas­ters lev­el and always offers encour­age­ment and sup­port to her fel­low team­mates.

One of the senior female com­peti­tors Kirstie Hilyear (nee Brig­gs) recalls… “I think a real piv­otal moment for me is my first east coast Aussies, Kur­rawa 2010. My first event of the day was the Open Women’s Dou­ble Ski. Mandy and I were com­pet­ing togeth­er and I remem­ber think­ing it was the biggest surf I had seen in my life and still being a bit of a novice on the ski, qui­et­ly pack­ing it with nerves. Mandy, how­ev­er, made me feel at ease and said this was just to get wet and have some fun. I remem­ber it tak­ing us (and every­one else) ages to get out but we did even­tu­al­ly! But as we turned the cans we had a good laugh as we saw the offi­cials already tak­ing away the fin­ish­ing flags. This mem­o­ry sticks with me today and Mandy inspired me to not give up and still have fun in every race I com­pet­ed in. Not to men­tion – some­one I will always admire and look up to”.

And Olympian Jaime Roberts shares …”Mandy has always been and always will be that per­son we look up to, on and off the beach. I have Mandy to thank for the encour­age­ment and advice she pro­vid­ed, in fol­low­ing my pad­dling dream. The best ambas­sador for women’s sport right in our com­mu­ni­ty!!  Jaime also recalls …“Mandy com­pet­ing at a Car­ni­val the day after her 40th was def­i­nite­ly an expe­ri­ence I have nev­er for­got­ten”. Mandy was also instru­men­tal in imple­ment­ing win­ter train­ing to enhance surf skills. Jaime rec­ol­lects “…I’ll nev­er for­get those ini­tial Phat Chix ses­sions through win­ter, which mor­phed into a tough but fun all-inclu­sive ses­sion”.

When Mandy is asked about her proud­est moment in the club, she hes­i­tates a moment, as she clear­ly has many. Mandy answers that her proud­est moments are …“see­ing my kids con­tribut­ing, com­pet­ing and get­ting as much enjoy­ment out of the club as I have.” She was proud to wit­ness Soraya make the State team and to see Mitch and Brodie achieve the Nip­per State Age Group Award. She was also proud to com­pete with Soraya in an Open Women’s Board Res­cue at States and hopes to com­pete with her in Open Women’s Dou­ble Ski next year. Mandy was also immense­ly proud to have received Life Mem­ber­ship to the club in 2013.

Final­ly when ques­tioned about her most mem­o­rable moment in Mul­laloo SLSC – Mandy excus­es her­self if it sounds corny but replies… “look­ing over the club bal­cony and see­ing my hus­band Steve for the first time. At the time I was a boat­ie and so then became a ski pad­dler to try to impress him”. The rest is his­to­ry ….. Thanks, Steve! – Boat­ies loss has been a win to many gen­er­a­tions of Surf Ski Pad­dlers through Mandy’s enthu­si­asm, coach­ing and encour­age­ment! Mandy we all wish you a Hap­py 50th Birth­day!

Kat­ri­na West