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Far South Coast Branch gives thanks!

.Following on from our own Presentation Night held in May, Far South Coast Branch held its Annual Award night, proudly hosted by Broulee Surfers SLSC on Saturday 15 June.  It is here that volunteers who not only donate their time and effort to their own club, but to Branch matters are recognised.

Narooma does quite well it seems, with its Officials as following from Whitey being named Official of the Year last year, Glenn Bywater received Branch Official of the Year, this year.  Congratulations!  Without officials we can't have carnivals- so thank you Glenn (and all the other officials and volunteers  who helped in this capacity)
One of hardest working members both in the club and in the community Glenn Bywater
Also..two of our shining stars in surf sports also collected awards- Aiden Miles as the Branch Under 15 point score champion and Elli Beecham for Competitor of the Year, which came as no surprise given her achievements at State and National level.

The full list is provided below.  Well done to all awardees and indeed to all those who were nominated as well.  
  • Junior Lifesaver of the Year - Female Tasman McKenzie Bermagui
  • Junior Lifesaver of the Year - Male Oliver Meaker Tathra
  • Junior Lifesaver of the Year - Highly Commended Hannah Campbell Broulee Surfers
  • Junior Lifesaver of the Year - Highly Commended Ruby Coppin Moruya
  • Presidents Award Cheryl McCarthy Bermagui
  • Official of the Year Glenn Bywater Narooma
  • Coach of the Year Neil Innes Batemans Bay
  • Team of the Year Phoenix Womens Boat Crew Batemans Bay
  • Carnival of the Year Tathra Combined Carnival 
  • Training Officer of the Year Sharon George Tathra
  • Administrator of the Year - Myril Bunt Award Sue Hunt Bermagui
  • Services Team of the Year Bermagui Call Out Team 
  • Rescue of the Year - Lexus Knight, Angus Knight, Sam Reedy BATEMANS BAY
  • Rookie Lifesaver of the Year Jai Curven Bermagui
  • Lifesaver of the Year Andrew Holt Pambula
  • Young Branch Person of the Year - Fergus Thomson Award Connor Leayr Pambula
  • Branchperson of the Year - Volunteer Wendy Law Broulee
  • Dave Pheeney Patrol Efficiency Award Tathra SLSC
  • Rescue of the Year - Batemans Bay
  • Pointscore Champ at Batemans Bay Enduro carnival Nick Huggins Tathra
  • Pointscore Champ at Tathra carnival Scott Senior Broulee Surfers
  • Pointscore Champ at Broulee carnival Gab Smith Broulee Surfers
  • Overall Male Open Pointscore Scott Senior Broulee Surfers
  • Overall Female Open Pointscore Rachel Duczynski Tathra
  • U15 Pointscore Champ Aiden Miles Narooma
  • U17 Pointscore Champ Luella Boulton Tathra
  • U19 Pointscore Champ Scott Senior Broulee Surfers
  • Masters Pointscore Champ Dan Beby Broulee Surfers
  • Best & Fairest Nick Huggins Tathra
  • Competitor of the Year Elli Beecham Narooma 
  • Jack Beale Overall Pointscore 2018-19 Broulee Surfers

Child safety is our priority


"See Something – Say Something"

Our club is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people and want to remind all members where and how to report safeguarding concerns. The more people who are aware of the signs of abuse and what to do if they notice them, the more able our organisation is to provide an environment which protects children and young people. The message is simple – if you see something, say something.

Reporting is easy. You can follow these steps:

1. If the child or young person is in immediate threat of harm or danger call 000.
2. If your report relates to the allegation and/or suspicion of abuse or harm, call the Police
Assistance Line on 13 14 44. They will assist and advise whether they will investigate or not.
3. Regardless of whether the Police will investigate or not, report your concerns to Surf Life Saving
either: Online (visit and click Make a Child Protection Report) or Face-
to-face via the Club Member Protection Officer Ella Foat


Our Club's Annual General Meeting is on Sunday 4th August


Our Club's Annual round of the season's events is on Sunday 4th August at 4 pm in the Club House. 

A huge shout out to all the Club's Executive Committee who kept the club ticking over for the season.  Reports will be available so everyone can see what we've achieved. 

All welcome. Apologies to Secretary Glenn Bywater 0421 209 710

Thank you and see you around !
(from your outgoing Sandgrit Editor)

This will be my last newsletter and was my last season since first moving to Narooma from out West in Bathurst, seven years ago with Pete.  Being part of this organisation made me regret not having the option of doing it is a Nipper.  I initially joined as 51 year old grandmother, to maybe just "help with radios and or fund raising...."

I have had the privilege of working alongside some amazing people whom I may never have  have met, given my age, my working out of town, and not being involved locally with any sport (apart from indoor netballl) and not having Nippers in the club or the school, so feel very lucky to have met you.

It never occurred to me what opportunities I could have been given before I joined, when Brendo was Club Captain  and thinking back, never thought I had it in me, but ended being patrolling member, a patrol captain, the Club's First Aid Officer, Grants Officer. Media and PR Officer, a level 1 official, Nippers Age manager with Jacinta one season and Nipper activity person for a further three seasons.

So if I can do it.. really SLSC can be for anyone who is prepared to give it go.

I am proud of what the club has achieved  and hope I played (a very) small part with some things, In my time as Grants Officer, the club was able to purchase more helmets for the boat crew, an audio system, outdoor furniture, signage and a fabulous rescue equipment facility.

I also had the opportunity to help out with the Moruya Special Nippers Program for four seasons, as well as attend Wambiri for three seasons- initially standing in for Dobbo (I even wore his name badge!) and this  is including the one where we were lucky to be at Pambula SLSC as the actual Wambiri site where all the previous weekends were held in Tathra was burnt by the 2018 Tathra bush fires.

I thank everyone for their support, trust, patience and tolerance, but as a chubby nearly sixty something ,it's time for me to direct my (limited) energies where they are better used.  I am not good at just turning up.. I give 200% to things I believe in.  When I feel I can't give that 200%, it's time to go.

Have a fantastic season in 2019-20 and look forward to catching with as many of you as I can in the course of my daily life. As I volunteer in Marine Rescue, I'm sure I will be working alongside you in a different capacity.

Christmas will be strange out of yellow and red stuff...- I usually spent 4 hours on the beach.every Christmas since moving here.

The wonderful Leanne Constable; (who initially talked me into joining and becoming a patrol member) will be taking back the job as your Sandgrit Editor, so I know that you will be in for some pretty eye-catching and engaging newsletters.

Gilly x



















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