Hello once again to all of our Members and Friends and welcome to the March edition of our Blu-ing magazine which we hope you enjoy reading. If you have any suggestions on inclusions please feel free to make a suggestion to our Club Secretary as we welcome new ideas.
So where are we at and what is rapidly approaching during March- April?
Here’s a brief rundown of March- April activities;
We bid farewell to Sunday Nippers 27/3 and thank Peter and his crew for a great season! Once concluded we start the planning for a bigger and better 2022 season starting October this year.
Continuing to run our Social Sundays which will revert to a 12pm start to 5pm from 3/4, all our valued nipper families and in fact all friends and members are welcome each and every Sunday.
Remember every Sunday if you have a family get together, you’re welcome to come on down to the club, use our bbq for a small fee to cover gas and enjoy the lovely beach environment, drinks from our bar of course.
Gold Members Day will be conducted on Friday 25th March where a tasty meal and refreshments will be provided and the much anticipated Rabbitohs v Roosters game played on the big screens, 7pm start.
A March email will be forwarded to all members 40 years of age and older inviting you to join our Fun Fitness Group for the next quarter, stepping back into fitness at your own pace! 5.30pm and 6pm start options will be available.
On duty lifesaver parking is now officially up and running south end of the car park! A permit is required to be on display to avoid being booked. (See DOL for permits).
We’re proud to announce the full external repaint of the club is scheduled to take place commencing late March/April/May. A big and costly job but one that will bring our building back to its glory days!
Aussie Titles commence late March and into April where our Youth, Masters and Open competitors will be representing our club at the highest level on the Gold Coast. Good luck to the team and stay tuned for updates via our Facebook.
Clothing Sale of the Century – we’ll be carrying out a clearance sale in the Heritage room this Sunday between 10am and 12pm! Pop down for a bargain.
Great to acknowledge International Women’s Day, in particular women in lifesaving that have helped make our club the club it is today!
Great to meet new Communications Brooke Eggleton from NSW Ports, one of our Major Sponsors.
Sorry to report that State Open and Masters Championships regrettably were cancelled due to the extreme rain events! Onto Aussies now!
And now to some other news!
Best wishes to our Bronze and SRC squads as they approach examinations and thank you to our trainers. We look forward to you joining our lifesaving and competition ranks.
An audit was completed during March on all fire extinguishers, sensors, signage in each room of the club. Once again some members have removed some extinguishers from their mounting, damaged sensors and removed stickers. This comes at a great financial cost to our club so please leave all firefighting equipment in situ. Please be careful when hosing the storerooms that you don’t wet sensors.
Our Ocean Swim Subcommittee continues to power along in preparation and planning for this major fundraising event in April designed to subsides Australian Title competitor costs. We’re hopeful all members come on board to help us to run a successful event. Please take up the opportunity to volunteer your services when you receive a request to do so. There are a number of ways you can help from water safety, to cooking the BBQ. If you're free and able to help please use this form to register your availability and where you can help. https://forms.gle/S7hvuL4Xij6AKteK9
A general shout out to all members interested in continuing activities in Winter with the South Maroubra Dolphins Winter Swimming Club soon to be starting their activities. More info to come, ALL WELCOME incl parents and kids.
Our annual Golf day is making a return 9th Sept Royal Randwick Golf Course – see advertisement in in the classifieds section of our magazine.
Remember Heritage Room bookings remain available throughout the year for your special event, corporate workshop etc. Info and member special rates are on our South Maroubra Surf Club website or office 93140070.
See you at Social Sunday
Paul ‘Stretch’ Fownes APM OAM President
This season we will see the Senior Club Presentation Night will be held on 4 June. As such it's now time to think about who you'd like to nominate for club awards.
At the Club's committee meetings to be held March/April 2022, a number of club awards for member recognition are determined. To assist the committees with their determinations, nominations from members are called for the following Club Major Awards. All financial club members are eligible to nominate.
Nominations will close with the Club Secretary by 2 April 2022. Emailed to Uri Teitler, Club Secretary [email protected]
There is no specific form however nominations must include the following information :
Name and contact details of nominator
Name of member being nominated
Award they are nominated for
Why you are nominating them for the award
Awards determined by Board of Management at their April 2022 meeting
For outstanding achievement and contribution in all areas of the Club :
Clubman of the Year
Associate of the Year
Most Outstanding Cadet (13-15 yrs)
Most Outstanding Junior (active 15-18 yrs)
Most Outstanding Senior (active 18 yrs and over)
Awards determined by the Lifesaving Committee at their April 2022 meeting
For outstanding achievement in the areas of lifesaving
Junior Lifesaver of the Year (13 – 17 yr old)
Senior Lifesaver of the Year (18 yrs and over)
IRB Person of the Year
Rookie Training Officer of the Year (held Training Officer award for less than 2 years)
Training Officer of the Year
Awards determined by the Competition Committee at their April 2022 meeting
For outstanding achievement in the area of competition
Swim Competitor of the Year
Board Competitor of the Year
Beach Competitor of the Year
Masters Competitor of the Year
Surf Boat Person of the Year
Coach of the Year
IRB Competitor of the Year
We look forward to receiving many nominations for consideration. These awards are prestigious awards and winners will be announced and presented at the annual Club Presentation Night.
