Nippers Revitalisation

Kempsey Crescent Head Nippers Revitalisation

The Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club is holding registration days and swim proficiencies in the coming weeks for the start of the 2016/17 Nippers season.

Kempsey Crescent Head Nippers President Alison Koivu said with the completion of the new surf club building, we are looking to expand our Nippers program this year.

We have purchased new training and racing boards, we are looking to hold specific training sessions on Friday afternoons and help our Nippers increase their skills and confidence in the water as well as the sessions on Sundays.

We are lucky enough to have Australia’s Best Beach as our training ground and the state awarded best public architecture building. “It’s now time to invest in our junior program and give our kids the best opportunities this year”.

We are hoping some of the success of the boaties from last year in winning a silver and bronze medals at Aussies, as well as Gold medals at State and Country will really rub off on our juniors said Alison.

The Nippers sign on day is an opportunity to meet some of the committee, get more information about Nippers and competition and also if parents are keen we would love them to sign up for a Bronze Course to allow volunteer patrols and water safety activities to be held this year.

A sign on day will be held at the Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club on Friday 9th September from 4 – 6pm and swim proficiencies will be held on 10th September at Kempsey Swimming Pool 10 -12 midday, 24th September 9 – 11am at Crescent Head Pool. The Nippers Season starts on 9th October from 9:00am.

There is also a Bronze medallion course being run at the club starting Tuesday 6th September from 7:00pm.

For more information please visit us at our website at www.crescentheadslsc.com.au,  look up Kempsey Crescent Head Nippers on Facebook or e-mail kchslscnippers@gmail.com

2016/17 NIPPERS SEASON AND BRONZE

2016/17 NIPPERS SEASON

Well as the weather finally starts to warm up and the winter blues fade, we are looking forward to the start of the 2016/17 Nippers Season. This year we are aiming to provide more opportunities for our nippers to train and compete at carnivals. We have recently received 11 new training and 3 new competition boards to complement our existing stock.

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Over the past few months, there has been a number of parents who have approached members of the committee wanting to be more involved in the program this year. To help with this and to help ensure our Nippers are safe in the surf, the Club will be holding Bronze Medallion Training in September.

The bronze medallion course is the minimum requirement to help out with water safety for the Nippers program. The bronze course also qualifies new members to be able to complete volunteer patrols throughout the year.

The sessions will run Tuesday and Thursday nights 7:00 – 9:30pm at the Surfclub starting 6 September with some weekend practical sessions. The cost for the course is $25 which covers the cost of the materials only. For more information or to book for the Bronze Course, please contact Scotty Edwards at scottyed8@gmail.com

The Nippers Season starts on Sunday 9 October at 9:00am.

There are also proficiency swims and open days booked for 10 September at Kempsey Pool and 24 September at the Crescent Head Pool.

For further information, keep an eye on the Nippers Tab on the website or like the facebook page which is Kempsey Crescent Head Nippers or contact us at kchslscnippers@gmail.com

2015/16 Club Awards

Kempsey – Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club

Surf Club members held their first Presentation Evening in the new Surf Club building on Saturday night. The night was very successful with a wide range of memberships in attendance to recognise the achievements of members through patrol, administration and competition.

Ross Allan, Amy O’Brien and Connor Tamblyn received recognition for achieving 65 hours volunteering as patrol members on the beach throughout 2015-16 . The various Boat Crews had a remarkable competition season from the North Coast Boat Series, the Country Championships, and State and Aussies. The Ladies Crew of Janelle Conomos, Belinda Reid, Taryn de Luca and Rebecca Mitchell received awards on the night, as did Shaun Higgins and Wayne Castro for their competitive achievements in numerous carnivals.

Penny Hughes and Shelley McLean, two long serving Nippers Committee members were praised for their contribution and tireless efforts for our younger members over many years, and were awarded Certificates of Appreciation. Robyn Fuller, the club treasurer, was also recognised for her administrative efforts during a time when members were without a Clubhouse and patrolled from shipping containers, to overseeing the funding requirements of the new build through to completion, ensuring that now the Surf Club is in a sound financial position.

Major Awards on the night were presented to Courtney McLean who received both the Junior Club Person of the Year and the President’s Award from Club President, Scott Edwards. Courtney is a dedicated 16 year old who gives freely of her time to the Surf Club while also juggling school and work commitments. Scott was also a recipient when he was awarded Club Person of the Year for his efforts with the Boat Crews, mentoring of younger members and liaising with many external organisations through the completion of our new building.

Scott Edwards received the ultimate recognition of Life Membership at the end of the evening when Life Member Mick Conomos and committee member Steve Pellen spoke of Scott’s involvement and enthusiastic efforts over many years as a member, trainer, examiner, coach and finally as President. This award was recognised with a standing ovation from all present for a member who has committed many years to Kempsey-Crescent Head SLSC.

BLING FROM AUSSIES 2016

The Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club was well represented at the 2016 Australian Surf Life Saving Titles held on the Sunshine Coast at Alexandra Headland this month. Six boat crews represented the club in the Men’s 240+, the Ladies 160+ and the Men’s 180+, the Open Men’s Reserves, the Open Women’s and the Under 18’s. The MAL’s 160+ and KEC’s 180+, both in the Masters Divisions brought home bronze and silver medals respectively. These are the first Aussie medals in the boat events ever for the club. The MAL’s who took home Gold at the State Titles took on their old (but new) nemesis from Batemans Bay. In really tough racing the MAL’s crossed the line to take the Bronze medal.
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The KEC’s who raced strongly all year brought their Country Gold Medal winning form into the Aussies. Finishing well in the heats they took that form into the final. Again in tough racing placing’s were left to the line judges who gave them 2nd by 1.5 inches to the boys from Tallebudgera.
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The Clydesdales 240+ raced the best they have all year and were unlucky not to make the finals. The Open Men’s Reserves made the cut after forgetting their sweep and were knocked out in the early elimination round. The Open Women’s, who mostly backed up from the MAL’s raced gallantly into round 7. The junior boys (who by the way now feature on all Aussie Competitors chests) rowed really well to make the Semi Finals.

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What a great result for a small club from the Mid North Coast. Congratulations to all of the sweeps and rowers on what was an amazing effort.

NEW BUILDING

The recently completed $2.5M Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club building enjoyed its first unofficial function on Christmas Eve when the doors were opened for the Classic Crescent Head Santa Surf. The building replaces the existing building which was built in the 1970’s which offers club members and the wider community the opportunity to enjoy some of the best views on the Mid North Coast. The building which was completed with funding from the Commonwealth and NSW State Government as well as club funds will be officially opened in August 2016. There are still some on going works which we hope will be completed shortly .The new building includes a kiosk, the PANDANUS Room and an operations area which provides the surf life savers purpose built, contemporary facilities to keep the beach safe for the community and visitors to the area.
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