The club is a hive of activity as Christmas and the new year approaches…
For information that may not be included in this newsletter, head to our website:henleyslsc.com.au
– Merry Christmas from the Board of Management –
On behalf of the Board of Management (Rae, Carly, Fitzy, Mark and Peter), we extend our warmest Christmas wishes to all Henley SLSC members and we sincerely thank you for dedicating all your of personal time and support in helping to make the Henley SLSC such a great environment to be a part of.
Whilst we’ve had some challenges over the last month or so with difficult weather and water conditions, the Team Henley spirit has remained strong with everyone chipping in to get things done. Our membership for this season has already hit 600 and is still growing. A huge welcome to all of our new Henley members and a big congratulations to our existing members who recently completed their SRC and Bronze Medallion. Look out for those new faces in their red and yellow uniforms !!
In the last few weeks the new downstairs ‘Barefoot Bar’ has been open Saturday afternoons (4 – 6pm) providing the ideal environment for Henley club parents and children to come together after Nippers and enjoy a bit of sunshine and socialising in a relaxed and casual beach atmosphere. It’s got a great little vibe happening, so come on down and check it out when Nippers resumes in the New Year.
On Saturday 17th December we invite all members to come and share some Christmas cheer with your Henley friends. We’re expecting a visitor from the North Pole around 4.15pm followed by casual drinks upstairs in the Oceanview room and $12 Burger and Chips ($35 for families) from 5.00pm. Everyone is welcome.
Aside from the main Public Holidays, the Oceanview bar and restaurant will be open as usual over the Xmas and New Year period, so please bring your family and friends down to enjoy the best view in the west!
All Henley patrol hours (as at 14th Dec 2016) have been entered into SurfGuard. Please check your online SLS portal and let myself or Pete Oborn know if you notice any discrepancies – https://portal.sls.com.au, log in, select ‘Lifesaving Online’ and then ‘Patrols’.
For competitors who need to complete more hours in the next few weeks, here are 3 very simple steps to fulfil your patrol commitments and live the Team Henley FIRST club values;
1. Check roster & select patrols or events you would like to join
2. Very important! – contact relevant Patrol Captain to check they are able to add additional members
3. Arrive in plenty of time to help set up, meet the patrol team and participate in a patrol briefing (please don’t forget that it’s a team effort to pack up too)
Click here for the current Patrol roster and teams.
Patrol Season So Far
Thank you to everyone who has helped ensure we have strong Henley Patrol teams on the beach each weekend. A number of members have also gone that ‘extra mile’ and kindly given their time to help out with special events.
Since the 2nd week in October, Henley SLSC has completed 20 rostered patrols, with an average number of 14 team members. The club has also provided water cover for several events including an open water long swim, the Trailblazer run and Zahra Foundation ‘Women on the Run’ event.
Go Team Henley!
Volunteer Christmas Day PatrolChristmas Day Patrol is traditionally a volunteer patrol at Henley.
If you are able to volunteer some time on Christmas Day to come down and patrol, please let either Bec C. or Pete O. know.
Awards and Proficiency
There are still members to complete their proficiencies before 31 December.
Please make an effort to make these final proficiency dates:
Sunday 18 December
Starting at 10:00 am in the boat shed:
Monday 19 December
Starting at 6:30 pm in the top room
ART (Advanced Resuscitation Techniques)
ALL MEMBERS MUST ALSO COMPLETE THE THEORY COMPONENT OF THE ANNUAL PROFICIENCY.
A theory component to the proficiency has been added this season.
It is compulsory to complete the theory, if not completed your proficiency can not be processed.
The theory component can be completed online (through the members portal).
A hard copy is available if you are unable to access the Members Portal.
Paul Leonard – Chief Instructor (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Would you like to drive Crusty the ATV?
Pre-requisites are a ‘P’ licence and Bronze Medallion.
