What’s your full name? Uri Teitler
What’s your current position in the club? Hon Secretary & Public Officer
How long have you been in the role ? This is my second year
When did you first join? 2013
Can you tell us about your lifesaving journey? My wife Tracey would bring our first child, Sarah down for U6 and U7 on Sundays for Nipper whilst I would go out riding. When Sarah was in U8 and my second, Noah was in U6, Tracey explained that she couldn't be at two ends of the beach at the same time and that was the beginning of my adventure down at South Maroubra. By mid-season I realised it was going to be more interesting in the water than just watching so I enrolled in the next available Bronze Medallion and I was doing Water Safety by December. The next season I became Water Safety Co-ordinator and in 2016 Deputy Director of Youth which I held for 2 Years. Along the way I set out to collect at least one award/qualification a year .. started with Age Manager's then IRBC and IRB Driver, Officials Course, Silver Beach Management, Spinal, Advanced First Aid and most recently ARTC. Last year I was asked to join the Board and have been enjoying the role of Secretary since.
What positions have you held in the club? Water Safety Co-ordinator, Deputy Director of Youth, Vice Captain of Patrol 15, Hon Secretary & Public Officer. I was also Deputy Director of Youth for Sydney Branch in 2021/22.
Any highlights? I have very much enjoyed watching my family grow up and around the club to the extent that they feel like its their second home and we have established a whole new friendship group. We choose Sth Maroubra as we recognised that if the kids could learn to handle the surf here they could handle surf anywhere, but reality is that the club has given us so much more. Biggest highlights would be via the kids .. both being Junior Club Captains in their respective years and then both later on to become Youth Lifesaver of the Year for Sydney Branch.
What does the future hold and any advice to fellow members? I'm excited about the future of the club. The Board has a grand vision for the physical club house and the strategic 5 year plan puts in place the foothold for a vibrant community organisation. The simple advice is get involved. The more you put in the more you get out of it and the better the place is for everyone. To paraphrase JFK .. 'Do not ask what your club can do for you .. ask what you can do for your Club'
There has been some amazing results across all disciplines by our members since the beginning of the season:
Triple Crown Round 1 - Wanda
On Saturday 15 October 2022 3 members (Georgie Kiernan, Vectis Buckett and Charlie White) competed in round 1 of the Sydney Branch Triple Crown Series at Wanda. Each round consists of 3 surf races and 3 board races. (This round however only had 2 surf races due to conditions).
The carnival is split into 2 age groups, Youth (u15) and Open (u17, u19, Opens, Masters). Georgie & Vectis were fortunate that they are at the upper end if their age group, while Charlie was at the bottom end of his age group. When you see the results below, you'll realise that this did not phase Charlie. In tricky conditions there were some great performances from all three of our members. Their results are as follows:
Georgie (Youth female) Swim 1 – 4th | Swim 2 – 3rd | Board 1 – 2nd | Board 2 – 1st | Board 3 - 1st
Vectis (Youth male) Swim 1 – 4th | Swim 2 – 3rd | Board 1 – 6th | Board 2 – 4th | Board 3 – 5th
Charlie (Open male) Swim 1 – 6th | Swim 2 – 1st | Board 1 – 10th
Sydney Water Round 2 (Interbranch Trials Opens)
Aidan Renford U14: 7th iron, 3rd swim but given 4th, 6th board
Georgie Kieran U15: Iron 6th, Swim 4th, Board 2nd.
Jasmin Alexiou U15: Iron 2nd, Swim 1st, Board 7th
Charlie White U17: Iron 7th, Swim 6th, Ski 7th
Vectis Buckett U15: 8th surf race, 8th Iron man
Chris Kondilios U14: 1st Flags, 1st sprint
Jess Henville U15: 2nd flags, 3rd sprint
Josh Ballard U15: 1st flags
Luke Newrick U15: 1st sprint, 2nd flags
Ruby Gray U17: 1st sprint, 1st Flags
Qld State Open Water Swimming Championships - Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast
Jasmine Alexiou competed in the 14 years 5km open water swim at the Queensland State Open Water Swimming Championships on 15 October. She completed the race in 4th position (just missing 3rd place by less than 9 seconds) in a personal best time of 1:02:35.80; Jasmine lowered her personal best time (1:10:40.73) set at the Australian Championships in January 2022 by more than 8 minutes.
Jazz is now ranked #1 in NSW for 5km open water swimming for her age (previously #7) & ranked #4 nationally (previously #13). An amazing achievement given she is only at the start of her preparation for the new open water & surf lifesaving season which culminates in the Australian Open Water Championships in January 2023, State SLS Champs in February 2023 & Aussies in March 2023.
Interbranch Team Selection
After some amazing results at the Interbranch Team selection carnivals it was no surprise that South Maroubra is well represented in the Sydney Branch Team. Congratulations to the following Clubbies for making it into the teams:
U17 Female - Ruby Gray
U15 Male - Luke Newrick
U15 Female - Jasmine Alexiou
U15 Female - Georgie Kiernan (reserve)
U14 Male - Chris Kondilios
U14 Male - Aidan Renford (reserve)
U13 Male - Rory Muldowney
U12 Male - Krishna Inder
Slightly unrelated to Surf Lifesaving but wonderful news that our Clubbie, Tom Farr Jones has been selected into the NSW Waratahs Under 16’s Squad. We would like to congratulate them on this wonderful achievement being selected in a very talented squad and wish them all the best for the rest of the tour.
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