With the ease on lockdowns and restrictions due to Covid, we have been able to lock in some dates for our education calendar:
3 April - Provide First Aid Course 9am-3pm ($80 at members cost) 16 April - Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
If you're interested in any of these courses please contact Hunter at [email protected]
Note: IRB Crew and drivers courses will kick off in the pre 2022/23 season so if you're interested in either of these courses note your interest with Laurie - [email protected]
NOMINATED (AND WON) February Sydney Branch Rescue of the Month
Date: 13 February 2022 Who: Rene Prochnow and Michael Cleaves Details: At approximately 2.20pm Michael the IRB crewman, stationed at the northern patrol flag, identified a male swimmer standing approximately chest deep in the water at the end of the second sandbank. The swimmer tried to swim and slowly started to drift outside of the flagged area onto the sandbank. Michael tried to signal the person to get back into the flagged area, but was not successful.
At the same time the swimmer appeared to be already exhausted, but it looked like he would be able to make his way back to the beach. The swimmer was at the time standing outside the flagged area in hip-deep water on the second sandbank approximately 70m+ off-shore when a wave between 1m-1.5m behind him dumped onto him and he was struggling to get back onto his feet.
Michael realised the danger the swimmer was in and alerted Rene, the IRB driver, who was patrolling at the southern flag as well as other patrol members to the dangerous situation. While alerting the patrol members a second wave dumped onto the swimmer and he started to drift further into a rip where he appeared to be struggling to stay afloat. At the time the Michael and Rene and 2 other patrol members were running to the IRB which was stationed approximately 70m north of the flags, positioned in the best launch position due to the sandbank.
Michael and Rene launched the IRB and had to choose a path through the rip located north of the flags to avoid getting stuck on the sandbank. While going out to the swimmer the IRB had to negotiate challenging surf with multiple waves with short periods. When driving towards the swimmer it was clear he in a very dangerous situation, as he was not able stay with his head above the water and was visibly in the process of drowning. The IRB team drove up to the swimmer and did a rescue pickup in heavy surf with the IRB crewman lifting the swimmer into the IRB and the IRB driver grabbing the legs of the person since he was quite tall and heavy and not in a physical condition to hold onto the boat himself. After getting the person into the boat the IRB driver was trying to communicate with the swimmer since the IRB crewman needed to focus on keeping the bow of the IRB in a position to ensure the IRB can return to shore safely in the heavy surf.
The POI was breathing but did not respond and showed signs of breathing difficulties raising concerns of having swallowed a significant amount of water. The IRB team reached the shore and the Randwick Council Lifeguards were already present. The IRB driver briefed the lifeguards on the situation with the major concern of secondary drowning. The swimmer was able to say a few words and indicated he could not breathe and did not appear to get any better. The IRB team carried the swimmer onto dry sand where they and council lifeguards administered oxygen and assessed him for further injuries.
At this time the patrol captain and council lifeguards communicated with SurfCom to coordinate for an ambulance to attend. While looking after the swimmer the lifeguards were able to establish the person was not alone on the beach and the patrol captain managed to find the persons partner who was then able to provide further details to the lifeguards and patrol team. After a short period, an ambulance arrived, and the paramedic took over the treatment of the person and decided to take him to the hospital for checks to ensure no secondary drowning is occurring or any other injuries were present.
If it would not have been for the vigilance of the IRB crewman and the quick reaction of the IRB team this situation very likely would have ended with the drowning of the person.
To our wonderful nipper families,
Hard to be believe we are in our last month of the Nipper season!
Reminder that U6, U7 & U8 Presentation Day is on Sunday 20th March and our last Day of Nippers (Fun Day) is on Sunday 27th March.
Our competition team did amazingly well at Branch Champs with South Maroubra coming in overall 3rd in Age (U9-12) and 3rd in (U13-U15)
NSW State Junior Surf Life Saving Championships Results Report by Renae McNamara, Competition Team Manager
South Maroubra Nippers sent our largest competitive touring team of 141 Nippers aged Under 9 to Under 14 to the NSW State Age & Youth Championships on the Sydney Northern Beaches to compete in junior surf sports over the three days of 24-26 February 2022.
