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North Curl Curl SLSC Awards Night
at the Dee Why RSL. $35 for Members/$45 for non-members. Bookings are essential, RSVP by May 12th to email@example.com
Tuesday 9:30am to 10:45am &
Tuesday 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12 per class for club members or $50 5 class pass
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The 2015-2016 season saw a significant milestone reached at North Curl Curl SLSC, being the 50th Anniversary of our Nippers being in existance. Back in the 1965-1966 season, there were one hundred boys that formed the club's Nippers group, all associated with club through the senior members. It was the same year that the Manly-Warringah Juvenile Surf Life Saving Association was formed, the equivalent of the current Branch environment. There were 5 carnivals run that season for the 5 to 13 year old boys, and even back then we accounted for ourselves very well, with North Curly being in the top two or three clubs on aggregate scores at these events. They even won a triangular carnival held with Freshwater and South Curl Curl.
This first year also saw the Nippers State Championships held at Bulli beach, again only for 5 to 13 year old boys. Over 2,000 attended the event, with North Curl Curl winning 6 of the events and placing in many others.
Buoyed by the success of this first season, as noted in the 1965/1966 Annual Report, it was decided that a committee be formed the following year for the purpose of training and managmening the boys at carnvals. From these humble beginnings, we have most certainly come a long way in 50 years.
6th/7th/13th/14th February 2016
The Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships were held over two weekends, with North Curly fielding competitors in the Nippers, Opens and Masters. And the ongoing effort to improve our surf sports disciplines was rewarded, with the club achieving 4th place in the combined pointscore, behind the powerhouse clubs of Manly, Newport and Queenscliff, our best result in some years.
The Nippers Branch Championships was a split over two weekends due to the conditions, with the U11 to U14 competitors taking part on the first weekend, and the U8 to U10s taking part the following weekend. As has been the case for a few years now, our youngsters shone across multiple age groups and multiple disciplines, with the team coming 2nd behind Manly, and streaks ahead of third place. As well as the result being pleasing, it was great to see so many parents asssiting in the running of the event as officials, as well as those that assisted the kids as age managers and team coordinators.
In the Masters, whilst we had a very small team, we still managed to claim 7th place. We had the inclusion of a couple new members as well as the return to the sport from some former members, which was pleasing to see. And the Opens team was bolstered with the addition of a number of U15 competitors, which shows that our retention strategies are coming to fruition. Their inclusion helped the Opens take 5th place.
All in all a great result, and we look forward to the State Championships in a couple of weekes.
10th January 2016
After many years of talking about it, the club finally was able to send a team of youngsters over to New Zealand on a surf life saving tour. Tony Williams has always thought it would be a great idea for this to take place, and after much planning and organising, he managed to pull it off. A group of 15 youngsters ranging from U10's to U15's made up the touring party, along with a number of parents and some siblings, making it a great family holiday as well
The club was hosted by the Mt Manganui and Omanu surf lifesaving clubs, located in the Bay of Plenty area on the North Island of NZ. The boys were camped out at the Mt Manganui surf club whilst the girls took up residence at Omanu surf club. The youngsters took part in a number of different training sessions with the local kids, with the tour culminating in a mini carnival with our hosts and the neighbouring Papamoa surf club, held at Mt Maunganui's main beach. And in between the surf club activities, they were able to take in a number of local attractions, and experience all that was on offer from this great part of the world.
Feedback from all was that this was a great trip, and plans are now underway to make this a regular bi-directional occurance, where we can host the NZ clubs at North Curly very soon befiore we take another group back to NZ.
Special hanks to Helen and Maya Willaims who along with Tony, were the team chaperones !!! A great job !! And thanks to all the parents who helped make the tour such a great event.
29th November 2015
What do you call an event that has the following components—
Event organisers Michael and Patricia Clues called it the Ironman's Ironman, but we think it was more like the Whacky Races.
The inaugural event was run for our Nippers, who each paid the privilege of not only taking part in this crazy race, but also getting pounded by water balloons thrown by the ever obliging spectators during the event. Judging by the number of willing participants, and the fun had by all including the crowd, we can see this becoming an annual event.
In figures from the 2014/2015 season, the total estimated value of Surf Life Saving NSW's coastal drowning and injury prevention efforts to NSW through lives saved and assisted is more than $1.9 billion per year, calculated by Surf Life Saving volunteers preventing drowning deaths ($1.35 billion) and permanent incapacitation ($565 million).
