Welcome to the first newsletter for the 2016/2017 season.
Club Captain's Message
We had our most recent committee meeting a few weeks ago to prepare for what will be a very busy season and discussed the following items:
Support for Foxton patrols during the season by some of our members.
The return of the Wellington Surf Boat Event to our beach on Saturday the 3rd of December...where it belongs.
We are looking to access funding for the following patrol equipment:
IRB trailer Nick to price new trailer and report back
Karyn Stillwell and Brett Hamer have been leading the way for the replacement of the sea wall in front of the club house and Brett has been developing a project plan.
We met with Porirua City Council to discuss the sea wall replacement and also to talk about the long term plan for club house location as the current site is not feasible as a long term option. The committee will work on a plan to identify steps to take from here.
We will be running a few fundraising events this season and more information about this will be made available when finalised.
In other news:
Nick has been training new Surf Lifeguards and also putting members through their IRB Crew and Drivers Awards.
The surf boat we purchased last season is now on its way back from Australia.
We had a successful Surf Boat meeting recently with at least six crews keen to row this season.
Subs, if you have not yet paid them please do!
Annual General Meeting | It was great to see so many members attend the AGM. The 2016/2017 committee was elected and stands as follows:
President - Liam McDowell
Chairman - Ken Middleton
Treasurer - Karl Campbell
Secretary - Margaret McDowell
Club Captain - Tim Marsden
Boat Captain - Brett Hamer
Chief Instructor/Patrol Officer/IRB Officer - Nick Mulcahy
Junior Surf Coordinator - Carl Jones
Life Membership Award | Congratulations to Liam McDowell who was awarded club life membership at the AGM. Liam joined the club as a junior surf member and received his lifeguard award in 1970. Since then he has been an active lifeguard, competitor (club, district and NZ level), and club member and is the current club president.
Liam along with wife Margaret, can often be found on the beach supporting his sons Marty, Wil and Danny. Life membership recognises years of hard work and service to the club and Liam truly is a deserving recipient of this award.
Olympic Games | Congratulations to Marty McDowell who represented New Zealand in Rio at the Olympics. Cheered on by family, friends and his New Zealand teammates, Marty completed what we're sure was a race he'll never forget and an experience like no other.
Marty was joined in Rio by brothers Wil and Danny McDowell, and Jordan Crosbie.
World Rescue Championships | Titahi Bay clubbie Steven Kent was part of the New Zealand 'Black Fins' team who took out the World Lifesaving Championship title for the third time in a row. An amazing feat never achieved by a New Zealand team! Steve was a stand out performer in the pool with four medals, two NZ records and a strong follow up on the beach for the final two days of competition.
The Black Fins finished with 881 points ahead of Australia on 792 points with France in third on 599 points Read the latest Black Fins news here.
Capital Coast Pool Interclub Event | Back in Wellington, a big team of Titahi Bay clubbies hit the Coastlands Aquatic Centre to race at the very first Capital Coast pool rescue event. Our competitors had heaps of fun and enjoyed different styles of racing to the surf and sand racing they typically do. Thanks to everyone who team managed, officiated and kept the swimmers going on the day!
Working Bee | A big thank you to everyone who attended our working bee last month. Another date will be set shortly for further repairs and maintenance.
2016/2017 Registrations | Senior and associate registrations are now open. For more information about paying these head to the Join the Club page on our website.
Junior Surf Zone
New Junior Surf Members | Registrations for returning junior surf families have now closed and we are almost at the stage of opening up any free spaces to wait-listed families. Contact our Nipper Coordinators to enquire about space in this years programme.
Pipi's | Our Pipi programme will run once again this year for the younger siblings of our junior surf members. Register your interest with our Nipper Coordinators.
Start Date | Sunday Nipper training will start up again on Sunday 30 October. Junior Surf uniform will be available for purchase leading up to and on this date.
Junior Surf Carnival Dates | View the Capital Coast Junior Events for the 2016/2017 season. Please note venues and dates could be subject to change.
In the Spotlight | Nick Mulcahy
Day Job: Coastal Scientist Dream Job: I'm pretty happy in my current position, however, it would also be great to travel the world... Favourite NZ beach? I've had the opportunity to visit a number of beaches around New Zealand; aside from Titahi Bay, one that stands out is Hendersons Bay, Northland. What got you started is SLS, how many years have you been involved? I was initially involved in Junior Surf at Waikanae SLSC in Gisborne, but joined Lyall Bay SLSC when we moved to Wellington, as friends were involved. Also, the hot showers were always good after a cold surf at Lyall Bay...! I gained my Surf Lifeguard Award in 2000, and have been involved ever since. I have been a member of Titahi Bay SLSC since 2006. Surf Lifesaving highlight? There have been many, including rescuing a number of people in difficulty, being a professional surf lifeguard in Australia, training upcoming surf lifeguards at Titahi Bay, being involved in the National Lifeguard School, and winning the Open Taplin with Titahi Bay SLSC at the New Zealand SLS Championships in 2009. What is your favourite part about Titahi Bay Surf Club? The club brings a great group of people together, as well as having fun down at the beach. What is the best advice you have been given? If we want to make change it starts with us; lead by example, lend a hand, and make a difference... Any secrets you can share from your patrol team? Get out there and engage with our community; members of the public respect your knowledge of the ocean, and will appreciate any information you can give them. Be approachable, work with your team, and have fun. Looking forward to this season? For sure, I think the club is in a great position across all areas thanks to the hard work of many people. However, there is always more we can do, and if you're keen to help out then please let me know!
Surf Lifeguard Award | Training for the first surf lifeguard award is underway now. If you or someone you know is interested in life guarding or competing with Titahi Bay this season they must hold this award.
Gear Maintenance Sessions | In order to save the club the cost of repairing gear, Marty McDowell will be running a couple of classes teaching the basics which will allow you to repair the smaller dings. As you progress you will be brought up to a standard where you should be able to take on most jobs. Let Liam know if you are interested.
Club Merchandise | We have a large variety of merchandise available for financial members to purchase. Check out the Merchandise List or the Merchandise Gallery on our website. Contact Jenna Middleton for more information about merchandise and uniform this season. Club Togs are now heavily reduced! We have limited sizes in stock so get in quick - girls/women's now $30, boys/men's now $20.
Round 1 of the NZ Surf Boat Series will be held at Titahi Bay SLSC this season. Join us in hosting the Wellington Super Surf Boat Event on the 3 December and catch our crews competing against clubs from around the country.
Shout out to some of our Instagram followers for sharing their winter training pics! Thanks Ben, Alan and Jake - looks like you guys have been having a blast!