Hampton Life Saving Club Newsletter
8 March 2017
The Club held its Annual Life Members Afternoon Tea on Saturday the 25th of February. This event is designed  to ensure that we continue to both recognise and engage with the Club's more than 30 Life Members (many of whom continue to be heavily involved in the day to day activities of the club anyway) and ensure that those who are not involved day to day, continue to feel welcome at a club that they spent many a year developing. We had almost 15 of those Life Members make it to the Afternoon Tea and thanks to the continued catering skills of Helen Partridge, ably assisted by Jas Lawrence (to be known forthwith as the Queen of the HLSC Logo Cupcake – delicious), they all enjoyed the afternoon. It was also wonderful to see one of our past Presidents, Peter Lewis AM, also attend the function.
We also took the opportunity to present Royal Life Saving Society of Australia Awards to Paul James (Commonwealth Silver Cross) and Sam Dwyer, Susie Massey and Kathy Pratt (Australian Recognition Awards). These awards recognise these members' long term contributions to the Club  and to volunteering. It is great to be able to recognise members in this way and the Board is also working on a number of submissions for HLSC members to be nominated in the 2017 LSV Awards of Merit.
Secretary - Philip Mawkes
*Thank you also to the James Family for donating the Hampton hot pink, black and white parachute style training jacket (bottom right). This was part of the Hampton uniform proudly worn in the eighties and will be available to view upstairs once framed.
Under 17 Girls Olivia May, Lucy Hagan and Jamie Mawkes were joined by last year's Under 14s, Isabella Cameron and Rebecca Elliott for the Senior State Champs at Port Fairy. The girls all gave strong performances, with Beach Relay Silver and Gold, as well as individual medals to Olivia May in sprints and flags, and plenty of top six performances by everyone.
Congratulations also to water specialist and ex-Nipper Michael Garbelotto, who in his first year in Seniors, grabbed a bag of medals in the water at the State Champs, including a repeat Gold Medal performance in the Surf Swim.

More pictures can be found in the Senior State Championships Newsletter.

Intrepid Reporters - Sarah Cameron and Susie Massey
As a Board Member, I wanted to extend thanks to Susie Massey and her team of Sam Dwyer, Sarah Cameron and Helen Partridge, as well as the broader team of volunteers, for ensuring the Hampton Carnival was such a huge success. As Carnival Referee, I received a call from Maurice McCutcheon, Victoria’s Senior Beach Referee, who wished to pass on his appreciation for the way in which the event ran. This was right from the very beginning of the morning when you arrive at 5.50am and the gates are open and the boats are already set to go. Heaps of Hampton hands on deck, not only looking after their ‘club’ tasks’, but being prepared to chip in and help with whatever and wherever they were asked. It was so professional to have the "stop/ go" guys on Beach Rd and at Trey Bit Reserve, to ensure safe and effective traffic management and parking. The carnival started on time, cranked through the events and finished at a sensible time. Cutch was very impressed with our beach and the layout and asked that I pass on congratulations for a very successful event.

Throughout the week, numerous members continued to get amazing feedback about the smooth running of the Hampton Carnival, and we are certain to be a popular choice for next season. Officials and water safety were also highly complimentary of the catering and the top class meal delivery service. To all the volunteers who pulled together to make our carnival the benchmark in the State, thank you. We are all very proud.
Secretary - Philip Mawkes
* More photographs of the Hampton Carnival have been circulated in the HLSC Sport Hampton Carnival Newsletter.

The Junior Carnival at Hampton on Sunday 26th February was a great success. The sun was shining, there were 1,000 kids competing and a couple of thousand other spectators, officials and helpers. Thank you to everyone who helped with the planning, preparation, set-up  and running of the day, in particular Susie Massey, Sarah Cameron & Sam Dwyer who headed up the army of volunteers!

I am very pleased to announce the leadership team for this weekend's LSV Junior State Championships. Congratulations to Therese Hetherington (Team Captain), Lauren Pratt (Vice Captain) and Madeleine Johnson (March Past Captain). These girls have all shown strong leadership skills and a commitment to the Club and their training over many years. 

Good luck to all the kids competing in the State Champs at Warrnambool this weekend and thanks to their parents who help out as officials, age managers, water safety, carry boards and support all the children. Go Hampton!
President - Yvette Costello

Boards can be a technical event and can take some getting used to. However, once you get the hang of it you can just get out there and pump out anything! My tip of the week is to listen to all your coaches because 99.9% of the time they know what they're doing. For some people it might take half a season to master the technical event of boards, others may take a few seasons, but I promise you if you soak in you coaches' tips and be dedicated to training you will be the one getting the benefits.

