Soldiers Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Beach Chat – Oct 17

October has been another busy month on the beach.

Our nipper season has kicked off & it is always great to hear the sound of our Nippers on the sand having fun. Of course, none of our nipper activities can take place without the planning & organisation that goes along with it. The lead up to the opening of the nipper season has been a busy time for your Junior Activities Coordinator Jodie Freeman. Jodie has worked tirelessly over the “off season” to develop & implement the nipper program for our young lifesavers. A big thanks to our Junior coordinator. By the way there is always room for anyone who is able to help with the nipper program to ensure the development of our juniors. If you can help out please let Jodie know. It will be appreciated.

The first of our nipper parent training sessions has been completed & our next crop of age managers have had their assessments submitted. Another thanks to all those who attended our training session on October 8 & a big thanks to Coogee SLSC’s Doug Hawkins for travelling up from Coogee to help us out with our training.

Our trainers have been busy as well with our new batch of water Safety trainees. Gary & Dennis have put another group through their paces & we now have more numbers on the beach which enables your kids to participate & maintains our safety ratios for water activities. A big thank you also to those who answered the call & got out of their comfort zone for the kids. We will be running another SRC course later in the season so get swimming now & be ready when it starts. Remember water safety get a free sausage. Worth it for the entry!!

The carnival season is upon us & the first of our junior carnivals has been held at Umina on Sunday 5th Nov. A small but hardy crew braved cold & windy conditions to fly the flag for Soldiers competing in flags, sprints, swim & board events across our age groups. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for results & photos.

Sat Nov 3 was the first round of the Streets Boat Series at Terrigal. This season Soldiers “Boaties” numbers have swelled to include 2 master’s crews, 1 reserve crew & most exciting of all an u/19s girls crew. This is the first time in many years that Soldiers has fielded multiple crews in this competition especially women’s crews. The first carnival hit out was a very successful one with our masters A crew “the nine volters” bringing home a credible 3rd in the final of the round robin competition just edging out the masters B team from the final.

Our reserves crew was unlucky not to make a final but the standouts for the carnival were our U/19 girls “blonde ambition” who acquitted themselves admirably rowing the green & white into 2 third places & a fourth in the 3-round competition. Not bad for their very first competitive row! Hats off to our 2 sweeps Greg & Mick & all our crews. The next round is at Swansea & all looks good for a few more notable performances. This series sees our Soldiers crews travel the east coast from ocean beach in the south to Hawkes Nest in the north with the final round of the series held at Soldiers on March 17. Put that date in your diary & stay tuned.

The Toowoon bay masters was another successful outing for the Soldiers team. Sprint, Flags, relay & 2km run were all contested on the sand with the women’s & men’s teams acquitting themselves very well against some stiff competition. While in the water team & individual swims went to the Soldiers team along with ski, ski relay, board & Taplin events. Soldiers was represented in the Beach only carnival by Mia Middleton. Stay tuned for results.

As mentioned in our last newsletter our Coolangatta Gold competitors acquitted themselves admirably. Dennis Ricketts & Craig Ray both completed what is known as surf lifesavings’ toughest event with 5hr 30min & 5hr 55min respectively. Well done fellas.

We have several 17’s involved in the branch youth development program and a couple of our 19’s facilitating the branch 13 & 14 youth development program. Congratulations to these members getting involved & giving back to surf lifesaving & thank you for representing your club in a role that supports & encourages our younger members & helps to develop surf lifesaving into the future. Great work Soldiers.

November is the inaugural nipper inclusion program at soldiers Beach. This program is to be run over a three-week period in November for special needs children & is in response to community need across the branch. Initially this program was trialled in at Avoca Surf Club & has been nominated for a Surf lifesaving Australia national award for program of the year. Soldiers will implement this program in the northern end of the coast in November. A big thankyou to those members who have volunteered to facilitate this program. Stay tuned for updates.

A big thanks to all our sponsors. Remember to support them where you can as their support is vital for our club. Remember to stay up to date with all the latest on our Facebook page & our website & most of all get involved. It’s your club be a part of it.


See you all on the beach. GO SOLDIERS!