Fantastic Volunteer Opportunities currently available, all that’s missing is YOU!

July 1st, 2020

The fol­low­ing Gen­er­al Man­ag­er and Man­ag­er posi­tions are vacant for the upcom­ing sea­son:-

  • Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Devel­op­ment – To over­see our largest groups being Nip­pers, Youth and Mem­ber­ship
  • Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Facil­i­ties – To over­see our build­ing, bar and lounge
  • Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Surf Sports – Enthu­si­as­tic sports ori­en­tat­ed mem­ber to shape and mold the clubs activ­i­ties in the Surf Sports are­na going into the future. The require­ments of the posi­tion are a pas­sion for surf sports and a com­mit­ment to the won­der­ful com­peti­tors of Mul­laloo SLSC
  • Man­ag­er Coach­ing – Ensur­ing all our com­peti­tors have suit­able coach­es and our coach­es are sup­port­ed
  • Man­ag­er Events – Lead­ing with the coor­di­na­tion for any beach events at the Club
  • Man­ag­er Facil­i­ties – To assist the GM Facil­i­ties
  • Man­ag­er Wood­side Nip­pers – Act­ing as the cen­tral point for all things Nip­pers
  • Man­ag­er Spon­sor­ship – Liais­ing with our spon­sors and find­ing new ones
  • Water Safe­ty Coor­di­na­tor – That all-impor­tant role on a Sun­day morn­ing, coor­di­nat­ing water safe­ty to ensure our Nip­pers are safe
  • Man­ag­er Youth – To guide our Youth activ­i­ties
  • Man­ag­er Com­mu­ni­ca­tions – to keep our mem­bers informed

None of these roles need to be oner­ous and the Man­ag­er posi­tions can be achieved as a job share.

Please com­plete the form below before Fri­day 17 July.

  • Please pro­vide a brief descrip­tion of your back­ground and expe­ri­ence rel­e­vant to this posi­tion.
  • This field is for val­i­da­tion pur­pos­es and should be left unchanged.

2020 Annual Club Awards

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?

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

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!

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!

Message from the President

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

MEMBER WELLBEING: Emotional Intelligence and Young People

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

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) https://www.1800respect.org.au/

Life­line  13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Wrap up of St Patrick’s Day

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 Social@mullaloosurf.com.au 

Tanya Hon­or

Little Nippers Champs

March 11th, 2020
UNDER 8 GIRLS

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.

UNDER 8 BOYS

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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