Rescue 2010 wrap-up

Well all bar one have returned from the World Life Saving Championships in Egypt. The team captain and one of our senior surf/craft coaches Downie Langthorne is still cruising the Nile and relaxing after 2 weeks of gruelling competition.

For Downie he had a mixed trip, tearing his hamstring 2 days prior to the international competition, missing out on A finals in the pool by .5 of a second on some occasions, getting crook with food poisioning.

As President Keith Caldwell mentioned prior to the team departing Australia, "This is a very young team and I am sure they will gain some experience in racing against the best in the world in the pool and at the beach with surf and beach events. Being in a new country and experiencing their cultural living will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives. Best of luck, have a safe and enjoyable trip "

Keith spoke with Ingrid Cardillo (Team Liasion Officer/Team Photographer) upon her return and she believed the whole team pulled together and supported each other in a quite different cultural environment. Some of the highlights are mentioned below and there are also photos posted in the gallery section of the website. 

Each year that the Bulli team goes to the World Championships, they take a mascot which members have to wear, keep in their possession as part of team protocol. This time it was a child's floating ring (duck shaped) and it was known as Brittany (alias Brittany Sharkey one of our senior girls, an outstanding pool & surf swimmer) who couldn't make the trip. Basically you got to wear the ring if you were the quietest person the day before.

The high lights of Brittany's tour were; Jake walking the length of the pool deck with Brittany, fins, goggles, and towel, to the cheers of all the spectators, Matt jumping of the 10m diving platform to the cheers again, and Downie wearing Brittany for his ski warm up.

There was a penalty for saying the word “mine” (as this word did not mean you were a team player).  The penalty was ten pushup on the spot no matter where you were.  The team members were seen doing pushups in restaurants, at the pool, on the beach, and in the bus.  We all had a nick name and were fined for not using them.

The bus trip from Cairo airport was supposed to be 2-3 hours was 5 ½ hours, we had to change buses half was as we had no air conditioning.

The accreditation centre only had one person booking everyone in.  This made for a long wait.

The accommodation was far below any standards in Australia.  The beds were so hard a few of the guys had bruised hips from trying to sleep on their side. The stove was ancient and on a LPG gas cylinder.  We bought a new fry pan and pot for cooking and ate out of them. Nothing was clean. Nothing was finished well.  The only good thing was the air conditioning.

The team mostly ate at a restaurant called “Spetra”.  It was fantastic.  The meals were huge and cheap.  The most popular meals were the grilled chicken fajitas and pasta with meat balls.    

The traffic in Egypt is pure chaos.  They are all lunatics.  We saw accidents and were very close to having accidents as well.  The taxi drivers are crazy.   Jake, Mitch and Sean nearly had a head on, as their taxi driver decided to overtake.  The taxi drivers loved Brittany and were more interesting in playing with her than watching the road.

Where the team stayed, only 3 doors down was a mosque, so prays were happening at 4.30am every morning. So there were some very long days.

All of the team got to do some sight-seeing and experience Egypt at it's best!

Competition wise, the team raced well, with some personal best times in the pool and some very good racing at the beach. Heats, Quarters & Semi Finals were held and most of our team made finals in individual and team events;

Male Surf

Mitchell Fagerstrom 13th Sean White 21st Matt Crilley 32nd

Female Surf

Hannah Minogue 13th

Female Board

Hannah Minogue 6th


Hannah Minogue 8th

Male Board Rescue

Mitchell Fagerstrom & Jake Hogarth 5th

Male Ski

Downie Langthorne 8th

Male Taplin Relay

Mitchell Fagerstrom – Jake Hogarth – Downie Langthorne – Matthew Crilley 7th

Female Ski

Hannah Minogue 5th

Female Beach Flags

Bernadette Cardillo 6th

Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition

Downie Langthorne – Matthew Crilley – Mitchell Fagerstrom – Ben Denner 9th


Downie Langthorne wins GOLD for Aussie Team at Rescue 2010

Our very own Downie Langthorne helped Australia win the Inter-National Teams Point-score at the World Life Saving Championships at Alexandria (Egypt).

Australian Surf Life Saving defeated their arch rivals New Zealand by 24 points (800 to 776). A total of 44 nations competed in this stage of the championsips. Italy & Germany pushed both Australia and New Zealand in the competition, but the experience of the Aussie surf/beach team shone through in the end.

Downie played a very large part in the teams success with his leadership in the SERC (Simulated Emergency Rescue Competiton) never in doubt, gaining the aussie team a world gold medal!

He also got a silver medal in the Oceanman Relay (Taplin Relay) as the ski paddler.

Downie played an important part in the overall victory for the team, with other personal highlights being;

* 6th in the Open Male Ski Race

* 9th in the 100m Manikin Tow with Fins

* 12th in the 100m Rescue Medley

* 12th in the 200m Super Lifesaver  

* Member of the 4 x 25m Men's Manikin Relay team that placed 5th

* Member of the 4 x 50m Men's Medley Relay team that placed 6th

* Member of the 4 x 50m Men's Obstacle Relay team that placed 7th 

Our own Bulli Team have also arrived in Alexandria and I am sure Downie will gee them up for the inter-club competition which starts on Monday 11 October with 3 days of pool rescue events & then 3 days of surf/beach events. 


