Top 20 Patrolling members this season

Well done to the following who made the Top 20 of members with most hours in rostered & volunteer patrols during the 2010-2011 season

Elyse Heycott 60

Paul Hennessy 58.3 (Club Captain & Life Member) 

Mitch Dwyer 51.5 (New member)      

Keith Caldwell 50.3 (President & Life Member)

Emma Lockhart 45.8

Riley Lord 44.5 (Junior Male Illawarra Lifesaver of the Year) 

Lakeisha Graham-Jackson 44.3  

Ryan O’Grady 44.3   

Tom Dewey 44     

Peta Lunney 41.5

Eden Taylor 41.5      

Toby Allnutt 41 

Kyle Heycott 40.8 

Kyle Mercer 40 

Bridgette Lockhart 39.5 (Junior Female Illawarra Lifesaver of the Year)

Daniel McKellar 39.5

Elizabeth Crilley 39.3

Carly Fagerstrom 37.5

Mikayla Morris 37

Bernadette Cardillo 36.3     



Kimberley Fleming & Tom Dewey win medals @ Aussies

Well the 2011 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships have been held on the Gold Coast at Kurrawa.

In surf conditions varying from 0.5m to 1.5m waves, dangerous shore dump, massive currents sweeping north and the normal two surf breaks, the skills of all surf sports athletes were put to the test. Weather conditions weren't too bad with rain periods on the first two days then fine weather with gusty southerly winds causing further challenges for boat, surf & beach athletes.

Well done to TOM DEWEY on placing 2nd in the U17 Male Beach Sprint & KIMBERLEY FLEMING on picking up two medals in the 40-44yrs Iron-woman (2nd) & 40-44yrs Female Single Ski (3rd).

Both Kimberley & Tom winning their first national medals. 

A heap of our members also made finals and these results will be in another news story soon!


Members win medals at NSW Open & Masters Championships

Well the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships have been run and won at Kingscliff Beach over 4 days from 17-20 March 2011. With varying weather conditions (steamy, hot, cold, wet) & small surf our members achieved some great results. Congratulations to all of our surf sports athletes who achieved some personal best results in individual and team events.

To our 2011 NSW Champions well done;

  • ·         180 yrs Male Boat (Shane Geloven – Barry Lowe – Craig Lunney – Jason Sparkes – Glen   MacMillan)
  • ·         U17 Female Ski Relay (Emma Lockhart – Elizabeth Crilley – Jamie Brinkworth)
  • ·         U19 Male Ski (Ben Griffiths)
  • ·         U17 Male Beach Sprint (Tom Dewey)
  • ·         Lifesaver Relay (A Boat Crew Paul Jones – Heath Mercer – Dean Roberts – Ben Lowe – Adam Barlow U19 Ski paddler Ben Griffiths U17 Board paddler Beau Wheeler Open swimmer Mitchell Fagerstrom & Female Sprinter Bernadette Cardillo)

Medal winners also included the following: 2nd U19 Female Beach Sprint (Bernadette Cardillo), 2nd U17 Male Beach Flags (Tom Dewey), 2nd U17 Male Board (Beau Wheeler), 2nd U15 Male Board Riding (Jesse Morris), 3rd 40-44yrs Iron-Woman (Kimberley Fleming), 3rd Open Male 2km Beach Run (Ben Allen), 3rd U15 Female 2km Beach Run (Morgan Richards) & 3rd Open Male Boat (Paul Jones - Dean Roberts – Heath Mercer – Ben Lowe – Adam Barlow)

Overall members contested 55 finals over the 4 days of Master’s & Open competition with a heap of Top 10 finishes. 5 GOLD – 4 SILVER – 4 BRONZE MEDALS (OVERALL 14th in CLUB POINT-SCORE)

As always there are some hard luck stories that go with races and we are no different with a few of our guys & girls a little unlucky.......Hannah Minogue after having a great paddle in the Open Female Ski and leading the field a merry chase (approx. 30 metres in front) only for 3 girls to catch a wave and ultimately finishing 4th. Daniel McKellar getting two 4th’s in the U15 Male Sprint & Flags with 2nd-3rd-4th over the line in the sprint unable to be separated for a period of time by the judges. Kimberley Fleming a great 4th in the 40-44yrs Female Ski after paddling 2nd all the way until the waves played their part.