If you would like to complete your ATV Award, please email: email@example.com
You’ll be sent the learner guide and workbook.
Once you’ve completed the workbook, we’ll arrange a time to do your practical.
NEW BRONZE GROUP
Congratulations to our newest group of Bronzies. See you on the beach!
From left to right: Dennis Hay (Assessor from West Beach), Ian Grant (Assessor from Port Elliot),Richard from Somerton who did his assessment with us, Gavin Swart, Kim Lu, Behzad (Bear or Bez) Pourdarab, Tomi Milassin, Anna Milassin, Robert Mulyk, Lucy Codd, Craig Johnson, Ebony Story, Angela Osborn-Johnson (who obviously thinks she is 1.5m tall), Lily McDonald, Erin Monk, Izzy McAnulty (whose dad has the longest email name in the entire world), Gavin Monk, Hugh Jackman, Brian Hession (Assessor from Grange)
On The Same Wave
It is with great pleasure that we announce our first Bronze Medallion holder for the season.
Behzad Pourdarab has learnt to swim over the last 12 months and gained his qualification with a group of general members in early December.
Behzad is officially on Orange Patrol but he is keen to gain experience and may well visit your patrol. I know you will all welcome him into the Henley family.
We have several more young people who have also mastered swimming as a new skill and are currently training for their Bronze Medallion.
We are planning another –
Welcome Day and Come and Try on Sunday 8th of January Meet on the ramp or beach in front of the club at 10.00am
Please pass the word around. Newly arrived Australians and Indigenous Australians of all ages and swimming abilities are welcome.
We also think it is warm enough now to begin the Saturday morning swimming sessions. We will have learn to swim sessions in front of the club every Saturday at 10.00am from the 17th of December. We happily invite any club member to these sessions.
It is always a great low key and fun introduction to ocean swimming.
See you on the beach,
Wiltja College Year 12 Graduation
Henley SLSC has been involved with the Wiltja Secondary College, helping their students to develop important beach and lifesaving skills that they can take back to their communities or apply them to their future careers. On the 21st November, five Wiltja students were awarded their Surf Life Saving Bronze Medallions at their Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, all thanks to their trainers – Andrew Henry, Tiarne Easley, Sarah Travers and Peter Oborn who have helped to bring this great program to the Henley SLSC.
Look out and say hello to our new group of Wiltja students who have already started training with Roy and his training team.
Thank you to everyone who has handed over their old wet suits. These are used when training new candidates especially members in our On The Same Wave program and the indigenous students from WIiltja boarding college. You will see a photo of Behzad in this newsletter. He has been in the OTSW program since last season training regularly to finally earn his Bronze Medallion on Saturday December 3rd. He was able to wear one of the donated wet suits through out his training and on the assessment day. It was a great asset for him.So if you have any old wet suits lying around please bring them down to the club where Roy Menner will only be too happy to receive them. You can contact Roy on 0400 066125 or firstname.lastname@example.orgNB: Alan Nelson donated an old boatie’s wet suit that was used back in the 70s I’m guessing. It about as thick as you can get making the wearer look like the Michelin Man! The indigenous kids love it and it’s one of the first suits that is taken when they train.
HENLEY SURF SPORTS
SENIOR CLUB CHAMPS – KEEP THE DATE FREE
U14 to Masters – Saturday 7 January – 10am till 1pm. Please make sure you register at 9:30am – no late entries. Competition will consist of Theory, Ergo, Water & Beach events.
Entries are now open. An email has been sent to all eligible club members with event info and an entry form. Please fill in the entry form and return to email@example.com. Early Bird entries close on 12 January 2017 – $90. There is an error in the entry – it is NOT 12/2/2017 for early bird entries. Normal entries close 15 March 2017 – $105. There will be a meeting for all those planning on going in the New Year.
Senior Carnival #1 & 2
Well done to all the Henley competitors who have competed in the last 2 senior carnivals. Some fantastic results have been recorded and it is great to see new faces on the beach having a go and wearing the Henley Ladder. Keep up the training and your results will improve!
