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Sat Apr 1st
NCCSLSC Nippers Presentation
4:00pm at the Surf Club (for U8-U14)
Sat/Sun Mar 25th & 26th
Australian Youth Surf Life Saving Championsips
Kirra Beach, QLD
Mon/Tue Mar 27th, & 28th
Australian Masters Surf Life Saving Championsips
Kirra Beach, QLD
Wed-Sun Mar 29th to Apr 2nd
Australian Open Surf Life Saving Championsips
Kirra Beach, QLD
Sat Apr 22nd
Global Swim Series Pacific Championships
Hosting the best swimmers in the region
we have a 1.5km and 3.8km course
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Sat Apr 8th
Advanced Resuscitation Course
Running 9:00am to 3:00pm, at the Surf Club
Please contact Wiz for details at email@example.com
SNB Branch Training Course Calendar
Sydney Northern Beaches also run courses.
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For a copy of the annual report Click Here
1st June 2013
Ray Marrs joined our club in 2005, and grew so in love with the place, that when the position of club caretaker became available a couple of years ago, he jumped at the opportunity, applied for the position, and was selected as easily the best candidate for the job. His contribution to the successful running and maintenance of the club is a testemant to his dedication and love of the place, and he goes well and truly above and beyong what is required for his position. At this year's club awards presentation night held at the club, Ray was recognised for his outstanding effort over the past 12 months, and was awarded the club's Honour Blazer.
Alanna Patison capped of a sensational first year of competing for the club, which saw her win 2 State Gold medalsand an Australian Silver medal, by taking out the Whakatane Trophy for the best carnival competitor of the year. Even more impressive was the fact that she also took out the Junior of the Year award for the 3rd time running. An impressive effort indeed for a young girl that has already shown her value to the club with her efforts in assitiing our surf life saving training programs.
The Major Award winners for 2012/2013 that were announced on the night included -
2012/2013 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
Mother nature can be a fickle beast. And that was definitely the case when our young Nippers took part in the 2013 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Umina. The weather and general conditions for all 3 days of competition were the worst experienced in some time, so bad that competition was cancelled for the first day of the event. Driving rain, and eroded beaches played havoc with the competition scheduling, and our youngsters played a waiting game to see when they were going to compete. Eventually on Saturday competition did start, albeit at scattered locations.
And whilst the conditions made it very difficult for competitors to perform at their best, young Olivia Inkster was not phased, as she took part in her first State Championships. She won Gold the U8 Wade, and came second in the U8 sprint. Young Keely Alsop and Jami Prowse both had some great results in the U12 competition, with Keely taking Silver in the Surf Race, and Jami coming 5th, and Jami also placing 4th in the Iron Woman. Isaac Smith capped off a strong season by taking out the Gold in the U14 Board race. He also came 5th in the Iron Man event. Sophie McGovern continued her amazing record, winning Silver in the U14 Beach Sprint, making it 5 consecutive State Championships where she has medalled. All in all since competing in U9's, Sophie has won 1 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in individual events, and a number of team event medals also. Overall our young competitors should be praised for taking part under such adverse conditions !!
1 week later, and it was time for our Open and Masters to take part, and the conditions could not have been more different. Our Masters kicked off proceedings, and were met with warm blue skies, and calm water – the total opposite to the previous week. And the conditions seemed to be perfect for Alanna Patison, who took out the U19 and the Open Women's Surf Board Riding event – a double Gold performance to remember !!
Whilst the season is now over for our junior competitors, our older members now turn their attention to the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships to be held in mid-April at North Kirra, Queensland.
For all the State Championship results Click here
16th February 2013
This year's Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Open Championships saw North Curly turn up with our best representation in some time. And it wasn't all about the numbers; there was plenty of quality in the performances too.
Our Board & Ski team had a great day getting into plenty of finals, and converting this into positive results. Glenn Coltman took out the Over 24 Swim, which is turning out to be his pet event (something to do with his age we think). We had a number of our competitors do well in craft events, with 6 competitors lining up in the Open Board final. In the Board Rescue, we picked up 3rd and 5th place with the 3 Atkins boys and Glenn Coltman mixing it up with a hot field, whilst the combination of Hagon, Atkins and Coltman were just out of the medals with a 4th place in the Board Relay. Michael Jones picked up a creditable 6th place in the U19 Surf Swim, in what was a red hot field. He also picked up 6th in the U19 Board race, and to prove his versatility, he came 3rd in the 2km beach run!! Kristie Leonard also decided to do the 2km run, and came in 2nd place. Proving her fitness, she then picked up 3rd in the U15 Ironperson. Isaac Smith had a great day competing up an age group in the U15's, winning the Swim, coming second in the Board, and picking up 3rd in the Ironperson, a great result in his first senior Branch championships. And continuing our success in the Board Riding arena, Alanna Patison took out the U19 Short Board event.
All in all a very successful carnival seeing North Curly coming 9th in the Open carnival, helping the club place 7th in the overall combined Championship score (Juniors, Masters and Opens results combined).
10th February 2013
Our young Nippers have been putting in plenty of training this year under the guidance of Tony Williams and his coaching team. And the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships held at Dee Why Beach showed that the hard work pays off, with our youngsters coming in a clear 2nd place in the overall carnival results. This event was a test for all involved given the difficult conditions, but our youngsters were up to the challenge, making their presence felt in the water and on the beach.
There were plenty of great individual and team performances. In the U8's, young Olivia Inkster continued the great results she has posted at all carnivals this year, her first year of competition, with a 1st place in the sprint, and 2nd in both the flags and wade. Both her and Newport's Sienna Bond seemed to be intent on sharing all the spoils on the day. Sophie McGovern took out the U14 beach sprint/flags double for an unprecedented 5th time straight, making her undefeated at local carnivals in both events since she was in the U10's. We need to check the record books for that !!
Attention now turns to the State Championships to be held at the end of the month at Umina, where our Green And Gold kids will take on the best in the State !
With the festive season over, January is when the surf sports season kicks into full swing, for both our Nippers and senior competitors. Already before January is over, we have seen the Nippers take part in 2 carnivals, starting with the Narrabeen Junior Carnival, where our youngsters did extremely well, coming in 4th place overall in the pointscore. Most pleasing was the 2nd place by the club in both the All Age Beach Relay and the All Age Board Relay. This carnival was followed with the Manly Nipper Nats, which had youngsters coming from all over Australia to take part. Again there were plenty of great performances from our youngsters, albeit with a smaller squad than normal, getting to mix it with Nippers from as far away as Scarborough in Western Australia.
Our seniors kicked off the year with the Palm Beach carnival, and for the first hitout of the season, they were more than happy with their results. This was followed by the Manly Open carnival, which is the largest club carnival in Australia. And finally the traditional Australia Day carnival at Freshwater saw our seniors having a crack with a large contingent of competitors from many distant clubs from around Australia.
Standout results have been registered by a few of our youngsters. Sophie McGovern (pictured above) didn't compete at Narrabeen, but at the Manly Nipper Nats she took out the U14 Beach Sprint and Flags double. And she has placed in a couple of U15 events also, stepping up an age group in the Open carnivals. Keely Allsop has been winning or placing in plenty of her U12 water events, as has Isaac Smith in the U14 Water. Plus we have had plenty of teams in various age groups getting great results. In the seniors, the results in team events has been the best for some time, especially at the Palm Beach carnival. All augers well as we come into the Branch and State Championships over the next month or two.
For all the carnival results Click here
4th January 2013
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs Isa Wye. Isa has been a member of North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club and is the adored mother of our Club President, Stuart Wye, our Director of Surf Life Saving, Alex (Wiz) Wye and grandmother of our past Director of Surf Life Saving Instruction, Alexandra (Pippy) Wye. Our condolences extend to Stuart, Wiz, Pippy and the entire family.
Recently Isa celebrated her 91st birthday. She was a truly remarkable woman and in 2011 on her 90th birthday, Isa was given a Parliamentary tribute for her amazing service and contribution to swimming in Australia and Internationally. It was noted that:
(a) 2011 marked the 50th year of Mrs Isa Wye, MBE, OAM, holding the office of President of Australia's oldest ladies' swimming club, Dee Why Ladies Amateur Swimming Club,
(b) Mrs Wye was first elected to the Management Committee of Dee Why Ladies' Amateur Swimming Club as its Secretary when she was 16 years of age,
(c) in 1980 Mrs Wye served as the Manager of the Women's Swimming Team to the Moscow Olympics,
(d) between 1964 and 1965 Mrs Wye assisted with the merger of New South Wales Women's and Men's Amateur Swimming Associations, becoming a Foundation Member of the NSW Amateur Swimming Association,
(e) in 1965 Mrs Wye assisted with the merger of Warringah men's and women's swimming, becoming a foundation member of the Warringah Amateur Swimming Association,
(f) Mrs Wye has served as Patron, President, Senior Vice President and Technical Officer of Warringah Amateur Swimming Association, was a driving force behind the building of the Warringah Aquatic Centre in 1979 and was admitted into its Inaugural Hall of Fame in 2009,
(g) Mrs Wye served as a Technical Convenor and Examination Tester for the New South Wales Swimming Association for many years, as well as officiating at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, National Championships, State Championships, District Championships and numerous carnivals over a 70-year period,
(h) in recognition of Mrs Wye's extraordinary service to swimming in Australia and internationally she was appointed a Member of the British Empire in 1973 and awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2002 and the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and
(i) in honour of her dedication to swimming on the northern beaches and in New South Wales, Mrs Wye has been awarded Life Membership of the Warringah Amateur Swimming Association, New South Wales Amateur Swimming Association, the Australian Union of Old Swimmers and the Australian Union of Old Swimmers' auspicious National Award for her lifetime contribution to swimming.
We are sure many of you will remember Isa teaching the kids swimming through school and time keeping at many school carnivals.
Rest in Peace Isa. You will be remembered fondly for your remarkable contribution to our community
10th December 2012
The 2012 Members of Parliament National Volunteer Awards recognise the contribution of local volunteers around Australia. Club Deputy President Julie Tassone fits the bill perfectly when it comes to the criteria for a volunteer, and as such she was recognised for her long term commitment to the community, with a National Volunteer Award presented by the Hon Tony Abbott. During Julie's 15 years at North Curl Curl SLSC, she has put in countless hours in her various roles at the club, which currently include the Directory of Adminstration, Club Registrar, and club Child Protection Officer.
In presenting the award, Mr Abbott called out not only Julie's contribution to Surf Life Saving, but also her contribution and dedicated support of many families and individuals who have required special support, in times of personal or family need.
Congratulations Julie on receiving this special recognition for your dedicated contribution to our surf club and to the general community
9th December 2012
Our North Curly members of the 2012 Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch team made a significant contribution towards helping the team take our the Interbranch title for the second year running. In tricky water conditions that were whipped by strong winds, Keely Alsop managed a couple of 3rd places, whilst Issac Smith and Kristie Leonard picked some 1st places as well as some other good results. On the sand Alex Glanville was finding the competition tough, but still came through with some good results, whilst Sophie McGovern won the flags and placed in the spint final also, and ran strongly in the relays.