For all the details on these staggering numbers and the full report Click Here
26th October 2015
David Young stood down this year as our urr IRB Captain, and is engaging more and more in ski paddling. Here is his account of his adventure in completing The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, which is a 111km overnight paddle in the moonlight, down the Hawkesbury River from Windsor to Brooklyn, to raise money for charity.
"My final competitive race (albeit a charity race) of the season, the 110km Hawkesbury Classic paddled overnight is now done and dusted.. in a time of 9hrs and 25 min. I finally broke the 10 hour barrier and in the process shattered the category / age record by 20 minutes. I came 5th overall, 2nd in the singles category and 1st in the over 50 years age category. Three doubles kayaks occupied the top 3 placings.
For the record there were 361 paddlers in 239 boats that included singles (131), doubles (97), 6 person outriggers / canoes (5) and stand-up paddle (SUP) boards (5). In total 211 boats completed in the prescribed time with the winning double finishing in a time of 8hrs :44min and the last craft, a SUP completing the event in 19hrs and 19 minutes.. I thought I was crazy but those doing it on a SUP are certified mad.
Conditions at the start were far from perfect. Starting off at 5:30pm we contested a 25km head wind for the first hour and the turbulent conditions, not to my liking, saw me being dropped off the leading pack of paddlers, and destined to paddling the race on my own. With the incoming tide also against the paddlers my thoughts meandered around this being a long hard slog to the finishing line and expectations of a sub 10 hour paddle wanning yet again. Thankfully as the sun set, the winds died down and I was soon into my paddling rhythm. Not everything quite went to plan… at the 15km mark I was pelted by eggs from some hoons on the river bank with one hitting my ski, luckily no damage; then my GPS / navigational equipment failed to display and despite a 5 minute stop before it got dark I failed to fix the issue and resigned myself to the fact that I would be paddling the remaining 80km by instinct. Thankfully a near full moon provided me with much needed navigational assistance. I had initially planned on by-passing the first official pit-stop at Sackville (33km), but as I was having minor issues with my paddle, I stopped for a replacement. I was now 6 minutes behind my planned time.
The second 31km leg to Wisemans Ferry was uneventful, a glorious moon and a slight breeze made for ideal conditions. Half way through this leg the tides changed to be an assisting outgoing tide, consequently the strain on the body lessened, my speed improved and my moral lifted. I arrived at my 2nd and last scheduled stop 15 minutes ahead of schedule.. put some warmer leggings on, consumed a coke and a packet of crisps (Stephen Bradbury junk food diet) and continued.
The final leg was mesmerizing.. yes I felt the strain of the paddle, and my back started to play up but being the only person on a particular section of the river on a quiet, still, moon lit night, with fish jumping all around you, and being treated a spectacular prosperous water glow display as the kayak glided through the water was truly surreal. These perfect surrounds allowed me to power home to finish at 2:55am with little more to than a blister to show, and my sense of humour still intact. I may be back next year, but in more of a social capacity I hope."
23rd August 2015
The North Curl Curl SLSC 2015 Annual General Meeting was well attended by members young and old. We had the privilege of having the NSW Premier, the Honourable Mike Baird in attendance. Mike has been a great supporter of the club, and of Surf Life Saving in general. His support and guidance assisted us in being successful with our recent government grant, which has allowed us to kick off our major building extensions. The Premier addressed the meeting, and noted how the club had ticked all the boxes this past season in regards to membership growth, strong financials and success in the surf sports are, and most notably with our great community service.
During the meeting Neil Coltman, who is better known to all in the club as Harry, was presented with Life Membership, in recognition of his long and outstanding contribution to the club. Having started with the club as a Nipper parent in the early nineties, Harry has gone on to hold many roles and positions in the club, including a long tenure on the Board of Directors as the Director of Surf Sports.
As part of the meeting agenda, two new Board positions were voted on and accepted as additions to the existing structure. These director roles are for Member Services, and for Youth Development, and align the club with Branch and State structures. And Todd Sample and David Wymer nominated and were accepted into the respective roles. And more new blood was added to the club Board with the appointment of David Vinson as the Director of Education & Assessment. We welcome these new members to the club leadership team.
