Welcome to our October newsletter. Through summer, we put together a monthly newsletter with a bunch of club highlights, news and information about what's going on with our members and in the community. If you have anything you'd like us to share with our subscribers each month, please feel free to send it through to us.

Recent Events

Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club Annual General Meeting | Thanks to those who attended Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club's 79th Annual General Meeting. The committee for the 2017/2018 season was elected and stands as follows:

Chairman - John Wesley-Smith
President - Ken Middleton
Treasurer - Karl Campbell
Secretary - Margaret McDowell
Club Captain - Georgia McLaren
Director of Lifesaving - Nick Mulcahy
Junior Surf Coordinator - Carl Jones
Boat Captain - Jono Boyd

We wish to thank all exiting and returning committee members for their dedication and hard work last season and welcome all new club committee members onboard.

2016/2017 Titahi Bay SLSC Annual Report (PDF) 

Capital Coast Awards of Excellence | Congratulations to the following finalists and winners from Titahi Bay who were recognised at the 2017 Capital Coast Awards of Excellence in June:

Winner Official of the Year: Glen Jones
Winner Team of the Year: Open Men's Surf Boat Crew
Finalist U19 Lifeguard of the Year: Alan McVicar
Finalist Lifeguard of the Year: J'Adoube Elkington
Winner Volunteer of the Year: Nick Mulcahy
Winner Innovation of the Year: Titahi Bay/Coastal Research (Surf Safety Videos)

Nick also received a Capital Coast Service Award after many years of contributing to both sport and lifesaving, not only at area and regional level but at national and international level too.

The winners went on to be named as finalists for the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to all of the national winners, in particular our fellow Capital Coast clubbies and Steven Kent who, along with his fellow Black Fins teammates, received the TSB Bank International Sports Performance of the Year award.

2017 World Games | The World Games was a multi-sport event held in Wroclaw, Poland with 27 official sports. The lifesaving component was a pool competition only, taking place from July 21 - 22. Steven Kent captained the team of ten athletes and brought home a bronze in the Men's 200m Obstacles, a personal best in the Men's 50m Manikin Carry and a New Zealand record for the Men's 100m Manikin Tow with a time of 51.87!
TSB Bank International Sport Performance of the Year: Black Fins Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay SLSC), Steven Kent (Titahi Bay SLSC), Mark Weatherall (Team Manager), Steve Vaughan (Assistant Team Manager) & TSB Bank General Manager Steve O'Shea.
TSB Grant | We are thrilled to announce that Titahi Bay SLSC has been chosen as the recipient of a $20,000 grant from one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand's major partners, TSB Bank! More information about the grant programme can be found here. This grant will be put towards the rebuild and maintenance of the sea wall at the front of the clubhouse.

The wall, which was installed in 1960 when our clubhouse was built, has stood up to the best our beach could throw at it for well over 50 years. It will not, however, last another year and so requires complete replacement.

Put simply we needed help and TSB’s incredible offer to provide financial assistance to New Zealand Surf Clubs that are in need of it could not have come at a better time for us. We look forward to getting started on the project and updating you on our progress! 

Junior Surf Zone

REGISTRATIONS are now CLOSED | Thank you to all of our returning members who have re-registered for the 2017/2018 season and a warm welcome to all of our new families!

Titahi Bay SLSC Nippers starts on Sunday 29 October 2017. More information about our Sunday Nipper trainings will be sent out closer to the date.

Our Pipi programme will run again this season - if you've got children participating in our Nipper programme then their younger siblings aged 5 - 6 may register as Pipi's. You can register at the first Nipper session or talk to the Junior Surf Coordinators.

Check out this link for all Capital Coast Junior Surf Carnivals and Events.

Will your children be in age groups between U11 and U19 this season? Are they looking to compete at Oceans or train in the craft squad? If yes, join the 'Oceans and Juniors Group - Titahi Bay SLSC' Facebook group. This is a private group where all Oceans and Junior training news and notifications will be posted. Don't miss out, join now!

Get in touch with our Junior Surf Coordinators with any questions.

Lifeguard Tower

2017/2018 Lifesaving Committee | Please refer to the list of lifesaving positions and the member in charge of each area. Detailed position descriptions are available on the Lifesaving Committee page on our website.