The team came away with a State gold medal and the Interbranch title as just reward for their effort. Well done to all the team members.
1st December 2012
If ever there is an event that brings a club together as one, then the annual 3 Points Challenge & Ocean Swim is that event. This year we had over 150 club members, ranging from young Nippers, and their parents, through to our long serving Life Members, all lending a hand to deliver a first class community event.
This year we saw another record number of competitors visit our club to take part in what has become the must do race on the summer calendar. We had 166 swimmers take part in the Ocean Swim, which this year had a last minute course change due to the tricky conditions around the point from the rock pool. This alone is a healthy number for any swim event. We then had 707 punters take off in 8 waves in the 3 Points Challenge, with many backing up from the Ocean Swim.
Whilst the 3 Points is a great fund raiser to help the club with the purchase and maintenance of surf life saving and training equipment, this year it also helped to raise much needed money for the Starlight Children's Foundation, as our event charity partner. The club presented Starlight with a cheque for $3,330, and then supplimented that with another $400 plus raised on the day by the boys at the BBQ.
All in all it was a fantastic day, not only for the competitors, and the club helpers, but also for the large crowd that came along as spectators - all in all a great community event.
3rd November 2012
The club celebrated it's 90th Birthday in fine style, with a Roaring Twenties theme party held at the Surf Club. There were plenty of regular club members in attendance, most decked in fine 20's gear, and many older faces that have moved away from the local area, who came back to help celebrate this major milestone.
As well as local and distant members in attendance, we had the priviledge of having local Manly Member and NSW Treasurer, Mike Baird join us, as well as Michael Regan, both seen below with Club President Stuart Wye, who most definately was looking the part in costume. Great food, great company, and many old time stories were recounted, making the celebration a great success.
To coincide with the club's birthday, there was a special Parliamentary notice tabled in the NSW Parliament by the Honorable Marie Ficarra MLC, Secrtary to the Premier of NSW. The note acknowledged the clubs foundation 90 years ago, and made mention of the many contributions of some of its esteemed past and dedicated present members.
31st October 2012
If ever there was verification that the energy and effort in implementing the great surf sport training programs over the past couple of years would reap rewards, then the announcement of the Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch team for 2012/2013 is the evidence. A total of 5 youngsters have been selected to represent the 21 northern beaches club in the NSW Interbranch Carnival to be held in early December at Blackhead Beach.
Keely Allsop and Alex Glanville were selected in the U12's, Isaac Smith & Sophie McGovern are the U14 representatives, whilst and Kristie Leonard was selected in the U15's. And as more great news, these yongsters all made the Sydney Northern Beaches High Performance Squad, with the addition of two more youngsters in the U12's, Jami Prowse and Ben Walsh. Congratulations to all these young competitors on their selection
For the full details of those selected in these squads Click here
14th October 2012
The new season kicked off for our younger members, with a record number of Nippers signed up for the year we celebrate our 90th Anniversary. Over 600 Nippers are currently registered with the club, and whilst not all of them turned up for the first day of the season, it was certainly a big day for our youngsters, and an even bigger day for the many volunteers acting as age managers (pictured here) and their many helpers. There were plenty of enthusiastic young new faces amongst the crowd, and plenty of older faces reaquainting themselves with their summer friends. All in all it promises to be a fantastic season.
16th September 2012
The last 2 Sunday's have seen the Surf Club come back to life after the winter off-season, with the annual registration days taking place. Plenty of familiar faces were seen streaming through the club to sign up for another season at North Curly, as well as plenty of new faces.
Next weekend will see the first patrols of the season start, as we shake off our winter coats and get ready for the summer. Our patrols were put through their first proficiencies during the afternoon, in readiness for the new patrol season. It promises to be a warm and sunny season this year, so we no doubt will have plenty of visitors to the beach, who will be under the watchful eye our our patrolling members.
5th August 2012
Our 90th Annual General Meeting was held, delivering the results of what was a very successful 2011/2012 season at the club. With the first activities of the new season just weeks away, the meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the past year, and acknowledge what was a successful year across all divisions of the club in varying degress. As we start off in our 90th season, having been founded as a club on November 3rd 1922, we look forward to another successful year, and we will be organising some events to help commemorate this significant milestone in our club's history.
Stuart Wye was re-elected unopposed as Club President. For details of the other Directors and club delegates that were elected for the 2012/113 season, check the details on our Club Info page
29th June 2012
North Curl Curl SLSC was well represented at the 2011/2012 Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Awards night, with a number of nominations making it to the final selection process. Isaac Smith and Sophie McGovern were nominated for the Youth Athlete of the Year Award, which saw Sophie recieve a High Commendation Award. Louis Tassone took out the Official of the Year Award, his second win in this category.
The Club were unlucky not to take out the Branch Championship Handicap Point Score award, coming 2nd behind Manly, no mean feat. The club went one better when they were announced as winners of the Manly Daily Best Communications Award, a great reward for everyone involved at the club.
Also at the start of the evening, Kevin Martin was granted Life Membership to the Branch, an great honour for our club historian.
Congratulations to everyone for the recognition of your contributions.
2nd June 2012
The achievements of our 2011/2012 surf lifesaving season were celebrated at our annual Presentation Night, with a stronger nautical theme than usual. The Priates of the Curlybean was the theme, and there were plenty of swash buckling Priates and crew mates on hand to help celebrate the achievements and contribution of our members for another successful surf life saving season.
Surf Life Saving, Surf Sports and general service to the club were recognised in various categories.
The Major Award winners for 2011/2012 are -
2011/2012 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 May 2012
Dave Murray is putting all his business experience as well as his many years spent in the surf life saving fraternity to the ultimate test, having this week taking over the role as President of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, the largest branch in the state, and possibly in Auatralia.
Dave is a life member of the club, and spent many years in administration positions within our surf club, including a 3 year period as President of the surf club. So he is well credentialed to take on this new challenge, where he will help steer the 21 clubs of our branch on a straight and steady path of growth and strength. We wish Dave all the best in his appoiintment
This year's Australian Surf Life Saving Championships were once again marred by the tragic death of a young competitor, Matt Barclay from the Maroochydoore Surf Life Saving Club. Much has been written and spoken about this tragic accident, and much more will no doubt surface as the events of that day are unravelled. But one thing that is certain is that as is the case on all our patrolled beaches, the instinct of our young lifesavers is to do whatever it takes to save the lives of those that may be in danger on our coastline.
When the realisation that a fellow member was missing in the water, many of the competitors on the beach were at the ready to jump in the water to start the search for this youngster. The rescue attempt was orchestrated under a plan that had been well communicated to all officials and teams, with a crack swim squad headed up by Ironman Phil Clayton at the helm. But as was the case with Saxon Bird two years ago, the many competitors lining the beach at the time also wanted to help, so as per the plan they all donned the lycra vests made available by the rescue response team and in squads they entered the water to help in the rescue attempt. At one stage there were over 120 life savers in the surf, supported by over 30 IRBs, jet skis and hovering helicopters.
As we now all know, young Matt was found the following day. And whilst he was not saved, his parents felt solemn comfort in the knowledge that the surf lifesaving community had done all possible to save their son, and when all hope was lost, they stayed out there all night searching for him, And as a community, surf lifesaving was were there to support them in their loss.
More than ever this was a reminder that as surf lifesavers, we are always ready to do whatever it takes to protect and save the lives of those in danger on the beaches we patrol. That is a constant, and that is what makes surf lifesaving such a unique and valued community.
18th March 2012
The North Curly Board & Ski played host to all-comers in the 2012 Huston Parade Pro GT. There were plenty of spills and thrills as club members took part in a number of events on Nipper boards.
And amongst the current members of the Board and Ski team, we had a number of past members and clubbies turn up to have a crack. Todd Sample made his way around the Freshy headland to take part - just to give his brother Rohan a work over. Long lost Elijah Paling found his way back to North Curly beach to have a crack, as did Glenn Slater. Even Colin Moyes made an attempt to get amongst it, whilst Pat Kember decided to partake in all events fully dressed in his March Past kit - thats dedication Pat.
When the competition was over, the crew joined a crowd of other club members to take part in a club photo. As we get ready for our 90th Year Anniversary, it was a great opportunity to take a snap of our current members as a history snapshot.
2nd-4th March 2012
Our young Nippers took center stage in the NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships, held for the second year on the Far North Coast at Kingscliff. Due to some significant beach erosion, the event was held with the beach events and water events separated by almost a kilometre. But the logistics did not deter our touring party from having a great time, resulting in some fantastic results across the team.
On the beach, we picked medals with Sophie McGovern taking Silver in the U13 Girls Beach Sprint, and then teaming up with U13 Girls Beach Relay to win a Bronze medal. Declan King had a fantastic run in the U10 Boys Flags, getting to the final and winning a Silver medal. We had plenty of other final berths, and were unlucky not to pick up a couple of extra medals on the beach.
In the water, Isaac Smith had a fantastic carnival, teaming up with Harry Waddington to take Gold in the U13 Board Rescue, and then took out the U13 Board Race on finals Sunday. In the U11 Boys Board Relay, Ben Walsh, Carter Harris, Lewis Milner teamed up to win a Silver medal. Not to be outdone, the U11 Girls won Silver in the Surf Swim event, with Keely Allsop, Jami Prowse, Jacqui Burnard and Tasma Woolley making up that team.
Jami had a very busy and successful weekend, also winning Silver in the Board Recue with Billie Taylor, coming 4th in the Iron woman, 5th in the Cameron Relay, as well as a 4th place with the U11 Girls Beach Relay team joining her Surf Team co-members to show off their versatility (imagine if they trained for the Beach Relay).
These are just some of the highlights of a very successful weekend, which saw the club come 12th overall in the carnival. We look forward to next season, and hope we will continue to see the great success for our young life savers.
11th & 12th February 2012
This year's Masters Branch Championships have been split over 2 weekends, with the Water events held first. Seems that the split format was to the liking our our elder statesmen, given the big numbers we had turn up on Saturday, and the success we had. Their had smiles all round as they got amongst the medals, none more than Matt "Ned" Heaton, who racked up a stack during the day. In his own words, he got better as the day went on. He even tried to tow the cans around on his ski leg just to prove the point. Next week he plans to tackle the beach events, where he is sure to make an impact.
On the Sunday, it was our Nippers turn to have a crack as they took part in the Junior Branch Championships. And have a crack they did, with kids in all age groups and all disciplines featuring in finals and taking plenty of medals home. The day started off in a positive note when the All Age Board Relay team came 2nd to Manly, and qualified to take part at State in this event. At the same time, on the beach, our All Age Beach Relay team came a creditable 3rd behind the ever improving South Curl Curl and the strong Collaroy kids. Both these events highlighted our club's improvement and strength in both the water and on the sand, brining to fruition the tremendous training program our coaches have worked on for a number of years now.
