Newsletter – August 2022

Hello Members,

The days are getting a little longer and warmer, there is blossom on many trees marking the beginning of spring!

There is no real ‘off season’ just less time spent on the beach! Season planning across all areas is well underway, and we are looking forward to a full season with some new initiatives.

We had a great night at the Life Saving Victoria Awards of Excellence in early August which showcased the amazing achievements of lifesaving clubs in Victoria and were thrilled to win two awards… details further down.

Information about renewing your membership and program information such as Bronze Medallion and Nippers will be available in the next newsletter and via email to all members.

Edition Highlights:

  • LSV Awards of Excellence
  • Training and Assessment meeting
  • Upcoming LSV Youth Symposium
  • Sport
  • Surf Coast Arts Trail

LSV Awards of Excellence

On Saturday 6 August the Life Saving Victoria Awards of Excellence were held at the Sofitel on Collins Street. It was a terrific evening which showcased the amazing achievements of members from around the state. We had many members attend with the event co-hosted by Sarah Cohen and Ian Cohen…so nice to have friendly faces and a few Fairhaven shout outs!

We had three nominations in a very strong field…

  • Youth Athlete of the Year – Arno D’Andrea
  • Youth Lifesaver of the Year – Penny Donnan
  • Community Education Award – Resilient Communities through Local Engagement

A huge congratulations to our winners Penny Donnan who won Victorian Youth Lifesaver of the Year and the After School Nippers Team who won the Community Education Award – Resilient Communities through Local Engagement.

We are very proud of the incredible efforts and commitment to the club and community. Both Penny and the Community Education Award are the Victorian nominees at the Surf Life Saving Australia Awards of Excellence, held on the Gold Coast on 5 November 2022… Good Luck!

Thanks to Gabby, Issy and Celina for showcasing the Community Education Award on the night!

After School Nippers

Training & Assessment Pre-Season Meeting

The Fairhaven SLSC Training and Assessment team led by Alex Schwarcz, Julia Clarke, Tess Hickey and Oscar Ablinger, are holding a pre-season briefing on Wednesday 7 September from 6:30pm at Life Saving Victoria, Port Melbourne.

The team will be running through the plans for the season including SRC, Bronze/Silver Camp, post-Christmas Bronze Camp/s and IRB crew and drivers’ courses.

If you are interested in becoming involved in training and assessment this season, please register your interest in attending the evening via the Google Form below:

See: Expression of Interest for T&A Preseason Briefing Evening

Everyone is welcome to attend!

LSV Youth Symposium

  • Date: Saturday, 27 August 2022
  • Location: 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne
  • Time: 9:15am – 4:30pm

The 2022 Youth Symposium will bring together youth members from across Victoria for a day of connection, fun, and empowerment through delivery of keynote speakers, leadership development activities and a platform to discuss the big issues facing our youth members.

The day promises to enrich, challenge and facilitate our leaders of tomorrow with valuable leadership and communications skills; keynote speakers from sport, leadership development and our lifesaving role models, being part of a jam-packed program.

Highlights include a presentation from the Resilience Project, an Amazing Race, Q&A with Lifesaving Leaders, plus more.

This event has been designed for members 13-17 years. For those that wish to attend outside of this age, please email [email protected]

*This is a free event for all youth members to attend – food and refreshments provided. If you would like to attend, please register your interest via the link below.

More Information: Circular 064.08.22 – 2022 Youth Symposium (pdf)

Registrations close Tuesday August 23.


There has been a clean up and stocktake of craft over the past few months… thank you to Thomo and Stewart. There will be several skis and boards for sale which we will list in the next newsletter. Members will have first option to purchase.

Upcoming Carnivals

In addition to the Pool Lifesaving Carnivals, LSV are hosting a Winter Surf Series…

  • Saturday, 3 September – Wye River Surf Life Saving Club (entries close 28 August)
  • Saturday, 1 October – Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club (entries close 18 September)

If you are interested in competing at these carnivals please email [email protected].

Calling any interested U19 women surf boat rowers

We are seeking two under 19 women to row in the summer carnival series this season.

Rowing background is good however no experience required. You will need to have a Bronze Medallion or requalify this season to be eligible to compete. Training will be both on the Surf Coast and in Melbourne at Sandridge.

If you are interested please touch base with Dave Thompson on 0415 526 595.

Surf Coast Arts Trail

The club came alive over a winter weekend in August with the sunshining, the kiosk serving coffee and the swell perfect for SUP and skis. Over 200 people popped in to check out the vibe and artwork inspired by our beautiful beach.

The 10th Surf Coast Arts Trail was held on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2022. Monika Freake and Julia Clarke (Freake) showcased their artwork in their debut exhibition.

Kaye Adamson has generously donated over $300 from the sales of Laurie Adamson’s artwork to the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club. Thanks Kaye and Laurie.

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With thanks,

President, Fairhaven SLSC
[email protected]