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					On the wave ‘2’       –       the newsletter of Coledale Surf Life Saving Club

The end of the 2008-09 season               -       the best season ever????
For those who weren’t there to enjoy the great food, great band and great atmosphere of the 2009 awards
night in May, here’s a round up of who got what;

Junior Activities Volunteer of the year, For his organisation of the rookie camp to Nelson Bay and the tri-
club carnival in March, awarded to Rob Arthur.

Bill Fanning Junior person of the year, a young person who is a great role model to our younger
members, always smiling, always willing to help, a very deserved winner was Sally O’Donoghue.

Junior Competitor of the year, Lyndal Schnabel – 2 Gold’s at branch championships.
Special mention and encouragement award to Sean Anese

Competitor of the year, Laurent Stewart – Gold medallist at NSW State Championships.

Special merit award, State semi finalists in U23’s the ‘Coledale Crusaders’ U19/U23 boat crew of Chris Miller,
Will Mahler, Dan Arthur, Conor Cleary & sweep Dean Anese,

Patrol of the year, This patrol displayed excellence in patrolling throughout the season; being reliable,
enthusiastic and capable. They distinguished themselves by turning up early for patrols and for having the
least number of absentees during the season. Patrol No. 2, Patrol Captain Steve Arthur, Anthony
O’Donoghue, Dan Arthur, Megan Arthur, Hannah McCall, and Ellie McNeil.

100% Patrol Attendance Awards, The backbone of the club are those that turn up for every patrol and more.
The following members all recorded over 50 hours of patrolling, Rob Arthur, Steve Arthur, Daren Weidner, Janet
Merrick, Anthony O’Donoghue, Phil Macey, Chris Miller, Dave Macey, Hannah McCall, Steve Wright, Dean
Anese, Dan Arthur, Pete Phipps, Megan Arthur, Kylie Hoppitt, Steve Yew, Ellie McNeil, Davina Strauss. A
special mention to Steve Wright, Megan Arthur, & Pete Phipps, over 50 hours in their first season of
patrolling and only qualified late in 2008. Also to Robert Arnold, Tyson James, Adam Scott, Wade Wilson,
Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Whitehall, Jack Patrick and Joel Smith, who also only qualified late in 2008 and
did significant patrol hours during the season.

Patrol person of the year, for most hours patrolled, Rob Arthur

Fred Bear Senior club person of the year, For an invaluable service that is most appreciated by the
committee and all members, went to Norm ‘what time’s lunch?’ Jenkins.

Branch and State Awards
In the Illawarra Branch Awards, for the first time Coledale made the finals for Club of the Year and we also
had Dan Arthur (Youth Life Saver of the Year), Laurent Stewart (Male Competitor of the Year) and Rob
Arthur (Volunteer of the Year and Life Saver of the Year) making their finals.
A special commendation went to Rob for Volunteer of the Year to go with his award as Surf Life Saving
New South Wales 2008-09 season Administrator of the Year.

Danny Yew has recently undergone major surgery and is making a good recovery. Our very best wished for
a full and speedy recovery goes to Danny.

The Patrolling Season
Anzac weekend saw the last patrol of the season at Coledale Beach and I think it will go down as another
successful one and another step forward for the club. Daren Weidner and the patrol captains did a
marvelous job in organising and managing the guys and girls. A few more lessons in patrolling and
management were learned and a few points put down for our committee to consider.

Saturday Patrols
The Illawarra branch council consists of the branch executive – voted in by branch council – and the
presidents of the 17 clubs that make up the branch.
There has been a lot of discussion between the Illawarra Branch and SLS New South Wales on Saturday
patrolling in the Illawarra and basically we are told that it is in the SLS NSW constitution that clubs patrol
‘Saturday, Sunday and Pubic Holidays during the surf season’ and that Illawarra branch must patrol on

Branch council had a meeting with SLS NSW President and executives back in March, where we put across
our case for maintaining the status quo down here, that wasn’t deemed acceptable but we were asked to put
proposals from each individual club for Saturday patrol days and hours. This proposal would contain what
each club considered feasible given their patrol strength and the use by the public of their beach. We duly
made these submissions only to have them ignored by SLS NSW and a Saturday patrolling program sent to
us that made every Saturday during the season a patrol requirement. Further discussion with SLS NSW
saw them adopt a reasonable approach to Saturday patrolling and we have agreed to their new proposal.

All Sundays and public holidays during the patrolling season - 4th October through to 25th April - plus;

            Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd January 2010
                o Patrolled from 10am – 2 pm

This is about the best result we could have expected and only means 4 additional patrols of 4 hours each.

                                                Season Wrap-up

Our Junior Competitors
Coledale were very evident at carnivals. A team of 34 competed at the Illawarra branch championships at North
Beach Wollongong. These guys once again did us proud in very poor, cold, wet, windy conditions. Once again
Lyndal Schnabel was the one to beat in the sprints and flags and our sprint relay teams were a revelation in
competing hard and making finals. Also throughout the season Sean Anese competed well for us in the Sydney
Water Series.
Next season a competition squad will be formed to maximise the talents of our junior members and prepare
them for carnivals with the target of branch medals across the board.
Michelle Collimore will be coordinating this squad who will be chosen by recommendation of the age
managers and by their results in the first point score of the new season.

Our Senior Competitors
Michael Schnabel
After appearing for North Cronulla at the World Titles in Germany, Michael transferred to Coledale just in time to
win us Gold at branch in the master’s beach sprint, he then managed to break his toe in the flags event thus
prematurely ending his season.