There were plenty of great results, including Keely Allsop who won the U11 Surf Swim, came 2nd in the Ironperson, and was part of winning Swim Teams, Board Relay and Board Rescue teams, as well as Bronze in the Board. Issac Smith took out the U13 Ironperson, having been talked up in the lead up by a Manly Daily story, and also teamed up to win gold in the Board Rescue and Cameron Relay.
Sophie McGovern continued her 4 year unbeaten streak in Branch Carnivals, taking out the U13 Beach Sprint and Flags double. In the flags she was joined by her sister Caity who picked up a bronze, and Elise Glanville who just missed out making it an all North Curly podium finish, coming 4th.
This week we head back to Narrabeen for the Open Branch Championships and the beach events for the Masters, so we hope the positive results continue.
29th January 2012
7 teams made up the contest in this year's Kerry Broomham Shield, with a great mix of young Nippers, Nipper parents as well as senior members of the club making sure this annual event was a huge success. With a variety of water and beach events, the competition was fierce but always friendly, with plenty of laughs amongst the teams with some members coming a cropper in various events.
First event was the Surf Teams, with everyone giving it a good crack to make the best of the great surf conditions. This was followed by the Beach Rescue, an event unique to North Curly. There were some unique techniques displayed in the race, with Ned Heaton pulling out the traditional Norwegian Wife Carrying hold to show up the rest. The board relay didn't identify any new talent in the club, but there are a few new flaggers that would be able to hold their own in competition.
26th January 2012
Australia Day is all about the tradition of flying an Aussie flag, having a barbie and a beer or two with your mates, a lamington for dessert, and going to the Australia Day Surf Life Saving carnival at Freshwater Beach. This year saw another tradtion return after a 5 year hiatus, with the reincarnation of the North Curl Curl March Past team taking part at the carnival. The crew were back after "debuting" at the Manly Open Carnival the weekend before, and were thrown into turmoil with a late withdrawal from the back line by Jonno Phippard due to an injury. A late substituion was made, with Michael Kember joining the group, and off they went. Is this the first time we have run a march past team with two parent/siblings combinations i.e. Stuart Wye and daughter Alex, and Michael joining his dad Pat Kember ??
Meantime, a definite record in the beach events, with North Curl Curl placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the U13 Girls Beach Sprint. Sophie McGovern, Elise Glanville, Isabel Andia and Caity McGovern then backed up to take out their beach relay - no suprise there. Sophie, Caity and Elise then teamed up with Kaitlin Glanville to take out the U14 girls beach relay, whilst Kaitlin went up an age group for a hit out and won the U15 Girls beach sprint.
In the water, again it was our younger competitors getting the glory, with Isaac Smith taking out the U13 Iron Man and coming 2nd in the U13 Swim and the U13 Board. In the Opens, Tom Atkins, Jake Atkins and Glenn Coltman combined to get 4th in the Board Relay, whilst Glenn combined with Zac Auton to come 2nd in the Board Rescue.
Much improved results across the board compared to the Manly carnival the previous weekend, which resulted in North Curly coming 7th....and BTW, the March Past finished in the top 10 !!
15th January 2012
Narrabeen beach can always be a tricky beach when it comes to competition, and the conditions for the first Nippers carnival of the new year lived proved that. A growing swell hitting a sand bank exposed by the low tide greeted our youngsters, and the swell seemed to grow as the tide came in. Eventually officials had to call off the U9 and U10 water area, and reduced the rest of the water events to just swim events. But that wasn't before our young girls went about creating some of their own damage in the surf.
Kristie Leonard took out the U14 Iron Person, showing why she was an Interbranch rep this year. Olivia Heaton was rewarded for some recent hard training, when she took out the U12 Surf Swim, which with the help of Claudia Harris, who came 4th and her other well placed team mates, gave North Curly 1st place in the Surf Teams. Olivia also took out 2nd in the Iron Person, making it a very successful carnival for her. In the U12's, Kelly Allsop was victorious in the Iron Person, and also came 2nd in the Surf Swim, which helped our girls get 3rd in the Surf Teams.
On the beach, Sophie McGovern continued her unbeaten run of over 3 years at Branch carnivals, talking out the U13 Beach Sprint, Beach Flags, and also anchoring the girls Beach Relay to victory. And she was part of the All Age Beach Relay team which came 2nd in the premier event, the best position for the club in some time. It augers well for the Branch Championships coming up in February.
7th January 2012
Palm Beach played host for the first carnival for the new year, and proved to be a happy hunting ground for our competitors as they shaked out the festive season cob webs. Glenn Coltman was in fine form, and took out the Open Surf Swim, whilst also teaming up with Adam "Tiny" Atkins to take out the Open Board Rescue. Meanwhile Claudia Forsythe took out the U19 Womens Board race, making it the most successful carnival for our Board and Ski team for some time, which brought a big smile on the face of our Board and Ski team coach, Noel Langthorne.
4th December 2011
Well if ever there was an excuse for our Nippers not to want to participate in an event, Sunday's horrible weather was a pretty good reason to say no thanks. The day started ok, but soon deteriorated when a strong southerly brough driving rain along with it, causing a 30 minute hiatus as a thunder storm passed over the beach. Depsite the horrible conditions, our Nippers still put in a great performance which saw them come 4th overall in the carnival. Well done to the kids (and their parents) for toughing it out.
A day out from our 3 Points Challenge & Ocean Swim, we knew we had at least 600 plus pre-registered entries due to visit us on race day. Now all we could do is finish our preparations, and pray that the weather was good, given we had been hammered by strong southerlies for what seemed like an eternity. Well the weather gods smiled on us, and as daylight broke, the light shone down on some glassy waves and a fantastic day started to unfold.
As it turned out, we had 140 plus competitors take part in the 2km Ocean Swim, and a record 616 competitors line up in 7 waves to take on the 3 Points Challenge - a spectacular success.
And to make this all happen, we called on all our reserves of resources in the club, with 150 volunteers taking part in various roles to help run the event, and make it such a fabulous occasion for all the competitors and spectators that came to watch the spectacle. Thanks to all those that helped, whether it be taking registrations, cooking the BBQ, providing information, marshalling on the course, providing water safety, or looking after first aid - it was just fantastic to see the club all pull together and make this happen
And we also have to thank our event sponsors that helped make the event possible. Freshwater Community Bank Bendigo Branch, Brays IGA, Fit4Dreams and Surf Salt were great sponsors, as well as the multitude of other supporting organisations. We thank you for your unwavering support, and we look forward to next year's event, on December 1st 2012 !!!
At this years AGM the members voted to adopt a new version of our Constitution. The change was registered by the Department of Fair Trading effective 14 November 2011.
The By Laws and Standard Operating Procedures will be developed in accordance with the Constitution for approval at the AGM in August 2012.
For a copy of the new constitution Click Here
16th November 2011
Last year Kristie Leonard was short listed to join the Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch team, but after a short period of waiting she was then left out of the final team. Kristie put that dissapointment behind her, and proceeded to clean up the following carnival events, proving how wrong the selectors were. This year, it was shaping up as a repeat story, when she was bracketed to join the team after the Interbranch trials, but the selectors still wanted to see more competition. So Kristie did what she does best, and put in some solid performances at the Bennett Junior Craft carnival a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend at the Manly Canrival. It seemed Kristie and her keen rival from Freshwater, Kelly Singleton were into everything. And in the end, selectors decided to pick both Kristie and Kelly to repesent the branch at the Interbranch Championships to be held in December at Redhead Beach. Persistance does pay off !!!
The Manly carnival was the first full hitout for our Nippers, and there were plenty of kids having a crack all over the beach. Our presence was well publicised when we landed with plenty of pictures on Page 3 in Tuesday's edition of the Manly Daily. Great coverage !!! Well done to all those that made the effort to take part in the first and probaly most hectic junior carnival of the season outside of the Branch Championships.
What is the economic contribution of Surf Life Saving in Australia? Thats a good question that has been asked on many occasions, espcecially when it comes to securing any sort of government funding.The countless hours of volunteer patrols making our beaches save for the general public has a significant positive impact on our community.
Surf Life Saving Australia commissioned Price Waterhouse Coopers to estimate the economic value of Surf Life Saving to the Australian community. In summary, Surf Life Saving's water safety efforts are estimated to be worth $3.6 billion to Australia each year. Without Surf Life Saving's water safety efforts last year, 600 extra people would have lost their lives on our beaches.
For a full extract of the report Click hereBack to Top
9th October 2011
Some of our Nippers has their first major hitout for the season with our Intrerbranch Beach Selection Trial, which were held at our home beach. The trials are just one of the criteria used by Sydney Northern Beaches Branch to select the team that will compete in the Inter branch carnival, to be held at Red Head in December. Competitors all performed very strongly under the guidance of coach Chris Tassone. The results of the trials were as follows however we are still awaiting the selectors final decison as to who will make the Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch Team.
U/12 Girls: Olivia Heaton 2nd Sprint & 2nd Flags
U12 Boys: Harry Wilson 3rd Sprint & 1st Flags
U/13 Girls: Sophie McGovern 1st Sprint & 1st Flags
U/13 Girls: Caity McGovern 2nd Sprint & 2nd Flags
U/14 Girls: Kaitlyn Glanville 2nd Sprint & 4th Flags
Next week it is the turn of the water competitors.Back to Top
12th September 2011
At the first board meeting post the Annual General Meeting, one of the first orders of business for the newly elected board of directors was to elect the Deputy President, who has to be a member of the board. We are pleased to announce that Julie Tassone was unanimously voted to this position, making her the first female in the 90 year history of the club to be elected as the Deputy President. Julie is the Director of Administration, the Club Registrar and also a Child Protection Officer for the club, so this adds another string to her bow.
Another important role which was not filled at the AGM was the position of Director of Surf Life Saving Instruction. We are fortunate to have had a volunteer step forward post the AGM, and can now announce that Alexandra Wye has taken this poistion. We welcome Pip to the team !Back to Top
28th August 2011
Congratulations to Clare Hagon who was awarded Life Membership at the 2010/2011 Annual General Meeting. Clare who has been a member of the club since 1994, has managed to obtain over 50 surf life saving awards, probably the most of any club member in our history, and has used her gained knowledge to educate hundreds of club members in various surf life saving areas and at various levels. Her commitment and contribution to surf life saving education is well known not only within our club, but also at a Branch and State level. A most deserved recognition to a dedicated member of our club and our community.
Ian Thurgood presented his third and final President's report, and handed over the reigns to Stuart Wye as the newly elected club President. Sydney Northern Beaches Branch President, Gordon Lang was in attendance, and was very generous in his praise of our surf club's contribution to surf life saving and to the local community in general, a contribution that in his words outweighs our size.Back to Top
Attached is a thank you letter from Surf Life Saving Australia to all our patrol members for their commitment and contribution for the 2010/2011 season Click HereBack to Top
18th June 2011
Another successful season for our North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club was celebrated at this year's presentation night. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of 20 Years National Patrol Service to our club captain, Alex Wye. This is rewarded for 20 continuous years of patrols (and with 100% attendance as Wiz pointed out). Julie and Louis Tassone created a small piece of club history by both being rewarded the club's honour blazer, the second time they have each received this reward, and first time a couple has done so in the one year.
