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_____Surf Life Saving Illawarra - President's News No. 9

Welcome to the latest President's News

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Coming Events

The inaugural Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards of Excellence will be held on Saturday June 28th at a venue to be advised. This night will be a night of recognition for our patrolling life savers, surf sports participants and the dedicated workers who faithfully serve as instructors, coaches, organisers, examiners and officials.

Nominations can be made on forms available from club secretaries or directly from Surf House.

New SLS NSW Life Members

Evan Griffiths (far left) from Helensburgh Stanwell Park stands proud as SLS NSW President Peter Pearce pins a Life Membership badge on Ken Sweeney.

New IRB Hull Development

With a clear focus on reducing injuries resulting from IRBs it is encouraging to see manufacturers assisting with the development of 'soft ride' hull designs. SLSA has concentrated on introducing more responsible driving and crewing of IRBs with an associated change in the format of IRB racing to make it more akin to moderate rescue situations.

Previous Editions of President's News

No.1, No.2, No.3, No.4, No.5, No.6, No.7, No.8

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John Meehan - SLSA Life Membership

It was a proud moment for the Meehan family at the recent Australian Surf Life Saving Championships where John Meehan was presented with Life Membership of Surf Life Saving Australia. John chose to proudly wear his Illawarra shirt in respect of the Illawarra Branch as the place where his service to Surf Life Saving all began. Pictured above is John with very supportive wife Sue and proud sons Chris on the left and Mick on the right.

New Quad Bike Training & Qualification

Steve Gall from the ATV Safety Institute in NSW ran a pilot ATV training course at Kurrawa to help develop future training and qualifications for the use of quad bikes in Surf Life Saving. Those clubs who gained an ATV through the YAMAHA sponsorship were invited to participate and benefit from the full day of training.

Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club Presentation

Brett Dingwall (left) is congratulated by mates Matthew Hiesley, Mick Brennan (Vice President), Rod Latham (member of "A" crew) and Peter Brown (member of Matt's belt team) after being named club person of the year at their recent presentation night, the last to be held in the existing surf pavillion on Marine Drive. The night was a memorable one with Life Members Tony Strang, Bruce Dingwall, Ted Tobin, Warren Hopper, Warren (Wags) Green, Larry Jennett, Don Burrows and Ken Lawrence congratulating achievers and encouraging all members as they move into a new era for the club.

Branch Council

The next meeting of Branch Council will be 7.15pm on Friday the 2nd May, 2003.

Many thanks to Bill Sheridan who often supplies photos for use on our website & in newsletters.


Gerald Davies, President SLSI

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