Mona Vale SLSC
96th Annual Report
96th Annual Report - 2017/2018
Front cover image:
Zackary Tate, Patrick Davies and William Munro
Image: State Titles 2018 - Darren Marshall, Chris Sims, Jim Morison, Peter Lever, Bryce Munro, David Spencer, Tim Woolnough, Kris Monnock, Sophie Stokes, Lisa Critoph, Paula Tocquer
Table of Contents
The 96th Annual General Meeting of Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club will be held at the Club House, Mona Vale Beach on Sunday 5th of August, 2018 at 2pm.
Attendance and Apologies
Welcome to guests and life members
Confirmation of the Minutes of the 95th Annual General Meeting (draft minutes were reviewed by the Management Committee, are on the website and will be available at the meeting)
Adoption of the 96th Annual Report
Adoption of Financial Statements for the 2017/18 Season (full copies of the audited accounts will be available for inspection at the meeting. An extract is given in this Annual Report)
Notice of Motion: Moved by Paula Tocquer and seconded by Bryce Munro that affiliation be sought for the 2018/19 season with Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, Surf Life Saving New South Wales, and Surf Life Saving Australia. Further, that the articles, constitution, by-laws, regulations and resolutions, together with the awards and equipment of Surf Life Saving Australia Limited and/or affiliated state/ territory centres and/or Branches, be accepted without reservation.
Moved by Steve Miles and seconded by Bryce Munro that Greg Hyde be nominated as a life member of Mona Vale SLSC
Moved by Glenn Smee and seconded by David Moreton that Gavin Smee be nominated as a life member of Mona Vale SLSC
Moved by Glenn Smee and seconded by Bryce Munro that Matthew Collins be nominated as a life member of Mona Vale SLSC
Distinguished Service Awards Nominations:
Jan Pothof - Nominated by Bryce Munro, seconded Glenn Smee
Paula Tocquer - Nominated by Bryce Munro, seconded Dave Moreton
Election of Office Bearers
Please join the President and the new office bearers for a drink at the bar after the meeting.
Notice of Meeting and Agenda ...................................................................... 5
Office Bearers and Committee Positions....................................................... 6
Message from the President.......................................................................... 7
Secretary's Report......................................................................................... 10
VP of Finance Report..................................................................................... 12
VP of Youth Report........................................................................................ 18
VP of Life Saving's Report............................................................................. 21
Chief Training Office's Report........................................................................ 23
VP of Surf Sports........................................................................................... 24
Boat Captain............................................................................................... 29
VP of Member Relations................................................................................ 31
Club Awards and Members............................................................................ 32
Radio Officer David Murray
Beach Capt. vacant
Wow the 2017/2018 season is another fine example of the volunteer community we live in.
Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club has a fantastic membership of enthusiastic, engaged, skilled and reliable volunteers. It is my sincere pleasure to thank each and every member of our wonderful club.
As regularly advertised lifesaving is our number ‘1’ business operation. Our patrol captains, vice captains and volunteers patrol members have again set a high standard and continued to provide safety for our community at the beach.
Managing such an important area at Mona Vale requires many helpers. Thank you to Dave Campbell, Adam and their band of other committee members and helpers.
Adam in moving on from his position to focus his time on IRB’s within the club. Thank you Adam for your effort.
Training and education
Congratulations, welcome and thank you to our new award recipients especially our new members and new bronze recipients.
Glenn Smee, our trusty Chief Instructor has a saying “we can never have too many qualified people”. I agree with him completely and admire all our members that continue to gain new awards. Thanks Glenn and all our trusted and talented trainers for your efforts.
Thank you to Tony Hilliger for donating a generous prize for a new award recipient.
I commented at presentation night that our surf boat crews have won a medal and every Aussie Titles since 2010. This is a remarkable fact and a standard that other areas within surf sports are creating and aspiring to achieve. At this year’s Aussies, our club won a medal in all three carnivals - Youth, Opens and Masters.
Success becomes a habit so our results at Branch, State and Aussie titles are a big credit to all our club coaches. Congratulations and thank you.
My sincere congratulations to our board and ski head coach Marty Cowper on his retirement. Marty will remain as head coach from afar, however on behalf of all Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club members I would like to thank you for a fantastic legacy you have created.
The surf sports area within our nipper ranks continues to grow and achieve fantastic results. Again thank you to all our coaches, water safety, helpers and especially the carnival management team of Dom & Wasley.
I have been excited to watch Dibby and Richard (Waldorf and Statler) drive the rebirthing of our IRB racing team. I know all involved are having a great time and we all look forward to keeping an on your results this winter.
Nippers and Youth
Dave Moreton and his Nippers team have again excelled and delivered another successful Nippers season. We have a strong, constant and reliable Junior activities at Mona Vale and that is a reflection of the hard work put in by all committee members, age managers, and helpers.
We have a significant amount of nipper parents obtaining awards and contributing to patrols on the beach and the wider club management. Thank you sincerely to all the
volunteers and helpers.
At our presentation night, I was thrilled to experience so many young members of MVSLSC receive major awards. This is again a reflection of the work put in by people such as Frank, Liam, Andrew, Carolyn and Lexie. The future of our club looks to be healthy and in very good hands.
Member services and Administration
At Mona Vale we have a fantastic dedicated and efficient member services and admin team. Thank you to Paula, Tessa, Steve, Greg and Pree for all your amazing behind the scene work. 165 people at our presentation night is a direct result of all the hard work you put in connecting with our members.
Sponsorship and fundraising
Like our members we have a group of sincerely dedicated and reliable sponsors at our club, the Sydney Northern Beaches and Surf Life Saving in general. Thank you all so much. Our members do sincerely appreciate your contribution and I know for a fact we try to reciprocate this support where possible. Matt Shrivell and his small team working with our sponsors have continued to do a great job. Thank you all.
Jock and Ralph, we are nearly there. While a couple of hurdles still remain, I think we all agree that the progress and concept plans that have been presented look fantastic. This progress has been a dedicated labour of love by Jock and Ralph. Well done!
Once again to my executive and management committee, all our volunteers and every member of the club I sincerely appreciate your contributions and look forward to seeing you on the beach next year.
Race Secretary vacant
Boat Captain Ryan Halangahu
VP Member Relations
Other Club Positions Held 2017/18
Office Bearers 2017/18
IRB Capt. Richard Perry
VP Surf Sports
President - Bryce Munro
Website & Apps Manager
Nippers Committee 2017/18
Nipper Social Secretary
Beach Carnival Manager
Message from the president
Bar Manager Mitch Hasler Georgie Wilson
Registrar Gregory Hyde
Chief Assessor Glenn Smee
First Aid Officer Caroline Hjorth
Board & Ski Capt. Jim Morison
Image: IRB racing crews members Connor Byrne, Ryan Sinclair, Oliver Heys
Image: Martin Cowper , competitors and families touched by Marty over his years as coach at Mona Vale.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors
The club space has been heavily utilised this season with club events, training, regular hires and special events.
Our Sponsor Health space moved all their yoga and pilates bookings to the club with 15 classes a week. The bookings system and team have worked hard to manage the space and events. Thanks again to Jarrad and to Mitch for there help and management of the bar. Revenue for Venue hire was $24k up from $19k last year. I am sure once we move to our new build we will see bookings increase dramatically. I now have the assistance of Pree Perry who will take over the Venue and Events Manager Role this coming season.
Our club website has under gone another face lift this winter break and is up and running for the new season. The use of Gmail and Google Apps continues to drive efficiency and makes all our jobs a little more easy.
I have also enjoyed being Patrol Captain of Patrol 13 and so thanks my patrol members for all their efforts and fun on the beach. We got pretty lucky with the weather this year!
I also competed with our ever growing Masters team, helped out with Nippers training and officiating at carnivals. Thank you so much to Rhonda, Steve and Tony for all your hard work at carnivals. I found the 2 days at State officiating absolutely exhausting. It's much easier competing!
Mona Vale received 3 awards at branch level this season: Branch Championship Handicap Point Score, Most Outstanding Club for Surf Sports and 3rd place - Most Outstanding Club. These awards are a credit to all our members and the successful season had by MVSLSC.
"motivation comes from working on things we care about."
Secretary's Report - Paula Tocquer
The Mona Vale SLSC would once again like thank our group of club sponsors for their generosity and willingness to assist our great cause.
Our major sponsorship partners Dial Before You Dig and Channel 9 delivered valuable funding and a 'can-do' attitude with regard to any request for help the MVSLSC may have had.
The Merivale Group via The Newport reaffirmed their commitment to our club with a considerable increase in funding, placing them in our major sponsorship category.
The Newport also provided assistance for the Branch Special Needs Carnival which was over and above their sponsorship arrangement with the club - thankyou, The Newport.
Local retail legends Johnson Bros Hardware have added the MVSLSC to their community sponsorship portfolio and we would like to thank the extended family for their support moving forward.
Thanks go out to Link Project Marketing, Oakstand, Mona Vale Quality Butchers, Domain Real Estate, United Resource Management, Financial Decisions, Number Works 'n Words, Plus Fitness Mona Vale, Healthspace Mona Vale, Ignite Graphic Design and Stylecom Printing Mona Vale for their amazing ongoing support.
Not just money but many other requests are always embraced and in turn we encourage the wider surf club fraternity to support these wonderfully generous Sydney businesses.
On behalf of the executive committee, I proudly present to the members and supporters of Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club the 96th Annual Report and Financial Statement for the 2017/2018 season.
This my second year as Club Secretary has been a season full of changes & challenges and I have enjoyed the role, & working with the Committee and wider members. We have had a successful year on the beach and in competition.
I would like to thank the following people who have supported me throughout the season: Steve Miles, Greg Hyde, Jarrad Dober, Monique Wardley, Ross James and Pree Perry.
I would also like to thank, on behalf of Mona Vale SLSC, our branch sponsors: DHL, Streets Ice Cream, Dee Why RSL, URM, Bill Buckle, Westfield, Cancer Institute NSW, RFi Group, NSW Government, NBC, St George, Speedo, BPR, Bennett Boards and Thredbo.
Mona Vale had 1119 members for 2017/2018. Our Junior members (Nippers) represent nearly half of our membership with 442 aged 5-15 years. Patrols are made up of 58 SRC's & 138 Lifesavers. Without the support of our active members & sponsors the club would find managing the beach a much more difficult task.
Another year has flown by and Mona Vale SLSC again finished the year in a strong financial position with a substantial increase in cash in our bank accounts.
Many thanks to our bookkeeper, Jacquie Bogunovic and Junior Treasurer, Sandra Avedissian who
make the financial function of the club run like a well-oiled machine. Also, big thank you to Steve Miles, Greg Hyde and the wonderful Pree plus their helpers who manage the Mona Vale Surf Club office. Collecting much of the club’s revenues, managing us through the busy registration period and gladly putting their hands up for any other adhoc projects that come their way really takes the pressure off the rest of the club committee members and is greatly appreciated.
Also, my thanks to Bill Walker and his team for completing our audit so promptly again this year. It was a pleasure working with you.
This year’s profit decreased to $76,309 compared to last years $98,388. The main contributor to this result was a reduction in donations due to the very generous $50,000 donation towards the new club house building fund last year by Cohen estate. It should be noted that this year the club received another very generous donation of $20,000 from the William Edward Thompson estate.
Total club revenues this year were $400,645 which was slightly down on last year while the club maintained a steady control over costs.
The main drivers of revenue were;
Membership Fees $80,520
Building Fund Contributions $24,000
Clothing Sales $35,920 – well done Kammi and team!
Kiosk Rent $49,029
Fund Raising $46,212
Bar Revenue $23,824 – well done Mitch & Honnie plus the RSA support team!
Canteen Revenue $21,837 – well done Kimbo and his many helpers!
Grants and Subsidies $23,916 – thank you Peter and welcome to the role Sharyn!
Hall Hire $23,525 – thank you Paula and welcome to the role Pree!
The balance sheet shows that cash and cash receivables have increased by $87,023 to a total of $537,418 ($377,627 club funds and $156,791 building funds) as at 30 April 2018.
Asset purchases over the year were $71,239, being:
New surfboat & trailer $34,290
2 IRB motors $6,919
Boards and Skis $30,030
As noted last year, with the new club house project really gaining momentum the committee decided to write off the remaining leasehold improvements balance during this financial year, hence the increase in the depreciation expense.
As noted in previous years reports, as we look to the future our challenge is to maintain our growth in revenue as our club continues to grow. Supporting the community by providing a safe swimming and surfing environment on Mona Vale Beach through the development of the surf skills for our members, especially our younger members continues to be the club’s primary focus.
The club house renewal project with the support of Northern Beaches Council continues to progress really well and we are hoping to have project completed within the next two years.
Currently, the project is estimated to cost $6.3m with our club committing $500,000 to the fit out. The balance of the cost of the project will come from council funds and government grants. Most of these grants and funds have already been secured or allocated to the project.
The Club’s Building Fund was established a couple of years ago and now has a balance of $156,791 of the $500,000. A building fund-raising committee has been established and will be announcing how the club expects to raise the balance of the Club’s commitment shortly.
Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters and club members who have contributed to the health of our club both financially and culturally.
Hope to see everyone on the beach again next season.
VP Finance and Administration - Ralph Stonell
2017 - 2018
2017 - 2018
2017 - 2018
What another fantastic season for the club and congratulations to all competitors, parents, and our army of helpers and supporters.
With 420 Nippers registered this year, I would like to recognise the commitment and dedication shown every week by parents and Nippers that come to learn about Surf Safety, develop their surf or beach skills or just come to have fun.
This year more than ever, our team was stretched across the weekly nippers and the numerous Beach and Water Carnivals and it’s of great credit to the club that not only did we supply more than our fair share of Water Safety and officials at these Carnivals, we also still manage to run the full Nippers Program every week at Mona Vale. These demands are likely to continue next year, so in advance I would like to seek your continued support and acknowledge that without our team of volunteers it simply would not be possible to deliver the program to the high standards achieved this year. It’s also important that we continue to grow our numbers within water safety and officials so please think about what role you’d like to take on next season if you like to support your kids at Nippers or Carnivals.
The results at Carnivals for both beach and water discipline again surpassed previous seasons and led to a good level of achievement at Branch and State Carnivals. The commitment of time and effort by coaches and competitors along with the dedication of parents and all the associated resources has definitely assisted in the club performance and growing reputation. Our Age Groups from U9 through to U14’s should be very proud of their achievements this year, be that from their participation of Carnivals or their weekly engagement at Nippers learning valuable surf life skills. Our Head Coach Marty Cowper as been instrumental in defining a Surf sports program that started back in July last year that was excellently put in action through Michael Wasley, Bryce Munro and of course Marty himself. I’d also like to recognise the significant strides we have made with beach competition this year, a call out to Kim Moran for her assistance with coaching in this area. I would also like to call out the great work of Dominic Wasley coordinating our Carnivals and Suzie Shrivell who took on a new role created to support the beach planning required for Carnivals.
As pleasing has been the stories that I have heard about how the Under 6’s and 7’s have been engaged into the Nippers Program. These young Nippers are the future Carnival competitors or life savers and I would like to acknowledge the Age Group Managers and Admins, along with supporting parents that have tirelessly and selflessly dedicate their time to introduce these kids to the Nipper movement. It’s also been great to see the Under 8’s grow and develop their surf and breach skills this year and also try a couple of carnivals for the first time and pitch the ability against their peers from other clubs.
Congratulations to our Under 14’s for completing the Nipper programme. Whether you have been a competitor or your been developing your skills through the SRC program , well done to you all. We look forward to your continued involvement with our youth as you act as the best role models for the younger Age groups. Many thanks to Kris Monnock and Carolyn & Andrew Hjorth for their significant support and dedication show in this area.
As always without funds from the bbq and uniform shop we wouldn’t be able to replace equipment or fund training programs. Thanks to all that have played a role here, particularly Kammi Beuzeville, our lead at the uniform shop and Kim Backer & Honnie Hunt on the BBQ.
Finally, I would like to recognise the support of both the Nipper and Senior Committees and other people that I’ve not manage to mention in this report. We will continue to progress our club culture of welcoming all to Mona Vale and providing opportunities for everyone to participate at all levels , enjoy and have fun. As a reminder, our volunteers provide their time at no cost and repeatedly put themselves forward to help, assist or encourage others for the betterment of the club.
Thank you for your continued support.
Of particular note and mention was the Special Needs carnival. In its second year, this event has gone from strength to strength and it was fantastic to see so many happy faces on the competitors during this event. Equally pleasing was the support it received with running the event across our Nippers and Parents. I would also like to acknowledge the Fry’s and Wasley’s in their efforts in bringing the event to life and of course seeing our ‘local hero’ Zac on the winners podium.
Image above: 2018 March Past team - State Bronze Medalists. Side image page 18: All Age Board Relay team members: Patrick Davies, Jordi Tocquer, Macy Beuzeville
"without our team of volunteers it simply would not be possible "
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VP of Youth
VP of Youth - Dave Moreton
Special Needs Carnival
VP of Life Saving - Dave Campbell
As has been the case for many years a number of our members dusted off the red and yellow to start the season off helping out with the Annual Pub to Pub, this quickly followed in late September with a million emails and phone calls to chase a new pair of shorts or a cap to start off patrols for the 2017/18 season. This year saw the creation of our 16th patrol, as our patrolling numbers continue to grow and a new Patrol Captain in Ian Harrison stepping up from many years of great service as a Vice Captain. The season started with some chilly days but like every year all our members were keen to get back on the beach and back to patrols.
Once again Mona Vale draws members from all over Sydney with now over 220 patrolling members, we can now claim members from the beaches, North Shore, Hills, Western Sydney and even as far as Leura in the Blue Mountains. It was also great to see another large group of new members, and some returning after a few years of absence to our Bronze squads. We continue to have a large group of younger members graduating to the Senior ranks with their Bronze Medallion, new parents and even some long serving committee members stepping up for their Bronze and joining the patrolling ranks for the first time.
On patrol we had another great season with our members involved in
- over 800 preventions
- almost 100 rescues with Board and Tube
- and almost 100,000 people visiting our beach over the season
Whilst everyone on patrol does a great job, there are a couple of members who really stood out this year showing great commitment to the club and keeping the beach safe. Our very own Beach Captain, Adam Turcato not only managed the beach and patrols, gear and roster and everything else but also volunteered to cover IRB duties on two patrols and was always the first one to put his hand up when we needed to find a fill in at the last minute. It was also great to see some of our younger members, Grace Seaglove and Zali Beuzeville at the top of the table for Patrol hours and always willing to help out with a sub or anything else we needed to make sure patrols kept ticking over. It was also fantastic to see some of our regular faces around the beach join patrols as Award members for the first time and we look forward to seeing those new patrol members on the beach next season.
Compared to some previous seasons it was relatively uneventful as far as major rescues go, well done to everyone, however we did have one of our members shine while on holiday on the North Coast. One of our newest Bronze Members Matthew Smeal went to the rescue of a swimmer in trouble while holidaying on the North Coast and managed to reach a patient in distress just in time, Matt earned himself a nomination for rescue of the month and the club bravery award in the process, well done Matt and its great to see our members flying the flag for Mona Vale even when they are just visiting other beaches.
Every year we are trying to do things better and make patrolling more enjoyable for our members. We have some plans for the upcoming season to try and streamline the Proficiency process, help members get new awards during patrol hours and further improve on the patrol swap system to help those members who need to swap patrols due to work commitments or other responsibilities. While we will probably never get it perfect the Lifesaving team works really hard through the Patrol season and the off season the try and make Mona Vale the best it can be.
Every patrolling member should be very proud of your contribution to the club and keeping the public safe on the beach during the last season. With a growing numbers of visitors and a growing community our beach getting busier and busier every year. It is only through the hard work and commitment of all of our members that we can again say we had no major incidents on the beach this season. Well done to you and I look forward to seeing everyone back on the beach when the 2018/19 season kicks off in September.
"Every year we are trying to do things better"
Top image: Tamarajo Gunn, Zoe Shirdon, Sophie Muller
Below image: Our U7 Nippers with Age Managers
Image page 19: Miles Ball, Romeo Bray, Mia Paltridge
Image: David Spencer, Sarah Elbert, Liam Bailey, Heidi Carlyle
"Remember the surf club training journey does not stop with the bronze medallion"
Chief Training Officer - Glenn Smee
Another busy year where the juggling act between work, surf club and personal commitments continued. The challenge as always with these competing interests is to find the right mix. I am not on my own in this regard as the Committee and a whole range of people throughout the club experience the same challenge.
I could not possibly fulfil the role without the generous help from a number of wonderful people. Two years out of the Chief Assessor role, people still approach Ross with training questions. Thanks Ross. You never seek any recognition. You are a marvellous person who just gets on and does it. Another person who does a great job behind the scenes is Steve Miles. Steve continues to train members with an impeccable success rate. Also 'Mr ARTC' Geoff Bateman. Geoff, I really appreciate your readiness to help out when asked if you could train an ARTC squad.
Others that helped with training were Andrew and Caroline Hjorth who are tireless workers for the club, Rick Harris who is always prepared to help with board training, Paula Tocquer, Rob Stokes and Robyn Stonell who helped with running the proficiency sessions. Thanks also to Frank and Liam Bailey and Greg Hyde for the help you provide.
Jon Dibbs and Richard Perry did a fantastic job in training IRB drivers and crew. They spent a lot of time down the beach wearing their training hats. Words cannot express my thanks. Jon and Richard were also responsible for resurrecting the IRB competition team. I know I have probably have missed thanking people. You know who you are and thanks for your help. I’m sure Lexie le Blang had to be involved somewhere.
Bryce is a wonderful supporter of training. He was the prime mover in starting the momentum on two initiatives. The first was to encourage award members to train for an award. An award member is a person who does not train for the Bronze Medallion and isn’t involved in water rescues. Their role is to provide non water support in arrears such as ARTC. Award members can also sit for non water awards such as ARTC and the Radio Certificate. This year Geoff trained the first group in the ARTC discipline. Award members will play a very important role in the patrol structure especially as each patrol has to have at least one ARTC member. The second initiative was to allow people training for the Bronze Medallion to also train for the IRB Crew Certificate simultaneously. We had a couple of false starts and weren’t able to achieve the results we anticipated. That said the foundation has been laid and we can certainly continue the momentum next season.
I am genuinely encouraged by the number of young adults on patrol and in particular the number of Nippers sitting proudly under the tent in their patrol uniform. The surf club is always evolving and any suggestions that you may have regarding training are most welcome. We certainly don’t proclaim to have all the answers and know there could be improvements in the way training is delivered. A fresh pair of eyes is always welcome.
Remember the surf club training journey does not stop with the bronze medallion. There is a wide variety of courses on offer and I encourage you to explore other opportunities. It’s like anything in life the more you put into lifesaving the more you get out of it. The way we conduct our patrols is under pressure. There is momentum behind the scenes to adopt the model of the southern beaches and employ lifeguards to oversee the beach operation. We do a great job on the beach and are very proud of our impeccable record of no lives lost during patrols hours. The more skilled we can become the better the chance of us remaining independent of the lifeguards and do what we have been doing for over 90 years. That is looking after the safety of the public.
Thanks to everyone for another great season. The club is going from strength to strength. It certainly is a great time to be a Mona Vale clubbie.
Hopefully next year I will be saying see you in the new training room but for now see you between the flags.
VP Surf Sports - Kris Monnock
2017/18 was yet another fabulous year for the Team Mona Vale.The competition team saw growth, depth and results. This success can be directly attributed to the ongoing dedication of the coaching and management committee and the vision of head coach Martin Cowper OAM some 8 years previous. All arenas of competition including Nippers, Opens, Beach and Masters continue to grow in strength, skills, ability and numbers.
This season seems to be more jam packed with carnivals than ever before. It is rare to find a weekend that Mona Vale are not represented somewhere on the Northern Beaches or beyond to the other eastern beach locations. Despite the load we managed to find a date that suited most to host the inaugural Mona Vale club championships. This was exceptionally well attended event by the board and ski team, along with additional fun races that catered for the ever so competitive Age Managers. All events were hotly contended with young members determined to show their supreme surf skills against the not so young club stalwarts.
Eliza Monnock took out the open swim, along with womens ironman earning her the points to take the women's club championship.
Jasper Damp - narrowly defeated President Bryce to win the mens club championship. Congratulations to all our club competitors whom participated in this fun social event. Nothing like the feeling of being whooped in the surf by your own offspring or the kids you have trained since they were knee high to IRB trailer.
Image: IRB Training - Liam Bailey, Elliot Heys, Oliver heys, Connor Byrne, Frank Bailey.
Luka Monnock - australian silver medalist 2017/18 - Board Riding
Despite the long distance, Mona Vale sent a team of 20 board and ski competitors across to Scarborough WA for the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Titles.
This is a huge investment for competitors, families and club supporters. But this mighty Mona Vale Team did not disappoint. Whilst this was Bryces's 29th year it was the first for half the team. This combination of experience, youth, enthusiasm and bus ride life lessons from Bryce all culminated in the perfect mix of FUN and competition.
I'm still as emotional today on reflection as we all were when hearing and seeing 'Mona Vale' announced in many many Australian finals. It is difficult to adequately illustrate the awesomeness of this team. You were a pleasure to chaperone, complete with and manage. You all made this Aussies 'big dance' the best to date. Congratulations!!!
The board and ski team of Mona Vale has had a period of rapid growth and success over the last 8 years. These members are the most wonderful bunch of home grown athletes that are dedicated to being part of a positive team culture.
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club is the forefront of everything they do and why they do it.
Our teams growth and success is attributed to the remarkable group of volunteers calling themselves the Mona Vale competition management team.
On behalf of Mona Vale SLSC I would like to thank this sub committee and congratulate them on another outstanding year of success.
Thank you to Head Coach Martin Cowper OAM, President and Coach Bryce Munro, VP of Youth David Morton, Michael Wasley youth manager and coach, Jim and Yanda Morison board and ski captain & with coaches.
Mona Vale's competition season then continued into 2018 with the major carnivals of Sydney Northern Beaches Branch and NSW Championships.
We had over 130 members compete in both branch and state carnivals all of which contributed to us placing a remarkable 5th overall in the Branch point score. This is an outstanding commitment by members and their families. I wish to take this opportunity to whole heartedly thank the parents and supporters for all the extra behind the scenes work that you do for team Mona Vale: Management, Water Safety, Officiating, cooking BBQ's, or simply being there to always lend a hand. Thank you!
At the recent Sydney Northern Beaches SLS awards night Mona Vale received three awards, two of which where a direct credit to all the participants and management behind Team Mona Vale branch competitors. These awards were: Overall competition branch handicap point score, Most outstanding club for surf sports. Congratulations to all the team.
Extra special mention for the following NSWSLS results, Katie McKinnon whom placed 5th in the open womens 2km ocean swim, Eliza Monnock coming 7th in U17's womens ski along with Mona Vale Masters team whom place an incredible 8th overall.
I will leave the full report to Ryan. However it would be remiss not to acknowledge the continued outstanding results of our rowing team. Thanks to the commitment of sweeps Ryan, Matt (aka Rude), Kai and Nathan. Team Mona Vale have been medalist in Australian SLS Boat events since 2010, this year was no exception. The mens reserve crew earning a Bronze medal. This is an outstanding achievement of which the club is very proud.
It was fabulous to see a new boat crew with the inclusion of our ladies youth crew. All first timers in boat rowing competition. I'm not sure I have the mothers stomach to watch you courageously compete through the rigours of surf, but I certainly applaud with hand over eyes.
I would like to take this time to also personally thank the Wilson Family. Nathan and particularly Georgie are the quite achievers behind many areas of Mona Vale SLSC.
Image: Tony Hiliger officiating at State Nippers SLS Titles 2017 at Blacksmiths Beach and right is Bryce Munro at SLSA titles.
Australian Medal Results:
Special seasons mention goes to Jordan Hunt whom in addition to her busy SLS commitments, combined with studying for her HSC achieved outstanding results in Kayak competition. Similar to SLS Jordan competed at State and Australian levels, where she placed top 10 in all events from 200 metres to the longer 1000 metres. These results earned her a reserve position on the Australian Kayak team!
Sophie Stokes - Gold 40-44 years sprint, Bronze 130 years ski relay, 40-44 years Board Rescue
Luka Monnock - Silver medal U14 board riding
Bryce Munro - Silver Medal 40-44 years ski race
Paula Tocquer - Bronze womens 130 years ski relay and Bronze double ski
Kris Monnock - Bronze - 45-49 years Board, Bronze Double Ski. 40-44 years Board Rescue, 130 ski relay. Bronze 45 years flags
Mens Open Reserve Boat - Bronze Crew included: Ryan Halangahu, Ian Dowling, Nick Ellis, Matt Chave and David Booker
Image above: Luka Monnock, Lachlan Marshall, Martin Cowper
On a bitter sweet note this season, our head coach Martin Cowper OAM and beautiful wife Sue announced their retirement and subsequent move to quieter waters north. We are thrilled for Marty and Sue as they have earned a well deserved rest from the rigours of full time work and volunteering. Whilst Marty will remain as head coach where he will continue to oversee the team via Facebook and the monthly visits, his daily absence and Maarrddy-isms leaves a great big hole in the hearts of all the members.
Marty has been at the forefront of Mona Vale competitions for 8 years. Our success above can be directly attributed to his total commitment. Where do we start to show Cowper family the sincere heart felt appreciation! I do not know of a coach that is more devoted. Whilst SNB have not recognised your outstanding coaching contribution. It has not nor will it ever go unnoticed by those that truly know you. All your team members vote you the "best coach".
On behalf of Mona Vale and all the lives of the team members you have positively touched - thank you!
Notable results & Crews for the season:
Image: Branch Medalists: Charli Munro, Jayme Saggers, Kira Beuzeville, Mia Paltridge
North Cronulla: Men - 3rd
State: Masters of the universe 120’s - 1st
State Opens: Mona Vale Black- 1st
Australian Championships: Mona Vale Black 3rd
A Crew - Rocks
David Schumacher, James Bezer, Sam Wallrock, Dave Matthews
A Crew - Men
Sean Needs, James Middleton, Jan Marshall, Nathan Wilson, Mitch Stuart,
Reserves - Black
Nick Ellis, Dave Brooker, Ian Dowling, Mathew Chave, Daniel King
U23 boys - Rude dudes
Ethan Farmer, Tom Downes, Mitch Hassler, Luke Chivers, Lennox Hemingway
Junior Boys - Mambas
Corey White, James Meadow, Jarrod Cowper, Jordon Greech
Junior Boys - Lads
Lachlan Ashby, Elliot Heys, Oliver Heys, Jerome Lyndon
Zali Beuzeville, Mia O’Sullivan, Grace Seaglove, Madeleine Wyndham
Rude, Pebbles, Kai Cooper, Nathan Wilson
Boat Captain's Report - Pebbles
"You’ve been warned. We are coming for you.."
WE ARE BACK!
What a cracker of a season, we had a few old rowers return and a lot of new rowers join the ranks of the Mona Vale Boaties section.
Nathan Wilson returned from his hiatus at Sth Curly to help Kai in developing our junior rowers, which we had 2 x U19 boys crews and a first for Mona Vale with U19 girls.
A couple of the original country colts Sean Needs and James Middleton also dusted off the Green and white cap with a stint in A’s this season
It was a great re-building year with a wide range of rowers and sweeps across all divisions. We also continued the legacy of winning a medal at Aussies for the last 8 years running and amazing feat for such a small club and all started with the legacy of the mighty “Black” A crew.
We also had special delivery of a new boat thanks to “dial before you dig” which was respectfully named after one of the great Mona Vale rowers David “Nugger” Nugent, a fantastic supporter and member of Mona Vale boat family. His great legacy will now live on and has started with a bang winning a State Gold and an Aussie Bronze.
I would once again like to thank everyone that was a part of the Mona Vale boaties this year inside and outside of the club. Welcome to all the new members who join our fraternity and hopefully you will be sticking around. Well done to all the rowers that made the sacrifice to compete at your best and promote Mona Vale as such a dominant section of our sport.
I feel next year is going to be our best one yet in terms of numbers and success, with already a lot of hard work going into the off season. Keep an eye and ear out for MONA VALE.
You’ve been warned. We are coming for you.
Enjoy the off season and see you on the beach next season………
We’ve had a fantastic 2017-2018 season culminated by an amazing turnout for our Club Presentation Night with 166 tickets sold for the night. Certainly a long time record for the club and a demonstration of the fantastic members that we have involved in all aspects of our Club. Thank you for all the helpers involved on the night, in particular Paula Tocquer, Heidi Carlyle, Harriet Strudwick & Kammi Beuzeville. Thank you for Paula and Rob Stokes for mc’ing the night. Congratulations to all our new award members, competition winners and major award winners, I think we can all agree it was well earned.
The monthly family BBQ night has been going strong all season, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Honey Harker and all the bar staff for helping out. I think we can safely say that this year has seen a fantastic integration of all levels of our club.
We’ve continued to run several of our big fundraising events of the year, with the Cliff Side Fun Run being in it’s second year. It’s been great to see everyone in the club getting behind helping raise money towards building our club.
We released the plans for our proposed new club house which are fantastic. The Building Team have done a fantastic job getting us to this stage. And so many people within the club have got behind the plans and shared their views with Council. As has been stated, we need the support of everyone within the club to ensure that we get our new club house we all want so much. Please continue to work with us and support us in getting there.
The Club Facebook page has been going strong over this year manned mainly by Paula Tocquer and the fantastic efforts of all our competitors at State & Aussies have been great to see on this and the number of people interacting via this medium has increased. We will by increasing our use of social media, with the club Instagram page originally set up by Jon Dibbs becoming more central over the coming year and will be ensuring our newsletters and communication strategy for next year is streamlined.
Thank you all for a great year and I look forward to seeing you on the beach!
Bottom Image: Reserve and Opens boats crews
VP Member Relations
Top Image: SLSA Bronze medalists Nick Ellis, Dave Brooker, Ryan Halangahu, Ian Dowling, Matt Chave
AUSTRALIAN GOLD MEDALIST"
The Peter Lubrano & Annette Fordham Rescue Meritorious Medal for Bravery
Cooksie & Back Marathon Run Champion - Lachlan Marshal
Open Male Champion – Jasper Damp
Open Female Champion – Eliza Monnock
Masters Male Champion – Bryce Munro
Masters Female Champion – Kris Monnock
Cadet Male Champion – Luka Monnock
Cadet Female Champion – Roxy Beuzeville
Freddie Lane Surf Race Champion – Eliza Monnock
Open Iron Woman – Eliza Monnock
Open Iron Man – Bryce Munro
30 years Long Service
David Mitchell’s Award for Most Outstanding Cadet
Nominations for this award:
Ron & Sue Bateman Most Outstanding Female
Nominations for this award:
Nominations for this award:
Tony Wilson’s Trophy – for Most Outstanding Surf and Beach Competitor Award
PC Boon Memorial Trophy Patrol Person of the Year
Chris Boss Rower’s Rower of the Year Award
David "Shoey" Schumacher
Steve Miles Junior Patrol Person of the Year
Geoff Bateman Award for Patrol Captain of the Year
CLUB Person of the Year
Alex de Montemas
Samantha de Montemas
Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue
Surf Rescue Certificate
Assessor Bronze Medallion
Radio Operators Certifcate
30 Years Service
Life Members Remembered
Active (15-18 yrs)
Samuel Buchan Ford
Samantha de Montemas
Simon de Montemas
William de Montemas
Paul Vander Straaten
Alex de Montemas
Megan Frost (Tothill)
Jessica Osorno Caro
Marjolein Van Bever Donker
Laura Vander Straaten
Charlie De Giorgio
Sebastian Pippi Costa
Sebastian Pippi Costa
Javinda Vander Straaten
Dong Chu Liang
Maia Madden Khan
Bilge (Bill) Korucu
Jiya Vander Straaten
Back cover image: Sophie Stokes - Australian Gold Medalist Perth 2018
Competition team photo