Surf Life Saving, Surf Sports and general service to the club were recognised in various categories.
The Major Award winners for 2010/2011 are -
13th March 2011
Day 3 , Finals Day, and the best in the State competed in the water in tricky conditions at Kingscliff this morning. Isaac Smith finished 5th in the U12 boys Surf Swim and Olivia Heaton 6th in the U11 Ironwoman.
In the days premier event - the U14 Ironman, Ollie Signorini drew a lousy alley for the start on the board but had a sensational swim to finish 5th overall. Well done Ollie.
Congratulations to our U14 Cameron Relay who have just finished and are taking home a Bronze medal. Our new kids at competition - the U8 boys Wade Relay finished 6th in the final - well done boys and we hope you enjoyed your first State competition.
Day 2 at the NSW Age Surf Lifesaving Championships at Kingscliff was an exciting day. Sophie McGovern winning Silver in the U12 girls Beach Sprint and the Under 10 girls Beach relay team winning Bronze. In the water the U12 boys Board Relay team won a Silver medal
The U12 girls Beach Relay finished 4th in the final, Kaitlin Glanville made the final of the girls Beach Sprint finishing in 7th place and the U11 Girls Board Relay finished in 4th place. A great effort by all!!
Well done to all of our competitors - top effort and a big thank you to the coaches, officials and parents who have helped the kids throughout the year and have travelled up to Kingscliff to support our Nippers. And a special thank you to the team from the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Club who provided our IRB water safety for the event !!
11th March 2011
Day 1 NSW Age Surf Lifesaving Championships at Kingscliff saw some mixed results for our youngsters competing. We got a Bronze medal in the Under 10 girls board relay with Tas Woolley, Jami Prowse & Jacki Burnand. Just out of the medals was young Harry Wilson who picked up 4th place in the U11 boys flags after a run-off. Also in the flags in the U9 boys, Declan King made the finals and finished in 7th place - unlucky in a run-off.
19th Feb 2011
With North Curly not having a boat crew for this season, Matt Heaton decided that the Branch Carnival would be a good opportunity to try something different from his normal pursuit of boat rowing. And try something he did - Ned entered virtually every event he could in both the water and beach areas. He started the day with a warm up event - the 2km Beach run, in which he came 4th. In the water, he won the Tube race (disproving the theory that boaties aren't too good at swimming), won the Board Rescue teaming with Rob Lovely, came 2nd in the Board, and also picked up 2nd with Rob and Martin Gall in the Swim Teams, and 3rd in the Board Relay. Back on the beach Ned came 2nd in the Beach Sprint, and a creditable 4th in the Beach Relay with Spider Atkins, and again with Rob and Matin. And to cap it off he came 6th in the flags (albeit in a younger division than his own due to a shortage of competitors with the stamina to hang around for his age group). Not bad for someone better known for his boat rowing ability !!
In other results, some of our younger competitors showed we have good talent flowing up into the senior ranks. Lauren McAleer highlighted her surfing skills, by taking out the U17 Short Board surfing, and also getting 3rd in the same discipline in the Opens. Sam Williams demonstrated staying power to come in 3rd place in the 2km beach run, whilst Oliver Signorini showed his potential with top 5 finishes in both the Surf Swim and Iron Person in the U15's, an age group up for Ollie who is in his last year of Nippers this season. All augers well for the future.Back to Top
13th Feb 2011
This year's Sydney Northern Beaches Junior Branch Championships were held at Collaroy, which proved to be a happy hunting ground for our Green & Gold Nippers, who came 3rd overall at the carnival behind Queenscliff and Manly. The results were spread across the board in both water and on the beach, and across all age groups.
In the U8's, young Tyler Sully had a ripper of a day, coming 2nd in the Wade, and then takling out the Beach Sprint and Beach Flags double...and the U8 boys also came 3rd in the Wade Relay and the Beach Relay. Some talent there to watch in the future.
In the U10 Girls area, the Swim team were too good for the more fancied Manly and Freshy teams, taking out that race, whilst Jami Prowse took out the Board Race.The U11 Boys were amoungst the action also, with the Jacob Gall and Kelsey Howe pair teaming up to again out power the might of Manly and Freshwater in the Board Rescue. Together with Adam Van Heren, they came 2nd in the Board Relay. Harry Wilson showed plenty of get up and go and staying power to take out the U11 Boys Flags.
Sophie McGovern was again showing a clean pair of heals in the U12 Girls, winning the Beach Sprint and Flags double, and then being joined by her team mates for the Beach Relay which she anchored home to victory. 3 of this team then teamed up with Kaitlyn Glanville for the U13 Beach Relay, which raised some fears for the other teams on the line, and they proceeded to get 3rd place - a great effort.
In the U13 Girls, Kristie Leonard showed she has plenty of stamina given the program she decided to undertake, entering virtually every water event available. She took out her pet Board event, and also came 3rd in the Ironperson and the Surf Swim, as well as 2nd in the Swim Teams which saw some of the other teams not finish the race. Ollie Signorini showed great consistency U14 Boys, coming 2nd in the Ironperson, 2nd in the Board and 3rd in the Surf Swim, as well as podium finishes in the Board Relay and Board Rescue team events.
Highlight of the day was watching young Alex Glanville in the U10 Boys Beach Sprint. Alex has had plenty of good team results in relay events since he started in Nippers, but this was his chance to shine solo. And he did it in style when he came 2nd across the line in a tight finish. The determination on his face as he crossed thorugh the finish gates was replaced with a huge smile and arms in the air when he realised he had made the podium. He embodied what Nippers is all about - it's about getting involved, having a go, and sometimes suprising even yourself how well you can do at anything you have a go at, and most of all, having fun ! Well done Alex and well done to all our Nippers for a fantastic effort!!Back to Top
Sunday Feb 6th is the first annual Rip Current Awareness Day. This day marks the anniversary of the Black Sunday Tragedy that occured at Bondi Beach in 1938, when 5 people drowned and over 250 had to be rescued after being caught in a rip current. Along the Sydney beaches this Sunday, surf clubs will be releasing a dye into the surf as a way of demonstrating rips. This is being synchronised across all beaches for 3:30pm, and will be covered by the media as a way of raising public awareness of the dangers of rips. So if you see a funny colour in the water, you will know what it is.Back to Top
30th Jan 2011
Having been moved from December due to various issues, the Kerry Broomham Shield was run with a field of 4 teams of willing competitors taking part on what was a glorious day at North Curly. First event was the Surf Teams, with the teams fairly evenly spaced out - gutsy effort from Billy Watson who made it around the cans in what is his least favourite event (excluding boards we believe). Next event was the board relay, and unfortunately a certain team took a slight advantage of picking a better board than the rest, which helped them take this event out easily - no names shall be mentioned !!
Then it was onto the sand, for the team flags event. No real suprises here, even though we used the unorthodox starting position - competitors on their backs. This was followed by a new event introduced this year - the beach rescue - basically a board rescue type event, with no water, and no board - patients were carried across the sand by 2 rescuers. Must say that some of the carry techniques left a little to be desired - some pretend patients ended up being real patients the way they got dragged across the sand.
Final event, the Tug-O-War. Always a favourite with the competitors, until they realise they have at least 2 run throughs at the event. But all in all, it was well contested, and the overall event was fun for all involved. Results will be kept under guard until presentation night later in the year.Back to Top
26th Jan 2011
As part of the Australia Day 2011 celebrations, our club historian and Life Member, Kevin Martin was rewarded for his long and dedicsted service to the community and especially to Surf Life Saving, with the Medal of the Order of Australia.
We congratulate Kevin on this honour, as a just reward for his long standing contribution not only to North Curl Curl SLSC and Surf Life Saving but also for his general community work.For more details, Click Here Back to Top
17th Jan 2011
A team of cadets from the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club arrived at North Curly Surf Club this morning, where they will camp down for the next week. The youngsters will be competing at the Australia Day weekend carnivals at Manly and Freshwater. After the long overnight drive down from Queensland, the youngsters were happy to see the spectacular view, with sunny skies and a solid 5 foot swell to test their skills in. But first priority was scoping out the best sleeping spots in the club - and as expected, the front window view was the hotly contested position.
The group will be bunkered down for the next week at the club, so if you are down at the beach, make sure you pop in and say hello to Terry and Dan and the rest of the crew.Back to Top
12th Dec 2010
Santa was right on time with his annual trip to the beach, when he visited the North Curly Nippers, who were hosting the Dee Why Nippers in the annual Over the Hill contest.
Some kids were a little concerned when Santa arrived on the IRB and proceeded to land on the beach with a Steve Irwin like commando roll out of the boat, but it was smiles all round as the kids lined up to get their Christmas treats. Next year we suggest Santa sticks to the standard reindeer mode of transportation — much safer option !!!Back to Top
4th Dec 2010
Whilst the weather and water conditions conspired all week against us, this year's 3 Points Challenge & Ocean Swim was yet another huge success, with well over 700 competitors signing up to take on the swim and the Challenge, and some even doing both. Dismal wet days in the lead up week nd the unseasonal cold water was always going to be a deterrent for some punters, but with 575 pre-registered entries, we knew the day would be a big one - and it was - with plenty of die hards still turning up as late entries
As always, we had a great team of club members and supporters to help put the event on, with over a 120 volunteers on the roster, covering registrations, course marshalling, water safety and just helping out as required. Thanks to all of you on a sterling job. All the feedback we have recieved so far has been extremly positive, which will ensure this event will only get bigger and more successful. And as a result of this, we have a great fund raising tool to help us maintain our rescue services and general club amementies.
We have photos available now covering the event. And also there are some video highlights available of the day on our Race Website - enjoy - some of you got a starring cameo role !!!Back to Top
20th & 21st Nov 2010
Freshwater Beach saw plenty of action on the weekend, when they hosted two carnivals. On the Saturday, it was the Masters strutting their stuff in the annual Freshwater Masters carnival. Ray Merton was quick to advertise that he won the Double Ski in the 45-49 category, more so because he had finally cracked a gold by selecting a new partner, David Young. A noticable absentee from this carnival was Ray's regular partner in crime, Spider Atkins, who is normally good for some sort of news worthy event....so nothing out of the ordinary to report. Although the boys did manage to get their photos taken by a roving photographer, and Rob Lovely (pictured here) even managed to make into the centre page sports spread of the Manly Daily with his Movember effort (which some have commented is somewhat of a porn start look, but we know it is temporary Rob - all for a good cause !!)