Big thanks to our members that filled roles during the course of the championships;

  • ·         Boat & Craft trailers (Keith Caldwell – Russell Brinkworth – Jason Sparkes – Adam Barlow)
  • ·         Officials ( Kevin Starling – Dennis Allen – Dave Greene – John Meehan)
  • ·         Team Manager (Keith Caldwell)
  • ·         Assistant Team Managers (Adam Barlow – Stella Wassens – Dave O’Grady – Robyn Fagerstrom – Kris Crilley - Leanne Lunney - Craig Lunney)
  • ·         Accommodation Managers (Maria Caldwell – Adam Barlow)             

Ashley Dribbus wins Gold at State Championships 

Congratulations to Ashley Dribbus on her win in the U10 Female Sprint at the NSW Age Championships held this weekend at Kingscliff Beach, a great effort and just reward for her efforts throughout the year. Ashley also placed 5th in the U10 Female Beach Flags.

Abbey Dawson gained a 6th placing in the U13 Female Surf, her goal was to make the top 10 which she has never done before, so Abbey was quite excited.

The Champion Lifesaving events for seniors were also run over the weekend with Mikayla Morris placing 6th in the U19 Female Champion Lifesaver. 

Well done to all of our nippers that raced over the weekend, with some making finals namely Kiah Taylor (U13 Iron-woman), Mali Taylor (U12 Iron-woman & Swim), Bridgette Lockhart (U14 Iron-woman), Riley Lord (U14 Male Swim), Zoe Dribbus (U9 Girls Swim), Coen Taylor (U8 Boys Wade) plus Bridgette Lockhart & Emma Brown (U14 Female Board Rescue) and of course Ashley Dribbus (U10 Female Sprint & Flags) and Abbey Dawson (U13 Female Surf).

Big thanks to Sean Taylor for towing the new craft trailer and all the family members that supported our kids over the weekend. I am sure everybody enjoyed the weekend.

Both Bridgette Lockhart & Riley Lord (winners of the Illawarra Junior Female & Male Lifesavers of the Year) qualified for the NSW award and spent a few days prior to the championships in the Gold Coast Hinterland at a camp. Unfortunately both winners came from the Mid North Coast branch, but from all reports our 2 enjoyed the experience.        


R.I.P Owen Mercer - Life Member 

It is with regret to announce the death of Owen Mercer, aged 80 years, on February 23 2011. Owen passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after battling a number of medical conditions in Wollongong & Port Kembla Hospitals.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Owen's funeral service to be held at St Augustine's Angilican Church, Park Road Bulli on Monday 28 February at 11.00am. Club members are asked to wear Bulli Surf Club attire. A celebration of his life will also be held at Bulli Workers Club after his funeral.

The Mercer family is legendary at Bulli Surf Life Saving Club as a 4th generation family with both of Owen's sons, Christopher and Rodney, being  members of the boat rowing fraternity. His grand-son Heath is now part of the current Men's A crew, another grand-son Kyle has just done his bronze in the past few months and has started training/learning with the boat rowing section and his great grand daughter Noumea is part of the nipper movement at the club.

A short history of Owen Mercer and his involvement with Bulli Surf Club shows he joined the club in season 1945-46 when he gained his qualifying certificate and bronze medallion.

Owen was a person who was a great believer in not comparing members and their records, but many a time over a beer he was regarded as one of the club's greatest club captains ( 8 seasons) and also widely aknowledged as one of the club's best members. The greatest honour bestowed upon him was being awarded Life Membership in the season 1962-63.

Owen held many positions in Bulli Surf Club, but the thing that stands out was that he held at some point every senior executive position within the club (President, Deputy President, Secretary, Treasurer & Club Captain).

Owen continued to maintain his interest in Bulli Surf Club up to and including this season, attending social functions, general meetings, always keen to have a beer with old & new acquaintences, his advice and knowledge valued by past and current executive members.

I know every member that knew Owen and his family offer their thoughts at this time and as one member commented recently "RIP Owen Mercer - surf club patriarch and all round gentleman"