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Sun Sep 14th
North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club
Registration Day for the 2014/2014 season
This year we have only 1 registration day, held
at North Curl Curl Surf Club from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Sat Sep 20th
Patrols starts for the 2014/2014 season
Wed Oct 15th
Proficiency for ARTC
at North Curl Curl Surf Club from 6:30pm (TBC)
Sun Oct 26th
Proficiency for Bronze, SRC, Spinal,
IRB Driver & Crew
at North Curl Curl Surf Club from 10:00am (TBC)
Sun Nov 23rd
Proficiency for Bronze, SRC, Spinal,
IRB Driver & Crew
at North Curl Curl Surf Club from 10:00am (TBC)
Sun Dec 21st
Proficiency for Bronze, SRC, Spinal,
IRB Driver & Crew
at North Curl Curl Surf Club from 10:00am (TBC)
SNB Branch Training Course Calendar
Sydney Northern Beaches also run courses.
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16th August 2014
Having taken out the Branch Surf Sports Official Of the Year award back in June, meant that club member Louis Tassone qualified for the Surf Life Saving NSW State Awards of Excellence night, held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Louis was hoping to get a commendation award at best, given the calibre of other nominees from around the state. But to his surprise and delight, when guest MC Layne Beachley read out the winner, it was a Sydney Northern Beaches recipent, and Louis was named Surf Sports Official of the Year.
Louis has been officiating for over 12 years, first starting when his son Chris was a young North Curly Nipper. Even after Chris stopped competing, Louis continued to officiate at both Nippers and Open carnivals, helping the club to maintain their required offical quotas. In recent times Louis has held many senior positions at various carnivals, including the Beach referee role at last year's Interbranch and Inter State Championships, and also at the last few Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. Congratulations Louis on this fantastic achievement.
3rd August 2014
This year's Annual General Meeting saw a number of special presentations made, which were enhanced by the fact that the NSW Premier, Mike Baird was in attendance to be able to present these awards. Alex "the Wiz" Wye was presented with his National Medal award, recognising his 15 years continuous service on patrols. Neil "Harry" Coltman (pictured here with Mike Baird) who stood down last year as the Director of Surf Sports, after a 9 year tenure in the role, was presented with a gift as recognition for his long and excellent service to the club.
Also in attendance this year was Steve McInnes, CEO of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, and Shannon Job, Deputy President of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches. Shannon commented on the great work and contribution that North Curl Curl SLSC has made in the past season, and recalled his time as a Nipper at North Curl Curl.
For a copy of the North Curl Curl SLSC 2013/2014 Annual Report Click Here
27th June 2014
The combined effort by many of our club members during the 2013/2014 season was rewarded at the Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excelence night, when North Curl Curl Surf Lifesaving Club was called out as a top 5 finisher for this year's Most Outstanding Club award. This result is the culmination of many aspects of the running of our surf club, including life saving, surf patrols, club administartion, surf sports, as well as training and education. The club was in good company, with the other top 5 places going to Newport, Collaroy, North Steyne, and the winners Dee Why SLSC
Another award that came the club's way was when Louis Tassone took out the Surf Sports Official of the Year award, the 3rd time he has picked up this award. Louis now goes on on to represent both North Curl Curl SLSC and the Branch at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excelence.
31st May 2014
2013/2014 was another great season for North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, and that success was recognised at the Annual Presentation night, which was attended by well over 150 club members. The Club Honour Blazer was presented to the unassuming David Jones. A quiet achiever, David has his fingers in so many pies at the club, it is hard to figure out when he has time to fit it all in. When he is not instructing new Bronze members, or some of the Nippers at SRC, he is helping with Board & Ski training for our younger competitors, or is madly doing repairs to the clubs equipment, or doing some of his own training, given he also competes in the Masters. And he just goes about his business without a fuss, making a huge contribution to so many facets of the club - a true club man.
After such a successful Nippers career in beach sprints and flags, young Sophie McGovern this year stepped into the opens arena, and continued on her winning way, culminating in a Aussies Gold Medal in the U15 flags, and a Silver medal in the U15 Sprints. Her great success was rewarded in taking out the clubs prestigous Whakatane Trophy for the best carnival competitor.