On the Sunday, it was the Nippers turn with the annual Freshwater Bennett Junior Ironman & Board Carnival, which hosts some of the best youngsters from all over the state. Results have yet to be posted, but we know that Kristie Leonard once again had a great day, taking out the U13 Girls Board (Editors Comment: and sticking it to those Branch selectors that decided to bypass her for the Interbranch team after being selected in the train-on squad - what were they thinking !!).Back to Top
14th Nov 2010
The first major junior carnival of the season at Manly was set in disarray with the dangerous sea conditions forcing a major change to the carnival format. The U9 and U10 water competitors were taken around to Shelly Beach for their water events, whist the rest of the water events were called off. This then meant that many of our water competitors were able to have a crack at the beach events, which went ahead unchanged. Cleary all our competitors enjoyed the extra competition, as there was plenty of success for the green and gold caps. So much so, that the North Curly kids managed to come in a clear 2nd place in the overall carnival, behind the hosts Manly (who had what looked like a thousand Nippers competiting on the weekend !!!).
A great start to the 2010/2011 season !!!
Footnote: The Manly Daily local newspaper gave us some great coverage in their sports section centre spread. if you missed the paper, to read the story online Click HereBack to Top
31st Oct 2010
A strong nor-easter, mixed in with some customary Dee Why Beach sea weed, as well as some tricky surf conditions made sure our young Nippers were tested at the Bennetts Junior Classic. Conditions were such that the younger groups (U9-U10) were taken to what was supposed to be the more protected southern corner of the popular surf spot, whilst the older groups were put through their paces closer to No-Mans land.
Whilst the team overall put in some good performances, Kristie Leonard was excellent in the U13 Girls Board race, which finished with 6 girls on the final wave home to the beach, with Kristi getting across the line first after a quick dash up the sand. An ideal way to keep hear name top of mind for the Inter Branch selectors watching proceedings. Claudia Harris was also successful in taking out the U11 Girls Board, whilst our other Inter Branch junior competitor Oliver Signorini came 2nd in the U14 Boys Board. And to finsh off the day, our All Age Relay team cam in 3rd place behind Manly and Queenscliff. Well done kids !!Back to Top
20th Oct 2010
The Sydney Northern Beaches Inter Branch selection trial that was supposed to happen on our beach last Sunday was moved to Dee Why Beach due to the surf conditions. Looks like local knowledge was not required for Oliver Signorini, as he managed to get some great results in the water events in the Under 14 Boys, and has now been selected to represent the branch at the NSW Interbranch Carnival to be held at the Lakes beach in early December.
Also joining him will be young Sophie McGovern in the U12 Girls, who is going to be a real threat on the beach. Sophie carried on from where she left off last year at State (where she took the Gold in the sprint and bronze in the flags). The selection carnival was really a formality, with Sophie taking care of business in her normal non-chalant manner. She almost cracked a smile !!!
And in the highly competitive U13 Girls, Kristie Leonard has been named in a Train On Squad with 5 other competitors from the Queenscliff and Freshwater clubs, with a final selection of who will be in the team to be made following the Manly Junior Carnival to be held in early November. Let's hope Kristi can make it a trifecta of representatives from North Curly !!!Back to Top
24th Sep 2010
The opening evening of the North Curly Bar & Grill was well supported with a packed house, made up of members and new visitors to the club. The kitchen was kept well and truly busy with over 200 meals being sold, which was a fantastic result for the kickoff of our new bottles setup. Looks like we have a winning format, and we hope the rest of the season is as successful !!! So get down there every Friday and Sunday evenings from 5:00pm and enjoy the great food with a drink and a sensational view.Back to Top
1st Aug 2010
Alex Wye and David Murray were bestowed Life Membership to North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club at the 2010 Annual General Meeting. Both Alex and David were recognized for their outstanding contribution to our club and to surf life saving in general. Amongst a number of Long Service awards which were awarded during the meeting, Bill Geoghegan was presented with his 70 Years Service award, a tremendous achievement - and Bill is still actively involved in helping to provide guidance to our young competitors at the sprightly age of 91.
The meeting also saw the election of the Board of Directors and delegates for the 2010/2011 season. Congratulations to all those that were successful with their nominations. Full list of the board and delegates can be found on the Club Info pageBack to Top
18th Jun 2010
The 21 Surf Life Saving clubs that make up the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch came together for the 2009/2010 Branch Awards night at Dee Why RSL. Congratulations to Clare Hagon who was awarded the Cedric T Walton Competition Recorder of the Year award. Clare is a well deserved recipient, with her dedication in performing the labour intensive recording role at numerous board riding competitions during the past season.Back to Top
22nd May 2010
Rewards and recognition were the order of the night as we celebrated the success of another season at the North Curl Curl SLSC Presentation night. Surf Life Saving, Surf Sports and general service to the club were recognised in various categories.
The Major Award winners for 2009/2010 are -
Our much anticipated two new IRB motors have now arrived and will be appropriately “run in” by our IRB Captain, Brett Kirby during the closing stages of this season and during the off season. The motors were purchased with the generous donation from BT Financial, and includes cowling covers which protect the motors. We wish to acknowledge the ongoing support of BT Financial, and thanks to our Director of Marketing, Andrew Waddington for his efforts in securing this extra sponsorshipBack to Top
10th Apr 2010
Whilst most competitors have put away their summer gear and have already kicked off their winter sports campaigns, Glenn Coltman finished off the 2009/2010 surf life saving season with one final hitout in the Narrathon hosted by Narrabeen SLSC - an event made up a 10km ski leg, a 1km swim leg, a 2.5km board paddle and a punishing 2km beach run. And to cap off probably his best season in some time, Glenn took out the open category. Well done Glenn - time for some rest and relaxation before training for the new season kicks off !Back to Top
19th Mar 2010
Our Surf Life Saving community lost one of its best and brightest young members today, when an accident in the U19 Ironman at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa resulted in the tragic death of Saxon Bird.
Saxon was well known to many of us, and his loss is felt by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bird family, his parents Phil and Dana, and his sister Arielle, and also with his training partners and friends, and his club mates at the Queenscliff SLSC. Saxon's memory will remain with all those whose life he touched.
Vale Saxon. May you rest in peace.Back to Top
17th Mar 2010
When it comes to the making a final at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, you need to make sure everything goes right to have a chance of winning a medal, especially when it comes the surf boat arena. Well our 140 crew in the Masters showed that sometimes, luck can go against you, but you can still prevail
As all the finalists struggled to make their way out through the growing Kurrawa surf, the North Curly crew finally cracked a way through the biggest of the incoming sets to head for the turning cans, when bow man Simon Fraumeni snapped his oar with more than half the race still to go.
Despite this setback, the boys turned the can in front and headed for home, with Sean Stacey guiding them onto a wave to bring them safely onto the beach to the cheers of the crowd which included many members of the North Curly touring party. Once again, the "Bob Duff" had tasted success, this time with a coveted Gold Medal at the Australian Surf Life Saving Masters Championships.See coverage of events in our Photo Gallery Back to Top
Steve Atkins and Phil Godbee have been successfully nominated and approved to the Sydney Northern Beaches Board of Education and Assessment as probationary members for the purposes of Assessment in Bronze Medallion qualifications. The club congratulates these two members for undertaking this training which comes with long term responsibility.
The addition of Steve and Phil to our assessor ranks will help reduce the ongoing load placed on our current assessors, Clare Hagon and Dave Murray, and addresses an ongoing 2009/2010 Club Training objective. At the end of the probationary period, North Curl Curl will be in a stronger position for Assessor numbers relative to other clubs, and is positioned at the Branch statistical mean value of 6 Assessors.Back to Top
28th Feb 2010
Rhiannon Lougher has once again dominated the board riding competition at the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, winning Gold in the same event she took out last year, the U19 Female Board Riding. And to back that form up, she then went on to take Silver in the Open event. Last year Rhiannon demonstrated great form thoughout the season, and again this year she has been getting consistant results at Branch and now again at State level. In the Open Female Long Board competition, Belinda Moore came in a creditable 5th place, carrying on with the great results from our female board riders.
Our Board & Ski captain Glenn Coltman has led by example with some solid performances that included a semi final appearance in the Open Iron Man on Saturday, as well as making the finals of the Open Surf Swim event on Sunday.Back to Top
21st Feb 2010
Sunday is traditionally finals day on the beach at the NSW State Junior Championships, with all the beach sprint finals being run, including the relays. And North Curly was right amongst it, with 8 finals featuring our green and gold youngsters.
Claudia Harris was first to be involved in the individual sprints, making the U10 Girls final, and just missing a medal coming in 4th place. Following her was the in form Sophie McGovern, who had already picked up a bronze in the flags. This time she lined up in lane 1 of the U11 Girls final, and blasted down the track to take out the Gold medal, in her normal nonchalent manner.
In the beach sprint relays, our U9 Girls were up, and hoping to match their Branch medal finishing effort. At the final change, a podium finish was looking in jeopardy as Tasma Woolley took off on the final leg in 6th pace. Keen to taste success again, she took off after the front runners, passing most of them and only just missing on crossing the line first - a Silver medal for U9 Girls was a sensational effort. The U10 and U11 Girls were both just a whisker away from medals, coming in a close 4th place. Our U12 Boys were ecstatic (and suprised) just to make the final, getting in after 2 teams in front of them were disqualified in the Semi Final on Saturday. But a final is a final, and the boys did us proud.
The last two appearances of the day was from our U12 and U14 Girls. The U12 team actually were made up with three U11's, with Sophie & Caity McGovern together with Elise Glanville running up an age group with Kaitlin Glanville (yes, 2 pairs of sisters), but that was no disadvantage, and the whole team put in a great effort. And for the U14's, knowing that their last appearance as a Nipper was in a State relay final will always be a memorable one - special note of the gutsy effort from Kate McAleer, who despite being injured, left nothing in the tank and matched the other competitors in the opening leg of the race. That is what North Curly is all about - going the extra mile for the team.
Congratulations to all the coaches and mentors, especially Tony Williams, Martin Gall and Rick Chown, on what has been a very successful season. Thanks to all the parents that helped out during the year and over the State weekend. And most of all, thanks to all the kids who did the green and gold of North Curly proud.Back to Top
19th Feb 2010
Our Nippers got off to a great start at the State carnival today with medals & strong competition both on the beach and in the water.
Sophie McGovern, still in great form after Branch, collected bronze in the U11 Flags with her twin sister Caity finishing 9th - keep your eyes on these 2 girls in the years to come. Just of the medals, finishing in 4th today were Emily Hill in the U13 girls flags and Harry Wilson in the U10 boys flags. Olivier Heaton finishing a very respectable 5th in the U10 girls flags competition. Great results and effort from all our beach competitors today
Out in the water, the conditions were testing at times with a 3-4ft swell. Shiny silver medals for our U13 and U9 boys Board Relay teams. The U9 girls Swim Team picked up Bronze and our U13 Girls Board Relay finished in 5th place.Back to Top
14th Feb 2010
Sydney's wet weather once again affected the competition at the Sydney Northern Beaches Junior Branch Championships, with the water competitors greeted by some murky water due to the storm water runoff. Officials decided to get the swims over and done with first, in anticipation of the water getting dirty from the Queenscliff lagoon as the tide went out. As the water levels subsided, the water was so bad, a decision was made to cancel the board rescue events.
But with the events that were run, there were plenty of North Curly kids amongst the front of the pack, resulting in North Curl Curl coming 3rd overall in the final standings, behind Manly and Queenscliff, with Freshwater a distant 4th behind us. A great result, and an excellent hitout in preparation for State next week.Back to Top
6th Feb 2010
With water events put on hold for a week due to dangerous sea conditions, it was up to the beach competitors to do battle in the Sydney Northern Beaches Junior Branch Championships held at Queenscliff. The skies were threatening all morning, and eventually the skies opened up, but that did little to dampen the enthusiasm of our North Curly Nippers as they went about their business. With the team bolstered by some of our water competitors, there was plenty of Green and Gold to be seen across all events and age groups, with plenty of great results.
Young Tasma Woolley was so far in front she had time to do a victory salute as she crossed the line first in the Under 9 girls sprint, accompanied with a beaming smile. She had already joined her young team mates to take out the U9 Sprint Relay, again accompanied with much celebration. Sophie McGovern continued her great results at Branch level, yet again winning her age beach sprint, and also being involved in the winning beach sprint relay team.
The boys also got amongst the medals, with the U14 Sprint Relay coming second in their last ever Junior Branch beach event, as they move to the senior ranks next year. At the other end of the spectrum, the U8 Boys Sprint Relay team had their first ever Branch Carnival and came second - well done to Adam Eglesz, Max Von Appen, Alex Stirrat and Aiden Campbell - looking forward continued success from them over the coming years.Back to Top
31st Jan 2010
It was a case of deja-vu, with some familiar faces amongst the North Curl Curl crew competing in the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships at Queenscliff. The last time the club saw Amy Callaghan, Lauren McAleer and Gemma Saunders team up in a board relay was at the 2008 Junior Branch, when they won their 6th consecutive Board Relay gold medal.
Well it was like riding a bike, as the girls teamed up to come second in the U17 Female Board Relay, in their first carnival together in 2 years. And the boys made sure the girls didn't have all the fun, with Adam Atkins anchoring home the U17 Male Board Relay team to a close second place. There is nothing more pleasing than to see our youngsters graduate from Nippers to the Seniors, and its even better when they have success at the same time - well done all round!!
There a number of medals taken by the North Curly crew - more details to come soon.For details of results Click Here
30th Jan 2010
A format change for this years Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships, saw the Life Saver, R&R and Masters water based competition held on their own on Saturday, in lieu of the rest of the competition being held on Sunday. We had a good number of Masters competing in various events.
The dedication and training of all our surf life saver community was demonstrated in no uncertain terms, when a competitor from our neighbours South Curl Curl in the 170 Taplin event suffered a heart attack whilst returning to the beach on his board. Quick action by the water safety team had the patient into the IRB and onto the beach in a matter of seconds, where patrol members and fellow competitors continued resuscitation action, until ambulance staff arrived. Once stabilized, he was rushed to hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow surf life saver. And we salute the quick action and excellent team work of those that were involved in the rescue and resuscitation.Back to Top
24th Jan 2010
The North Curl Curl A Crew have wasted no time in putting their newly purchased oars to the test, by winning the Australia Day Boat Carnival at Freshwater Beach. Outside of the Australian Championships, this is the biggest surf boat carnival of the year, with crews from all over Australia making the trip to compete in the Manly and Freshwater carnivals held over the Australia Day period. Rowing in the "Bobby Duff", the boys backed up from the previous day's event at Manly, where they placed a creditable 4th, to take out the prestigious carnival. When Joanne Duff christened this boat named after her late husband in October 2008, she said that there was gold in the boat. Well her predictions have well and truly come true, and the boys were rapped in winning this eventBack to Top
17th Jan 2010
Our young Nippers kicked of the new year in winning style at the Narrabeen Junior Carnival, placing 2nd overall behind Manly. Once again we had strong performances across a range of disciplines and age groups, with the results showing that the active training programs implemented this year are paying off. Next carnival is Branch in a couple of weeks, so lets hope we continue to maintain the formBack to Top
10th Jan 2010
Collaroy once again played host to the 2010 East Coast Masters, welcoming the elder members of Surf Life Saving with a flat swell, and very warm weather.
North Curl Curl had a small team turn up for this year’s competition, which is held in prime holiday time, impacting the overall numbers at the carnival over all. But those that turned up enjoyed some spirited but friendly competition. The North Curly crew didn’t get to trouble the medal presenters, but that didn’t stop them having some fun.
As Peter “Shaky” Spedding waited on the shore line for his turn in the board relay, he commented that his team mate Steve “Spider” Atkins seemed to be using the event as a means to do some sun baking. Harsh call Shaky !!Back to Top
28th Dec 2009
Even the best planning for this year's Annual Golf Day could not prepare everyone for the attrocious weather conditions which greeted the golfers at Mona Vale Golf Club. Not even the most ardent golf enthusiasts was going to hit a golf ball in the heavy rain, and play was cancelled. Despite this, we had a healthy comtingent of players come back to the surf club for a drink and a meal, as well as some raffles, auctions and the famous horse races, which ensured that the fund raising aspect of the event was not a total loss. Hopefully next year we will get the sunshine back.Back to Top
5th Dec 2009
North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club held the 6th annual 3 Points Challenge and Ocean Swim in overcast and tricky conditions, which greeted close to 750 competitors. Peter Jacobs managed to defend his 3 Points Challenge crown from last year, but not before getting pushed along on the run home from Freshwater. In the Ocean Swim, Luanne Rowe fulfilled her ambition of winnng the event outright, when she passed Chris Parker on a wave to the beach.
Many thanks go to all our club members who made this day a spectacular success - we had over 100 volunteers helping on the day.Back to Top
29th Nov 2009
A healthy number of keen competitors (plus some unsuspecting ones that were just hanging around) stepped up to compete in the annual Kerry Broomham Shield, so much so we had to knock some back. This year we changed it up, adding new events and changing the format of some of our traditional events. The board relay was introduced this year, which saw young Michael Jones suprise everyone, pulling down a nice wave to clear the field and bring his team in ahead of the others on the first change over. There was moaning and groaning when the team flags started, with competitors forced to start the event lying on their backs. But once the event started, it was all serious stuff, with the abs getting a great workout. And in the favourite tug-o-war, Chook had a significant weight disadvantage with his crew, as they failed to get anywhere real quick against the other teams - more pudding for your team chook !! All in all, the events were played in good spirit, and everyone had good fun !!Back to Top
15th Nov 2009
Manly played host to the first full Nippers carnival for the the season. Warm weather, a slight breeze and some smallish but tricky swell made for a great day for all concerned, and a great start for the new season.
Despite being under done as far as preparation was concerned, our kids did extremely well, finishing 4th overall behind Manly, Freshwater and Queenscliff, with strong all round results across multiple age georups and disciplines. Augers well for another strong season for our rising stars.Back to Top
1st Nov 2009
Our North Curly Nippers got their first taste of proper competition for the new season at the Bennetts Junior Craft Carnival held at Dee Why beach. The conditions were very testy for the first serious hit out for our youngsters, but they took it all in their stride as they knocked the winter cobwebs out of the system. Given the fact that they had limited preperation for this event, they aquitted themselves very well, which augers well for the rest of the season.
Evidence of how good we are travelling was in the final event of the day, the All Age Board Relay, where we came 3rd behind Manly and Freshwater. The team was anchored home by Harry Stretton, who in true club spirit, hung around all day just for this event, so that we could field a team. In the end, some unorthothodox board handling was called for as Harry hung on side saddle on a way in to make it the beach, ensuring we made the top 3. Board coach Tony Williams was very satisfied with our first hit out for the season.Back to Top
18th Oct 2009
The skies may have been grey and threatening, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm for our your Nippers, who had their first day of the new season. Whilst the conditions meant that the surf was off limits for any water events, there was still plenty of fun on the sand for everyone. And for the U9's and U11's there was an opportunity to get wet in the rock pool, where some one on one board training was made available for the youngsters, thanks to the added help from some of our senior club competitors, including Chris Plunkett, Rob Hagon, Glen amd Lauren Coltman and Kate Phippard.Back to Top
17th Oct 2009
The North Curl Curl boaties, better know as the "Jungle Touches", kicked off the 2009/2010 carnival season with a win at the first boat carnival held at Bilgola Beach. Testing conditions were no problem for the boys, as they went about their business in fine sytle. Not bad for a crew that almost missed being registered, until they got that sorted out on Friday evening. Boaties will be boaties.Back to Top
18th Sep 2009
Blue skies and the occasional light breeze greeted teams for the 2009 Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch Golf Day, held at the Bayview Golf Course. There were representations from many of the 21 clubs that make up our branch (with some notable absentees - no comment), with our club providing 5 teams of keen golfers for the day, probably the biggest contingent from a single club. The North Curly boys contributed to the spirit of the day, maintaining a competitive but entertaining demeanor as they made their way around the course.
When it came down to the final scores, 3 of our teams were in the top 10, with our esteemed boaties managing to burgle a 2nd place for the day. This was all the more unbeleiveable given that Justin Lowry's team were following Rob Watson's group around the course, but some how managed to take a wrong turn at the 10th hole, and ended up playing their own personal layout for the day, and instead of finishing just after Rob's team at around 11:45, they were seen finally strolling up to the club house at around 1:00pm. Must have been Sean Stacey's navigation skills that let them down....!!!!Back to Top
30th Aug 2009
A couple of major milestones were recognised at the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club 2009 Annual General Meeting. Jimmy Newton and Leslie OKeefe were both awarded their 50 Years Service Awards at the meeting. Jimmy is still an active member at Tweed Heads/Coolangatta SLSC, and has also been recognised for 50 Years National Patrol Service. Les was present at the AGM, and provided an insight into his service that spanned not only North Curl Curl, but also Avalon and Manly Surf Life Saving Club, going back to 1952 when he first recieved his Bronze Medallion. Andrew Broad was also recognised for 25 Years Service, and Lisa Jones, Roger Harris and Frank Lindley were recognised for 30 Years Service.
The meeting saw the election of the new board and committee for the 2009/2010 season. Whilst most of last years' team were back on board for the new season, there are some new faces on the team that will help steer North Curl Curl SLSC through our 88th season. Full list of the board and delegates can be found on the Our Club pageBack to Top
23rd May 2009
The achievements and success of our club in the 2008/2009 season were celebrated at the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club Presentation night. Awards were presented in the areas of surf rescue services as well as competition, and general service to the club and the surf life saving movement.