Whilst we had some new blood join the Board, at the same time we lost a valuable and long standing and experienced Director of Administration, with Julie Tassone standing down from her role. Julie has been a long time member of the Board, with 6 years as the Assistant and 6 years as the Director of Administration. With increased work commitments and a desire to see new blood in the role, she has decided to step aside. But she won't be far, as she will continue to support the club as the Assistant to the Director of Administration, as well as continuing her Registrar role. She looks forward to helping the new Director, when we are able to fill that position, which is for now vacant.
For a copy of the North Curl Curl SLSC 2014/2015 Annual Report Click Here
26th June 2015
North Curl Curl SLSC was well represented at this year's Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excellence night, held at the Dee Why RSL. And as a result club had probably it's most successful year ever as far as awards go.
Our Junior and Senior March Past teams both took out 2nd place in their respective March Past Handicap Point Score. And a very pleasing result was our 3rd place in the Bennett Overall Carnival Handicap Point Score, proof that all the hard work and effort over the past few years is paying off in the surf sports area.
And there were a number of individual winners also.
To cap off a successful evening, probably the most pleasing result was the club placing 5th in the Most Outstanding Club award, making it a top five finish two years running, and recognising the great effort and support from all of our club members. Congratulations to all our club members on an outstanding year resulting in this recognition.
23rd May 2015
When Sarah Wanden was waiting to undertake the water component of her Bronze exam just a few years ago, her self-doubt almost got the better of her. As she waited to take part in her run swim run proficiency, she was questioning her ability to complete the course. Sarah pushed on and was successful in gaining her bronze, and has never looked back. Sarah has gone on to gain multiple surf life saving awards, including her IRB Crew and Honorary Beach Inspector.
Her outstanding achievements this year were recognised when she was awarded the Mark Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Patrol Person at the club's annual Presentation Night which this year was held at the Dee Why RSL.
The club's Honour Blazer was awarded to Steve "Spider" Atkins, recognising his outstanding contribution across multiple facets of the club in the past year. Steve has been involved in training and assessing across multiple disciplines both within the club, and for other clubs within the Branch in his capacity as a branch assessor. He also is a keen surf sports competitor, taking part in various Masters surf sports events during the year, as well as providing a hand at mentoring some of the other competitors within the club.
The Major Award winners for 2014/2015 that were announced on the night included -
2014/2015 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
1st April 2015
North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club received a very substantial donation this week from Charlie King, a club member who now lives where many of our former members reside in Tweed Heads. In the early days Charlie lived in a garage in Spring Road directly opposite the entry to Ross Street. His brother Johnno lived directly opposite the Duff's house between the homes now of the Waddington's and the Clues'.
Charlie got his Bronze Medallion in 1943-44 in a squad with other Ross Streeters such as Keith Stoneman, Frank Bonner, Frank Brown, George Klause and Les Cook. Charlie loved the North Curl Curl Beach, in particular he loved spending time at the pool where he and fellow pool dwellers, Bob Slack and Snowy Huston sun bathed and swum many laps maybe not a speed but at a constant pace.
On behalf of all the Members and the Board, thank you Charlie and we wish you all the best in your retirement hopefully we can catch up with you when we are up at the Aussie Titles later in the month.
The resurgence of our Surf Sports activities was clearly evident at the recent NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships, held for the 3rd year at Umina/Ocean Beach. Our Nippers continued their ongoing strong performance, with a number of positive results.Georgina Prowse upstaged her older siblings, by winning Gold in the U9 Girls Board. Big sister Jami took Silver in the U14 Iron Woman. In the U9 Boys, Levi Smith, Toby Mayhew and Dylan King picked up Bronze in the Board Relay - amazingly they were one of 3 North Curly teams that made the final. Levi Smith, Jacob Crews, Toby Mayhew and Kai Lilienthal also took Bronze in the U9 Surf Teams. Emma Brogden was also a Bronze medallist in the U11 Surf Race. We had many other finalists, which with a bit of luck could have been coverted into more medal winners, but overall it was one of our strongest team performances ever with 47 teams and individuals making it to final.
