Newsletter – February 2022

Hello Members,

I hope everyone is well. February came and went!

The main season concluded at end of January. While we are outside of peak season, we have still been enjoying some hot weather, and many people continuing to enjoy the beach at Fairhaven.

Conditions this year have been challenging and are continuing to be challenging along the whole stretch of beach. Our patrol teams together with the jet skis will continue to patrol the beach to Anzac Day, Monday 25 April 2022.

The below table show the patrol statistics from 27 November 2021 to 28 February 2022.

Patrol statistics from 27 November 2021 to 28 February 2022

In this edition we highlight, the Under 15 program, a visit from Catherine Greaves, LSV CEO, Junior Victorian Championships and the Summer Bronze Squad.

The Senior Victorian Championships are this weekend (11-13 March) at the Warrnambool SLSC. Good luck to our small team – Fairhaven Hot Catch (Women’s Surf Boat), Arno D’Andrea (U17 beach) and Maddie Marshall (U14 water), and thank you to volunteer Officials Cutch, Darce and Thommo.

There is also a small team heading to the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast in early April.

Master’s competitors

  • Fairhaven Hot Catch (Tracey Holding, Mardi Spittle, Karen Costa, Sam Trask, Dave Thompson) – 220 years Women’s Surf Boat
  • Mardi Spittle – 50-54 years Women’s Ocean Swim
  • Owen Richards – 45-49 years Men’s Beach Sprint and Flags
  • Malcom Freake – 70-74 years Men’s Beach 1km Run, Sprint and Flags

Senior competitor

  • Arno D’Andrea – U17 Beach Sprint and Beach Flags

Entries for the Aussies close 20 March, so if you are interested in competing – Youth (U13 to U15), Senior U17 and above or Master’s please be on contact.

Under 15 Program

The Under 15 program has been designed to provide our 14 year old members with a program to keep them involved in club activities. There is a gap year between doing the Surf Rescue Certificate at 13 years and Bronze Medallion at 15 years. The program is about engaging the U15’s to build their teamwork and leadership abilities and push them forwards to complete their Bronze Medallion next year!

The 10 days, coordinated by Mark Scotland and Paul Mapley delivered a fantastic program with a packed schedule…daily water safety for the Nipper program, assisting in the clubs annual door knock, mentor sessions by club legends, competition training sessions and a range of other fun activities.

It’s great to see these kids enjoying themselves, helping the younger kids and having fun! Thanks to Paul and Mark!

Feedback from the U15’s and their parents…

‘A BIG thank you to Paul and Mark for pulling together such an awesome program for our U15’s. A highlight of the Summer!’ …Anna

‘Thank you so much Pail and Mark for organising the program. I had so much fun and I really enjoyed helping the Nippers out.’ …India

‘Thank you so much Paul and Mark for coordinating the program. I have had so much fun doing water safety, catching up with friends and all the activities.’ …Millie

‘Thanks Paul and Mark for running the program! I had so much fun with all the activities and helping the Nippers program.’ …Hugo

‘Thanks Paul and Mark for a great week. I had heaps of fun with all the activities and it was a good opportunity to catch up with mates.’ …Charlie

‘Thanks so much Dad and Mark for everything over the past week. I really enjoyed all the activities, the opportunity of water safety and getting t catch up with everyone!’ …Siena

‘Thanks Mark and Paul – great year and great leadership. Always a pleasure watching our young people pitch in.’ …Emily

Visit from Catherine Greaves, LSV CEO

LSV’s new CEO Catherine Greaves has been visiting clubs and popped into Fairhaven to say hello and have a look around our club. Thanks to the committee members, Mel, Tanya, Laura, Jacqui, Gabby, Alex, Nipper Club Captain Bridget Sherry and patrol team who came down to chat, there were many great discussions. A special thanks to Nippers Remy, Louie and Steph for always supporting their Mum’s!

Junior Victorian Championships

The Junior Victorian Championships were held in Lorne 25 to 27 February. After massive changes to the program due to weather conditions, we had 54 kids compete across age groups U9 to U13 in all beach and water events.

Congratulation to all Nippers, it was awesome to see so many smiling faces, personal achievements, and some fantastic results across all age groups. A big thanks to all the parents who volunteered in LSV roles (Water Safety and Officials), in Age Manager and logistics roles and for encouraging and cheering on the Nippers.

Our sincere thanks to Mel and Tanya for all their hard work in the background, it really does take a team of dedicated volunteers to run the Nippers and Junior competition programs.

Summer Bronze

The post-Christmas bronze course saw three Nipper parents gain their bronze medallion. One for the first time, one second time round and one back for a third time.

With the small group, they smashed through the course covering a range of topics from first aid, CPR, radios, beach/water awareness, patrols and of course rescues.

The enthusiasm hasn’t dampened, with all three interested in going on to train in the IRB. Two were so enthusiastic they had a rundown of the IRB on their first patrol and even headed out in the boat.

Although there is a time commitment to attending these courses, they are fun and a great way to learn skills you can use in and out of a club setting. If your kids are in Nippers or you spend time on the beach, consider gaining the bronze medallion.

Congratulations to Nick, Lauren and Jo for joining the water safety team, helping our kids to have fun and stay safe in the water, and thanks to Julia Clarke for guiding this group through the course.

‘I had been thinking about doing the Bronze course for such a long time. This summer I took the plunge and finally did it. I am so glad I did, and I would encourage any other Nipper parents who have been thinking about doing their Bronze to give it a go.’ …Jo

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With thanks,

Nancy Joseph
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