The Major Award winners for 2008/2009 are -
An additional 4 Gold Medallion holders have joined the club ranks, with Steve Atkins, Phil Godbee, Michael Johnston and Ray Merton passing their examination/proficiency recently. As part of their path to gaining the pinnacle of Surf Life Saving certifications, the boys had to perform some complex patient rescues and support with and without equipment, as well as passing some tough surf skills and fitness exercises. Well done boys.Back to Top
21st Mar 2009
Rhiannon Lougher has received the ultimate prize for the year with a Gold medal at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships being held in Scarborough WA, as she took out the U19 Female Board Riding title. To top off her sensational year on the board, after a nasty knee injury nearly saw her out of all competition this year, Rhiannon was awarded the Distinguished Award as Board Rider of the Year in Scarborough this morning. A fitting reward given she won Gold at Branch, State and now at the Australian Championships. Congratulations Rhiannon.Back to Top
1st Mar 2009
Rhiannon Lougher has once again medaled at a State Championships Board Riding event, but this time it was a Gold medal, as she took out the U19 Girls Board Riding title. After coming 2nd in her age group last year, and also picking up a bronze in the Opens, this year she was able to go one better. And in the Opens, she was just outside the medals coming 4th.
And our North Curly Boaties also took out gold in the Reserves Surf Boat event. Sweep Sean Stacey had to make amends after the A Crew were disqualified in their first event of the carnival for cutting it too close at the turning can, and did so with interest as the North Curly boys took out the final, just reward for their consistant form shown during the 2 days of rowing.
Overall, whilst the medal tally was lean this year, the team made a number of finals across various events, and showed some great commaraderie as they went about their business. Well done Curly!Back to Top
22nd Feb 2009
Our young Nippers picked up 3 more medals and plenty of finals appearances on the final day of competition in 2009 NSW State Age Championships to place 11th overall, improving on last year's final standing by 1.
Sophie McGovern won a Silver in the U10 Beach Sprint, and backed up in the U10 Girls Beach Relay team to win a Silver with team mates Josie Dixson, Alyssa Jephcott and her sister, Caity McGovern. The U9 Girls Beach Relay also won Silver medals, with the team of Claudia Harris, Olivia Heaton, Molly Marr and Maya Williams.
Other medallists included:
Billie Taylor 3rd - U8 Female Beach Flags, Florrie Dixon, Janet Prowse, Tasma Wooley, Caitlin Yeates 2nd - U8 Female Beach Relay, Oliva Heaton 2nd - U9 Female Beach Flags, Emily Hill 3rd - U12 Beach Flags, Brent Kelly, Jon Kelly, Harry Sherwood 3rd - U13 Male Board Relay
A great all round team performance to cap off another great season for the juniors - well done to the whole team, the coaches and the parents. You did the Green & Gold proud.Back to Top
14th Feb 2009
Strong onshore winds and light rain was the order of the day once again for the 4th and final round of the Ocean Thunder Surf Boat series at Dee Why beach. A solid 4 to 5 foot swell greeted the crews for this final hit out, which ensured that there would be plenty of thrills and spills, and they didn't dissapoint. It also opened up some of the results, with many boats not finishing some of the rounds as they were knocked back to the shore by the solid swell
The North Curl Curl Wahoo Pools crew were solid all day, and never out of the top 8 in a day where only a handful of points seperated the top 10 teams. They saved their easiest race for the semi-final, when the seas parted like Moses had ordered going out to the cans. In the final, the boys were looking like a certain 3rd place behind series hot shots Austinmer, and long time top runners and winners for the day North Cottesloe. But just 50 metres from the shore, it all went wrong when the boys slewed down a wave and eventually capsized, to finish 5th. It was a tough way to finish an otherwise successful day's racing, and saw the boys crack the top 10 for the 2008/09 series, placing 9th overall - a great result given the calibre of participants in the series.Back to Top
8th Feb 2009
It's official, our North Curly Nippers have placed 2nd at the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships held at Palm Beach.
There were Green and Gold caps in plenty of finals, and many of those young competitors converted their opportunities into medals. What was so pleasing for all the team and parents involved was that not only the competitors that were expected to do well made it to the winners podium, but also plenty of other dark horses stepped up to be counted. All our kids are taught to never give up no matter how they are placed, and to do their best. That attitude paid off for both our U11 Girls and Boys Beach Sprint Relay teams, who each won silver medals when they seemed no chance as they took off on the final leg. But their perserverance paid off, as there were disqualifications of other teams (5 in the girls and 4 in the boys) which elevated them up to 2nd place.
We had great results across all disciplines - the U9 Girls won the Board Relay, Jon Kelly won the U13 Board, Sophie McGovern won both the U10 Flags and the U10 Beach Sprint (in a final where we had 4 runners - a great effort girls), the U9 Girls won the Beach Sprint Relay (amazing effort after the collision between our first two runners at the first baton change saw us drop to almost last), as did the U12 Girls......the list goes on and on....
Congratulations to all the kids that competed, and congratulations to the all the coaches, helpers and parents that helped make this fantastic result happen.....Go Curly !!!!Back to Top
7th Feb 2009
Our competitors had a serious hit out at the Masters and Open Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships at Palm Beach. Our Open Female Swim Team cracked the first medal in this event for some time, with Lauren, Rhiannon, Belinda and Suzy picking up the bronze. The U17 girls continued the good swim team results with a 2nd place, and not to be outdone, the U17 boys picked up a silver also in the surf teams race.
Rhiannon Lougher picked up where she left off from last year, winning the U19 Female Board Riding, with Belinda Moore picking up the Bronze in the same event. And Jack Rickers also picked up a bronze in the U17 Male Board riding. Over the past few years we have had some great results in the boardriding discipline, and looks like we have continued in that fashion.
In the Masters, we dominated the 35-39 Ski event, with Glenn Slater taking out the Gold, Mark Nicholson the Silver, and Simon Baker just missing the tri-fecta coming in 4th place. Our 110+ Male Teams had a great day taking Gold in the Ski Relay, Silver in the Board Relay, and Bronze in the Surf Teams event, and 6th in the Taplin. Michael "Chook" Johnston picked up a bronze in the flags, whilst the 170 Beach Sprint Relay team also picked up a bronze.
And Spider was up to his old tricks again in the flags, by some how turning a certain silver/possible gold into dust, when he decided to take a right hand turn when he got to the flags, only to miss out on a flag all together. We think he needs a wheel balance, although he did manage to run a straight line and get a Silver medal in the sprint.
Overall, our combined Nippers, Masters and Opens pointscore placed us 5th in the Branch, which is where we finished last year, another great effort when you consider the size of our club compared to some of the others.Back to Top
17th Jan 2009
The North Curly boat crew are once again competing against some of the best surf boat crews in Australia in this year's Ativo Ocean Thunder Surf Boat series. After some dissapointing results in the first two rounds, a good leadup carnival at Queenscliff had them primed for a good showing in Round 3 at Dee Why, in choppy and windy conditions. Some good results in the prelimenary rounds including a couple of wins got the boys into the quarter finals, where they drew two of the best crews going around, Austinmer and Whale Beach. Unfortunately they did not progress past the quarters, but had they bought just one half decent wave, it could have been a different story.Back to Top
11th Jan 2009
One of our biggest group of Masters competitors in recent years took part in this year's East Coast Masters, with a team of 16 taking part. We had plenty of new competitors join the regular warriors, many coming from our recent bronze squad. Debutants Danni and Holli managed a third place podium finish in the 30-39 Board Rescue, in their first ever carnival. Well done ladies.
Spider Atkins missed out on a massage this time around, and was further frustrated after getting DQ'd from the flags by offical and fellow club member, Les "Misery" Bulmer. Too bad Steve, but given Misery has DQ'd his own nephew, you never had a chance !!Back to Top
29th Dec 2008
Our annual Golf Day was held at Mona Vale Golf Club this year, a change of venue from previous years. And judging by the large numbers that signed up for the day, it was a welcome change. Over 130 golfers turned up for breakfast before a shotgun start saw the teams converge on the well groomed tree lined course.
Once the burglers had completed their rounds under the threat of rain, it was back to the Dee Why Surf Club for the post mortems, held during lunch (which was prepared by some of our long standing life members) and over a few beers. Some raffles and auctions over with, it was on to the horse races, where some punters were luckier than others.
A great day for all, and thanks to Rob Watson and his team for organising yet another great North Curly Golf Day
Drummond Golf, Dee Why once again threw their support behind our golf day. Show your support by visiting the boys down at the Dee Why store when you are next looking for a set of clubs, and mention North Curly SLSC for a special deal.Back to Top
21st Dec 2008
There was plenty of fun to be had at the annual Kerry Broomham Shield which was held for 2008. There was foxing and strategies being played out between the 3 teams, captained be seasoned campaigner. Pat Kember, wannabe Michael "Chook" Johnston and newly promoted kid on the block Michael Kember.
Pat played his joker in the first round, the surf teams event, and maximised that with a win. But the teams were all brought closer together as the events turned to the beach. Plenty of upsets on the day, including a highlight with Claudia Forsythe out-muscling her male rivals for a win in the team flags event.
All in all, it was a fun event - but no chariot race due to safety concerns - just an exhibition under the supervision of our technical consultant (pictured right).Back to Top
7th Dec 2008
Once again our Nippers performed strongly at the Queenscliff carnival, placing 4th overall. There was planty of action in the water and on the beach, with our green and gold caps featuring prominently across all disciplines. A few of our Nippers could have been excused for missing the carnival all together, given they had competed in the gruelling 3 Points Challenge the day before. This included Matthew Saunders and Oliver Signorini, who are 11 and 12 respectively. Oliver's dad Doug who also did the Challenge, wanted to go home to rest & recover, but Oliver just kept going and making finals all day. They are Ironman material !!Back to Top
6th Dec 2008
Warm sunny weather and a passive sea greeted over 560 entrants to this year's Bendigo Bank 3 Points Challenge and Definition Health Clubs Ocean swim. Competitors were licking their lips when they arrived at North Curly beach, which looked like a travel agent postcard. This was going to be a stroll in the park compared to previous years - so they thought. As they came out of the race briefing, their confidence looked shattered, as they found out the course had been changed, and instead of a simple swim south, they were going to turn left near the rock pool, and visit Shark Alley !!! Even long time club stalwart and champion swimmer, Kathy Langthorne looked nervous as she had a rethink about her morning plans for a leisurely swim. But they all did it, and enjoyed it to boot.
And the 3 Points athletes were not left too happy when they saw the swim cans for the first leg at North Curly bobbing up and down half way to New Zealand...and even more concerened when Glenn Slater informed them with a smile about the 400M sand run to finish this year's run home. Tough day at the office for all concerned.
