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Hampton Life Saving Club Newsletter
              March 2022
In this issue:
  • ART and first aid training this Sunday: Sign up now!
  • Nippers Club Champs (see you at 2pm Saturday)
  • Starfish celebrations
  • Club renovations update
  • And more!
NIPPERS: GET READY TO COMPETE!
Nippers Club Champs is this weekend 19th March 2:00-4:30pm. Please note the earlier start time.

Club Champs is an amazing opportunity for our Nippers to compete against one another and demonstrate all the skills they have developed over the season. To ensure Club Champs is a successful event, all Nipper parents need to be available to be marshalls on the start and finish lines, recording results and willing to get wet up to your knees.

Our final Nipper session is Saturday 26th March 3:00-4:30pm (usual start time) and will be our presentation and celebration of an amazing Nipper season. Please make sure you come along to celebrate your Nippers' achievements and hang around for a drink at the upstairs bar.

We have been blessed with amazing weather and have only had to cancel one session, which is fantastic. Many thanks to all the volunteers who have made this a fantastic seasonour AGMs, parent helpers, junior coaches and water safety. It is impossible to run a Nipper program without our volunteers. A special call out to those families who helped out in set up and pack down and at the BBQ.
Kirsten Cleland, Director of Junior Activities
WHAT A FABULOUS STARFISH SEASON!!
Wahhhooooo! We are looking forward to a splendiferous celebration this weekend to end a wonderful 9th(!!) season of Starfish Nippers. Family and friends are more than welcome to join in our celebratiions!!

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been blessed with fabulous weather. There have been many PB's achieved with dizzying heights, challenging ourselves with new experiences, swimming, board skills, winning at beach flags (coming second twice! at beach flags!) and having a go! Congratulations Starfish 2022!!

Big kudos to Zoe Murdoch, Starfish mum, mentor and extraordinaire who was celebrated at Life Saving Victoria's International Womens Day event recognising outstanding women in lifesaving! Following many years of wonderful efforts, this year Zoe year piloted several successful approaches to inclusive education for the entry qualification into lifesaving, the Surf Rescue Certificate. This saw both Charlie and Marie attain this certification and several other Starfish learn different components of the certificate. We look forward to next season when we launch our first inclusive SRC course in collaboration with LSV. Congratulations Zoe!

Looking forward to seeing you on the beach on Saturday!!
 
Kerrie Curtis, Starfish Manager
starfish@hlsc.org.au
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY INSPIRATION
Last week, I was humbled to represent Life Saving Victoria on a panel at the Emergency Services Foundation International Women’s Day Conference. I had the absolute privilege of talking about the journey of six Hazaras women who came to Australia as refugees from Afghanistan and, through the LSV CALD  (culturally and linguistically diverse) program, became surf lifesavers with strong support from their club at Bonbeach.

Suhar and her friends came from a land-locked country, knew no English and definitely couldn’t swim. And in less than two years, they became patrollers.

They have earned their Bronze Medallion and IRB Crew, and through the pathways of the CALD program, have been employed as lifeguards and educators in the LSV multicultural team. Amazing role models for both the CALD and lifesaving communities, and an inspiration for all of us!

Sam Dwyer
UPCOMING TRAINING: ADVANCE YOUR SKILLS!
With a break in training over the last few months due to the main patrol season, we can finally look forward to some more new award courses coming up.
 
Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and First Aid (ART/FA), First Aid, CPR
This Sunday: March 20. We will be running an Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and First Aid combined course alongside First Aid and CPR courses. This is a fantastic opportunity to upskill and gain a new award or requal for an expiring award. These courses provide nationally accredited units of competency. Please sign up on the training portal or reach to Jas at training@hlsc.org.au if you have any questions.
 
Bronze Medallion (BM)/Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)
We are planning a winter adult Bronze and SRC coursethe basic course for water safety and patrolling. This will be run around August/September and broken up into shorter sessions to be more accessible to members with busy schedules. It's a great way to get involved with Nippers water safety, update first aid and CPR skills, and meet other Club members! Let Jas know you might be interested or ask questions at training@hlsc.org.au.
 
As always, if there are any awards that you wish to gain, please reach out and I can find an opportunity at a local club, or keep you updated as I plan more courses.
Jas Lawrence, Chief Instructor
A BIG MONTH FOR LIFESAVING
What a busy month of patrols it’s beenwe’ve had our Green Patrol and Pink Patrol events, which were a huge success. 

Everyone who participated in Green Patrol should be very proud of their effortsthe beach and water have never looked so clean! A massive thank you to Carol Lawrence for organising the event and getting it up and running, as well as Sam Dwyer, Andy Lawrence, Kirsten Cleland, and Michael Pratt for helping to organise. We would also like to thank all those who volunteered in our various litter picks. The Marine Mammal Foundation gave a very informative and fun presentation to the nippers that opened everyone’s eyes to the issues our marine life face. The local councillors, Tim Wilson MP and LSV were very impressed and are looking into making this a statewide event in the coming seasons.
 