Become a sponsor of Bulli Surf Life Saving Club


Bulli Surf Life Saving Club Inc is on the lookout for sponsors/donors/supporters for the 2010/2011 surfing season and beyond.

We have packages that offer an exciting and effective marketing tool for your organisation.

Supporting Bulli SLSC provides a valuable opportunity for your organisation to align themselves with the ideals and established tradition of vigilance and service through the surf life saving movement. We are a small but highly successful club known throughout Australia for our dedication to community service in beach patrolling, professional and progressive management and exploits in competition through surf sports.

Our club is truly a ‘family club’ and has been providing structured activities for members from 6 years and upwards for over 97 years.   A partnership with Bulli SLSC offers the opportunity to be associated with surf life saving – the great Australian Icon, whose cultural and humanitarian importance is recognized far and wide.

Our members, lifesaving and surf sports equipment, website, club newsletters and club house provide a visible presence to promote your organisation to the wider community.

For any further details please contact Keith Caldwell (President) Email:  


Renew your membership online now!

Surf Life Saving Australia has introduced a new service to our members. Our club has taken the steps and we are on line, so members if you wish to renew your membership on-line and save the hassle of carrying forms & money around with you at the beach, check out the below information. is a great web tool for surf club members.

On this site you can: renew your membership, update your personal details, check your awards, see your patrol roster & keep up-to-date with your patrol hours.

1) Visit

2) If you have used Lifesaving Online before go to the Login tab. If you have

forgotten your username and/or password, follow the links to receive you login



3) If you have not used Lifesaving Online before go to the Register Tab, Follow the instructions to register and receive a confirmation email or sms. When you receive your confirmation email or sms follow the instructions to activate your account.

4) Once you have activated your account or logged in click on the link to renew

your membership.

5) Please check your details carefully and make any changes. Ensure your email

address is correct. This email address is the one the surf club will use for you.

6) Read and tick the declaration agreement boxes at the bottom of the page.

7) Please note, each club member will need to complete this process. If you have a

family membership, please ensure you renew each individual member separately.

8) You will then be directed to the payment gateway (where you can pay your

membership by credit card).


1) Once you have renewed your membership, you will be prompted to pay your fees online (or visit and click on the payment gateway link.

2) Ensure BULLI appears as the club or service to be paid.

3) Choose "Membership Fee" categoryfrom the drop down menu

4) Write in your name in the payment details field (VERY IMPORTANT!)

 5) Enter your Visa or Mastercard details, confirm your payment details, add your email address and submit.

6) Your membership renewal and payment are now complete.A receipt will now be emailed to you if you have provided your email address.




CHECK YOUR MEMBERSHIP FORM (that was posted out last week), SIGN IT AND



Please contact Maria Caldwell if you have any problems with the online renewal process.

* 2010-2011 MEMBERSHIP FEES *

Active (18+), Reserve Active and Long Service $50.00

Junior (15-18 Yrs) $40.00

Associate member $50.00 (plus $30 for gym by application)

Award member $50.00 (plus $30 for gym by application)

General (Nipper Parent) $30.00 (not eligible to use gym)

Nipper Kid (5-14Yrs) $50.00

Family membership $150.00 (2 adults & 2 children under 18)

and $20 each child thereafter.







Surf Club Sportsman's Luncheon

175 people were in attendance at Bulli Workers Club for the 2010 Bulli Surf Club Sportsman's Luncheon on Friday 6 August.

What a great day with Steve Carfino as MC interviewing special guests Wayne Bennett, Wendell Sailor, Ryan Girdler & Craig Young. Ace McDermott entertained the crowd with his special brand of comedy & magic.

Many guests that were there on the day and had been to the previous luncheons believe it was the best line up of guest speakers assembled. In all it was a very sucessful day!

A big thankyou to Fosters Group Australia (Jean Flood) for helping on the day with some refreshments and heaps of raffle prizes plus of course our guest speakers who made themselves available for the day. The club would like to also acknowledge the many businesses who supported the luncheon with prizes for the silent auction & raffle;  

* Fosters Group Australia * The Australian Distillery Company * TYR * Calefi Cafe Woonona

* NRMA Thirroul * Nest Emporium Thirroul * Contours Woonona * Tukkies Thai Kitchen Bulli * Mogo Zoo

* Bare Essentials * Topnosh Catering * Coconut Thai Restaurant Wollongong * Norton Rose

* Rebel Sport  Wollongong * Paul McLeay MP * Illawarra Sports Store Woonona * i98fm

* Bev’s Tiger Moth Flights * Captain Cook Cruises * Action Framing & Memorabilia

* St George/Illawarra Dragons RLFC * Western Plains Zoo Dubbo * ahm Wollongong Hawks

Balgownie World Travel *  Wollongong Central * Rocks Resort Currumbin Beach

* Harmony Therapeutics * Phyxit Physio & Injury Clinic * Thirroul Leagues Bowling & Recreational Club

* Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk * Project Portfolio Management * Local Liquor @ Corrimal

* St George Bank * rehAbility Exercise Solutions 


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