Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards Club of the Year - BULLI SLSC 

What a great night at the Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards of Excellence last Saturday night (23 June) at the Novotel North Beach.

25+ members celebrated BULLI SLSC being announced 'Illawarra Surf Life Saving Club of the Year'

Club President Keith Caldwell said, "Another great night for our club & its members. The Club of the Year award is for every single member from age 5 to 92 old, they all deserve this recognition & i am so pleased to see the reward for their commitment & passion towards building this club to what it is, a family friendly environment engaging in all aspects of a surf club administration, lifesaving, member development & education, surf sports & junior activities. One area i am proud of is our community engagement/involvement. We have some really outstanding members, this club is a big part of my life & family & which i am proud to be President."

Others awards on the night to our members included;

Surf Sports Club of the Year

Volunteer of the Year Keith Caldwell

Trainer of the Year Scott Gordon

Facilitator of the Year Jamie Caldwell

Surf Sports Team of the Year George Bass Surf Boat Marathon Crew

Junior Athlete of the Year Lucas Ottaway

Coach of the Year Scott Jones & Jake Hogarth

Highly Commended Young Athlete of the Year Zara Sharman


2018 Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards of Excellence - Club Nominations 

The 2018 Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards of Excellence will be on Saturday 23 June Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.

The Awards of Excellence recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements contributions and accomplishments of members and clubs in all aspects of Surf Life Saving for the 2017 2018 season.

Its also 100 Years celebration of the formation of the Illawarra Branch.

Ticket prices are:
Adults $85.00
Children 13-17 years $45.00
Children 0-12 years $35.00
6.30pm for a 7pm start
Dress Code is evening attire no jeans please

RSVP Tuesday 19 June. You can purchase your ticket by visiting

Once you have purchased your ticket if you could also send a message to to advise our club of your attendance.

Congratulations to the following members who are our club nominations this year;

Club of the Year

Ted Marshall Life Saver of the Year Markus Meier-Lindner

Volunteer of the Year Keith Caldwell

Patrol Captain of the Year Scott Gordon

Junior Activities Volunteer of the Year Carmen van Duin

Trainer of the Year Scott Gordon

Facilitator of the Year Jamie Caldwell

Surf Sports Team of the Year George Bass Surf Boat Marathon Crew

Junior Athlete of the Year Lucas Ottaway

Young Athlete of the Year Zara Sharman

Coach of the Year Scott Jones & Jake Hogarth

Surf Sports Club of the Year

Patrolling Club of the Year

It has always been a great night and we try and get 2 tables of club members attending to support our nominees, plus those from other clubs.



Club Awards Dinner - 2 June Bulli Workers Club

Saturday 2 June saw our annual Awards Dinner at Bulli Workers Club.

A good rollup of members, guests & sponsors enjoyed a very socialble night acknowledging our members achievements in all areas of our surf club. DVD's were shown highlighting the season that just passed.

NO LIVES LOST whilst our surf club members patrol Bulli Beach in 105 Years - what a great achievement!

Our award winners on the night included;

‘Owen Mercer Memorial Patrol Team Efficiency Award’

Patrol 5 Garry Arnold Jason Colquhoun Glen Meznaric Shelby Cresswell Joel Meznaric Holly Colquhoun Isabella Dark Callum Sweeny Euan Colquhoun (all Bronze) & Ciaran Flynn Aiden Colquhoun Corban Brown Kyan Windeyer (all SRC)

100% Patrol attendance & patrol commitment   

25 members were acknowledged for their 100% patrol attendance & patrol commitment

Education Awards

Close to 70 members received lifesaving/education awards during the season 

Rookie Patrol Member of the Year (Male & Female)

Euan Colquhoun & Bronte Sweeny

Patrol Member of the Year (Male & Female)

Glen Meznaric & Jason Colquhoun (dual winners)

Eden Taylor

Russ Jones Trophy (Best performed boat crew):

Open Men & U23 Men Boat Crews Shane Geloven, Heath Mercer, Dean Roberts, Dan Porra, Ben Lowe, Fraser Worthington & Barry Lowe Albert Smeaton Iszak Lunney Kyle Mercer & Lachlan O’Grady

President’s Award:

Scott Gordon & Markus Meier-Lindner

‘Ken Baker’ Surf Sports Athlete of the Year

 Zara Sharman

Dave Fletcher Memorial ‘Quiet Achievers’ Trophy

Simon Jones

Bulli Workers Club Trophy:

Shane Geloven  & Jamie Thorpe (dual winners)

U16 ‘Jack Horne Memorial’ Club Person of the Year

Callum Sweeny

U19 ‘Fred Dunn Memorial’ Club Person of the Year

Zara Sharman

John Bruton Memorial’ Club Person of the Year:

Keith Caldwell 


2018 Aussie Championships @ Western Australia - results  

Here is a wash up of our results at the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships @ Scarborough Beach Western Australia.

WOW 4 seasons of weather over the week long event, weather & surf forecast of swell increasing, weather conditions including heavy rain, increasing strong winds, lightning/thunder on Sunday....the right decision was made & all events were brought forward to complete on the Saturday. The Australian Surf Life Saving Championship Competition Committee has confirmed that the finals package for the event will be conducted on Saturday 21 April 2018 in light of poor weather conditions forecast for Sunday 22 April.

We thank the athletes, team managers, Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club, City of Stirling, Police and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for their input, feedback and support of this decision.