Our Masters also had a great State championship, with plenty of medals being grabbed. Our Diretor of Surf Sports Glenn Slater led by example, winning his Surf Race, and also grabbing some team medals with Silver in the Surf Teams with Bryn Russell and Brett Tyack , Silver in the Taplin and Board Relay teaming with Matt Heaton and Brett Tyack and Silver in the Board Rescue with Matt heaton. He also picked up a Bronze in the Tube race !! Carl Henderson and Nigel Hoschke teamed up to take Gold in the Double Ski. On the sand, Steve Atkins won Silver in the Flags, rounding out one of the best State carnivals for our Masters in some time !!
In the Opens, our Womens Beach Team had another great event. Sophie McGovern continued on her winning way, making it a dead heat for the Gold in the U17 Beach Sprint. She came 5th in the U17 Flags, and backed that up with a 6th in the Open flags !! The U17 Beach Relay team with Sophie and Caity McGovern along with Elise and Kaitlyn Glanville showed great tenacity to win Silver, whilst the U19 Beach Relay team, which included Sophie and Kaitlyn along with Jade Hickey and Emily Roberts took out Bronze. In the water, Jami Prowse stepped up into the U15's and had a fantastic result taking Silver in the Rescue Tube. We had a number of girls make finals, which augers well for the future.
All in all, this was one of our best State Championships in some time, and shows that we are making some progress with the various initiatives undertaken in the past year with our Surf SPorts program.
Our All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) has become in integral piece of equipment for our surf life saving operation. It gets used every patrol day to help set up the beach patrol areas, and get the IRB onto the beach and at the water's edge ready for action as required. Our Nippers use it extensively to set up for their Sunday morning events, give they have to cart a large amount of beach gear up and down the length of the beach.
We recently had to undertake some extensive and expensive repairs on the ATV, which highlights the need for care to be taken when using the vehicle at all times. Also it higlights the requirement to properly celan and wash the ATV after every day's use, to ensure we can keep this expensive and important piece of surf rescue equipment operational and useable for the forseeable future.
16th January 2015
Our world can turn in such strange and contrasting ways, and evidence of that was last week.
Early last Friday morning, well before any life guards had signed on, a woman came running up from the beach frantically looking for help. A man was being swept away in a strong rip, and was struggling to stay afloat.
Ray Marrs, our club caretaker was working around the club, and proceeded to grab a rescue board, and paddle out to the now panicking swimmer, and proceeded to safely bring him to shore, averting what could have been another headline incident.
This all happened in the very week that Ray was preparing to say farewell to his youngest child, Steve, who had tragically passed away the week before at the age of just 29. They say that for every soul that leaves us, another is born in its place. In this case it was saved soul, thanks to the quick actions of our ever humble club member and caretaker Ray !!
North Curl Curl SLSC are putting together an IRB Racing team this year to take part in the upcoming IRB Carnival season.
Also you can find an overview of what IRB racing is all about the following Wikipedia site - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRB_racing
The benefits of having participated in a Nippers program since a young age, supplemented by strong surf sport training, were well and truly highlighted when one of our young Nippers, Max Von Appen along with his mate Ed Waddington, took it upon themselves to rescue a young lady recently.
The pair saw the young woman in trouble in very tricky surf conditions whilst walking along Pippi Beach (down near Yamba), and their training and instincts took over. Max, who is just 12 years old, hit the water with his mum's malibu board, which he lost in the tricky conditions, before swimming out to the distressd young woman, who was dragged some 400m down the beach. Whilst Max attempted to bring her in, Ed who is a local 13 year old Freshy Nipper, managed to get out to the pair with the board, and they then proceeded to bring the woman to shore on the board, whih was no mean feat in the turbulent conditions.
Cudos to both these youngsters, who didn't hesitate at all to jump into action and ensure that the outcome of what was a very dangerous situation turned into a was a positive one.
6th December 2014
Last year mother nature was very unkind on the 10th anniversary running of our premier event, the 3 Points Challenge and Ocean Swim, forcing us to cancel the Ocean Swim, and reduce the 3 Points to just 1 point with the only beach open for swimming being Freshwater
Well this year conditions could not have been any more different. Despite a lead up month of constant nightly storms, race day conditions were perfect, and around 600 comptitors turning up to make it another spectacular day.