Senior Carnival #3
Is on the 8 January 2017 – South Coast. More information will be sent via email soon for entry and payment.
Well done to all the Henley athletes that competed in the Seacliff Swim, Paddle, Run event held on the 3rd December – we had 11 members compete and results are: Kayla Roe – 1st U15 Female, Edward Gates – 1st U17 Males, Cooper Forest – 2nd U19 Males, Brett Roe – 2nd Masters Males, Daniel Hogan – 4th U19 Males, Gary Ashton – 5th Masters males, Fraser Booth – 5th U11-13 males, Emerson Simone – 6th U11-13 males, Will Ashton – 7th U11-U13 Males, Oscar Forest – 10th U14 males & Seb Simone – 10th U11-U13 males.
Immanuel Pool will be closed over the holiday period from 16th December 2016 until 16th January 2017. Andrew Lanyon is going to have swimming at Marion Outdoor Pool (Hendrie Street, Parkholme) on Monday & Friday mornings 6am – 7am during this time, and Tuesday nights at Henley Beach at 5:30pm. Swimming at Marion will be $4 per person (no family discount). There will be 8 sessions. Please contact Andrew Lanyon via Facebook to let him know what sessions you will be attending.
Thank you to all those people that support our club by being officials. Without these very important people our club members are unable to compete. Recently we had 7 members complete the officials course. This will help to fill the rapidly growing Junior section of the club, but we still require more. If you have family members that compete it would be most appreciated if you are able to do the next officials course (Dates to be advised). By having a good ‘bank’ of officials we are able to share the load, and with the growing numbers of competitors our official quota is likely to expand, putting strain on our existing officials. We especially need Officials in the Boat area – if you require further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure that if you are using club equipment it is washed down after each use and carefully inspected for any damage that might have occurred while training. We rely on club members to be responsible with this expensive equipment and encourage everyone to treat these items like they are their own. For every ding that a board gets it is $100 to fix – please treat them with respect. Majority of craft has either GENERAL USAGE or SQUAD ONLY on the tail of the boards. General Usage is anytime use, and Squad only is for supervised training sessions only. Do not be offended if a member of the committee asks you to put Squad craft (boards & ski’s) back if it is being used outside of these times.
Personal Boards are stored on the 3 racks closest to CIBO – These boards will be in covers and are not to be touched.
Personal Ski’s should be secured to the racks with personal padlocks. A list of Club Skis and their General/Squad usage will be updated and available to view in the club soon.
NO Nipper boards are to be stored at the club
All Personal Craft that is stored at the club has been approved by the committee – any unauthorised craft is to be removed immediately.
Members using Club Craft MUST wear a High Vis Vest, hold the appropriate qualification and be financial.
Up Coming Events:
7th January 2017 – Henley Senior Club Champs – U14 – Masters – 9:30am registration for 10am start
14th January 2017 – Twilight Boat Carnival – Henley SLSC
15th January 2017 – Henley Youth Carnival – more info to come – HELP NEEDED
21st January 2017 – Pink & Blue Swim – West Beach – Go to www.westbeachslsc.com.au to enter – 100% of the proceeds go to Cancer Council SA
29th January 2017 – Mid Coast Challenge – Christies Beach – go to www.mcc.ecwid.com for more information and entry details. U9 – Masters
SURF BOATS – First half of 2016/17 Season
The season kicked off in November with chilly gale-force winds at the first Navy Series carnival in Victor Harbor. The course was short, but time still permitted only 3 rounds. However, there was a relatively smooth run for the next two with a decent 5-round point-score in rather enjoyable conditions. The second Navy Series carnival was held at Aldinga for a sunny flat water race day. The third Navy Carnival at Robe would be the season highlight so far, with perfect conditions for all crew levels to get some wave experience in clean 3-4ft sets.
With three of the four State Selection Carnivals complete, Henley have a number of crews in good position to be representing SA at the Australian Open in Shellharbour next year.
Open Men – Mackdogs, a candidate in Open Men with a 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the first three carnivals will be fighting it out against the Somerton A crew to represent as the Open or Reserve Men’s crew.
Open Women – Henley have been dominating the Open Women’s division this year with the Strikers (1st, 1st, 2nd) and Amazons (4th, 2nd, 1st) battling out at the top for the Open/Reserve women’s crew spots.
U23 Women – the Emuettes (1st, 2nd, 2nd) had a strong a strong start to their season, but have yet to beat long-time U23 champions from Glenelg. Inching closer each race, we’ll see what happens at the next carnival!
U19 Men – Newly formed crew, the Immigrants (1st, 1st, 2nd) have blasted onto the surf boat scene this season with great results, but also a lot of potential to be a very competitive interstate opponent. The all-South African boys have endured intense winter training and tutelage under the legendary Gary Tredrea. Look out Shellharbour, the Henley Immigrants are ones to watch!
The final state selection carnival will be held at Middleton in early January. This carnival offers double points and will be the deciding factor for the five contending Henley crews. Assuming typical south coast surf conditions, anything could happen!
With the addition of a Reserve Grade Women’s division this season, Henley introduced the Sparkplugs, with four new and returning members joining together to dominate the division. The Hogs, also a new Reserve Men’s crew, have been prevalent on the beach this season. Both Sparkplugs and Hogs have proven to hold their own when racing against Open Crews in the point-score rounds. U19 Women’s crew, Falcons, have had a later start this season unfortunately putting them out of the running for state selection, but we’ll be expecting to see some good results in the second half.
The first Twilight Series Surf Boat Carnival was held at Somerton SLSC earlier in the month. Henley performed consistently well in all divisions to take out the Champion Club Award on the day. It was a fun event and crews are now looking forward to the next Twilight Series Carnival at Henley on the 14th January. Make sure to come down and check it out if you’re around!
Special mention must go to the IRB Boys, Tim Cavanagh and Scott Mather, who have been giving up their weekends to do water cover for each of the Navy Series events – great job, boys! Also to Trevor “Mulchy” Mulvihill for his volunteering as an ASRL-SA Official and ongoing dedication to the sport.
Have a great Christmas and catch you all in the new year!
HET is well and truly in full swing. Even though we did not have great weather to start off the season, it has improved immensely and participation each week has been wonderful with at least 30 HET kids turning up every Saturday. Everybody has a positive attitude and join in with all activities which is great to see! Competition training happens during the week but Saturday afternoons are about lifesaving – acquiring skills that will male help great lifesavers on our beach and a great way to stay active, fit and most of all HAVE FUN!
The annual HET camp was held on the 19th and 20th of November 2016 at Chiton Rocks SLSC. The weekend proved to be a success with 34 HET kids attending. It was surfs up all weekend with the only time spent out of the water was to refuel, reapply sunblock (even though for some that did not work too well) and the amazing dance off’s between young guns Deccas and Elija. Everyone was so well behaved and chipped in with the clean up making it an easy and fast process. Thank you so much for your cooperation. Thanks also to the Mums and Dads that helped with loading and unloading, it was much appreciated. Big thank you to Quentin and Olly for once again helping to pull this altogether. I hate to think how many HET camps collectively, they have attended. Thanks also to Jonathan de Beer for his assistance and Beck Forrest who coordinated the whole camp and did a wonderful job!
We have been busy at Henley beach the past month with many school break up swims and events happening. Volunteers are crucial to make these events and swims such a success and many of our amazing HET kids have stepped up to the plate to volunteer their time. These people include: Edward Gates, Ryan Froud, Declan McGeagh, Oscar Forest, Nathan Daly, Evan Corbett, Lucy Codd, Cooper Forest and Elisha Rae. Your time and dedication is much appreciated not only for the club but the community as a whole. We encourage more HET kids to help out on patrols, events and swims to build up your skills, training and help our community.
Please see below upcoming dates for some HET activities that Beck and myself have planned. Make sure to read the HET newsletter for more information.
– 17th December 2016 – whole club break up after Nippers.
– 14th January 2017 – bring a friend to HET day. Make sure they arrive 10 minutes early to sign in.
– 18th January 2017 – HET sleepover at the Henley SLSC.
– 8th April 2017 – Paint Ball
Have a very merry and safe Christmas and happy new year.
HENLEY JUNIOR NEWS
We have a busy few weeks coming up as Christmas approaches fast!
Our Christmas break up is on Saturday, 17th December. Following our regular Juniors session, there is a whole club Christmas function starting in the Barefoot Bar at 4pm. From 5pm the club is booked for all club members, with a ‘build your own burger’ meal for $12 or $35 per family.
Sunday, 18th December is the second Junior Interclub Carnival, to be held at Pt Elliot SLSC (more information under Competition News). If your child is interested in competing, please speak with your Age Group Leader on Saturday.
Christmas in the Square is on Sunday, 18th December and the Henley Juniors will be running the BBQ. We have the opportunity to make a great profit, as the crowd is usually around 4,000 strong! Our Junior Secretary, Katka Sterzl will be coordinating the BBQ for this event and she needs some help! Please contact Katka at email@example.com to book in your time slot.
Our Water Cover team have noticed that we have quite a few children who are not confident swimmers. Henley SLSC Juniors strongly recommends that children attend swimming lessons. Some local swim schools are iSwim at Immanuel, Seaton Swim School and Thebarton Swim School.
Welcome to our new Officials!
Henley SLSC was represented by 7 people at the Level 1 Officials course on November 23rd and 24th at Surf House. These people undertook around 6 – 7 hours of training, and you will see them wearing very fetching green shirts at the next couple of Junior carnivals. Thank you to David Page, Jane Bray, Darren Turner, Sara Giglio, Tony Coppola, Karen Hansen and Travis McKenzie for your time and efforts for our Junior competitors.
Swimming at Immanuel for Henley Juniors – Tuesday & Thursdays – 6 to 7pm. PLEASE NOTE: Due to lack of space, the Henley Squad is now for financial members only during the surf season.
COST: $4 per person (max $12 per family)
Mid-week Training Mondays 5 – 6pm Boards (Under 9s to Under 13s) Tuesdays 6 – 7pm Swimming at Immanuel College (see above info) Thursdays 6 – 7pm Swimming at Immanuel College (see above info) Fridays 4:45 – 5:30pm Sprints/Flags (Under 8s to Under 13s) 5:30 – 6:00pm Beginner Boards (Under 8s to Under 13s) 5:30 – 6:30pm Iron Person (Under 9s to Under 13s)
COMPETITION NEWS JUNIOR CARNIVAL 2 – Sunday, 18th December at Pt Elliot SLSC ** Pt Elliot SLSC are offering meals after the carnival, but you must book in. Contact Dana Watts 0413 042 506 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Sunday 11th December ** Interclub Carnivals are available to all children from Under 9s to Under 13s. They offer a great opportunity for children to put into practice all they have learned at Saturday Nippers and Mid-week Training and are an excellent social and team building day!
Dates for your diary 2016/2017
Christmas Breakup: Saturday, 17 December
New Year Start: Saturday, 7 January
Friday Night Twilight Nippers: Friday, 13 January
No Nippers: Saturday, 14 January
FITNESS TRAINING AT HENLEY SLSC
Our stated aim is to present the fittest and best conditioned competing and patrolling members on the beach’
The club has a fully equipped gymnasium on the top floor which is available to the following between the hours of 5am – 11pm unless advised otherwise
– All Associate, Life and Honorary members
– All proficient, financial patrolling Bronze holding members
– If you are currently attending a Bronze or SRC training course you may use the gym to assist you in your preparation after doing a short induction with your trainer or the Gym Co-Ordinator.
