Mitchell Fagerstrom races well for NSW in NZ

Mitchell Fagerstrom thoroughly enjoyed the experience with the NSW Development Team in New Zealand last week.

He raced really well placing Top 5 in the surf & iron man events and with a bit of luck could have achieved podium finishes in both events.

The team competed against New Zealand’s leading competitors from each of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s regions in the 2012 Lion Foundation Open Surf League at Mount Maunganui Beach on the Saturday & Sunday.

Mitch said the 'run legs really killed' with the set up much the same as the Nutri Grain Ironman Series.

Overall he enjoyed the experience racing against the best in NZ, including team events (canoe team of 4), plus having a fun week doing some sight-seeing as a bonus leading into the competition days. On the Monday before flying back home the team went White Water Rafting in Roturua.  


Illawarra Branch Championships this weekend 

Good luck to our junior & senior athletes who will be competing at the Illawarra Branch Championships this coming weekend (Saturday 18 Feb - Juniors & Sunday 19 Feb - Seniors) at Thirroul.

We have over 100 members competing on the weekend, including 40 nippers which is a great effort on behalf of our junior committee & surf sport programs within the club.

Our nippers will be looking to get over the top of Thirroul SLSC who are really strong in the younger age groups, but the club is confident our kids will have a very sucessful day on Saturday.

Our seniors are strong right across the ages from U15's to Masters including 7 boat crews!

Thirroul SLSC with their strong numbers in Masters & Stanwell Park SLSC with their beach competitors will definitely push our club in the overall point-score.

It should be a good hit-out on the Sunday leading into the State Championships early March.

Events starting at 8.30am on both days.....so come along and support our members in the Bulli cap. 

Good Luck to everybody on both days including kids, athletes, parents & our members who will be officials...........

Everybody is welcome back to Bulli Workers Club on the Sunday at 6pm. There will be no BBQ, but Opals Restaurant will have their normal selection of mouth watering meals available. 


Nippers Cancelled this Sunday 19 February 2012

This coming weekend 18th-19th Feb the Illawarra Junior and Senior Branch Championships will be held at Thirroul Beach. 

Many of the parents who normally are committee members, age managers and water safety helpers are also involved with the Senior Branch Championships (kids competing in the U15 ages) - so unfortunately we will be cancelling this Sunday's Nippers (19th Feb).

Nippers will be on as per normal the following Sunday, 26th Feb at 9:30am.

Some important dates as we approach the end of the season for our Junior Activities Section;

  -  18th March is the final Nippers of the year.

  -  25th  March is Presentation Day and Bulli Junior SLSC AGM.

The Presentation Day is at Bulli Beach - further details will be advised well in advance. In case of bad weather it will be moved to an indoor venue to be advised.

If not sure of any details please contact bullinippers@gmail.com 


Paul Bruton

BJA Secretary


ASRL @ Stockton Beach this weekend

The Navy-Surf Rowers League Australian Open 2012 is all set to be run at Stockton Beach, New South Wales today and over this weekend, the 10th, 11th & 12th of February, 2012.

The club has 5 crews entered and good luck to the Men's A crew, Women's A crew, U23 Women's crew, U23 Men's crew & our Under 19 Men's crew.


We received $350,000.00 towards our Building Extensions

This week 17 surf life saving clubs were announced by the NSW Government as being successful in their grant applications under the 2012 Surf Club Facility Grant Program.

BULLI SLSC will receive $350,000.00!

Four surf life saving clubs in the northern suburbs will share in more than $690,000 of State Government funding to improve facilities.

Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC will receive $29,390, Era SLSC $146,000, Thirroul SLSC $165,000 and Bulli SLSC $350,000.

Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said surf life saving clubs were the backbone of our coastal communities. "The Surf Club Facility Grant program exists to help clubs develop their facilities and increase usage and member numbers, these clubs have been neglected for 16 years while volunteers fought tirelessly to keep us safe. It is a disgrace that some buildings were allowed to deteriorate so significantly," he said.

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesleysaid the NSW Government was committed to Surf Life Saving NSW having better facilities to support the hard work of surf life-savers and provide valuable community assets. “There are over 120 surf clubs along the NSW coastline patrolling more than 200 beaches during the surf season and each and every one of them is a credit to their community,” he said.

Mr Annesley said the NSW Government had committed a further $2 million a year for the next two years to assist surf life saving clubs provide facilities and services to enhance beach goer’s safety.

Club members Keith Caldwell (President), Barry Adams (Secretary), Peter Lord (Junior Chairperson), Noel Freeman (Life Member) & Sean Taylor (Junior Parent)met with other successful clubs at Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club for the announcement.  Both Lee Evans & Graham Annesley were present and our members expressed appreciation towards the NSW Government & Surf Life Saving NSW.

Club President Keith Caldwell said, "This is a great announcement and our members are very excited. It is unreal and really gives our club a big boost. Our building committee has been working hard over the past 18 months towards DA approval for building extensions from Wollongong City Council. Since our DA was approved late 2011 we have been pushing towards gaining some funding and this $350,000.00 is a great start. The hard work will continue to make this happen for the future of our surf club members. Our membership base has increased by over 200 in the past 4 years and we are struggling to meet our members & councils needs with storage space at a premium for both organisations life saving equipment. I would like to personally thank Lee Evans (Member for Heathcote), Graham Annesley (NSW Minister Sport & Recreation) & Phil Vanny (CEO Surf Life Saving NSW) for their continued support of our club & surf life saving."