Presentation Night -large crowd in attendance 

Close to 120 people were in attendance at Bulli Workers Club on Saturday night (14 June) for the club annual awards & presentation dinner.

Special invited guests in attendance included Val Zanotto President of Surf Life Saving Illawarra, Lee Evans State Member for Heathcote & Gordon Bradbery OAM Lord Mayor of Wollongong.

Our MC Adam Barlow did a great job in keeping the official part of the night proceeding in a timely manner. Ingrid Cardillo again produced a great DVD highlights of the season titled ' 101 Years and only getting better' and really showed to our invited guests, sponsors and long time members what the club achieved in 2013-2014.

Listed below are our deserved award winners on the night;       

Surf Life Saving Australia Long Service Awards

40 Years

Chris Barnett - Brian Bradley - Mal Caldwell - Noel Freeman - Peter Hammersley - Gary Horne - Jeff Horne - Chris Mercer - Rod Mercer - Francis Peterson - Greg Peterson - Kevin Starling

25 Years

Stephen Etheredge - Michael Locke - Peter McLaren - Gary Roberts - Fred Smeaton - Glenn Sweeny

Patrol Efficiency Competition (Owen Mercer Memorial Trophy)

Patrol Team No.1 Scott Gordon (Capt), Kyle Heycott (Vice Capt), Peta Lunney, Josh Gordon, Tim Gordon, Dale Dawson, Abbey Dawson, Toby Allnutt, Kyle Mercer, Bryar Lunney, Matthew Webster, Cameron Thompson, Thomas Parkes, Anneliese Munro, Ellyan Brown & Denver Richards

Club Rescue Citation Awards

Bary Lowe, Natrhan Cattell & Russell Brinkworth Rescue performed 28 December 2014 at Peggy's Reef 

Members 100% satisfactory club patrol attendance

Patrol No.1— Scott Gordon, Joshua Gordon, Peta Lunney, Toby Allnutt, Kyle Mercer, Bryar Lunney, Matthew Webster, Cameron Thompson, Anneliese Munro, Tim Gordon, Denver Richards

Patrol No.2—Dave Greene, Paul Brightwell, Calvin Richards, Kelsey Clements, Morgan Richards, Joel Meznaric, Nathan Maurer

Patrol No.3 – Meagan Gadd, Stephanie Barlow, Russell Brinkworth, Emma Brown, Kiah Taylor, Mali Taylor, Daniel St George

Patrol No.4—Ryan O’Grady, Dean Roberts, Stuart Brown, Connor Basham

Patrol No.5 – Dan Porra, Nathan Cattell, Markus Meier-Lindner, Allana Roscoe  

Patrol No.6 – Adam Smith, Lachlan O’Grady, Eden Taylor, Garry Arnold, Gavin Stapleton, Ellyse Heycott

Patrol No.7 – Jake Hogarth, Michael Harris, Harrison Green

Patrol No.8 – Nathan Flint, Joshua Bond, Vida Oakes, Brad Nees

Patrol Members of the Year

Male: Russell Brinkworth

Female: Kelsey Clements

Rookie Patrol Members of the Year

Male: Markus Meier-Lindner

Female: Anneliese Munro

Best Performed Boat Crew (Russ Jones Trophy)

Open Male Boat Crew (Paul Jones, Dean Roberts, Heath Mercer, Ben Lowe & Dan Porra)

Surf Sports Athlete of the Year (Ken Baker Trophy)

Hannah Minogue

President’s Trophy

Nathan Cattell & Dan Porra

Bulli Workers Club Trophy

Dave O’Grady

Under 16 Years Club Person (Jack Horne Memorial Trophy)

Mali Taylor

Under 19 Years Club Person (Fred Dunn Memorial Trophy)

Lachlan O’Grady

Club Person of the Year (John Bruton Memorial Trophy)

Sean Taylor


Sportsman's Luncheon a great success!!!

What a great day we had on Friday with over 90 people in attendance at our Luncheon to listen to some inspirational speakers!
First up, a huge thank you to Matt Campbell (NBL Wollongong Hawks great) for a late call up as Ian "Basil" Millward (Illawarra Cutters coach) was unavailable due to his call up as Assistant Coach for the St George-Illawarra Dragons.
Then a complete change of normal sporting identity speaking, with our special guest "Buzz" from Western Australia giving an insight into his work life!! Great to see a standing ovation from a very respectful audience after Buzz spoke.
This led to Shannon Eckstein, 8 x Kelloggs Nutri-Grain ironman champion, current World & Australian Iron-Man Champion giving us a rundown on his achievements and thoughts on surf sports within surf lifesaving!
Great questions and comments to all of our guests from our MC for the day being Freshwater SLS clubbie, Kurt Hanson from Hanson Media. Thank you to all that purchased raffle tickets and auction items (supplied by Paul at Wicked Memorabilia). A very successful day!

