Club President - named as Rescue 2012 Australian Team Manager

Surf Life Saving Australia & Royal Life Saving Australia are delighted to announce the Team Management of the Australian Life Saving Teams for Rescue 2012 (World Championships) which are to be held from the 7 Nov to 11 Nov 2012 in South Australia.

The Management Teams are as follows:

Open Team AUS TEAM 

Team Manager – Keith Caldwell, Bulli SLSC
Ocean Coach – Danny Short, Maroochydoore SLSC
Pool Coach – Rebecca Cohen, WA RLSSA
Sport Scientist – Wade Sinclair, Picnic Bay SLSC
Physiotherapist – Troy Eady, Byron Bay SLSC

U/20 Team AUS TEAM

Team Manager – Katrina Kirk, QLD RLSSA
Ocean Coach – Barry Newman, Northcliffe SLSC
Pool Coach – James Evans, Mordialloc SLSC
Sport Scientist – Caitlin Braddick, Southport SLSC
Physiotherapist – Nick Marshall, Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC

Our Club President Keith Caldwell has previously been an Australian Surf Life Saving Team Manager in 2007 Australian Invitational Team - International Pool Rescue Challenge vs New Zealand @ Homebush Sydney, in 2007 Australian Open Team - International Surf Challenge @ Bondi Beach, in 2008 Australian U21 Development Team - Sanyo Bussan International @ Japan, in 2009 Australian Open Team - International Surf Challenge @ Durban South Africa & in 2011 Australian U21 Development Team – International Surf Rescue Challenge @ New Zealand.

This is the first occasion for Keith as a World Championship's Team Manager and he is looking forward to the appointment.

"I am very excited and privileged to be selected as the Australian Team Manager and look forward to working with the National HP athletes & others in the management team to justify Australia's standing as No.1 in Life Saving at Rescue 2012. This is an achievement for not only myself but for Bulli SLSC in our standing as a successful surf sports club"  


National HP Squad named - Coach & Manager from Bulli 

The 2012-2013 Body Science National High Performance Squad has been announced. The squad of 50 top athletes (10 Elite Men & 10 Women plus 15 Development Men & Women) will now commence preparation for Rescue 2012 in Adelaide this November, with Surf Life Saving Australia setting their sights on defending their mantle as World Champion's.

SLSA congratulates all athletes and coaches selected. There will be 2 Australian Teams selected (Open & U19) to compete at Rescue 2012.

Both Downie Langthorne & Keith Caldwell have gained a start as Coach & Manager of the Squad. Congratulations to both!

Downie after a long career representing Australia as an athlete has taken the step up to the mark as one of 6 coaches in the squad, with his expertise a great bonus in both surf & pool rescue events. This is a just reward for Downie with our senior club squad gaining some excellent results over the past few seasons.

Keith is also one of 3 managers who will look after the squad during the winter months and is excited to work with such a talented bunch of athletes & management team. 

Unfortunately 4 of our athletes who nominated for the squad namely Mitch Fagerstrom, Hannah Minogue, Beau Wheeler & Lachlan O'Grady missed selection but they should be proud of their efforts during the past season and their time will come for higher representative honours.   


SRC & Bronze Course - open to club members


Date: Saturday 5th May & Sunday 6th May 2012

Location: Bulli Surf Club

Times: 9am-5.00pm both days Please note - Must be in attendance for both days as it is too difficult to catch up on any missed sessions.

Workbooks will be utilised during the course & will be completed during the face to face sessions. An introductory letter will also be sent out the week leading into the course outlining what you will need to bring.

This is a very good time to do either your Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion as the water is usually still quite warm & conditions very calm this time of year. Important for Junior Parents wishing to assist with water safety on Sundays at Bulli SLSC next summer & at surf carnivals.

Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion are part of the education program provided by Surf Life Saving Australia. For Nippers to continue on to their next phase of being Rookies, this is a mandatory requirement & once completed they then can do patrols on Bulli Beach.

Please Note: Members will be placed on a patrol roster when the course is completed and are expected to patrol Bulli Beach next summer (Oct 2012 to April 2013). 

Please note: Surf Rescue Certificate is the minimal award required for a member to assist with water safety duty at nippers &/or surf carnivals.

Please Note: Junior Activities Parents that complete either their Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion will be expected to assisted with water safety at nipper Sunday mornings and/or surf carnivals. Assistance with patrols at suitable times will be requested from time to time as well (they do not have to placed on a patrol roster if they wish not too & if over 35yrs of age).

SURF RESCUE CERTIFICATE Candidate must be a minimum of 13 years of age AT THE COMPLETION OF THE COURSE

BRONZE MEDALLION  Candidate must be a minimum of 15 years of age AT THE COMPLETION OF THE COURSE

Enrolment Keith Caldwell – or Dean Dudley - 


Pool Rescue Clinic at Bulli this Sunday 22 April

In consultation with our Head Surf/Craft/Pool Rescue Coach (Downie Langthorne) this Sunday 22 April starting at 10am Bulli Beach the club will be holding a Club Pool Rescue Clinic for U12’s right through to Masters.

U12-U14 are now included in the Pool Rescue Program of events at State & Nationals. So if we have any younger members that swim train or are keen to try some different events in a pool environment with manikins, swim fins & rescue tubes.....then this is for are more than welcome! For our Masters athletes, you no longer have events at State & Nationals in the pool but there are some events at Rescue 2012.

Can U12-U15 members please bring rubber fins, the surf club will also supply rescue tubes, manikins & pool rescue fins to the senior members at the session.