Also you may purchase a FOB @$25 from the club which allows entry to the club including the gym. Contact membership manager Louise Howard on email: email@example.com
Gary Tredrea is usually in attendance and available to help with your programs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights between 4-30pm and 6-00pm. Best way to contact is the Facebook page ‘Henley SLSC Gym Junkies’.
If outdoor training is your thing the gym group runs 2 other sessions which cater for a range of fitness from starters to elite, youngsters to masters. All are welcome!
1. Saturday morning boxing fitness 8am – 9am
2. Wednesday Bootcamp 6pm – 7pm
Also recommended are Matt Gardner’s sessions in the club gym and beach surrounds, which can be accessed by joining up to the ‘Henley THE NEW MOVEMENT’ Facebook page.
The committee are confident to seek further sponsor renewals and new sponsors over the next few weeks.
A letter seeking support from sponsors in Silver, Bronze and Blue categories has been mailed out.
If you have received a letter please consider renewing your support to the club.
The sponsorship committee will be making follow up telephone calls to seek your continued support for the club.
If you would like to consider supporting the club or haven’t received a letter or heard from the sponsorship committee, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bennett Travel Grant
On Friday 9th December 2016, Cooper Forest was named as the recipient of the inaugural Bennett Travel Grant.
The Bennett Travel grant will be awarded annually to a junior member, under the age of 20, to assist them with the costs of travel for interstate events.
Henley SLSC graciously thanks Roger and June Bennett for their donation and support of our junior members in their pursuit of life saving competition excellence.
Grant Opportunity – Australian Sports Commission Local Sporting Champions Program 2016/17 Round 3
(Closing 28 February 2017)
Round 3 of the 2016/17 Australian Sports Commission Local Sporting Champions Program is open. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 participating in state, national and international level sporting championships as either an athlete, coach or official.
Funding of up to $500 for individual applicants is available, to contribute to the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment required for participation in the nominated championships.
Key points to consider when applying include:
· Applicants must be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated sporting championship
· Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status, residing in Australia
· The championship event must be endorsed by the ASC as an official championship event
· Applicants must be living more than 125km from the championship venue, and travelling greater than 250km (return) to participate in the nominated championship
· Applicants must not have received more than $500 in federal funding for the event, or be participating in an event that involves prize money greater than $500
· Applicants must not have received a Local Sporting Champions grant for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March – 29 February).
There are 36 individual grants available in each metropolitan electorate and 50 individual grants available in non-metropolitan (provincial or rural) electorates per allocation year (1 Mar to 29 Feb). For information on whether your electorate is a metropolitan or non-metropolitan please visit the Australian Electoral Commission website http://www.aec.gov.au/ . You may also wish to make contact with your electorate office to discuss your application and seek their support. Applicants should apply once you have been selected to attend the championships and your participation has been confirmed. It is essential that you submit your application prior to the event. Applicants are assessed at the conclusion of each round therefore it may be up to four months before you are notified. It is therefore important that you forward plan your application to ensure you receive notification and/or funding prior to your event, or in many cases, you may not receive notification until after your attendance at the championships, in which case the grant will be a reimbursement of costs incurred.
The closing date for applications to this round is 28 February 2017. The application and guidelines can be accessed from the following website:http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/local_sporting_champions
Please note, the ASC are also committed to delivering the following future rounds of this program:
Opening & Closing Dates
Applicants advised of outcome
Round 1, 2017/18
Open – 1 Mar 2017
Close – 30 Jun 2017
July – August 2017
The Australian Sports Commission Elite Indigenous Travel & Accommodation Assistance Program is open for applications. This is an ongoing program which closes 30 June 2017. This is a small grant opportunity for individuals aged 12 years or older to apply for financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs associated with competing, coaching or officiating at a national or international sporting championship event.