Competitive surf and sand training for season 2021-2022 had a delayed start due to the outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in mid-2021, but our Nipper competitors threw themselves into training as soon as restrictions eased enough in October 2021 to enable group training, all in the hopes of representing South Maroubra SLSC at the pinnacle event of competitive junior surf lifesaving – the NSW State Age & Youth Championships.
South Maroubra Nippers competed in individual events including the surf swim, board, ironperson, beach sprint, flags, and 1km/2km run, as well as in team events including the surf swim team, board relay, board rescue, Cameron relay (swim/run/board/run), beach sprint relay, and Rescue and Resuscitation (R&R) events.
Over the first two days of competition our U9 to U12 competitors got to battle it out with the best of the best junior surf sports athletes in NSW in the water and on the sand, but unfortunately on Day 2 some of the U9 & U10 team events were cancelled due to worsening surf conditions. .... Continue .. (including more photos) ...
Ocean Swimming is back at South Maroubra! We'll host the South Maroubra Ocean Swim on April 24 April 2022. There are three race distances - 500m, 1Kkm and 2.5km. There are so many ways you can help out too! Follow our pages on Facebook and Instagram @southmaroubraoceanswim and share our posts to promote the swim. There are a number of ways you can help from water safety, to cooking the BBQ. If you're free and able to help please use this form to register your availability and where you can help. https://forms.gle/S7hvuL4Xij6AKteK9
State and Australian Titles
The 2022 NSW State Titles were started yet not completed this year due to the once in a lifetime weather event. Due to poor water quality and the guidance from NSW Health, the organisers made the hard decision to cancel this year’s events, breaking the hearts of many.
The Iron Person events were the first and only events to be held with some age groups being completed and others through to finals. 2 strong and deserving results from South Maroubra.
Under 14’s Iron Woman – Georgie Kiernan (Finalist)
Under 15’s Iron Woman – Lillie Mclean (Finalist)
Both girls should be very proud of their achievements always extremely competitive to reach a final at the State level.
The sand events were cancelled very early with no results to report. Thank you to all of support crew involved to make this happen in trying conditions….
We now move onto the Australian Titles in Queensland from 2nd - 10th April. The event is split between beaches with the Youth Championship being held at North Kirra and the Open Championship at Broadbeach.
We are taking a strong team of 65 competitors this year, the largest team for quite some time. It is the first time the Under 13’s and 14’s will be experiencing a national title which will be an exciting prospect for them to compete at the highest level of the sport. Thanks to all of the team behind the scenes for the hard work involved in making this possible and the support of the Board of Management. All the best to all of our competitors hoping you all have a smooth and healthy lead in.
We have 2 last carnivals before Nationals to fine tune:
Round 3 of the Triple Crown Wanda Saturday 19th March - Water
ASRL NSW Championships Collaroy Saturday 26th March - Boats
All the best,
Shane White on behalf of the Competition Committee.
South Maroubra SLSC will be updating its beach vehicle later this year, and are offering its members and friends the opportunity to purchase the current SSV prior to advertising it on the open market.
What we have for sale is a one owner 2019 BRP Can-Am Defender HD8. VIN number 3JBUJAN40KK000059
It has been very well maintained as it has been serviced by accredited Can-Am technicians since new.
This one owner vehicle displays below average Kilometers and engine hours for its age, as it is only driven on weekends and public holidays. The unit will be sold fully serviced and detailed and suit a new SSV buyer.
Asking price is $9,500 or near offer.
MAROUBRA SEALS SURF CLUB CHARITY GOLF DAY (9/9/22)
Are you a golf player? Or want to be one?
We are arranging 10 teams to 'compete' against Maroubra Surf Club
Friday 9 September 2022
Royal Randwick Golf Course
Event - ‘4’ Ball Ambrose. Maximum x2 putts each per hole.
7.00am for 7.30am - Shotgun Start
$100.00 head includes Green Fee’s + Lunch/Drinks back at South Maroubra SLSC
$500.00 cash prize ‘lucky-dip’ drawn at surf club at 2.00pm (minimum x3 players from team need to be present to claim prize.)
The Club is happy to promote sponsor services, reputable small businesses and services, housemates or marketplace type free giveaways etc. If you would like to have a listing in next month's Blu-ing please email [email protected]
Maroubra RSL Sub Branch's Commemoration Event - Anzac Sunday 10 April
Kangaroo Beach: Sandy's Surf School: A lift-the-flap book
Member Protection Information
We are committed to the protection, welfare and wellbeing of all our members and are dedicated to providing a safe, fun and enjoyable environment as outlined in the SLSA Member Protection Policy. We take an inclusive approach, ensuring all of our members are treated with respect and dignity and are protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse regardless of gender, age, ability or nationality.