State Awards of Excellence nominations

After winning their respective category's at the SLSI Awards of Excellence, the following award winners mentioned below progress to the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence which will be held Saturday 5 August at The Hilton Hotel Sydney.

Club of the Year BULLI SLSC

Coach of the Year Glenn Sweeny

Education Trainer of the Year Jamie Caldwell

Surf Sports Team of the Year Open Men’s Boat Crew

Administrator of the Year Greg Miller

If any member would like to attend this awards night please contact Club President Keith Caldwell  


BULLI SLSC wins Club of the Year for Illawarra

What a night at the 2016-2017 Surf Life Saving Illawarra Awards of Excellence Night held at Headlands Hotel Austinmer.

Our club was named Illawarra Surf Life Saving Club of the Year.

A great achievement by our members in everything they commit to. This season was particular challenging as we had no access to our surf club, before the start of the season construction work on the renovation and extension of the club house had commenced. As a consequence the club had to operate in a much improvised environment for the entire season of over 7 months. Our lifesaving operations worked out of 2 x 20ft containers housing all of our lifesaving equipment, a site shed was our patrol room with no line of sight to the beach. Our Nippers activities operated out of 2 tents, 2 trailers full of craft & equipment for the season.

Club President Keith Caldwell said, “What a great honour for our club to be named Club of the Year. Our hard-working members need to be congratulated on their efforts this past season. As I have said before we have some extraordinary people doing extraordinary things and this is a great acknowledgement for the challenging season. We maintained our no lives lost whilst our members are on patrol 104 years strong and great performances were achieved in surf sports, education, administration, nipper activities, which were acknowledged at the awards of excellence night.”

During the nights festivities the club also picked up Surf Sports Club of the Year and placed equal 2nd in Patrolling Club of the Year. 3 members received High Commendations and 6 members won their various categories.

Congratulations to everybody that was nominated by the club, you are all champions in your own right!


Greg Miller – Administrator of the Year

  • ·         Introduced new accounting system; electronic dual approval internet banking
  • ·         Successful in gaining over $100K in funding towards the surf club
  • ·         Helped introduce a new 2016-2020 Strategic & new 2017-2018 Business Plan

Sean Taylor – Administrator of the Year

  • ·         Has been Age Manager for this group right through from U8’s through U14’s
  • ·         Assisted in developing a SRC program during Sunday morning nipper activities
  • ·         Age Manager at Sydney Water, Branch & State Championships

Jamie Caldwell – Education Trainer of the Year

  • ·         Director of Education (Club Chief Training Officer)
  • ·         Achieved KPI for club education needs = lifesaving requirements
  • ·         Trainer/Facilitator/Assessor qualifications

Glenn Sweeny – Coach of the Year

  • ·         Kids coached by Glenn won 5 SLSNSW Age Championship medals
  • ·         9 Kids placed Top 3 in their age category at strong Sydney Water Surf Series overall point-score
  • ·         Bulli Junior Activities Section win 2017 SLSI Branch Championships point-score under Glenn’s guidance

Bulli Open Men’s Boat Crew – Surf Sports Team of trhe Year

(Shane Geloven, Dean Roberts, Heath Mercer, Ben Lowe & Fraser Worthington)

  • ·         1st SLSNSW Open Boat Championships
  • ·         1st Ocean Thunder Boat Series
  • ·         SLSNSW Open Boat Reps at ASRL Championships

Holly Holmesby – Junior Athlete of the Year

  • ·         Australian Pool Rescue Championships set of medals GOLD SILVER BRONZE won
  • ·         NSW Pool Rescue Championships 6 medals collected including 3 Gold 1 Silver 2 Bronze
  • ·         2nd U13 Female Water at Sydney Water Surf Series

High Commendation Lucas Ottaway – Junior Athlete of the Year  

  • ·         NSW Championships 3rd U13 Male Surf Race
  • ·         NSW Championships member of Cameron Relay Team that placed 2nd
  • ·         1st U13 Male Water Champion Sydney Water Surf Series

High Commendation Kaimana Fittock – Young Athlete of the Year  

  • ·         3rd at 2017 SLSA Championships – U15 Female Iron-person
  • ·         SLS New South Wales Championships (surf/pool rescue) 1 Gold 2 Silver & 3 Bronze medals
  • ·         SLS Australian Championships (surf/pool rescue) 3 Bronze medals

High Commendation Max Vercoe – Young Life Saver of the Year

  • ·         46 hrs Patrol Duty
  • ·         Involved in Rescue nominated for SLSI Rescue of Month
  • ·         Performed his patrol duties in a very professional manner & is seen as a future patrol captain  

