7 medals won at National Pool Rescue Championships in Canberra 

Well done to our small squad of 9 athletes known as 8 young ones + 1 master on their efforts at the 2011 Surf Life Saving Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Canberra last weekend.

The master 1 was the star athlete for Bulli, normally known as Peter Richards, our only veteran who raced in the Male 44-49 years age group. He contested 4 events and came away with 4 silver medals in the 200m Obstacle, 50 Manikin Carry, 100m Manikin Carry with Fins & 100m Manikin Tow with fins. He was beaten by a mate who he grew up with...Chris Gately from Coogee, who by the way is a former Australian Open Belt & Surf Champion! 

Our other medal winners included the U17 Female Line Throw (Elizabeth Crilley & Brittany Greene) who placed 3rd, U19 Female Line Throw (Brittany Greene & Bernadette Cardillo) who placed 2nd and U17 Male Line Throw (Calvin Richards & Lachlan O'Grady) who placed 3rd.

All team members swam well with our younger ages U13-U14 (Kiah Taylor, Abbey Dawson & Joshua Gordon) swimming in the U15 category and then the girls teaming with Brittany Greene & Elizabeth Crilley to swim in combined U15-U17 relays.

Good weekend had by all – athletes & parents on best behaviour. Special thanks to Scott Gordon for again being our pool setting rep for both days.

Peter, Calvin, Kiah, Abbey, Josh & Scott all achieved Legendary status at the Canberra Tradies on Saturday night where they took on their “Legendary” size schnitzels (covered the whole plate) & conquered them – we were a bit worried that they would all sink the next day but no worries!

Many thanks to Leanne Taylor for taking on the Managers role at these championships...a job well done.

Check out photos from the weekend in our Photo Gallery on the website.





2010-2011 Start of Season Info

Well the season is nearly upon us, so here is some important information for existing or new members wishing to know about our club activities.

Senior & Junior Activities Membership:

Information is listed under the Membership Page concerning how you can join the club. It can be done  either on line or in person. If you are registering on line, please bring a copy of your receipt on the 1st junior proficiency day – Sunday 9th October!

If you are joining and doiong it in person, existing or new members can register on the following dates;

  • Friday 9th September: 5pm-7pm @ Bulli Surf Club
  • Sunday 11th September: 9am-12pm @ Bulli Surf Club
  • Sunday 9th October: 8.00-9.30am @ Bulli Surf Club


Fees will be the same as last year. Fees are listed on the website under Membership.


Senior Members of the club will start patrolling Bulli Beach on Sunday 25th September 

Nippers Program:

Below are some important dates in October for nippers

Sunday 9th October Proficiency 9.30-11.30am @ beach

Wednesday 12th October: Proficiency Pool Swim 4.30pm-5.30pm – Corrimal Pool

Sunday 16th October: Proficiency 9.30-11.30am @ beach

Saturday 22nd October: Sydney Water Carnival @ Towradgi Surf Club

Sunday 23rd October: Illawarra Branch Team selection trial carnival - Location TBC

Sunday 23rd October: Point Score 9.30am

Sunday 30th October: Point Score 9.30am

If you have any further questions please go to the Contact Us Page and send an email. 


Dave Greene shines on Presentation Night with a Trifecta of Awards

Dave Greene was the big winner on Presentation Night at Bulli Workers Club capturing 3 major awards in front of 140 members and guests. With John Hennessy as MC & a couple of DVD presentations by Ingrid Cardillo the major part of the night was finished at 9.30pm with people then able to mix & chat with members & guests. 

Dave was announced Patrol Member of the Year along with his Patrol Team No. 10 (Dave Greene (Capt), Mitchell Roberts (Vice Capt), Dean Roberts, Stephanie Barlow, Paul Brightwell, Brittany Greene, Dylan Davies, Cheyenne Miller & Zac Greene) – 6 members with 100% patrol attendance winning the 'OWEN MERCER' Memorial Patrol Effeciency Award.

Not to be finished with he also won the 'JOHN BRUTON' Memorial CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR award.

What a big night for Dave but thoroughly deserved as he has had an outstanding season for the club with involvement in patrols, coaching at junior development level, official duties at carnivals, attending fund raising events. A Patrol Captain with 100% Patrol attendance – 36hrs of patrol duty , Level 1 Surf Sports Coach & Level 2 Surf Sports Official, Represented Bulli at Sydney Water & Branch Championships as a senior surf/craft official. He was also an official at both the NSW & Australian Surf Life Saving Championships – gaining a start at both championships on the Sunday (selected by officials panel), plus attendance at club fund raising events. He also assisted junior section as various times during year as a board coach. Well done Dave.... a Trifecta of awards!