Michael Jones was a very surprised recipient of a number of awards, including the Best Junior Patrol Person, and the Junior of the Year award. This was just reward for a season that saw Michael throw himself into many activities at the club, including Bronze squad training and Board & Ski competition.
The Major Award winners for 2013/2014 that were announced on the night included -
2013/2014 North Curl Curl SLS Awards Recipients List
See coverage of the evening in our Photo Gallery
See some of pictures on the Club Facebook
Images from the past season as shown at presentation night
9th April 2014
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of long time club member, Frank Lowe.
Frank achieved his Bronze medallion at North Curl Curl in 1956 and has been a long serving club member for almost 60 years. He would have been 80 years old in May this year.
Frank was a member of our wise old men that always frequent the club on a Sunday morning, sometimes refered to as the college of knowledge, imparting snippets of our history and thoughts for the future, all whilst sharing some home baking that Franks shared with anyone that cared to join him and the group.
His smiling face at the club house window looking down at the activities on the beach will be sorely missed.
5th & 6th April 2014
This year's Australian Surf Life Saving Championships returned to the west, being held at Scarborough Beach on the northern outskirts of Perth. Whilst North Curl Curl sent probably their smallest team in some time to the event, we still managed to have great success, with the star being young Sophie McGovern.
Sophie joined her sister Caity in their first ever Aussies in the Under 15's, and their first event in the program was the beach sprints. Carrying on a proud and long club tradition on the beach track, both girls did very well getting to the quarter final, before Caity was unfortunately eliminated. Sophie made it all the way to the finals, and did not dissapoint in a fantastic run that saw her take out the Silver medal. But this was not to be her only visit to the medal podium
On Saturday, it was time for the flags, and both Sophie and Caity were drawn right beside each other in the first round, joining over 50 of the countries best flaggers. Ironically they drew next to each other on a number of run throughs before Caity missed out on a flag. Sophie's form was excellent throughout the competition, with her speed off the mark keeping her out of any trouble as the rest of the field scrapped amongst themselves. Before she knew it, Sophie had made it to the final 8 competitors, and then it was off the ampitheater for the finals in the afternoon, which was held in front of close to 2,000 very loud spectators. Sophie continued with her normal unphased calm approach, and before long, she had taken out the Gold medal, and was crowned the Australian U15 Female Flag Champion. A sensational effort from this unassuming youngster, which was celebrated by many of our club members and friends as news quickly filtered back east of this fantastic achievement!
It should also be noted that our contingent of 4 Board & Ski competitors, Carl Henderson, Glenn Coltman, Chris Plunkett and Rob Hagon all had an excellent carnival, with the boys making it through numerous rounds and Hendo and Chris making it to the the semi of the double ski amongst some very hot competition.
All in all it was a great event, capped off by club life member Pat Kember who marched with the green and gold cap in the March Past on the final day of the event.
8th & 9th February 2014
We all knew that there was a resurgence happening amongst our senior surf sports. But no one was ready for the great results our team of Masters posted, when they took part in the Branch Masters Surf Life Saving Championshps on Saturday. Despite having a number of team members pull out of the event at the last minute (some who were very much in with a medal chance), our senior members still managed a very creditable 9th place overall. Our esteemed Director of Surf Sports, Glenn Slater led by example, taking part in numerous events, and placing in a few, including victory in the 40-44 double ski with Mark Nicholson. Needless to say there were some tired muscles the next day !
Then on Sunday, it was time for our young Nippers to perform in the Branch Junior Surf Life Saving Championshps. And perform they did, from the very first events of the day, when we took out the All Age Board Relay (pictured here), and came a creditable 5th in the All Age Beach Relay. That set the tone for the day, as the Green and Gold cap teams went about their business, all the way from winning the U8 Boys Wade Relay, the U9 Boys Surf Teams & Board Relay, the U13 Girls Board Relay
There were plenty of standout individual results, including Keely Allsop who took out the U13 Girls Ironperson, came 3rd in the Surf Swim behind Jami Prowse who came second, and teamed up with Jami and Tasma Woolley to win the U13 Girls Board Relay. Most success for the day went to young Mitchel Stuart, who took out the U11 Ironperson, the U11 Boys Board, and was part of the winning U11 Surf Teams and Board Relay team. Proud dad Andrew had to call a Chubb security van to take home the medal haul.
