StClairSLSC, Dunedin NZ.

Dear members,

Latest news from around the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club.

SLSNZ IRB Nationals

This weekend sees the final event on the 2014/2015 Surf Life Saving Calendar with the running of the Surf Life Saving New Zealand IRB Nationals being held locally at Warrington Beach. St Clair crews are racing - 2 under 21, 2 Senior and 3 Women's crews with a team of 25 including our hardy patients. Crews entered are:

Under 21:

  • Angus Mackenzie and Arthur Ibbotson
  • James Rolfe and Ossian Woods


  • Issac Davies and Sam Kemp
  • Niam Chronican and Scott Fraser


  • Briar Taylor and Maysha Ahrens
  • Heather Thompson and Mikayla Garforth
  • Immy Doyle and Eilis Doyle

Our patients for the weekend are: Elle Rolfe, Libby Clifton, Molly Stewart, Bailey Brandham, Samuel Wardhaugh, James Coombes, Lilly Bloxham, Natasha Scott, Jackson Aleusi and Griffin Hill.

Racing commences at 1.30pm on Friday and from 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday. The team has been building well with a good results at recent competitions and will be treating the event like any National Championships right down to having tea together as a team at the club after each days racing. All club members are encouraged to come and support their club IRB team. Regardless of surf size and weather the racing will be fast and spectacular.

Club Service Awards

Many of you will recall that it was approved at last Annual General Meeting to implement two new awards at club level. The Club Service Award and the Club Distinguished Service Award. This years Prize Giving will be the first year these awards are presented. The critieria and nomindation process will be published in the next Club eNewsletter.

Club Uniforms

Strong interest continues for the large St Clair beach jackets. The cost of these are approximately $100 or $115 with screen printing. If anyone would like one can they please get in touch with the club via email prior to Thursday, 2 April so we can place an order before Easter.


The club would like to thank all the lifeguards who have given up there time over the summer to keep St Clair beach safe. We have had a successful summer with 4 reported rescues, 8 first aids and 624 preventative actions helping nearly 2000 people.

Thanks to our 8 patrol captains for maintaining good numbers in our patrols and our senior lifeguards for stepping up when required. Keep an eye out in the Club eNewsletter over winter for professional development courses and social events. 

Once again thanks for all your effort over summer and see you at Senior Club Prize Giving. 

Junior Surf

Junior surf had the season ending prize giving on Friday, 20 March with a great turn out. A big congratulations to all prize winners. Club days have finished but Wednesday night swimming continues throughout the winter. We wish all those under 14's who are leaving us to join the senior ranks all the best. Details of lifeguard course etc will be available in a later Club eNewsletter.

Senior Club Prize Giving

The Senior Club Prize Giving for the 2014/2015 season will be held on Saturday, 18 April from 7pm. More details on the events for the evening will be available in a later Club eNewsletter.

If you were awarded a trophy last season please ensure this is returned to the club by Monday, 30 March so that arrangements can be made for engraving for the 2014/2015 winners.

Beginner Ski/Kayak Training

For those who are interested in learning to paddle, the Otago University Kayak Racing Club has beginner paddling on Thursdays from 5pm and Saturday from 10am at the Otago Marina behind Forsyth Barr Stadium.

BP Leaders for Life Programme

The BP Leaders for Life Programme is an annual programme run for members aged between 20 and 35 who are current or emerging leaders within the Surf Life Saving community.
View more details about the programme and how to apply.

Did you know?

The Propeller displayed in the Club Lounge is a replica of the propeller from the aircraft flown by Darcy Christopher when after suffering engine failure, he crashed in to the sea near White Island on November 3rd 1941. Darcy was rescued by a canoe from the club, hence the award of the trophy (which is a part of the original aircraft) for first canoe home in the annual White Island Race.


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