Once again, the success of our event was dependant on getting help from our club members, and they came to the call. We had around 100 club members help out on the day, doing everything from registrations, to preparing fruit and food, cooking BBQs, manning transition stations, directing competitors around the 3 km course, water safety, course prep etc...etc. The feedback from many competitors was just how much more fun our event is, purely because of how our members hospitality and good nature, so all of you that helped in any way on the day, should all be proud of the effort you put in.Back to Top
22nd Nov 2008
Our Masters competitors kicked off their season at the 2008 Freshwater Masters Carnival, with some "new" blood amongst the team, including our tallest club member, Christian Fehily. The "A...." man was like a duck in water, not only competing in the surf, but also on the beach sprint track. But our star attraction for the day was Steve "Spider" Atkins, who added a whole new dimension to beach sprinting, by deciding to do a forward somersault as part of his running technique...10 out of 10 for style Spider, but it will never catch on!! To cap his day off, whilst his double ski partner Ray Merton was on the line madly searching for him as the race was about to start, Spider was relaxing having a nice massage. He just got to the line on time, which was fortunate as they managed to get a third place. Well done boys !!Back to Top
16th Nov 2008
Our Nippers kicked off the season's first full carnival in style at the Manly JAC Carnival. There was plenty of green and gold in the water and on the sand, and plenty of top results also, with the club placing 4th overall. Given the comparison in overall particpant numbers compared to the big 3 clubs of Manly, Freshwater and Queenscliff, it was a fantastic effort, escpecially on the beach where we came second to Manly, who had what seemed to be a thousand competitors on the beach. Most importantly there was plenty of participation across all events, and everyone had a great day.Back to Top
Our young water competitors took part in the Bennetts Junior Craft Carnival at Dee Why as a kickoff for the 2008/2009 season, and despite being under strength (with our older Nippers at the Junior Development Camp), the Green & Gold caps featured prominantly in the top places across multiple age groups. Our youngest competitors especially showed plenty of guts & determination to get through the testy surf conditions. And in the All Age relay, we did extremely well despite not having an U14 competitor in the event !! It all augers well for the rest of the season.....Go Curly !!Back to Top
Members young and old were present at the christening of our newest surf boat, named after the late esteemed Life Member, Bob Duff. Warm sunshine and a gentle surf welcomed the crews first row of this new boat, which was proudly sponsored by Your Style Designer Home Additions and Wahoo Pools. Joanne Duff helped to wet the bow of the boat with some champagne, and a special pour over the bow rollock, which was Bob Duff's postion in the crew over 55 years ago. Then our crews were like kids in a toyshop as they each lined up to have turns at crewing the new craft.Back to Top
North Curl Curl hosted the Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch Selection Carnival, used to select the team that will compete in this year's Interstate Championships to be held at Catherine Hill Bay on December 13th & 14th. This was our third year as hosts, and once again we put on a great afternoon, and were complimented by the Branch officials on our effort. Thanks to all our members who helped on the day
On the competitor front, our participants put in a great effort, especially given this is their first serious hit out for the season. And as a result, the following were selected in the Interbranch team -
Congratulations on making the team !!
...also congratulations to another club member who made the team, Michael Kember - Open Beach (competing for Collaroy)Back to Top
A number of our club members were honoured at this year's Sydney Northern Beaches Branch awards.
Congratulations to our winners, and also to those that were recognised as nominees in various categories, including Phil Godbee, Claire Hagon, Michael Kember, Louis Tassone, Alice Thurgood, and the U19 Mens Beach Relay Team.Back to Top
Another successful year of patrolling our much loved stretch of coastline was celebrated at the North Curl Curl SLSC Presentation night. Outstanding contributions in managing our beach, as well as supporting the club community were recognised, including our successes in the Surf Sports competion arena.
The Major Award winners for 2007/2008 are -
After 3 years of coming so close to medalling at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, our U19 Male Beach Sprint Team have finally realised their potential, and won Silver at this year's Aussies held in Scarborough, Western Australia.
Matt Coulton, Chris Tassone, Phil Lougher and Michael Kember have had a fantastic season after coming together as a new combination this season. Under the coaching of Bob Langbein, and the mentoring of Pat Kember, the boys have been a strong competitive unit all year.
Having beaten their arch rivals Manly at State this year to win Gold, the tables were turned in the Aussies final, with Manly taking out the Gold with a sensational run, with our boys bringing home the Silver. Emotions ran high with the realisation of a dream for these young men, who have toiled hard all year, and especially so for Chris and Michael who together have been the nucleus of our beach relay team since their early Nippers' years.
The same team stepped up to make club history when they placed 6th in the Open Men's Beach Relay Final. We are still checking the archives to verify this, but we believe this is the first time in over 40 years that North Curl Curl have made a final in this event. Well done boys - mission accomplished !!!
There were other great results for the club, with our U15 Cameron Relay team made up of Adam Atkins, Aaron and Alex Zimaras, coming 10th in the final at their first Australian titles. Aaron backed that effort up coming 19th in the final of the U15 Surf Swim. A great experience for some of our debutants.
Zac Auton made the final of the U19 Surf Race, coming a creditable 15th in a hot field of swimmers. And Michael Kember was within a few hundreth's of a second from getting a podium finish in the U19 Beach Sprint, when he came 4th on finals Sunday, a superb effort in a super fast field. Michael also made the final of the U19 Beach Flags, coming in 8th place.
All in all we had a great carnival, and many thanks must go to Harry Coltman, who put the whole exercise together, providing an excellent week not only for our competitors but also for those that made the journey to support the team. Thanks Harry, and thanks to the support team that cheered on the green and gold!!2008 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships Results Back to Top
Michael Kember has continued his outstanding form that saw him earn state and national selection earlier this season, by winning 3 gold medals at the NSW Open Surf Life Saving Championships held at Swansea Belmont.
After taking out the U19 Flags, Michael backed up to take out the U19 Beach Sprint convincingly on finals Sunday. He then teamed up with Matt Coulton, Chris Tassone and Phil Lougher to take out the U19 Beach Relay, beating pre-race favourites Manly, and defending Australian Champions Coogee, in what could only be described as an emphatic and sweet victory.
Rhiannon Lougher had a great result in the Open Female Board Riding competition, picking up a Bronze medal, and came 2nd in the same event in the U17.
In the Masters section, we had team of just 6 competitors, with all of them collecting medals, led by Glenn Slater and Mark Nicholson who picked up Gold in the 30-34 Double Ski event. Steve Atkins and Michael Johnston won Bronze medals on the sand, whilst Ray Merton and Clinton Hall teamed up with Glenn Slater to get a Bronze in the 110 years min Taplin.
All in all, this capped off one of our best State Championships for some time.2008 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Results Back to Top
Our North Curly Nippers have capped off a great season by coming 12th overall at the 2008 Westpac NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships, and being the 3rd most successful club from the Sydney Northern Beaches branch.
Around 5000 Nippers competed in the 3 day carnival at Swansea Belmont, and our team of 80 plus, all kitted out thanks to McGrath Real Estate, continued their great form shown over the year, with many great individual and team results
The green and gold North Curly caps were present in many finals across multiple disciplines, with the medal tally being -
Thankyou to all the parents who worked tirelessly over the weekend to manage teams, communicate results, help with beach setup and make sure the kids were well looked after. Thankyou to Paula Woolley and Helen Williams for arranging the State gear, the wind jackets were sensational in the blustery conditions we had to deal with. A huge thankyou to all our competitors for proudly representing North Curl Curl, you were all outstanding.
A special thankyou to Rick Chown and Tony Williams for devoting their time and effort into coaching our kids. Without their dedication we would not have achieved the results we have this season.2008 NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships Results Back to Top
Our competitors have put in a sterling effort at this years Sydney Northern Beaches Open & Masters Branch Championships held at Newport, coming in at a creditable 5th place in the Opens carnival. The clubs combined points score from Juniors, Masters and Opens has seen us place 5th overall at the combined Branch carnivals. This is a great result considering we were down on the number of competitors participating in the Masters area this year.
There were great performances across the team, with standout efforts from -
A huge congratulations to all North Curl Curl Nippers who participated at the 2008 Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships at Newport. 95 of our Nippers proudly wore the green and gold of North Curl Curl and were absolute champions.
Our results all through this season have surpassed any other and this weekend was no exception. We placed 3rd overall but were only a few points off Freshwater in 2nd place. (Manly 550, Freshwater 341, North Curl Curl 307, Queenscliff 210, Collaroy 170.5, Newport 162, Mona Vale 160 & North Steyne 150)
Overall our Nippers brought home:
Nearly every final had a North Curl Curl competitor in it which was outstanding. Our younger competitors are proving to be a force to be reckoned with with our U8 girls dominating in all events.
Our U14 Girls Board relay team, Lauren McAleer, Amy Callaghan & Gemma Saunders made history in winning Gold in the Board Relay for the sixth consecutive year.
The girls have won every board relay event at every Northern Beaches carnival they have ever entered throughout their Nipper career. They have displayed great teamwork and friendship throughout their time in Nippers and we hope to see them competing in Cadets next season. Congratulations girls.
To cap off a great carnival, the annual Sydney Northern Beaches Junior Life Saver of the Year Awards was officially announced at Branch Championships. Our club was represented by Lauren McAleer and Alex Zimaras.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Alex Zimaras, won the male Junior Life Saver of the Year Award. This is a wonderful achievement for Alex and really is the pinnacle achievement of Junior Surf Lifesaving. Congratulations to Alex, you have done us proud.Back to Top
The North Curly boat crew went head to head with 23 other elite surf boat crews from around Australian in the 2007/08 eVive Ocean Thunder Pro Surf Boat series. Held over 4 rounds at Dee Why Beach, the Your Style sponsored crew placed well in the early rounds, coming 2nd in round 2, and 3rd in round 3, and finishing in the top 10 overall, an outstanding effort given the quality of teams participating.Back to Top
This annual event was held on January 20th this year, with fun had by all who attended. This traditional annual event always ensures some friendly competition amongst the club members, and this year was no exception. Visit the Photo Gallery for some snapshots of another great day.Back to Top
The 2007/08 NCCSLSC Golf Day was held at Long Reef Golf Course on Friday, December 28th. Thank you to all Sponsors, players and those who assisted on the day. A great day was once again enjoyed by over 120 people and at the same time raised good funds for our Club. Again competition was fierce on and off the course with very competitive golf scoring and bidding for auction items and horses. Magic and the boys from Mona Vale again supported the day with a half a dozen groups.
There are many to thank and if I leave you out I will apologise now.
Winners on the day were James Hobdays group. Runners up were Magic's group from the Mona Vale Social Golf Club.
Thanks again and I hope you can all make our next day in December.
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Well, once again mother nature conspired against us, but despite the inclement weather, we were able to put on another polished event when we held the 2007 3 Points Challenge & Definition Health Clubs Ocean Swim on Saturday, December 1st. Despite being the first day of summer for 2007, it looked more like a scene from a deep Atlantic shipping disaster in the making when daylight broke. From about 4:30am, the weather turned from a benign overcast day into a nasty wind blown wet miserable day. Despite this, the event proved to be another success, thanks to the tireless effort of a multitude of club members…Back to Top