The Ocean Swim kicked off proceedings, with 130 plus swimmers on the line, made up of some crack swimmers including a former winner and English Channel conqueror Lochie Hinds, as well as New Zealand London 2012 Olympics competitor Steven Kent. The honours though went to the towering Kazmir Boskovic, in just over 28 minutes, followed by Kent and Tom Montgomery in third. In the women's event, Stephanie Carey was first across the line, followed by Zoe Whitfield and Natalie Van Coevorden
Natalie backed up her podium finish in the Ocean Swim by taking first place in the main event of the day, the 3 Points Challenge, taking just over 43 ,minutes to complete the 6km course, which included swims at North Curl Curl, South Curl Curl and Freshwater beaches. In impressive effort, given she beat home last year's winner, Meg Helson by 3 minutes. In thrid place was Alison Coyle. In the mens event, it was a much closer affair with the first 3 competitors separated by just 17 seconds. Ironically 3 of the top 4 place getters were in the top 4 last year. Jake Montgomery was the big improver, taking out this year's event after coming 3rd last year, in an amazing 39 minutes and 19 seconds. Brad Goodyear went two better than last year to come 2nd in 2014. Nathan Breen was 3rd.
Special thanks to the 150 plus club members and supporters who turned out to help run the event - without your support and effort we would not be able to run such a successful day, and all the competitors and spectators agree that this is one of the best run events on the calendar every year, and that is mostly due to your fantastic effort
1st November 2014
The last couple of years the club has been going through a period of rebuilding with our surf sports area. Evidence just how far we have come was seen at this year's Coolangatta Gold, where the club fielded 4 teams in the short course form of the event, having first ventured into this iconic event last year when we debuted with one open female team
We once again had an open female team, but instead of 4 competitors we had just 3, with Lauren Coltman, Pip Candrick and Michelle Oakes (pictured here) taking on the course, with Michelle having to do both the board and ski leg. To their credit, the girls cam in 6th place, a fantastic effort given the circumstances.
We had 2 masters teams taking part, with a fantastic 2nd place to the Gold team made up of Peter Hickey, Glenn Slater, Andrew Stuart, and Bryn Russell from South Curl Curl SLSC who ventured up the beach to join the crew. Our Green team made up of Ray Merton, David Jones, Steve "Spider" Atkins and Rob Lovely also had a great result coming in 6th place. They would have done even better except that David ended up having to assist a rather distressed female competitor who was struggling in the conditions, only to have her recover well enough to beat David home !! What a great resuscitator he is !!
Probably the most pleasing result was that of our Mixed Open group, who came in 3rd place. This team was made up of Susie Irvine, the "senior" of the team, and young Adam van Haren (U15), Ben Hickey (17) and Michael Jones (U21). This was a great result for such a young group, who have never raced together, and certainly never undertaken an event of this magnitude before.
This year's success has already sparked the enthusiasm for next year's event, with talk of even more teams being formed for the 2015 event....bring it on !!
19th October 2014
The 2014/2015 Nippers season has kicked off with some absolutley spectacular weekend weather, making the introduction for our newer members so much easier and more enjoyable. And whilst our overall number of young Nippers is down on last year, it was clear to see that their enthusiasm has not waned, and there was plenty of fun had by all, including the parents.
And with the season only 2 weeks old, we have had our first carnival of the season already, with a Beach Carnival held at Queenscliff. This is the first time that a carnival with beach events only has been held locally, and judging by the turnout it won't be the last. The carnival saw the introduction of the 1km run for U10 to U14, and we had a number of entrants have a crack. Complementing the normal sprints and flag events, the carnival saw mixed relays introduced, pairing up two girls and two boys in each age group. All in all it was a great success, and our kids and parents had a ball in what will hopeful turn into a new annual event.
The last couple of years have been a lean period for the club in the surf boats arena, after what has been a long and proud tradition at North Curly. With the "retirement" of some of our long term boaties, we have not had any boat crews for a few years now. This year we are planning on turning that around, and trying to generate new interest in surf boat rowing
To that end, our Director of Surf Sports Glenn Slater has engaged an Australian Surf Rowers League Hall of Fame member, Howard Christie, to help rebuild our surf boat rowing ranks. Howard has a longs list of achievements in the sport as both a competitor and a sweep, with wins at State and National level, and has also represented in Branch, NSW and Australian representative teams. With some potential crew members on the horizon, and with Howard's expert input, we hope to once again see the North Curly boats get amongst the action this season.
16th August 2014
Having taken out the Sydney Northern Beaches 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.
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