Pink Patrol was once again a fabulous event. Sam Dwyer managed to make it even bigger and better than ever before. Every year the pink patrol demonstrates how successful the women at Hampton Life Saving Club are. 
 
We also have some very exciting news: We were successful in a grant by Bombardier Recreational Products, so will be getting a nice shiny new ATV very soon. This, as well as three new rescue boards, will be ready for us to utilise from next season. We are continually looking into grant opportunities, so please ensure that you report any equipment that is requiring repair or ageing to myself or your Patrol Captain.
Jesse Tammesild, Director of Lifesaving Operations
CONGRATS TO 2022 HLSC MASTERS!
The now-infamous Lorne Easterly again thwarted the watercraft competitors on the first day of Masters state competition. Caro was Hampton's only participant on Saturday in the Surf Race. Sunday saw near-perfect surf conditions for the beach events and Steve and Del put in some great performances on the sand!
 
Results:
  • Delphine York: 2km run gold, beach sprint silver, beach relay silver
  • Steve May: Beach sprint silver
  • Caro Webster: Surf race 5th
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the team:
  • Team Manager: Delphine York
  • IRB Duties: Jaz, Jesse and Emma
  • Entries: Susie Massey
  • Officials: Phil and Leonie Mawkes
  • Equipment Logistics: Steve May and Yvette Costello
  • Set Up Duty: Caro
And hot off the press...
Massive congratulations to Steve and Jack May on their Open Gold Belt and Reel medal at the Warrnambool State Champs. Always an amazing achievement to medal at this level! The father/son duo put in a finely tuned and slick performance to bring home the gold!
Caro Webster, Masters Team
KIOSK RENVATIONS, FOOTY NIGHTS & MORE

Kiosk Renovations
I know you coffee lovers out there have been waiting for this beaute of a machine to be installed. I'm so pleased to report that it's finally happening! Renovation of the kiosk is underway, and although we'll likely miss the end of this season, the intention is for the kiosk to be open longer hours next season, serving take-away coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, chips, lollies, cakes, ice-creams, and hot sausage rolls and pies.

Barista Training
With the kiosk opening next season, there is an opportunity for up to six members to be sponsored for barista training. All we ask in return is volunteer hours in the kiosk during the season. You need to be at least 16 years of age to undertake the training.  If you're interested, please email me at memberservices@hlsc.org.au

Volunteer Thank You Event
It takes a small army of volunteers to run the club each season and the HLSC Board with to say 'thanks'. Watch for a date to be determined soon. We invite all that have given their time in various capacities to join us for this celebratory event. We'll provide nibbles and the first drink is on us!

Footy nights
During the winter, why not come down to the club to watch the game? It's always a better experience when there's a crowd! Watch out for advertised footy nights on Team App.

Bar Volunteers
For footy nights, I'm putting  roster together for RSA-qualified bar staff. If you can take responsibility for opening, operating and closing the bar on one or more of these nights, please email me at memberservices@hlsc.org.au
Helen Partridge, Director of Member Services

HERE COMES CLUB CHAMPS!

Hot on the heels of State Champs is our very own HLSC Club Champs, on this coming Saturday, March 19! Let’s hope for great weather conditions and an afternoon of fun! Alongside this, we are holding our annual Life Members Afternoon Tea. We have invited all of our Life Members plus other guests to come along, have a chat, a cup of tea and some tasty nibbles while watching over Club Champs on the beach and in the water.
 
You might notice the kiosk is under renovation. Thanks to Helen Partridge for leading the charge on this project. Very soon you will all be able to indulge in coffee and snacks without leaving the beachwhat could be better?
 
There are a number of board vacancies that will become available at the AGM this winter. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to contact me for a chat at president@hlsc.org.au. I would be happy to discuss roles and responsibilities with you. Remember, the club runs through volunteers, so please consider helping out.
 
Please all remember to keep the covid risk as low as possible. If you do feel unwell, please stay homeif you are a patroller simply let Jesse know so he can organise replacements.
 
Let’s continue with a great season. See you on the beach!
 
Best wishes,
Andy
Andy Lawrence, President

SHOUT OUT TO OUR NEWEST SPONSOR

Peter Harley of OpenOpen.com.au has generously offered to help us market the clubroom to the public for hire. He will be creating a virtual walkthough to encourage people to explore the space and make enquiries. 

OpenOpen is a new real estate platform established to provide:

  • Transparency—sellers can get as involved in the process as you want, see enquiries or even contact buyers directly.
  • Free Marketing—including professional photos, an auction campaign, a picture sign board and featured listings on the major online portals.
  • Low commissionjust 1% fees plus GST. No sale, no charge.

Plus, as an HLSC sponsor, Peter will donate 10% of his commission to the club for every property referral that comes from a client who quotes having received their information from the club. Keep him in mind if you're getting ready to sell.

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
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