The club committee and surf club members offers its condolences and thoughts to the Martin family on the passing of father and husband Andrei after a short battle with illness. The Martin family are locals in the South Brighton area and are members in the junior surf section. We know everyone will be thinking of them at this time.
The club committee and members of the surf club offer its deepest sympathy and condolences to the Marks family on the passing of Murray "Muzza" Marks. Murray had a heart attack 4 weeks ago and passed away last Saturday night. He was a humble man who served 30 years in various roles in the police force and the community will be much the poorer for his passing.
Many of you who live locally will have noted the difficulties associated with the "area evacuation" after the Kaikoura quakes. For anyone who is interested the council commissioned review of the whole thing is available here. The club encourages all members to have a read of the review and provide feedback via the channels available. Given the issues mentioned in the report effect so many members, its worth a read.
On behalf of the club, we would like to thank everyone who showed up to the South Brighton SLSC Art Auction last night and who dug deep into their wallets to support the clubs junior program. There was a fantastic response from some very talented local residents and club members themselves which made the night the success that it was. The numbers are just getting calculated now, but its safe to say the junior surf section will be rolling on some new gear next season! Lastly, a huge thanks to Dave Gentry and his fantastic team of organisers who got this over the line. Your efforts were exceptional!
For residents and members along the Pacific coast, Civil Defence will be testing the tsunami warning sirens this Sunday (2nd of April) at 11am. The sirens are located along the coast from Taylors Mistake to Brooklands. The sirens will sound for approximately three minutes, and are designed to be heard within a few blocks of the coast.
The sirens are tested twice a year to coincide with the start and finish of daylight savings. Further information on the tsunami evacuation zone, the tsunami sirens and preparedness information can be found here.
The proposed plans for the new club house are about to hit the council for resource consent. The current plans are now available on the new page on this website called "club house rebuild" for people to download and look at.
We are also having an information night on Thursday the 30th of March 7.9pm at the clubhouse for members and local residents who want to come down, see the plans and ask any questions that they may have. Its a chance to hear about the new building, its design, its usage, why things are the way they are etc. Again, members and any local residents are welcome to come along.
Well that's it everyone, the sun is setting earlier, the water is getting colder, patrols are done and Nationals are over. The club committee would like to thank everyone who helped in some way with the running of the club this season. Patrolling, towing gear, managing, coaching, cooking sausages, the list goes on.
The end of the summer season does not these days mean the end of the surf club season though. We have prize giving inbound this weekend, art auctions going on, building stuff happening and training for pool champs will be forthcoming! Keep your eyes and ears to the ground for more information but for this week, thanks!
The club would like to thank the support from the Garden City trust again this year. Their next bridal event is 12th of March so get down there and support them so that they can support us
The club would like to acknowledge the help of the Rata Foundation here in Christchurch in delivering the Junior Surf Holiday program over Xmas and into 2017. Their support has provided us with the means to provide a coach and resources for our younger members. This kind of support is important in helping us do what we do, so big ups to the Rata Foundation!
The next month will be a busy tie for the club. We are hosting the Junior Canterbury champs, the Student Army are visiting South Brighton, the local Southern Regional champs are on and of course, we have the National champs at New Brighton. With all this on, we will need some assistance so if you can help with the following, the club will be grateful:
- We are looking for people to help assist deliver the Junior Canterbury champs. Although SLSNZ have not yet asked for help, we will need help with the BBQ, setting up arena's, judging and all the other things a competition will need. Any help will be welcomed.
- When the Southern Regional Champs are on, its likely that most competitors will be down the beach at New Brighton racing so any one who can offer an hour or two covering patrols will be welcomed.
Its coming to the end of summer, so lets end on a high note!
As most of you will be aware, this season the SLSNZ National Life Saving champs will be held at New Brighton beach. Entries have now opened for the Masters events (held on Thursday the 16th of March). If your interested in competing please let the club know. As far as we can tell, the only requirement for entry is that you hold a surf bronze and its a flat entry fee so there will be no restrictions on events you can do (other than your skill!).