Davina Strauss
A promising start to her season being cut short with a broken arm, Davina recovered just in time for the
Australian titles where she again made a great effort to make the flags finals. Davina is an extremely popular
member of Coledale and will continue to be so as long as she carries out her promise to row with us next

Laurent Stewart – State Champion
In Laurent’s first full season with us, he had a great season with wins up and down the coast. Laurent
overcame some mid season injury problems to win the open men’s flags event in 3 of the 4 rounds of the
Sydney Water Series, Gold at Illawarra branch and the flags Gold at the NSW state titles. Laurent also
achieved 5th place in the NSW state open men’s beach sprint event. Laurent also made the semi-final of the
open men’s beach sprint at the Australian titles in Perth.
Laurent was travelling in from Bathurst to patrol and compete during the season, showing a great commitment
to the club. Now having moved back to Sydney, 2009-10 should see a clean sweep in all the flags events from
this very talented competitor.
Surf Boat Rowing
Again the Coledale boats were on the water throughout the season, the first event being the ‘Garie Dash’ up at
Bundeena in November. It was great to see Coledale with 3 crews entered on the day! Two under 19 crews
joined the ever-present ‘Codgers’ masters’ crew. Both U19 crews making the final in their first event.

Masters Surf Boat Crew, Coached by VB at Coledale RSL, swept by Dean Anese, comprising of Anthony
O’Donoghue, Steve Arthur, Daren Weidner, Rob Arthur and in his first season with the club Pete Phipps.
Under 19 Surf Boat Crew ‘the Crusaders’, Coached by Dean Anese, swept by Dean Anese comprising of
Chris Miller, Will Mahler, Dan Arthur and Conor Cleary.
Under 19 Surf Boat Crew, Coached by Billy Harvey, swept by Dean Anese comprising Wade Wilson, Tyson
James, Adam Scott and Robert Arnold.
These crews represented Coledale in the South Coast Boat Series, Branch and NSW State titles.

                                               This Season
Graham and Brendan Dawson and Rod Henderson have returned to the club after competing for other
clubs. These very committed and experienced boaties will help with the ongoing development of our boat
crews .Our crews will have the support, coaching, equipment and facilities to push us up the ranking in this
highly competitive field. Having both Rod & Graham as qualified coaches and sweeps, we will better
manage the training and competition of potentially 6 crews next season.

                                  Rowing is open to all; it’s a great sport.

Thanks to hard work of Rob, Ant, Daren and Brendan and the support of the committee, the gym has been
upgraded. This is a facility for all active members so please make use of it and justify our efforts and
investment. N.B an active member is one who is paid up, qualified and patrolling, only active members are
covered on SLS insurance whilst using surf club equipment.

A new fully surf kitted Tohatsu IRB motor has been bought before the start of the season, so easing the
maintenance load of operating our older equipment.

The quad bike has been serviced over the winter. The intention is to use the quad for one more year prior to
swapping it for a more substantial 4-wheel type vehicle in-line with SLS OH & S directives on the subject.

Hall Refurbishment
Just about complete with the recent addition of a huge plasma TV. Only the carpet (no it’s not heritage
listed) left to be changed – bids to the committee please!
Please spread the word and let’s get more bookings. Big discount for club members on the already low
booking fee.

You may have seen the new brighter look that should stave off the weather damage that was starting to
become evident. It certainly stands out!

Building Extension
Our hands are tied on this one; WCC require that we have a signed lease for the camping reserve prior to
applying for a development application for the storage building (to be on the south of the club building). The
draft lease for the reserve has been with WCC legal team for more than 6 months. Rome wasn’t built in a
day – if WCC had been involved, the Romans would still be digging their foundations!
The absence of a lease is also holding up the camping reserve improvements, refurbishment and the land
regeneration work planned by the club.

A bronze medallion course is currently underway, every Tuesday evening at the club.

Senior First Aid, IRB Driver and IRB crew courses will be held at the start of the season.

Junior Section
The 2009-10 junior committee consists of;
Chairman                            Anthony O’Donoghue
Secretary                           Jan Merrick
Treasurer                           Andrew Sheaths
Equipment Officer                   Rob Arthur
Uniform Officers                    Karen O’Donoghue & Kim Weidner
Child Protection                           Dennise Hanmore
Competition Squad Coordinator              Michelle Collimore
General Committee Members - including;
Geoff Fravne, Chris Collimore, Michael Schnabel, Kim Schnabel, Steve Wright, Karen Wright, Dave Fittock,
Linda Arthur, Paul Tardent,

                                             Important dates
First Patrol
        Saturday 3rd October

The annual general meeting is the cornerstone to any club’s season. The meeting is open to all club
members (although you do have to be financially paid up members to actively participate and vote), your
participation is both very welcome and encouraged. The current committee has bee a great group of
hardworking, cooperative members, some with a long history at Coledale SLSC but also some newer

We would like to see members both old and new taking part in the decision making process at Coledale
SLSC, so please come along on the day.

First Nippers
        Sunday 4th October (sign on and beach games)

Rookie & Cadet Camp
Following the great success of the 2009 camp, the committee has again supported and funded the planning
and accommodation expense for this event.
        16th to 19th January 2010.
        4 day camp at Nelson Bay open to all 13 – 18 year old club members
               o 15 – 18 year olds must be patrolling members
               o all attendees must be working towards surf rescue certificate or bronze medallion