The U19 ‘FRED DUNN’ Memorial CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR was Bernadette Cardillo who is an U19 member of the club and this season has had an all round involvement in club activities including patrols, fundraising and competition.. 00% patrolling member (36 hrs) Obtained extra lifesaving awards to assist patrol requirements including Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate & Spinal Management Certificate Involved in fund raising activities including appeal day, Christmas raffle, trivia night, sportsman’s luncheon.  Competition – always gives 100% in events & was selected in Surf Life Saving Illawarra Branch Team, was part of the Bulli Rescue 2010 team that travelled to Egypt and she placed 6th in Open Female Flags. Had another good season winning medals at the Branch Championships (5 Gold & 1 Silver) NSW & Australian Pool Rescue Championships (2 Gold & 1 Silver). She won 2 gold medals at the NSW Championships (U19 Female Beach Sprint & a member of the victorious Lifesaver Relay team) At the Australian Championships she placed an unlucky close 4th in the U19 Female Beach Sprint

Dual winners were announced for the U15 ‘JACK HORNE’ MEMORIAL CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR with Ellyse Heycott & Peta Lunney. Both Ellyse and Peta have come through the Bulli Nipper program (both from U8 to U14) and enjoy everything that is Surf Life Saving – patrols, fundraising, helping the community, meeting new friends, being part of a movement with an active & healthy lifestyle.  Both are pleasant young ladies who respect their peers. Ellyse was a 100% patrolling member (leading club patrol member with 60 hrs), involved herself in fund raising activities including lifesavers appeal day & caravan park raffle Helped in Junior Section, participated in club Rookie Program and Surf Life Saving Illawarra Youth Development. Competed in surf sports at the Illawarra Branch Championships. Peta was also a 100% patrolling member (41.5 hours), involved in fund raising activities including lifesavers appeal day & caravan park raffle. Helped in Junior Section , participated in club Rookie Program and Surf Lifesaving Saving Illawarra Youth Development. She trained strongly all year with the senior surf/craft squad really putting in 110% effort at all sessions. She competed in surf sports at the Illawarra Branch Championships, New South Wales & Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in individual & team events.

Other major award winners on the night included;

ROOKIE PATROL MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Mitch Dwyer as a 1st year Surf Club member and is in the U17’s obtaining his Bronze Medallion at start of year & showed great interest in all patrol activities during season, 100% patrol attendance including 51.5 hours patrol duty. Mitch also completed his Duke of Edinburgh award through the surf club – registering extra 50 hours of voluntary work around the year including fund-raising events (golf day), water safety with nippers, maintenance work with IRB engines under supervision. He also trained with surf sports squad & competed at local Sydney Water carnival. Involved in club rookie program

PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Ingrid Cardillo who was the Liaison Officer/Chaperone/Club Photographer of Bulli’s Rescue 2010 Egypt tour,  unofficial club photographer – over 4,000 photos taken this season alone. Helped with fundraising activities (Rescue 2010 Sportsman’s Luncheon & Trivia Night) which included invitations to guests, obtaining raffle & auction prizes. Ingrid attended majority of fund-raising events for the club and was instrumental with photo gallery on surf club website – over 500 photos displayed. She also assisted as one of the Beach Squad managers at both State & Nationals.     

BULLI WORKERS CLUB TROPHY: Al Green was a Patrol Vice Captain with 35.25 hours of patrol this season, obtained his Silver Basic Beach Management Certificate this year to assist with patrol requirements. He did a heap of maintenance work with our IRB engines at the start of the season also assisted on training days at IRB Courses. One of the main co-ordinators for major fund raising event (Golf Day) including obtaining sponsors, purchasing BBQ supplies, rallying numbers as golfers on the day plus one of many that drove boat/craft trailers to Australian Championships in Queensland. Attended majority of fund-raising events for club during season

