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Christmas and a Safe New Year to All
behalf on the SLSI Executive and SLSI Management may I wish
you all a very enjoyable and safe Christmas. Thankyou very
much to the patrollers who have volunteered to patrol their
beaches over the Festive Season.
SLSC Redevelopment Opened - 5/12/04
Mayor Alex Darling and Mayoress Michelle officially the opened
the redevelopment of Windang SLSC. President Bill Young in
his address gave great credit to the hard work of members
in achieving this new facility.
Styan, Shaun Claypole, Nicholas Digenni & Andrew Bakarich
- some of the young "characters" from Windang SLSC
pose for a picture.
Lifesavers Safely Rescue Santa - 18/12/04
Life Savers from Illawarra Clubs escorted Santa onto Stage
at the recent Illawarra Mercury, Blue Scope Steel & McDonald's
Christmas Carol Spectacular at WIN Stadium. Mrs Claus commended
Surf Life Savers in the Illawarra for the excellent job they
do in preventing loss of life to beach goers and promoting
Surf Life Saving in the Community.
Christmas Spectacular Rookies on the hill at WIN Stadium and
ready for action.
Christmas we encourage every one to experience the fun of
the beach and have a great time but also to be aware of the
dangers. Surf Life Saving Illawarra urges you to SWIM
BETWEEN THE FLAGS and obey the rules and help our
lifesavers and lifeguards, because if you do the life you
save could be yours. There are some very basic rules that
we ask you to be familiar with and a simple way to remember
them is F.L.A.G.S.
the flags and swim between them. - The flags represent
the area patrolled by the lifesavers and lifeguards. They
mark the safest place to swim at the beach.
at the safety signs. - The safety signs help you identify
potential dangers and daily conditions at the beach; these
are located at the beach access points and at the flagged
area. Please read them carefully before entering the water.
a lifesaver or lifeguard for some good advice. - Surf
conditions can change quickly /water depth, currents, wave
size and type. Talk to the lifesavers and lifeguards before
entering the water and please dont ignore their advice.
a friend to swim with you. - Always
swim with a friend so you can look out for each others safety
and can get help if needed. Children should always be supervised
by an adult.
your hand up for help. - If
you get into trouble in the water, stay calm, raise your arm
and signal for help. Float and wait for assistance. Float
with the current or rip, dont try to swim against it.
at unpatrolled beaches
under the influence of drugs or alcohol
and dive into the water
directly after a meal .
Junior Life Savers of the Year
had the great pleasure of announcing that Georgia Chapman
of Thirroul SLSC and Ben Styan of Windang SLSC have been selected
as the McDonald's Illawarra Junior Lifesavers of the
clubs in the Illawarra were invited to nominate members of
their clubs in the under 14 age category for this prestigious
award and the selection and judging committee Surf Life Saving
Illawarra received some outstanding applications. Eight extremely
high quality candidates were eventually interviewed and it
is very satisfying interviewing such talented young lifesavers,
hearing their ideas and appreciating how dedicated these young
criteria used to determine the Junior Life Saver of the Year
ranges from their contribution to Lifesaving , demonstration
of leadership by instructing or assisting younger members
of their clubs, encouragement of new members, contribution
to their club, awards received in Surf Life Saving, promotion
of Surf Life Saving in the community, attendance at club activities,
community involvement outside lifesaving , community awards
obtained and sporting achievements in Surf Life Saving and
other sports .
and Ben will be presented with a trophy and jacket at the
BlueScope Steel Awards of excellence and will be involved
in a range of activities within the community. Georgia and
Ben will now represent the Illawarra at the New South Wales
Junior Lifesaver of the Year Awards which will be held at
the NSW Junior State Championships at Umina - Ocean Beach
in February 2005.
of the 11 Branchs of Surf Life Saving send two candidates
and I am sure that Georgia and Ben will ably represent Illawarra
and I am looking forward to a good result from these two.
have both been obtaining Surf Life Saving qualifications and
awards since starting as under 8 year olds with Georgia obtaining
her Surf Rescue Certificate last season and Ben this season
a 2005 year 9 student at St Marys Star of the Sea College
in Wollongong , is a veteran of representing Illawarra as
she has been a member of the SLSI Interbranch Team for the
past four years since starting to represent as an under 11
and has also been a member of the Illawarra Netball Representative
Squad for three years in the under 13, under 14 and now the
under 15 age category. Georgia was first in her year at St
Marys in PDHPE, 3rd in Science and in the top 5% for
English and Maths and received a Sporting Achievement Award
for representing her school in Basketball and Netball .
a 2005 year 8 student at Lake Illawarra High School ,is a
member of the Windang Pelicans Rugby League Football Club
since the under 8s and has been a grand finalist four times
with success on two occasions and has been captain for four
years , best and fairest three years in a row, represented
in regional teams in Rugby League and swimming , Member of
Student Representative council at school, competed in the
Music and Arts Talent School , performed as a singer on the
recently produced CD called Eruption released
by Lake Illawarra High School and has vocal coaching with
local teacher Jason Stephenson.
and Ben are congratulated by Kaye Norris.
Some members of the public sometimes only see nippers as a
sporting activity but when you see the skills that young lifesavers
such as Georgia and Ben have been taught , the years of surf
safety and lifesaving training really start to show through
and prove that our education programmes are working.
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