SLSI Awards of Excellence - 17 nominations

Surf Life Saving Illawarra recognises outstanding achievements and contributions in all aspects of Surf Life Saving. The awards night will celebrate the accomplishments of members and clubs from the 2016/2017 season. This year's SLS Illawarra Awards of Excellence function will be held on Saturday 17 June 2017 at Headlands Hotel, Austinmer commencing at 630pm,

Congratulations to the following members below who have been selected by our BULLI SLSC Board of Directors and Management Committee to represent us as nominees on this night:

Ted Marshall Memorial Surf Lifesaver of the Year: Markus Meier-Lindner
Volunteer of the Year: Jamie Thorpe
Junior Activity Volunteer of the Year: Patrick Crittenden
Administrator of the Year: Greg Miller
Age Manager of the Year: Sean Taylor
Trainer of the Year - Jamie Caldwell
Surf Sports Official of the Year - David Greene
Surf Sports Coach of the Year - Glenn Sweeny
Surf Sports Junior Athlete of the Year (8yrs to 14yrs) - Lucas Ottaway and Holly Holmesby
Surf Sports Young Athlete of the Year (15yrs to 19yrs) - Kaimana Fittock
Surf Sports Athlete of the Year - Mali Taylor
Surf Sports Team of the Year: Bulli Open Men's Boat Crew (Shane Geloven - Dean Roberts - Heath Mercer - Ben Lowe - Fraser Worthington)
Young Lifesaver of the Year (15yrs to 18yrs) - Max Vercoe
Patrolling Club of the Year - Bulli SLSC
Surf Sports Club of the Year - Bulli SLSC
Club of the Year - Bulli SLSC

If you would like to attend to support our club and our members that have been nominated please purchase your tickets online at 
 Tickets are Adults $85.00, Children (13-17yrs) $45.00 and Children (0-12yrs) $35.0 0
(includes canapes on arrival, 3 course meal, beer/wine & soft drinks)

The Awards of Excellence recognises outstanding achievements and contributions in all aspects of Surf Life Saving. The awards will celebrate the accomplishments of members and clubs in the 2016/17 season.

Top of the Class in Surf Sports - Open Men's Boat Crew & Kaimana Fittock

  • Surf Sports plays an important role within our surf club, it helps members maintain a physical fitness, they also gain great skills in various surf conditions making them better lifesavers. This season was another outstanding season in surf sports with our nippers, senior surf/craft & boat sections shining brightly. Our 2 major award winners on Presentation Night were the Open Men's Boat Crew & U15 surf/craft athlete Kaimana Fittock. 
  • Russ Jones Trophy (Best performed boat crew) Open Men’s Boat Crew Shane Geloven, Heath Mercer, Dean Roberts, Dan Porra, Ben Lowe and Fraser Worthington results include 1st George’s River Roosters River Marathon  1st Warilla Bowls Boat Series  4th Australian Surf Rowers League Championships 3rd ‘Beko’ Best of the Boats Surf Life Saving NSW  1st Illawarra Branch Championships  1st Ocean Thunder Boat Series  1st NSW Championships (4 of the last 5 years)  2016-2017 ASRL Top Ranked Open Men’s crew & NSW Reps ARSL Inter-State Championships
  • ‘Ken Baker’ Surf Sports Athlete of the Year Kaimana Fittock Representative Teams: 2016-2017 Surf Life Saving Illawarra Branch Team U15 athlete & 2016-2017 Surf Life Saving NSW Senior Performance Academy Squad  2016 Surf Life Saving New South Wales Pool Rescue Championships 1 Gold 2 Silver 2 Bronze medals  2016 Surf Life Saving Australian Pool Rescue Championships 2 Bronze medals  2016 SLSNSW Inter-Branch Championships (representing SLSI) 5 1st in individual & team events  2017 Surf Life Saving Illawarra Branch Championships 1 Silver medal (Carnival cancelled due to weather conditions)  2017 Surf Life Saving New South Wales Championships 1 Bronze medal (3rd U15 Female Surf Teams) plus finalist in U15 Female Iron person (4th), U15 Female Surf, U15 Female Board, U15 Female Board Rescue  2017 Surf Life Saving Australian Youth Championships 1 Bronze Medal (3rd U15 Female Iron-person) plus finalist in U15 Female Surf Race & U15 Female Surf Teams (4th)       

Member achievements and major positions held at Branch / State / National level & relevant surf sports results which generates high morale and retention of our members can be seen below with some fantastic results & achievements highlighted in a season overview; 