KEN BAKER SURF SPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Tom Dewey another 1st year member at the club, an U17 beach competitor who competed strongly all year representing Illawarra at NSW Inter-Branch Championships & very unlucky not to make NSW Team after winning U17 sprint & 4th in flags. At the East Coast Surf Festival Series 1st U17 Male Beach Sprint, Sydney Water Series 1st in U17 Male & 3rd Open Male Beach point-score. Illawarra Branch Championships (5 Gold & 1 Silver medal). Tom also won 2 medals @ NSW Championships – 1st U17 Male Beach Sprint & 2nd U17 Male Beach Flags and 1 medal @ Australian Championships – 2nd U17 Male Beach Sprint. He was also Awarded Surf Life Saving Illawarra Young Male Athlete of the Year and was a finalist in the Surf Life Saving NSW Young Athlete of the Year

RUSS JONES BOAT TROPHY: ‘A’ Boat Crew Paul Jones (sweep) - Heath Mercer – Dean Roberts – Adam Barlow – Ben Lowe. The crew rowed strongly all year with some great results; 1st in the South Coast Boat Series, 2nd at the Branch Championships, & NSW Inter-cities, 3rd in the Best of the Best Carnival, 4th in the State Grand Prix. At the NSW Championships winning 2 medals, 3rd in the Open Boat & 1st in the Lifesaver Relay. At the Australian Championships they made the qualifying semi finals.





NSW Surf Life Saving Coach of the Year - Downie Langthorne

On Saturday night Downie Langthorne, our club's Surf/Craft/Pool Rescue Coach was announed as 'Çoach of the Year' at the 2011 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence Night at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour in front of 300 surf life saving members & supporters. Unfortunately Downie couldn't make it on the night due to work commitments with Club President Keith Caldwell accepting his award on Downie's behalf.

Downie is part of the new breed of surf sports coaches and will be the future of Surf Life Saving in Illawarra for many years to come. Downie began his surf life saving career as a young nipper with North Curl Curl SLSC many years ago and at the age of 31 is still putting in the hours as a competitor & coach in an organisation he loves being involved in. Downie is a great boach & ski paddler plus also is acknowledged as one of Australia's best pool rescue competitors, having made 8 Australian Surf Life Saving representative teams, the most recent being at Rescue 2010 in Egypt. 

He is a current Level 2 accredited coach & looks after our senior surf/craft squad. 2 members under the coaching of Downie were selected in Surf Life Saving Australian U21 Development Team that travelled to the New Zealand National Pool Rescue Championships (Mitchell Fagerstrom & Sean White). A heap of our kids also made the Illawarra Branch Team that competed at the NSW Inter-Branch Championships.

Downie has great maturity beyond his years in dealing with young persons from the age of 13 years through to mid 20’s and also includes our masters athletes. The information that he passed onto these athletes including formalizing training sessions, commitment, nutrition, surf skills definitely enhanced everybody’s performances throughout the season. It is not only about winning medals but also helping athletes achieve personal goals and giving them self confidence in life as well, with the support of the club, Downie travelled the East Coast of Australia attending carnivals placing the senior surf/craft squad against the best. He must be doing something right as the medal tally over the past few seasons has been quite staggering and remains at a high total consistently.This season when the Illawarra Branch Team was selected he was selected as Assistant Surf/Craft Coach & helped conduct training sessions prior to Inter-branch and helped local club coaches at these training sessions to work on skills based training in surf/craft. 

Downie really relates to our younger members, as a former school teacher he has the respect of parents and athletes. He takes interest in their social aspects of life and encourages them to participate in social gatherings and makes sure that they have life after surf club activities. One of his best qualities is his communication skills, this season he has put the belief in our senior members to be role models & mentors to our young surf/craft squad.The club believes that Downie’s personality and ability to get the best out of all athletes (including beginners, improvers, middle of the road, elite etc) has assisted the club in greater member retention this season.

Downie’s most outstanding achievement was the U17 female girls in the senior squad (6 girls). With Bonnie McGregor as a guiding light for the young girls on the ski's, Downie put the finishing polish on these girls. These girls as a group have gone from good average competitors to girls that now believe in themselves winning medals & making national finals. None of these girls had ever made a national final previously, so to see 3 girls in the U17 National Ski final, 1 girl in the U17 board final, 1 team in the U17 Female Surf Teams final, 1 team in the U17 Female Board Relay final and 1 team in U17 Female Board Rescue final was unbelievable.