I remember my first ever board competition in the surf at Warrnambool. Not even the biggest waves Hampton has ever had could have prepared me. I got knocked down and smashed, but the only way to go was up. So give it your all in training and listen to your coaches -  every push up you do will make one paddle on the board much more powerful. Also take the initiative - if after nippers or training you have some free time, ask if you can take a board out to practice. Every second of training counts and you will quickly become confident on the board.
Under 14 Nipper - Therese Hetherington
* Thanks for your contribution Therese - I'm sure many Nippers and all of our  Masters can empathise with your story from Warrnambool. I hear Murray James and Mark Garbelotto are looking for a new Board Rescue Coach, perhaps you should apply!
Any nippers who have a great story or tip that our nippers and members can learn from, should send them through to Sam Dwyer.
Last Saturday we helped out Half Moon Bay with water safety for their Cerberus swim classic by providing an IRB plus crew for the morning. Well done to everyone last Sunday for a great carnival at Hampton. Also, as many of you know by now, we had a visitation from a shark. The lifesaving team acted promptly and followed the SOP released by SLSA/LSV, closing the beach from Sandringham Yacht Club to Green Point and making sure all swimmers were out of the water. Well done for an efficient and thorough job.

From a training perspective we have graduated our “Class of 2017” for the Surf Rescue Certificate and we have also just finished a CPR course for the U13 group. An IRB Crew and Driver course is also well underway. Please remember all SRC/BMs are welcome to join any patrol at any time, do come down to the beach and make the most of the last of the good weather!

See you on the beach.

Director of Lifesaving - Andy Lawrence
* Bruce the shark reappeared for Comp Squad Training on Wednesday and then made his way down to Elwood in time to watch set up for the Corporate Triathlon. He appeared to have been injured by a boat so the Marine Authority kindly offered him a sea-change, which he is now enjoying at the Aquarium.
Last year, Hampton contested Challenge the Lakes at Lakes Entrance. Participants had a choice of the 13km or 27km paddle, choosing a variety of craft ranging from skis and boards to surf boats.

This year we have a number of members and teenagers taking on the challenge, which is to be run on Saturday 6 May. It is a fun, low key challenge with emphasis on participation rather than break-neck competition. We even had some dolphins swim with us last year. After completing the race, everyone convenes at the Lakes Entrance Life Saving Club, where about 100 spot prizes are given out. Hampton Members then have a relaxing dinner and sleep in on Sunday morning before heading back home. It's a great opportunity for those learning to paddle the ski who don't want rough conditions. It's also a lead in to help maintain fitness for lifesaving over winter and will help prepare us for some other new challenges later in the year.

An information session about Challenge the Lakes will be held prior to the final Nippers Day at 2pm on March 18th
. Head Coach Michael Pratt will also talk about other winter adventures, including Coolangatta Gold Relay Teams (in October).

This session applies to our older Nippers (13+), Seniors and Masters. The events are fun, team-based and great for developing skills. Plus, what better way to kick off next season looking like an Iron Man from all your winter training!

Craft Master - Pete Costello
The Club Championships went off smoothly and once again, Hampton presented beautiful weather. A big thank you to all the parent helpers, AGMs, Water Safety and Officials who helped with setting up the courses in the morning, running the events and then packing up to make the day such a success. Sincere thanks to Steve May for capturing the action on his camera, as well as rounding all our Nippers up for their age group photos. These will be made available on the final day of Nippers.

There will be no Nippers session over the long weekend, as many people will be away. Many Hampton families will be at the Junior State Championships at Warrnambool, so we wish all our Hampton Nippers luck.

Don't forget the final Nippers and Presentation Day on Saturday 18th of March. Club Champions will be awarded, as well as AGM Awards and achievement certificates. We will finish off the day with some exciting races involving AGMs and parents, as well as Sundowners and a BBQ.
Director of Junior Activities - Murray James
Please make sure you diarise the following dates. You can obtain more information about each of these by clicking on the link to each event. Please make sure you RSVP to the events you will be attending. Regular events such as patrols and standard nippers sessions do not require a RSVP.
11 & 12 March Junior State Championships: Warrnambool
19 March IRB Crew/ Driver Course Session 4 (wet!)
18 March Beach Management Course: Session 1
19 March Beach Management Course: Session 2
25 March - 2 April Aussies (National Championships): Gold Coast
8 April End of Season Social: Barefoot & Black Tie
6 May Challenge the Lakes: Gippsland Lakes Paddle
10 Feb 2018!! Masters State Championships 2018 (get it in diaries now)

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