Director of Lifesaving - Nick Mulcahy
Lifesaving Officer - Nick Mulcahy
Chief Instructor: Surf Lifeguard Award - Nick Mulcahy
Chief Instructor: IRB - DJ Stapleton
IRB Officer - Jeff Chapman
First Aid Officer - J'Adoube Elkington
Equipment Officer - Mike Kelly
Communications Officer - Georgia McLaren

2017/2018 Surf Lifeguard Award Training | Have you, or someone you know, ever wanted to become a qualified surf lifeguard? Now's your chance - this season's lifeguard training kicks off soon so let anyone who is interested know ASAP!

Not only can you train towards getting your Surf Lifeguard Award, there's also the option of a gaining your Patrol Support Award (this certifies that the holder has the basic skills and knowledge to be a Patrol Support Member, however they cannot take part in any water based activities on patrol, such as rescues or preventative actions).

For dates and more information, head to the Become Qualified page on our website.

Member Development & Pathways | So far this season our clubbies have gained...
  • 7 new First Aid Level 1 awards
  • 4 new First Aid Level 2 awards
  • 8 new Marine VHF Radio Operator certificates
  • 1 new IRB Driver
  • 1 Introduction to Surf Coaching award
Check out the Lifesaving Pathway for even more qualification options! 

Upcoming Courses | More information will be sent out closer to the time but here's what's coming up in the Capital Coast area. You can register your interest for these courses with Margaret when the flyers are sent out.
  • Patrol Captain's Training Course (21 October) - Otaki
  • IRB Engine Maintanance Workshop (4 November) - Himatangi 
  • IRB Engine Maintenance Workshop (5 November) - Paekakariki

We've updated the stockroom and have a whole bunch of new gear to kit our clubbies out in! Head to the Uniform page on our website for the latest list of merchandise and get in touch with Jenna if you'd like to make an order.
Sport Calendar
  • Whitehorse #1 (5 November) - Titahi Bay
  • Junior Surf #1 (19 November) - Worser Bay
  • Whitehorse #2 (26 November) - Titahi Bay
  • Junior Surf #2 (3 December) - Maranui
  • New Zealand Surf Boat Trial (11 November) - Mount Maunganui
  • New Zealand Surf Boat Series: Round 1 (12 November) - Mount Maunganui
  • New Zealand Surf Boat Series: Round 2 (2 January) - Whangamata
Congratulations to Marty McDowell who has been named as part of the New Zealand Open Team (the Black Fins) to compete at the International Surf Rescue Challenge (30 November & 1 - 2 December).

The beach competition, which is held every two years, is a gathering of the world's top lifesavers and originally started in 1939 as the Trans-Tasman Series between Australia and New Zealand. An overall point score will be maintained in both the Open and Youth categories with the winners being declared the Open and Youth 2017 International Surf Rescue Challenge Champions.

Ever wanted to get involved in coaching or surf sport officiating? The Capital Coast will be running a course in each discipline in the near future which you can register your interest for with Margaret when registrations open.
  • Introduction to Surf Coaching Course (2 December) - Paekakariki
  • Surf Officials Level 1 Course (3 December) - Paekakariki
In The Spotlight
This month we interviewed our Club Captain, Georgia McLaren. Georgia had a great time catching up with Life Member Jim Campbell MNZM at the recent Surf Life Saving New Zealand Awards of Excellence (pictured below).
Day Job: Database/Website Administrator at Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
Dream Job: Mine is pretty good for the time-being but being a professional food critic wouldn't be too bad.
Favourite NZ beach? Titahi Bay of course but love the vibes at both Waihi and the Mount!
Favourite quote? "Don't worry, everything is going to be amazing" - Unknown.
What got you started is SLS, how many years have you been involved? I got my SLGA in 2009 after watching Lizzy & Kathryn Bunckenburg study for theirs when we were at school. I also wanted to be just like my cousin Julianne who had rowed in the Open Women's crew years earlier.
Surf Lifesaving highlight? Winning a gold medal rowing against Australia at the Trans-Tasman Challenge in Sydney, 2016!
What is the best advice you have been given? You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. 
Something people might not know about you? I have an irrational fear of most birds and a lot of animals!
Looking forward to this season? Trying to achieve my dream of paddling a ski haha! I'm excited to be rowing another year in the Open Women's crew and taking the super cute Pipi's at our Sunday Nipper sessions again, as well as getting some club events off the ground this season for all of our clubbies to enjoy together! 
In General
Thanks to those clubbies who do their bit around the club to keep it clean and tidy. Remember to mop up puddles of water and sweep up any sand that you bring inside, as well as closing windows when you're leaving and making sure the club is alarmed and locked up.
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