At the WORLD LIFE SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS with our Bulli team he coached Hannah Minogue (Open Female) who was a finalist in Iron-woman, Ski, Board & Swim & the Open Men’s Board Rescue team of Mitchell Fagerstrom/Jake Hogarth who placed 5th

A quick look at medals won by members under the guidance of Downie;

2010 Surf Life Saving New South Wales Pool Rescue Championships: 12 Gold, 8 Silver & 4 Bronze medals 2010 Surf Life Saving Australian Pool Rescue Championships: 8 Gold, 8 Silver & 8 Bronze medals 2011 Surf Life Saving Illawarra Championships: 41 Gold, 33 Silver & 35 Bronze medals 2011 Surf Life Saving New South Wales Championships: 3 Gold, 1 Silver & 3 Bronze medals 2011 Surf Life Saving Australian Championships: 1 Silver & 1 Bronze medals (members coached by Downie also made 18 finals)

In all a staggering medal count at Major Championships totalling 64 GOLD 51 SILVER 51 BRONZE

Whilst on the NSW Awards Night.......Congratulations also must go to Maria Caldwell (Volunteer of the Year), Keith Caldwell (Lifesaver of the Year) & Tom Dewey (Young Athlete of the Year) as being acknowledged as finalists in their respective categories on the night.

Maroubra SLSC won Club of the Year but from all reports our Club of the Year nomination wasn't far of the mark.






Great results at NSW Pool Rescue Championships

Bulli’s rising stars stole the limelight from the senior section of the team, with some very impressive performances from Abbey Dawson and Kiah Taylor in particular. A very young squad of 16 Bulli Surf Life Saving athletes (which also included 2 Open & 2 Masters guys) continued to show its strong form it has displayed over many years as a leading club in Pool Rescue competition, finishing fifth in the overall club point score at last weekends New South Wales Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships held at Woy Woy on the Central Coast. 

A special thanks to Downie Langthorne (Bulli Pool Rescue Coach), Ben Denner, Keith Caldwell & Ryan O'Grady for assisting with training sessions at Wollongong University Pool recently helping our younger members experience pool rescue events for the first time.

Downie who hasn't hit the pool since last years World Championships in Egypt competed on the second day of the championships and showed to our younger members why he is known as one of Australian's best pool rescue athletes, finishing a close 4th in the 200m Super Lifesaver (still second with 10 metres to gave out). Just his appearance and guidance on the day with fellow club member & Aussie Rep Sean White helped the younger kids. 

Special mention to Mali Taylor who helped as a live patient in the SERC event. Also John Meehan & Kevin Starling who were officials over the weekend. Scott Gordon was our volunteer all weekend who assisted with equipment set-up and placement of manikins in the water. He looked like a dried prune when he finally got out of the water. Well done big fella! 

As mentioned the club finished 5th in the overall point-score with Terrigal running out winners with a large quality squad, recruiting some star athletes from other Central Coast clubs for the up coming summer season;   

1st Terrigal 495   2nd Wanda 361  3rd Cronulla 189  4th Umina 174  5th Bulli 138

Results for Bulli members below;


1st U13 Female 100m Patient Tow - Kiah Taylor/Mali Taylor

1st U13 Female 50m Freestyle with fins – Abbey Dawson

1st U13 Male Line Throw – Connor Basham/Joshua Gordon

1st U13/U14 Male 3 x 16m Manikin Relay – Connor Basham/Riley Lord/Joshua Gordon

2nd U13 Female 100m Patient Tow – Abbey Dawson/Kiah Taylor

2nd U15 Male Line Throw – Dale Dawson/Lachlan Hand

2nd Open Male Line Throw – Sean White/Lachlan O’Grady

3rd U13 Male 100m Obstacle – Joshua Gordon

3rd U14 Female 100m Manikin Tow – Abbey Dawson

3rd U17 Male Line Throw – Beau Wheeler/Calvin Richards

3rd Open Male Line Throw – Downie Langthorne/Beau Wheeler

3rd U13/U14 Female 4 x 50m Medley Relay – Abbey Dawson/Emma Brown/Bridgette Lockhart/Kiah Taylor

3rd U15/U17 Male 4 x 50m Medley Relay – Calvin Richards/Dale Dawson/Lachlan Hand/Lachlan O’Grady

3rd U13/U14 Female 3 x 16m Manikin Relay – Kiah Taylor/Abbey Dawson/Emma Brown

3rd U13 Female 50m Freestyle – Abbey Dawson

3rd U13 Female 50m Freestyle with fins - Mali Taylor