Elouera SLSC Newsletter: April 2023

Wednesday 26 April 2023

President’s welcome

With the season now coming to a close at the end of April I’d like to congratulate all areas of the club. As I’ve highlighted a number of times this season, the results and achievements by all have been remarkable, whether this be with competitors in surf sports, new and existing members undertaking their Bronze Medallion, or advanced awards, our youth coming through nippers, who are the future of our club, as well as some very inspiring rescues in lifesaving. 

You might remember in March Patrol 8 assisted North Cronulla with a mass rescue, this being an extremely challenging and confronting event for members of the patrol. We received news earlier this month that this rescue was not only awarded Rescue of the Month by Surf Life Saving Sydney, but also recognised with the same title at Surf Life Saving New South Wales, well done to all members of the patrol. 

To those members who also made the big trip across to Perth congratulations on your results. Elouera is always extremely proud of all of our competitors, whether it be a gold medal, or simply participating in an event, the most important thing is that you enjoy yourself.

There’ll be a number of events during the off-season, these being the 2023-23 Elouera SLSC presentation night which will be held on the 16th June 2023, please keep the date free, and a look out for further information. We’d love to see you all there to celebrate the amazing season and achievements by all. The other being Elouera’s Annual General Meeting, the date has been set for the 30th July 2023. Further information will be released about times and voting eligibility. 

On behalf of Elouera’s Board of Management, I’d like to thank you all for another amazing season and look forward to seeing you at events during the off-season, or for the 2023-24 season.

Stay safe and enjoy a well-earned break.


Cameron Simpson, 

Cameron Simpson President

Member Culture Survey Update

Thank you very much to everyone who responded to the recent member culture survey. The Board of Management (BoM) intends to undertake this annually and welcomes ongoing member engagement – it's your club and we want you to feel a welcome part of it. There was a general acknowledgement that the club had started on a journey of positive culture change, with an overall desire for a clear vision for the club and more inclusive future: Pink Patrol in particular was very well received – next year all members will be invited to attend demonstrations.

There was a lot of useful feedback from the survey: the scope of the Inclusiveness Committee has been expanded to be the Community & Culture Committee (CCC), reflecting that its work is about encouraging respectful relationships between all club members and community, as well as diversity and inclusion. The CCC is developing a plan to address the survey feedback.

The Board of Management (BoM) formally noted the survey results at its April monthly meeting, and discussed initial recommendations from the CCC. In terms of first steps:

  • In May, further consultation on club values will be held with Life Members, patrol captains, age managers, coaches and trainers, prior to the club values being formally adopted. From the survey, having a family-friendly culture generally ranked first. Respect, safety, Integrity & transparency, and diversity all rated highly.
  • The terms of reference of the CCC have been formally approved by the BoM which delegates authority to develop a community and culture strategic plan (including inclusiveness initiatives), to be shared with members in due course.
  • The BoM has approved a project list of governance initiatives, including clarifying and better communicating the roles and responsibilities of all BoM members and committees, and further development of policies, including for conflicts of interest and procurement. A review of the Constitution is already underway.
  • There are plans to expand club member social events.
  • From May, Elouera will be the first surf club in Sydney to trial the ‘Linkers’ concept, where club leaders, like managers, trainers, patrol captains etc will come together through the year to understand their special role in promoting club culture and values, and its vision, especially as the key link between the BoM and members.
  • Measures are being prioritised to remove barriers to participation eg:
    • Making it easier for parents and teenagers to participate and patrol, recognising that many have other time pressures outside of the club
    • Providing information about being new members and the club generally
    • Encouraging more female club leadership
  • CCC and Executive members have been engaging with experts in culture change, including Avril Henry (who helped lead culture change in the Australian Army), and reaching out to indigenous and LGBTQ+ communities to assist in providing advice.

The CCC and BoM look forward to updating you further. In the meantime, any queries or comments are most welcome: please contact Barbara Curtis at deputypresident@elouera.com (Convenor of the CCC), Cameron Simpson at president@elouera.com or Alyson Scott at administration@elouera.com.


Girl’s night in - wrap up

Our second Girls Night In was held last month with 17 of our Youth Girls attending. 

Playing Minute to Win It and Trivia saw awesome prizes being won.

Moving on to dinner with Pizza's and lollies and lots of cupcakes there was definitely a sugar high.

Luckily that was burnt off with plenty of dancing.

To end the evening the girls relaxed watching Mama Mia. 

With a few hours’ sleep the girls had brekky on the beach and watched the sunrise. 

Thanks to the Board of Management for supporting our youth activities again. 

Youth Boys Paintball

Youth Boys Paintball

13 boys went on a mission to Rockdale for a paintball battle.

Over 5 rounds the boys worked together, developed strategies and laughed their way through the pain of being hit.

Over pizza combat wounds were shared and the boys returned home sore but full of great stories.

Win an IRB for Elouera SLSC

As one of SLSA’s Major National Partners, Ampol is contributing to our frontline services by giving away two (2) Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Hulls to two (2) deserving Surf Life Saving Clubs.

To enter, just tell us (in 100 words or less) why your club needs a new IRB hull. Get in quick, this competition will run from Thursday 6th April until Sunday 28 May 2023.

Click here to enter. T&C's apply.

Events Coming Up

Silver Salties: First Aid Refresher.
Tuesday 2 May 2023, 9:30am - 11:00am

Do you remember the last time you took a first aid course? If it's been a while, you may be due for a refresher. First aid skills are critical in an emergency, and having up-to-date knowledge and training could make all the difference in a life-or-death situation.

The first aid refresher course will be presented by Anita Pryke SLSA Cronulla District Education Officer. In this course you will refresh yours skills on:

  • General First Aid
  • CPR
  • Signs of a stroke and what to do to give your loved ones the best chance of survival
  • Signs of a heart attack.  What you should do and how to use a defibrillator.
  • How to treat someone having an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts or a bee sting.
  • What to do if a child is choking? Do you know the latest treatment?

Don't wait until it's too late to refresh your first aid skills.

Sign up for the First Aid Refresher Course today and join the thousands of individuals who are prepared to handle any emergency that comes their way.

We can't wait to see you there!

Register now.

Washington Lounge

Our Partners

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our partners and sponsors for their support throughout this season.

Thanks to your generosity, dedication, and investment in our programs, we were able to train and equip our volunteers with the necessary skills and tools to save lives in our community.

Your contribution did not only help us save lives but also helped us raise awareness of the importance of water safety and preparedness.

We cannot thank you enough for your valuable support and look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.

Elouera SLSC Newsletter: April 2023