It was a magnificant effort across the team of youngsters, and the great effort resulted in North Curly coming in 2nd place overall for the carnival. A fantastic result, and a testamant to the great coaching and support provided by our fantastic team of coaches working under the direction of Tony Williams. We can't wait for the State Championships to come along
24th January 2014
With this year's Manly and Freshwater Australia Day carnivals falling on the same long weekend, many clubs from as far away as Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland took the opportunity to come to town for some hotly contested competition. And Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park was one of those clubs.
Having ventured down a couple of years ago with a young development squad, this year the team was brought down by Nutri-Grain ironman Wes Berg, who is coaching at the Burleigh Heads club. The team were hosted at the club, and for those that had been here before, they were happy to be back in the familiar surrounds of North Curly.
Wes took some time out to admire the club's memorabilia board, and was quick to spot his own name on the wall, having competed for North Curly back in 2000/01 when he won a State Gold medal in the Open Men's Board Rescue with Greg Miller.
The club hopes to build on a closer relationship with Burleigh, creating a sister club setup, and hope to arrange taking some of our development team members up north in the near future for some training hosted by the Burleigh club.
2014 has come around very quick, and with the start of the new year, we see a hive of activity ramping up for our club members.
Our patrols are looking after the vast number of visitors taking advantage of the great weather, and fantastic conditions of our beautiful beach. The club canteen is seeing plenty of business with all the visitors.
In the competition arena, things really hot up now for both the junior and senior competitors, with carnivals happening almost every weekend over the coming weeks. The highlights will be the Manly and Freshwater Open carnivals to be held over the Australia Day Weekend. The Manly carnival in particular is the biggest surf life saving carnival in the country outside of the Australian Chapionships, and this year it promises to be a real big one given the running date falls between the Interstate Championships and the Freshwater Australia Day carnival, ensuring there will be many top competitors attending from other states.
Remember when you you are at the beach, make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags, and if in doubt, talk to our patrols and life guards for any information on the conditions.
10th November 2013
The Manly Junior Carnival is the first big Nippers carnival of the year, and always a great test for our youngsters, some of who have never been to a major carnival before this one. But that didn't stop the North Curl kids having a great day at the beach, even when the heavens opened up and dumped rain on their heads for a good portion of the morning.
One of the happiest kid on the beach appeared to be young Dylan King, who seemed to always have a smile on his face in the U8 Beach Flags, when he kept going past a flag, always managed to come up with it. In the end he came a very creditable 3rd place is his first carnival effort, and matched that a top 6 finish in the wade, plus 2nd place in the wade relay with his team mates.
Biggest smile of the day was on Tasma Woolley's face, when she cracked a great wave at the tail end of the U13 Girls Board race, to win ahead of the Newport and Manly competitors, with our Jamie Prowse and Keely Allsop rounding out the top five. Her smiling face said it all !!!
For a copy of the carnival results
3rd November 2013
Mother nature played havoc with the Nippers season last year, and when last week's Bennett Craft Carnival at Dee Why was called off due to the poor conditions, it looked like a repeat of last year when it was also called off. But a decsion to postpone the event 1 week turned out to be a great idea, and our Nippers got the chance to show their form in the re-run event, in what were good but tricky conditions. There were plenty of anxious faces in the Under 9 area, which is understandable given this was their first carnival on craft, but they showed the results of our great training program by taking our some of the major events. Over all it was an excellent hitout from our youngsters, with everyone having a go and showing plenty of promise for another successful season.
19th October 2013
The Coolangatta Gold is a classic surf sports event, and this year the club entered an Open Womens team for the first time. Michelle Oakes, Laurean Coltman and Pip Candrick were joined by Ameilia Harris from Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park, as a late replacement for young Sarah Loveley who broke her arm just 2 weeks out from the event.
Michelle led out the team in calm conditions with the 14.6km ski leg which took around 1 hour 25 minutes to complete. She handed over to Pip who did a short 2.1km run to tag Lauren, who then took off on the 2.5km swim leg, with the girls well placed in the top 10. Next was young Ameilia's turn on the board leg, a 6.1km paddle. Pip then finished off with another run, this time a 7.1km beach run from Currumbin to Coolangatta, which she did in approximately 35 minutes, to bring home the girls in 10th place, in 4 hours and 24 minutes.All in all a sensational effort.