Bulli SLSC would like to thank the following businesses who donated items for the day including

EnVie Fitness Woonona Community ,Wicked Memorabilia, I98Fm, Carlton & United Breweries, Star Shot Photography Caringbah, Hog's Breath Cafe Woonona (Wollongong) Balgownie WorldTravel, Byron Bay Tiger Moth Adventure Flights, Bulli Fruit and Deli, Practic Automotives, Kumho Tyres, FINZ Swimwear,Taronga Park Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, The Ultimate Skirmish Game Helensburgh, Thirroul Bowling Leagues & Recreation Club, Brendan Bate Wine Agencies, Hawthorne Meats, RMB Lawyers, Topbetta and the staff & directors of Bulli Workers Club!

Thanks also to members Ingrid Cardillo, Adam Barlow, Grant Joy, Paul Dawson, Barney Greenfield, Keith Caldwell & Barry Lowe who donated items/funds towards the day.

Also to Stuart Brown, Sean Taylor, Jamie Caldwell, Maria Caldwell, Eden Taylor, Lincoln Costello and Scott Gordon for assisting with the luncheon on the day.

A job well done,


Sportsman's Luncheon - Shannon Eckstein headline speaker  

Bulli Surf Life Saving Club is one of the leading clubs in the Illawarra/South Coast region. This Friday 30 May the club will be holding a Sportsman’s Luncheon at Bulli Workers Club to help raise much needed dollars to go towards proposed extensions to their out of dated surf club. The surf club was built by its members in the 1960’s and has survived the test in harsh conditions for over 50 years, but now is the time to do some renovations and extensions.

Because of the success of the club in all areas including lifesaving, education, surf sports and member development their membership base has continued to rise hitting 680 this past season, an increase from 2008 of a staggering 82%.

The Sportsman’s Luncheon has attracted a star studded line-up with Kurt Hanson (Hanson Media Group), a Freshwater surf club member as MC. Current World & Australian Iron-Man champion Shannon Eckstein will head line the guest list with the Illawarra Cutters Rugby League Coach Ian ‘Basil’ Millward to share his thoughts about rugby league, a surprise guest from the Special Air Forces (SAS) Regiment from Western Australia will also be in attendance and to add his touch of humour on the day will be the one and only ‘Dasher’.

Tickets are $100 which includes 2 course meal 4 hour drink package and entertainment. Activities start at 1pm and conclude at 5pm with Live Auction Sporting memorabilia items going under the hammer, large raffle and silent auction items to help raise funds.

Club President Keith Caldwell said, “This is one of our big fundraisers that happens every two years. It is always an enjoyable day and I would sincerely like to thank our sponsors, supporters and club members who have donated items for the day.”

No tickets sold on the day. Please contact Keith Caldwell 0414-258295 for further details.



Rescue 2014 Australian Teams announced - Keith Caldwell Team Manager

Congratulations to our Club President Keith Caldwell who has been announced as Team Manager of the Australian Open Life Saving Team to contest the World Life Saving Championships in France.

Olympians will bolster the Australian Life Saving Team, with Surf Life Saving Australia and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia having announced the 24 names of the 2014 Australian Life Saving Team to contest this year’s World Life Saving Championships, Rescue 2014, in France in September.

London Olympian kayaker Naomi Flood, a member of the successful Australian World Championship campaigns of 2008 and 2010, returns to the women’s team while, Olympian and champion swimmer Ryan Napoleon makes his debut in the men’s team.

General Manager, Capacity and Capability, Surf Life Saving Australia, Kitty Chiller said that these athletes are Australia’s best of the best, and will compete against more than 40 countries including New Zealand, France, Japan, USA, UK, Wales, Canada and Italy in the city of Montpellier on the Mediterranean Sea.

“The New Zealand Life Saving Team is the current World Champions however Australia has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with having won the 2013 International Surf Rescue Challenge and the 2013 German Cup,” Miss Chiller said.

“These athletes should feel incredibly proud to be representing their country. Rescue 2014 will test the skills of the best in the world in water safety and rescue management, both in the pool and on the beach,” she said.

“Surf Life Saving Australia and the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia have worked together to build the Australian Life Saving Team, and we support them on their journey to competing for Australia at the world titles,” Miss Chiller said.