  •       2 members are Directors with SLSI (Maria Caldwell DOF & Keith Caldwell DOSS)
  •        1 member Director with SLSNSW (Dean Dudley DOE – resigned at the end of this season)
  •        1 member Director with SLSA (Dean Dudley Honorary Chair – Learning and Development for Surf          Life Saving Australia)
  •        1 member Selector of Surf Sports SLSA (Keith Caldwell)
  •        4 members on 2016 Sydney Water Surf Series committee (Dave Greene, Dennis Allen, Maria                  Caldwell, Keith Caldwell)
  •        SLSNSW U18 Pool Rescue Team tour to NZ (Alexandra Smiroldo)
  •        16 members selected in SLSI Branch Team Chelsea Jones, Sarah Locke, Caleb Sharman, Lucas              Ottaway, Jeremy Woodford, Coen Taylor, Max Ottaway, Holly Holmesby, Iluka Budai, Zara Sharman,        Kaimana Fittock, Mali Taylor, Alexandra Smiroldo, Michael Locke, Jake Hogarth & Keith Caldwell
  •        40 members competed in 2016 Sydney Water Surf Series
  •        55 Junior members attended Branch Championships - 1st Junior Club Point score
  •        20 Members attended Senior Branch Championships - 1st Senior Point score
  •        Illawarra Surf Sports Club of the year for the 2017 Branch Championships combined results
  •        Open Men’s Boat Crew win Ocean Thunder Boat Series 
  •        Open Men & U23 Men’s Boat Crew’s win South Coast Boat Series
  •        Club places 3rd at SLSNSW Pool Rescue Championships – 38 medals won (new club record)
  •        Club places 18th at SLSA Pool Rescue Championships Club places 17th in State Age Championships
  •        36 Junior members attended State Championships (new club record) 
  •        Club places 25th in State Senior Championships 
  •        28 Members attended State Masters / Opens 45 State Medals (including surf / pool rescue)
  •        24 Members attended Aussies Youth / Masters/Open 7 National Medals (including surf / pool                  rescue) 
  •        SLSNSW Selection - New South Wales Surf Life Saving Australian Surf Rowers League Open Men’s          Boat Crew Shane Geloven, Heath Mercer, Dean Roberts, Ben Lowe & Fraser Worthington 
  •        2016 SLSNSW Surf Sports Team of the Year plus finalist in NSW Sport Team of the Year – Bulli                Open Men’s Boat Crew

Club Rescue Citations - well done Max Vercoe, Braiden Byrne & Belinda Elliott 

At our 2017 Awards Dinner & Presentation 3 members (Max Vercoe, Braiden Byrne & Belinda Elliott) were acknowledged for the efforts in the rescue of 4 people after their patrol had just finished in February 2017. If these people were swimming at a beach where no surf club members were present it would have been a tragedy. All 3 received a CLUB RESCUE CITATION certificate, unfortunately Belinda couldn't be there on the night. They received a thunderous round of applause from the crowd.

" On Sunday 12 February Max Vercoe, Braiden Byrne & Belinda Elliott were involved in the rescue of 4 people after hours (610pm-615pm). Markus Meir-Lindner & Gary Arnold were our senior members on this patrol. Sunday was like any normal day with heat wave conditions the previous 2 days, heaps of people were expected at the beach. Illawarra Branch Championships were on as well so we had prepared & made sure that our patrol teams were covered as you do because even though we are a strong surf sports club lifesaving is No1 priority! Max & Braiden actually won gold in the U19 boat at these championships in the morning. Both Markus & Belinda assisted all morning with the juniors at Branch as well. The arvo patrol got a taste of all conditions with lightning, heavy rain, sunshine, cool southerly winds & choppy surf. After pulling the flags down, getting our lifesaving equipment to the containers & signing off in the site shed known as our patrol room. A member of the public alerted Max & Braiden about 4 young persons (mid 20's) that had been sweep out in a rip at the northern end of the beach near the rock pool, about 50m behind the pool. The boys swung into action & paddled rescue boards out to rescue the 4 persons, Max heading out twice. One guy was visibly distressed & needed to be physically carried back onto the sand, oxygen therapy was administrated & subsequently transported to Wollongong Hospital by Ambulance. The other 3 received first aid treatment for shock. Our team of 3 lifesavers should be applauded for their excellent team work & ultimately saving a real possibility of a death/drowning, maybe 1 or even 4 people. Markus had an opportunity to speak with one of the people rescued & basically they all came from a Middle Eastern background, live in the Campbelltown area & don't come to the beach much. They saw the red & yellow flags taken down but didn't know what they are for. Imagine if they were at a beach where there are no surf clubs or no people around, you would be reading a tragic story." 

Congratulations to Max Vercoe, Braiden Byrne & Belinda Elliott for outstanding team work in performing this rescue of four people outside of patrol hours on Sunday 12 February 2017