Bulli Surf Life Saving Club
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Members win medals at 2012 NSW Championships

First up our Nippers contested the 2012 NSW Age Championships at Kingscliff Beach 2-3-4 March with a small squad of eager kids. Well conditions varied over the 3 days of competition with hot sunny days, wet & wild weather, clean surf break followed by massive surf sweeps & dirty water caused by the adverse weather conditions thrown in as well to top off the weekend. A few finals for the kids with top 6 placings to Coen Taylor 5th in the U9 Male Surf, Ashley Dribbus 6th in the U11 Female Flags & Kiah Taylor 6th in the U14 Female Surf.

Congratulations to Ashley Dribbus on winning gold as the NSW Champion in the U11 Female Sprint.

Next it was our grey hair brigade or commonly known as Masters athletes who contested their events on Thursday 8 March. A fine day with a small wave made conditions perfect for competition. Well done to Kimberley Fleming 4th in the 40-44yrs Female Ski, Peter Lord 6th in the 40-44yrs Male Ski & Michael Harris 6th in the 50-54yrs Tube Rescue.

Congratulations to our Masters medal winners namely Kimberley Fleming 2nd in the 40-44yrs Iron-woman & Peter Richards 2nd in the 45-49yrs 2km Male Beach Run.

The Senior Section of the club were greated with fine warm weather over the 9-10-11 March with tricky conditions from shore leading to an increase in swell over the 3 days, causing kaos with skis/boards & body surfing skills being tested in the 3ft-4ft waves. The boat events were held at Fingal Beach and they too were greeted with a shore dump & trick conditions.

The Boat Section gained some excellent results with the Men’s A crew being crowned NSW Champions after racing strongly all season. Well done to Paul Jones (sweep), Dean Roberts, Heath Mercer, Ben Lowe & Dan Porra. This crew then teamed with the Open Women’s & U19 Male crews to finish 2nd in the Boat Relay.....a great club effort!

The Surf/Craft Section gained some great results with everybody putting in 100% in their races. Great to see our Lifesaver Relay Team finish 3rd in the final and qualify for Nationals in this event. It is a club event with a boat crew, U17, U19 & Female required to be in the team doing boat, swim, board, ski & run legs. Over 58 finals contested by Bulli members over the 4 days including Masters. 11 x top 6 placings gaining points allowing the club to finish 14th in the Open Club Point-score...not too bad for a small club really!

Proud to announce our NSW Championship Medal Winners;

* GOLD U11 Female Beach Sprint Ashley Dribbus

* GOLD Open Men’s Boat Crew (Paul Jones, Dean Roberts, Dan Porra, Ben Lowe & Heath Mercer)

* GOLD Open Female Ski Hannah Minogue

* GOLD U15 Female Surf Bridgette Lockhart


* SILVER U17 Male Ski Lachlan O’Grady

* SILVER Masters 45-49yrs Male 2km Beach Run Peter Richards

* SILVER Masters 40-44yrs Iron-woman Kimberley Fleming

* SILVER Boat Relay (Open Men’s Paul Jones, Dean Roberts, Heath Mercer, Ben Lowe, Dan Porra - Open Women’s Crew Brittany Sharkey, Ashley Unicomb, Susie Scott, Belinda Scott - U19 Men’s Crew Shane Geloven, Kyle Mercer, Albert Smeaton, Iszak Lunney & Toby Allnutt)


* BRONZE Lifesaver Relay ( Open Men’s A crew, Lachlan O’Grady, Beau Wheeler, Downie langthorne & Hannah Minogue)

* BRONZE Open Men’s Rescue Tube Rescue (Mitchell Fagerstrom, Sean White, Jake Hogarth & Matthew Crilley)

* BRONZE U15 Female Surf Kiah Taylor

* BRONZE Open Female Board Hannah Minogue

* BRONZE Open Iron-woman Hannah Minogue

* BRONZE U17 Male Belt Lachlan O’Grady (Belt Team Dave O’Grady, Jake Hogarth, Peter Lord & Peter Richards)


Top 6 placings for the club over the Age/Masters/Open Championships included;

4th U15 Female Surf Teams (Emma Brown, Bridgette Lockhart, Abbey Dawson & Kiah Taylor)

4th Open Male Surf Teams (Beau Wheeler, Sean White, Mitchell Fagerstrom & Oscar Bradley)

4th 40-44yrs Female Ski Kimberley Fleming

4th U15 Female Cameron Relay (Emma Brown, Bridgette Lockhart, Kiah Taylor & Morgan Richards)

5th U17 Iron-man Lachlan O’Grady

5th U15 Female Surf Emma Brown

5th U9 Male Surf Coen Taylor

6th Open Male Board Rescue Mitchell Fagerstrom/Oscar Bradley

6th U15 Female 2km Beach Run Morgan Richards

6th Open Mixed Double Ski Downie Langthorne/Hannah Minogue

6th Open Male Belt Matthew Crilley

6th Open Male Taplin Relay (Mitchell Fagerstrom, Lachlan O’Grady, Beau Wheeler, Oscar Bradley, Downie Langthorne & Sean White)

6th U19 Male Board Beau Wheeler

6th 40-44 yrs Male Ski Peter Lord

6th 50-54yrs Tube Rescue Michael Harris

6th U11 Female Beach Flags Ashley Dribbus

6th U14 Female Surf Kiah Taylor

The club would like to thank our members that drove gear trailers to the championships, sometimes a thankless job but definitely needed to allow our competitors to race. Thank-you to Sean Taylor, Paul Jones, Lincoln Costello, Dave O’Grady & Russell Brinkworth for your efforts in towing our boat & craft trailers.

Not forgetting our hard working officials & team management, including assistant area managers, plus junior & senior competition secretary’s who also put in long hours during & prior to the Junior, Masters & Open Championships. Massive thanks to John Meehan, Dennis Allen, Kevin Starling, Dave Greene, Leanne Taylor, Maria Caldwell, Keith Caldwell, Peter Lord, Stuart Brown, Lisa O’Grady, Sandra Brinkworth, Kris Crilley plus our intitial tent set-up people Sean Taylor & Paul Dawson. If any name has been missed apologies but your help was greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the supporters including parents that travelled to these championships.

Good luck to everybody attending the 2012 Australian Open/Masters Championships at Kurrawa Beach, Queensland in late March. 


Keith and Maria Caldwell