13th October 2013
Unlike more recent years, the first day of Nippers for the 2013/2014 season was an absolute cracker of a day - warm and sunny ! And that made for a great kickoff for 0ur youngsters, who were more than happy to throw themselves into the activities of the day. Right through from our tiny U6 novices through to the older kids who were doing SRC training, everyone had a great day, which went very smoothly thanks to the great work of our Age Managers, who were ably assisted by many parents. It augers well for another great season for our North Curly Nippers.
21st-22nd September 2013
The club held a very successful surf sports development camp at Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea Belmont, near Newcastle over the weekend. The aim of this camp was to provide an opportunity where our U13 and U14 Nipper members (and their parents) could integrate and build lasting relationships with Senior club members.
We launched our Buddy Program whereby each nipper was assigned one or two senior member buddies, whose role was to act as mentor, as well as water safety and assistant coaches. The aim of this program is to provide the Nippers with familiar Senior member faces so when they move into the Senior club the transition isn't so daunting. This buddy program will be an ongoing activity through the season. Over the two days, sixteen U13 and U14 Nippers ,with some U15 and open members participated in four introductory skills sessions, covering board paddling, beach sprinting, swimming and they were also taught the basics of sitting on ski's in flat water.
Our Coaches for the weekend were: Carl and Kim Henderson, Tony Williams, Michael Kember, Noel Langthorne and myself. The Skills sessions were broken up with dry land presentations on:
A tough beach volley ball game was played between the old-ies and under 20's on Saturday afternoon, with Noel referring the longest game in history.... characterised by plenty of dubious calls.
A fantastic Chinese banquet was enjoyed by all on the Saturday night and it was a great opportunity for all to bond and meet each other.
Overall a special thanks to all the Nippers participants, buddies, Nipper parents and coaches for giving up their time and for the Board of Directors for supporting this initiative and a special thanks to Swansea Belmont SLSC who were our hosts.
The 2012-2013 Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday August 4th. There was a changing of the guard per se, as Neil Coltman, better known as Harry, stepped down as Director of Surf Sports, after a 9 year tenure. Through that period Harry has attended more carnivals and surf sports events that he cares to remember, and had been responsible for getting our open teams to State and Australian Championships all over the country. He was also running our Sunday events for some time during this period, and has been a valued member of the Board thoughout his period on the Board.
Harry handed over the Surf Sports reigns to Glenn Slater, no stranger to the club, who has already hit the ground running with some great new ideas and plans, along with a strong group of assistants, including Tony Williams as his 2IC. We wish Harry all the best and thank him for his contribution, and welcome Glenn and his new team.
A key position that was not filled at the AGM was that of the Director of Surf Life Saving Instruction. This key role was filled by Clare Hagon last year, who is unable to continue in the role, so we are keen for anyone that has an interest in helping with running of our surf life saving education programs, to contact Julie Tassone at email@example.com
For a copy of the annual report Click Here
Did you know that researchers from the University of Sydney Marine Sciences school have been completing important research into the biodiversity of our marine environment right on our doorstep? Last year, some artificial turf squares were secured onto the rock platforms to the south of Curl Curl beach and left there for 3 months to see what kind of marine life would settle onto the units. This was just one of 24 field sampling sites chosen across the New South Wales and Victorian coastline. The only other site chosen in Sydney was located at Avalon Beach.
During the 2012/2013 season, a member of the North Curl Curl surf club, Iina Lohi, attended the Coastal Ambassador program which was held at the Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen. Since attending the workshop, she has been volunteering on this Sydney University marine sciences project, and has been assisting in the field and in the laboratory with the collection and preparation of the field sampling units and microscope specimens. This important research is helping us to further understand the pattern of distribution of marine species along our rocky shores.
Iina's assistance has meant that this research is being bought closer to completion and that our precious coastline and marine life will continue to receive the environmental management funding, stewardship, and attention that they deserve. If any club member wishes to contact her regarding the content of the workshops then please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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