Eligible sportspersons can apply for up to a maximum of $1,000 per financial year for eligible national championships and up to a maximum of $3,000 per financial year for eligible international competitions.
Key points to consider when applying include:
· Applicants must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. You must include a confirmation of Aboriginality with your application. These documents can be obtained from most local indigenous organisations, land councils or health centres.
· Be participating as an athlete, coach, manager or official.
· Be participating in a national or international Australian Sports Commission recognised championship
· Be 12 years or older at the time of the competition.
· Competing in junior of open level competition.
· Must submit the application before the event or within two months of completing the event.
· Have out of pocket expenses for travel or accommodation that needs to be paid to sponsoring organisation and/or you are organising the travel and/or accommodation yourself.
· Car Hire.
· Mini-bus Hire.
· Travel during the Competition.
· Travelling less than 200km in distance.
The kiosk is currently closed and will re-open on Saturday 7th January 2017.
If you need clothing, please contact Membership manager Louise Howard at email: email@example.com
HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY JIM DOHERTY
On Sunday 27th November, our much loved Life Member Jim Doherty turned 99 years young! To help celebrate, his family and a contingent of our Henley Life Members all came together for a special luncheon in Jim’s honour, sharing stories and reflecting on Jim’s very extensive surf lifesaving resume.
For those who may not know Jim, he is the gentleman depicted in the painting that hangs in the Training Room on the first floor. Jim is our longest serving club member who was still putting on his patrol uniform and getting down on the beach until only a few years ago.Happy Birthday Jim.
– LIFE MEMBER OF THE MONTH – BARRY DUHNE
This month’s Life Member of the month is Barry Duhne. Shelly Nelson, our Life Member representative spoke to Barry about his Lifesaving career:
What year did you join the club:
I joined in 1962 and received my bronze the same year.
Why and how did you join the club?
I came from a swimming background and competed in the pool against several prominent Henley Lifesavers. I also became school friends with another group of Henley boys and so when my family moved from the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide to West Beach there was no question of which club I wanted to join.
What is/was the best part of being a life saver?
Having been a member for over 50 years there were stages when my interests changed. Originally I just loved the competitive side and the friends that you trained with and the successes we had.
After about 10 years I took an interest in the administrative side of not only the club, but the State Centre as well. I enjoyed this so much and felt that it was one way I could put something back into Lifesaving in appreciation for the many rewards I had gotten from it
Today when I look back and reflect there is no question to me that the best part of being a lifesaver is the many friends living all around Australia that you obtain along the way. There seems to be no age gaps at Henley and I can brag of having good friends aged in their 20s as well as others in their 90s.
What advice would you give someone just starting out at Henley?
I have seen new members struggle trying to find a niche area that they wished to pursue. Apart from patrols and competition, lifesaving now has something including helicopters, Jet skis and radios for almost everyone to try.
My advice to any new member is to try bits of everything and when you find the area you like, you will be surprised at the enjoyment you will receive from being a lifesaver and a respected member of the community.
Do you have an interesting or funny story about Henley SLSC people might not know?
I do recall in the old club rooms the windows overlooked the old swimming pool and it was forbidden for members to climb through them to get a free after hours swim.
Guess who got caught?
Several of the committee members including the President who at their next meeting had to suspend them selves from the club for a short period as punishment.
It was not too long ago that early one dark winter morning I along with several other members were called to a rescue by a member of the public who could hear what sounded like a distress call somewhere on the beach down near Joe’s kiosk. Some of us scampered over the rocks looking, another had the club radio and I had the torch. We followed the distress call as best we could and eventually found its source on the sand below the kiosk.
It was a couple, having a good night out.
When asked while in the torch beam if everything was alright, we were assured that it was so we left them to it!
Stay tuned for next month’s ‘Life Member of the Month’.