With the NSW (Peninsula Leisure Centre Woy Woy 28 & 29 July) & Australian Championships (South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre 17-19 August) coming up it is a good opportunity to refresh our memories with the events that occur and do this in a firstly, relaxed atmosphere down at the beach, with further sessions at later dates in a pool environment.

A DVD will be shown highlighting events & various techniques at 10am and then hit the pool after that for some training under the watchful eyes of some of our talented senior squad members. At our club we have Australian Reps in Downie Langthorne, Mitchell Fagerstrom & Sean White plus along with former Australian & World Champions in Matthew Freeman, Ben Denner, Greg Miller, Brittany Sharkey & Drew Cairncross who have indicated  that they will assist with our program & training sessions.


Keith Caldwell

Surf Sports Manager


Great results at Aussies -medals won by U23 Female Boat & Lachlan O'Grady

A wrap up of the clubs results at Aussies, well it wasn’t the best year for medals, but there were a lot of promising signs from all aspects of our surf sports areas. New boat crews doing well, younger surf/craft athletes making finals. Unfortunately we had a few injuries with Michael Harris, onen of our Masters guys with the most serious (Torn Achilles right ankle 4-6 months of rehabilitation), Bridgette Lockhart with a torn calf muscle & Lincoln Costello with a sprained ankle (Sunday night accident!)   

Firstly, as a club we must thank the following people for helping out with duties associated with surf sports during the year, but most importantly at the State & National Championships.  If any names are missing from the below thankyou’s please accept the clubs apologies. As always we have a great bunch of people who continually put their hand up to assist the club with surf sports duties during the season. From all athletes & parents concerned it is greatly appreciated. 

Thanks must go to our hard working officials namely Dennis Allen, Kevin Starling, John Meehan, Dave Greene, Peter Hammersley, Al Green & Leanne Taylor  who between them worked at Junior State, Senior State & Aussies. Well done to our competition secretary’s Maria Caldwell (Senior’s) & Leanne Taylor (Juniors) for the hours in submitting entries.

 Special mention to big Al Green who toiled for 6 days at Aussies from 5am-5pm each day in the IRB area.......big effort & noted by all surf sports athletes.....if we didn’t have Al there as our IRB representative the club would not have started in events!

Massive thanks to Lincoln Costello, Paul Jones, Ben Lowe, Russell Brinkworth, Keith Caldwell, Brett Wheeler, Dave O’Grady & Sean Taylor for the towing of craft & boat trailers to State/Aussies.

To our members who acted as Area Managers at both championships making sure athletes knew when events were on & marked off, a big thank-you to Keith Caldwell, Robyn Fagerstrom, Kris Crilley, Sean Minogue, Lisa O’Grady, Sandra Brinkworth, Peter Lord, Stu Brown, Debbie Brown, Paul Jones, Lincoln Costello & Leanne Taylor.

 Approximately 80 people attended our post Aussies dinner at Broadbeach Bowling Club and a great night was had by everyone that attended. It was great to see our family atmosphere to the fore with athletes & parents mixing from both the surf/craft & boat sections. Big thank-you to Colleen Gilbert from Broadbeach Bowling Club for assisting on the night.

Congratulations to our 2 Australian medallists, huge efforts & richly deserved;

3rd U23 Female Boat Crew (Shane Geloven, Olivia Krowka, Sheree Gallagher, Melanie Ireland & Elizabeth Walker).....first year of rowing with Olivia, Sheree & Melanie gaining their bronze medallion only this year!

3rd U17 Male Belt (Lachlan O’Grady & belt team Dave O’Grady, Oscar Bradley, Emma Lockhart & Jake Hogarth)

Outstanding achievements by the following members to make an Australian Final;

110yrs Male Ski Relay – Michael Locke/Peter Lord/Ian Timbrell

40-44yrs Female Ski – Kimberley Fleming

40-44yrs Female Board – Kimberley Fleming

40-44yrs Female Surf – Kimberley Fleming

40-44yrs Iron-woman – Kimberley Fleming

45-49yrs Male 2km Beach Run – Peter Richards

40-44yrs Male Double Ski – Michael Locke/Ian Timbrell

130yrs Male Taplin Relay – Peter Lord/Brett Wheeler/Michael Locke

Open Surf – Mitchell Fagerstrom

Open Iron-woman – Hannah Minogue

Open Female Ski – Hannah Minogue

Open Male Surf Teams – Mitchell Fagerstrom/Beau Wheeler/Sean White/Matthew Crilley

Open Male Ski – Downie Langthorne

Open Lifesaver Relay – Paul Jones/Ben Lowe/Heath Mercer/Daniel Porra/Dean Roberts (A Boat Crew), Downie Langthorne (Open Ski), Beau Wheeler (U19 Board), Lachlan O’Grady (U17 Surf) & Hannah Minogue (Female Sprint)

Open Male Boat – Paul Jones/Ben Lowe/Heath Mercer/Daniel Porra/Dean Roberts

U19 Iron-man – Beau Wheeler

U19 Male Surf – Beau Wheeler

U17 Male Surf – Lachlan O’Grady

U17 Female Surf – Jamie Brinkworth

U17 Iron-man – Lachlan O’Grady

U17 Male Taplin Relay – Lachlan O’Grady/Dale Dawson/Calvin Richards

U15 Female Surf Teams – Abbey Dawson/Kiah Taylor/Emma Brown/Bridgette Lockhart

U15 Female Surf – Abbey Dawson

U15 Female Rescue Tube – Kiah Taylor

U15 Female Board Relay – Kiah Taylor/Emma Brown/Abbey Dawson * Bridgette Lockhart injured & replaced by Abbey in final.