Newsletter – February 5, 2020

Dear Members,

After a glorious and very active summer – many members have headed back to school and work – and in many cases – away from the beautiful Haven.

Despite that, club life continues at pace and the following items are a snapshot of what has been happening.


Patrols have continued to be well attended and we are very keen for that to continue right through until Easter. It is important that we fulfil our obligations every weekend with regard to patrol numbers and qualifications so please liase with your Patrol Captain if you need to substitute.

Many thanks to our active members who patrol each week. It remains the core focus of our club and we don’t function without you!

  • 8-9 February – Patrol 7
  • 15-16 February – Patrol 1
  • 22-23 February – Patrol 2
  • 29 Feb-1 March – Patrol 4

Sports Report

Youth/Senior Carnivals

Lots has been happening with sport at Fairhaven over the past 2 months.

There has been 4 youth/senior carnivals (Ocean Grove, Altona, Anglesea and Mordialloc) and our team has been having success and fun.

Particular mention goes out to Mia Hamley who has been super fast on the sand to pick up multiple U19 and open beach flag pennants, and U19 sprint pennants. Gabe, John, Aidan, Olivia and Owen have had some great results and top 3 finishes in multiple events.

We look forward to being joined by U14s in the near future. Fortunately, LSV are going to explore extending the grace period for awards for a week or so into the new year, which would allow the U14s to compete at the Anglesea carnival on the first weekend in January.

Mia Hamley


Two masters surf boat teams have been training regularly and competing. They are looking forward to Masters Championships at Lorne next week and ASRL at Mollymook the following week.

Our thoughts are with sweep/coach David Thompson who is out with a fractured collar bone – we wish you a speedy recovery! Training will continue until Aussies in April at Broadbeach, QLD.

Pool Lifesaving

The Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships were held in Perth 8-10 January.

Gabe and John Cornwell competed for Victoria in the U16 state team, and Charlie Cornwell competed for the Victorian Development Team, U14 and U16. They achieved PBs in every swim event, including a bronze for Charlie in the Manikin Tow. Both Charlie and John won bronze in line throw. John won silver in U16 CPR competition with a score of 99.8, and their U16 team won gold.

Victoria won the CPR convincingly for the third year running, and finished third overall for the championships.

Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships

Youth Pathway Cup

Gabe Cornwell has just returned from Alexandra Headlands and Mooloolaba after competing for Victoria in the Youth Pathway Cup, the Murphy Builders Carnival, then a friendly carnival between the state teams.

The 20 competitors in the youth team were from a wide variety of Victorian clubs, and benefited much from competing with their peers from interstate.

Club Championships

Our club championships were held on Australia Day. About 20 competitors participated in big conditions.

We are looking to hold the club championships within the main two week nipper season next year to increase participation, and allow a proper youth championship to be held.

Coming up

This weekend’s carnival is at Seaspray.

The following weekend is Masters State Championships at Lorne on Saturday Feb 8. Masters will see two surf boat crews and 6-8 individual competitors battle it out in the age groups for ocean and beach events.

Good luck to all competing.

Following this are carnivals at Lorne on Feb 9, then State Championships also at Lorne on 21-22 March.

Chloe Hardman
VP Sport


Our local Nipper program has kicked off again for 2020 – every Thursday afternoon at 4pm for the remainder of Term 1. It is an excellent program with about 25 kids in attendance each week. Many thanks to Julia Clarke, Stewart Jacques and Mark Riddell for their efforts in this area.

Elsewhere within our Nippers program, focus has turned to Carnivals and competition. Training is ongoing and Fairhaven will be represented by a team at the following carnivals.

  • Jan Juc – Sat 15 Feb
  • Point Leo – Sunday 23rd Feb
  • State Championships – Warrnambool – 7-9 March

Tim Gates Fun Run

A most successful day for the club in every possible way is the best way to describe Gates Fun Run day. With a record number of competitors (almost 800), great conditions and an enthusiastic vibe – the event continues to improve year on year.

At least $20,000 was raised for the benefit of the Tim Gates Foundation – money which is invested directly back into furthering the lifesaving development of many of our members.

Huge thanks to Alan Martin, Gab McKeown, Bern Flanagan, Louise Creati, Angie Perry, Alex Buckley, Paul Shannon, Dave Maher, Lynelle Diamond, Jane Gates, Sam Horgan, Stew Miles, Gareth Clarke, Ned Douglas and many others for helping to create such a great day for the club and a fitting tribute to Tim.

Big thanks also to our major sponsor, Marty Maher and Great Ocean Properties for their ongoing support of the event.

The event also receives generous support from local traders listed below – we know that our members support these businesses well throughout the year!

  • A La Grecque
  • Aireys Inlet General Store
  • Aireys Inlet Holiday Park
  • Aireys Inlet Pharmacy
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Great Escape Books
  • Aireys Inlet Fish & Chips
  • Aireys Pub
  • Ashburton Physiotherapy
  • Coastal & Country Gifts
  • Eagles Nest Gallery
  • Great Ocean Retreats
  • Great Ocean Road Gin Bar
  • Great Ocean Road Mini Golf
  • Kiss me Too
  • Lighthouse View
  • Lighthouse View Video
  • Little Feast
  • Otways Indigenous Nursery
  • Running Company Geelong
  • Skinny Leg’s Café & Deli
  • The Captain of Aireys
  • Truffles Café & Deli

Tim Gates Classic 2020

Water Fountain

Many of our members and beachgoers will have already enjoyed the benefit of the newly installed water fountain at the top of the beach access stairs. Similarly, many of you may not be aware of the background behind the water fountain.

Below are some lovely words from Roger and Sue Fox, parents of Nathan Fox.

The club is honoured and grateful to have been able to work with the Fox family on this project which is a great community benefit.

Nathan Fox was a local boy who attended Aireys Inlet Primary School, participated in Nippers and worked locally while studying at The Gordon and Deakin University. He could often be seen training for his marathon runs along Fairhaven / Aireys Inlet beach and on the surrounding bush tracks and he had often commented that there was a need for a drinking fountain at the Life Saving Club.

Unfortunately, in August 2018 Nathan unexpectedly died from an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 25.

It seemed fitting that the Club would agree to receive a fountain on behalf of Nathan Fox who was a remarkable young man, as an expression of thanks to the community he grew up in.

So please take a sip from, fill your water bottles and let your dog drink from Nathan’s Fountain.

Roger and Sue

Nathan Fox
Nathan Fox

Country Fire Authority – Bushfire Planning Workshop

As a follow up to the very well attended Bushfire Planning Workshop, please see attachments below of CFA Educational material which contains very helpful and relevant information.

The club continues to liase with CFA and Local Authorities with the aim of raising awareness of our members as well as improving our facilities and surrounds to be bushfire ready.


Cadel Evans Road Race

Cadel Evans Road Race

Our club and its facilities and the beautiful Haven beach were showcased last week with the club hosting a dinner for over 150 people as part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

The dinner was to welcome the Elite Women riders to the Surf Coast. Thanks to Dave and Pia and staff for putting on such a great night for the many international and interstate visitors.

Cadel Evans Road Race
Cadel Evans Road Race

Cadel Evans Road Race

Article from The Age – December 27 2019

Many of our members may have missed this article as they were already immersed in Nippers or too busy relaxing to grab a copy of The Age at that time of year.

For those who did miss it, please enjoy reading this article about club and local legend Howard Hughes.

Go to: The Age – The Coast Diaries

Thanks again to all our members for their ongoing efforts, hard work and support of our great club.

We look forward to seeing you at the beach again soon.

Best wishes,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC

Nippers Fairhaven team State Titles 1989
Nippers Fairhaven Team State Titles 1989