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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 –  Age Manager 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  

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