First up we had 5 youth athletes race at the 2018 SLSA Youth Championships at Scarborough Beach WA. All you can ask is to have a go, race hard, respect all & be proud to represent BULLI SLSC. Well Holly Holmesby, Coen Taylor, Max Ottaway, Jeremy Woodford & Lucas Ottaway did what was asked in bucket loads.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Australian finalist;

# Lucas Ottaway 9th U14 ironperson

# Lucas Ottaway 12th U14 swim

# Jeremy Woodford 16th U14 swim

# Holly Holmesby 13th U14 ironperson

# Holly Holmesby 7th U14 swim

#U15 Male Cameron Relay (11th)...Jeremy Woodford, Max Ottaway, Coen Taylor & Lucas Ottaway

Thankyou to our parents who supported our youth athletes over the past 2 days of competition at Aussies. Thankyou to Penny Ottaway, Sean Taylor & Karen Holmesby acting as team managers plus these 3 along with Paul Ottaway as iron person handlers...great couple of days๐ŸŠ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ•๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒž...extra support from Karen's mum & dad plus Leanne Taylor๐Ÿ‘


Now over to our boats where we had the Open & U23 Men racing. The wash up from the Open Men's boat what a cluster....2 false starts then malfunction & sounding of starting machine (whilst crews rowing through gate cans it goes off) led to a long time of frustration on the beach for spectators & crews. The guys rowed great looking likely for a 2nd place...but the swell gods had other ideas, bang crash & ultimate spectacular roll causing damage to the boat, battery lost & most importantly the safety & wellfare to our crew. Dean Roberts did suffer an injury (couple of cracked ribs)....Dean is in good spirits๐Ÿ‘Not the best way to finish Aussies, but as someone said...'shit happens'! For the record Bateman's Bay SLSC looked great all weekend along with our guys & deserved their win in the Open Men's final. 

Officially our Open Men DNF๐Ÿค”

We had a little chat with the Boat Referee๐Ÿ‘บto offer our disappointment on 2 false starts & other little after incidents.

Congratulations to all the crews in the Open Boat took a long time.

The club is proud of the boys as always. Big effort guys Shane Geloven (sweep), Dean Roberts, Heath Mercer, Ben Lowe & Fraser Worthington.

Our U23 guys raced well all weeeknd & a bit of luck deserted them in the final, off the beach last, rowed their guts out to get back into the race, but the early effort took its toll, claiming 6th in the final. Well done boys Barry Lowe (sweep), Albert Smeaton, Iszak Lunney, Kyle Mercer & Lachlan O'Grady.

Big thank you to John Allan @ TOLL GROUP, Matthew Murrell @ MURRELLS FREIGHT LINES & PACIFIC NATIONAL for assisting us with the transportation of craft/boats over to WA, it was great apreciated!!   

Big thank you to our surf/craft coaches Scott Jones & Jake Hogarth for your efforts through out the season & all of our boat sweeps that assisted during the season. 



PS Special mention to Kaimana Fittock, a patrolling member of the club & raced up until the NSW Championships with Bulli SLSC. Kai decided to race for Wanda SLSC at Aussies after we didn't have any other older aged athletes going over to WA (due to national swimming & other commitments) & she really wanted to do team events. What a carnival she had claiming 2 individual & 3 team medals in the U17 & U19 age category. Congratulations Kaimana, well done for your hard training during the season.

2019 & 2020 Aussie Championships back on the Gold Coast 

‘The Aussies’ is the largest surf sports event of its kind and includes over 7,000 athletes from 311 clubs around the nation competing in more than 400 beach and ocean events. The announcement follows the successful Championships held at Scarborough beach in Western Australia, which concluded today.

Next year’s Masters and Open competitions will be held at Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club from 1 to 7 April 2019 and the Youth competition will be held at North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club on 30 and 31 March 2019.

Graham Ford AM, President, Surf Life Saving Australia said “the Gold Coast is a world-class location for surf sports and the region’s recent experience hosting the Commonwealth Games means it is an opportune time to return to Queensland.

“Millions of dollars have been spent in the region on public infrastructure and beach facilities, making it an ideal location for the country’s biggest and most prestigious surf sports event.”

Surf sports athletes and coaches including Darren Mercer, Trevor Hendy, Grant Kenny, Jimmy Walker, Peter Spence, Bert Hunt, Kristy Ellis, Harriet Brown, Courtney Hancock, Ali Day and Shannon Eckstein have all thrown their support behind the return and will continue to work in close consultation with SLSA.

According to Ironman Legend Shannon Eckstein, “the Gold Coast has seen some of the sport’s most iconic moments and, as someone who competes on these beaches, I’m really pleased the Aussies has come home. All of the country’s best athletes love competing here.

“The next 12 months will see preparation from competitors, the organising committee and SLSA to deliver this world class event and I am excited to be a part of it through the athlete panel.”

Aussies boost for Gold Coast communities

More than 7,000 competitors are expected to travel to the Gold Coast to attend the Championships next year in April.

City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate said “It’s wonderful news that The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships are returning to the Gold Coast. This news confirms again that we are way ahead as the home

of events, with more than 7,000 competitors visiting for the Championships. Of course, it makes sense as surf lifesaving is quintessential Gold Coast.”

For Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club this will be the first time in the club’s 82-year history that it has hosted The Aussies – despite the Championships being held on neighbouring beaches many times in the past.

Wayne McLennan, President, Broadbeach SLSC said “Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club could not be prouder to host The Aussies next year. This means a lot for our club and for the local community. The Aussies is a great way to bring more people into the area and showcase everything the Gold Coast has to offer.”

Mr McLennan said “some of the world’s best male and female surf sports athletes have had their competitive start on this beach and we’re delighted to host the next crop of Australian champions.”

The Youth Championships will be hosted by North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club, which has long developed some of the country’s best young surf sports athletes – and includes Coolangatta Gold, Elite Series, Branch, State & Australian champions within its ranks.

For more information on the upcoming 2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships visit: