Lorne Mower August 2021
Welcome to another edition of the Lorne Mower.
I hope all our members are safe and well as the year is continuing to throw us all Covid challenges.
Many of our members in Metropolitan Melbourne and NSW are currently in lockdown. We look forward to better times ahead and hopefully something that resembles a normal season ahead.
I extend a very warm welcome to all the new Committee members joining our Executive Committee and Sub-committees for the upcoming season. At the same time, I am very appreciative for the contributions of the outgoing Executive Members who are not continuing in their roles. To Heath Armstrong, Sam Aschhoff, Tim Boness, Sam Ord and John Takac, thank-you for your service to the club and you will remain valued Club members.
The new committee has hit the ground running, with planning already underway for the season ahead. We are hoping for an action-packed season for everyone to enjoy.
Our New Club Captain, Jess Sincock, is already working with the patrol groups to extend the fantastic year we had last year, with over 6,000 volunteer patrols hours completed on Lorne Beach. This was achieved across all patrol groups of the club, with some members assisting with multiple patrol groups to ensure the beach was a safe place to be. Nick Tsekouras and his Training and Assessment team have already put together dates for Bronze and Silver camps and will start planning for the year ahead. This follows on from the outstanding work they performed last year. They have many contingencies and processes in place from last year to deliver all the training needed to ensure our active members are ready for the season ahead.
Like many events in 2020 and 2021, the Life Saving Victoria Awards of Excellence was a virtual event again with several Lorne members nominated. For those who missed the results, we are very proud to announce that “Lorne Again” were awarded the Master’s Team of the Year, which is a well deserved result for amazing efforts over many years. Well done to all members nominated.
The life blood of our club is our members and in what has been another difficult year, we need as many people as possible renewing their membership to the club. These membership fees go directly back into the club, providing the necessary life saving equipment and maintenance to enable us to keep the beach safe. If you are in a financial position to renew your membership, it would be of great assistance to the club and most appreciated. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact the club and we will be very happy to help out in any way we can.
Even in these difficult times and in a world that is moving towards a “COVID normal”, it is still important to remind all our members what is vital for Lorne and all Surf Life Saving Clubs – keeping our beaches safe.
See you on the Beach!
Club Captains Report
I am very excited to be your club captain this season and I am very much looking forward to the great times and the challenges ahead. I am very proud to be leading this club, the club and its members have shown a lot of resilience over the last 2 seasons and I believe that this demonstrates how wonderful and special the club and its people really are.
This season I would like to warmly welcome Nick Murnane as my Vice Club Captain, I look forward to working together this season. I would also like to shout out to my Life Saving Sub-Committee, they are all working very hard to get all of our gear and equipment ‘Rescue Ready’ for the season ahead. Go Team!
See you all on the beach!
We hope everyone is well and looking forward Nippers this season. At this stage we will be running all age groups – Under 7 through to SRC, with modified numbers and programs – these are to be confirmed. The dates for the intensive program are December 28 through to January 5. Collection of the Nipper Packs will be on December 27 in the afternoon.
Expression of Interest emails will be sent out on September 6. Then the actual Nipper Registration acceptance emails will be sent on October 5.
Membership renewals are due now. Please complete this and payment online.
A reminder to check your WWCC to ensure that it is valid for this season – for members 18 and over.
Pier to Pub and Mountain to Surf
Dates for the events are January 7 and 8, 2022. We are excited to be having the events back in Lorne!
Covid Vaccine Update
I hope everyone is keeping well over the winter months.
Unfortunately it has been another rollercoaster for many of us as we dip in and out of lockdown restrictions. Remember to look after yourselves both physically and mentally; and as the Lorne Competitors do so well, keep an eye out for your team mates and stay connected.
Some winter news out of the competition area:
As we head into the 21-22 season I am pleased to let you know that our competition sub-committee is;
A big thank you to this group for being a part of the competition leadership crew. Your support and guidance to help continuously grow our comp area is greatly appreciated.
Lifesaving Victoria Awards of Excellence-
Congratulations to Lorne Again, comprising Megan Grierson (Stroke), Shea Grant (2nd Stroke), Tamara Brawn (2nd Bow), Paula Matthews (Bow), Geoff Matthews (Competition Sweep), Peta Glaister (Training Sweep) & Georgina Box on winning the LSV Award of Excellence for Masters Team of the Year 2021 – this crew has seen great success over the years and in the 20-21 season won State Titles, and their 3rd Australian Title.
Well-done to Neil Morarty who was recognised for a phenomenal 50 years of service to Officiating, and 40 years State Service Long Service. Thank you for all that you do to support our competition Neil!
Welcome to our New Members
Welcome to our newest Surfboat recruits, swept by Pat Spinazolla, we welcome two new female crews. Ella, Meg and Nicole will be competing for Lorne in U19s and Julia, Remony and Sophie in U23s.
The girls all live and train locally on the Surf Coast with most having rowed for a few seasons. All are committed lifesavers, with a highlight being rowing to the rescue of 3 members of the public during one of their training sessions last season! Before the lockdown they have been doing group sessions with Lorne’s Open Crews. They are all excited to be a part of Lorne SLSC and are looking forward to catching plenty of waves all around the Surf Coast this summer. You can keep up with them on Insta @thebadgers
Competition Dates and Australian Titles
Subject to change, the below dates have been communicated for the 21-22 season.
LSV has published the Aquatic Sports Calendar Carnival for the Season, you can check it out here.
Australian Titles are scheduled to be in Perth April 2 -10, 2022.
Please note, Megan and I have tried numerous places to make a club booking for accommodation. Unfortunately this has been without success.
Anyone planning on going to Aussies in 2022 will need to book accommodation with flexibility to suit your needs.
Congratulations to Jarred and Caitlin McCombe who welcomed Imogen Gail McCombe to the world on Tuesday August 3rd.
Big sister Clementine is already in discussion around what seat she is going to row!
We are looking forward to the upcoming competition season, for anyone interested in competing give Billy, Geoff, Sam or myself a shout.
See you on the beach,
VP – Competition