Australian Life Saving Team Head Coach Danny Short said he is excited with the team which he believes can take on the Kiwis.

Flood and Napoleon, a member of RLSS Queensland, will be joined by newcomers - world beach sprint and beach flags champion Jake Lynch (Newport) and four-time Australian single ski champion and prospective Rio kayak Olympian Lachlan Tame (Avoca).

“The inclusion of Flood and Lachlan Tame gives the team a huge boost - they bring not only their brilliance in the water and on the beach but also a level of enthusiasm which will be a positive influence on the whole team,” Mr Short said.

“Having them both in Japan last year was a huge plus with Flood again leading by example in competition and around the team - it is great to have her back in the team after her London Olympic campaign and her amazing performances on the ski for Manly at this year’s Aussies,” he said.

“Northcliffe and RLSS Queensland’s Napoleon, who swam the 400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle in London, will be a welcome addition, particularly in the pool lifesaving events where Australia struggled to match it with World Champions New Zealand and Pool Lifesaving champions Italy at Rescue 2012 in Adelaide,” he said.



Shannon Eckstein – Northcliffe SLSC (Capitain)

Andrew Bowden – Bronte SLSC / The Hills Life Saving Club

Jake Lynch – Newport SLSC

Ryan Napoleon – Northcliffe SLSC / RLSS Queensland

Tim Schofield – Terrigal SLSC / The Hills Life Saving Club

Lachlan Tame – Avoca Beach SLSC


Miranda Bell – Northcliffe SLSC

Naomi Flood – Manly LSC

Pamela Hendry – Maroochydore SLSC / Brisbane Life Saving

Melissa Howard – Kurrawa SLSC

Christina Ruiz – Northcliffe SLSC / RLSS Queensland

Kristyl Smith – Northcliffe SLSC



(Captain TBA)

Joshua Brown - Byron Bay SLSC

Daniel Collins – Redhead SLSC

Matt Davis – Northcliffe SLSC / RLSS Queensland

Jason Gough – Mooloolaba SLSC

Nik Green - Alexandra Headlands SLSC

Brad Woodward - Shelley Beach SLSC / The Hills Life Saving Club

Prue Davies – Currumbin SLSC / RSSS Queensland

Chelsea Gillett - Maroochydore SLSC / Brisbane Life Saving

Ella Heiniger - Byron Bay SLSC / Port Hacking Lifeguard Club

Nicole Kay – Mooloolaba SLSC

Alyssa Koenan – Northcliffe SLSC

Georgia Miller – Manly LSC



Australian Life Saving Team Management

Head Coach: Danny Short – Maroochydore SLSC

Team Manager: Keith Caldwell – Bulli SLSC

Assistant Coach: Wade Sinclair – Picnic Bay SLSC

Physio: Nick Marshall – Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC

Sport Science/ Assistant Manager: Caitlin Braddick Southport SLSC

Australian Youth Lifesaving Team Management

Head Coach: Brett Dowker – Currumbin SLSC

Team Manager: Garry Mensforth – Umina SLSC

Assistant Coach: Craig Holden – Elliot Heads SLSC

Physio: Troy Eady – Byron Bay SLSC

Australian Life Saving Team/ Youth Lifesaving Team

Beach Coach: Martin Lynch – Newport SLSC

Travelling staff members

Kitty Chiller – SLSA GM capacity & Capability (Female Athlete Liaison – Australian Youth Lifesaving Team)

Nathan Hight – SLSA Sport Manager (CEO’s Representative, Australian Life Saving Team and Youth Lifesaving Team)


Gold Silver Bronze

Aussies is over again for another year.

Over 5,000 surf life savers plus families converged on Scarborough Beach Western Australia last week for the 2014 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

Congratulations to all of our athletes that ventured west, 38 in total plus a loyal band of parents & supporters also made their way west.

Our athletes made 21 finals which is a great effort.

Massive congratulations to our Australian medal winners;

Australian Champions U19 Men's Boat crew of Shane Geloven, Albert Smeaton, Iszak Lunney, Kyle Mercer & Toby Allnutt who have gone back to back winning gold again this year....outstanding effort.

And what about Michael Locke & Hannah Minogue who lead the whole way in the Open Mixed Double Ski only to be run down right on the finish line to place 2nd. Micheal winning his first Open Australian medal, he has won heaps of State. Australian & World Masters medals, but this is his first Open medal at 44 years of age....great team effort.

Hannah Minogue then picked up her second medal with a strong 3rd placing in the Open Female Single Ski behind two Olympians.