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IT’S been a busy time at the Inverloch
Surf Life Saving Club with Saturday be-
ing the end to the annual week long live-
in Bronze Medallion Camp.
The 23 candidates mainly aged between 15-17
years old, were well supported with team leaders
and water safety members from the club.
The group experienced a mixture of weather
and surf conditions but it didn’t seem to interrupt its
schedule which included daily fitness sessions, first
aid lessons including CPR, board and tube rescues
and surprise scenarios aimed at reinforcing classes
that had been taught to the candidates.
Instructor and competition director, Lindsey
Ritchie said, “It was particularly rewarding seeing
many of the candidates attain their Bronze medal-
lion after coming through the ranks of our Nipper
Program. “They have really developed their skills
over the years and have now reached another life-
saving award within the club,” he said.
The club is excited to be offering an Adult Bronze
Medallion course on 8, 14 and 15 of January.
The club wants to encourage some active adults
to challenge themselves to become a volunteer pa-
The course format will involve home study com-
ponents together with practical lessons both land
and water based. It is ideal for anyone who wants to
brush up on their past skills or parents who want to
keep up with their children, to remain active and be
involved in the community.
The Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club is a family
friendly environment and encourages anyone inter-
ested in the course to contact chief instructor Max-
ine Lockie at email@example.com.
New skills: 23 young people spent last week developing their lifesaving techniques for the
upcoming Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s patrol season.
Bronze camp success
MacDonald wins: house captains for MacDonald Nick Battersby and Tanya Dyke, pictured
middle with the house shield, are flanked by vice-captains Hayden Jones, left, and Lochie
MacDonald wins house shield
KEEPING people safe on our beaches
and delivering vital rescue services re-
quires an extensive amount of equipment
and this equipment has to be up to date
in order to withstand the rigours of the
environment and the duties needed to be
Fortunately the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving
Club has the necessary equipment to be able to carry
out their duties and this was made possible when the
club recently took delivery of a new vehicle with
trailer and a new inflatable rescue boat (IRB) with
a new motor.
The purchase of the vehicle and IRB was made
possible by the State Government Volunteer Emer-
gency Services Equipment Program where the club
received a grant of $60,000 on a ‘2 for 1 contribution
basis’. This means the club also contributed $30,000
to the cost of the purchases.
Surf rescue services don’t come cheap
THE inaugural Gippsland Dressage Se-
ries, hosted by four local adult riding
clubs, saw more than 170 horse riders
converge on the area over four days of
The series was hosted by the Leongatha and Dis-
trict Equestrian Club, Wonthaggi Adult Riding Club,
Stony Creek Riding Club and Bennison Adult Rid-
Wonthaggi and Leongatha held competitions
at Wonthaggi in October and Bennison and Stony
Creek held competitions on December 3 and 4 at the
Series winners for the four days of competition
were: level one, Elinor Hannay from Bennison Adult
Riding Club, level two, Marita Hurst from West
Gippsland Adult Riding Club, level three, Joanne
Cox from Leongatha and District Equestrian Club,
level four, Lauren Buckeridge from West Gippsland
and level five, Shirley Smith from Wonthaggi Adult
All four host clubs would like to express thanks
to entrants, judges and to the many helpers and
volunteers who worked hard to bring the series to-
“Thanks also to event secretary for the quick re-
sults and ability to answer the tricky questions,” a
spokesperson for the series said.
“We hope everyone enjoyed the Gippsland Dres-
sage Series 2016 and we hope to do it all again next
Welcome addition: Waratah Beach Surf Life
Saving Club president Rob O’Brien and ve-
hicle manager, Tom Wilkinson are pictured
with the new club rescue vehicle.
Dressage series a big success
MACDONALD House was announced
as winners of the house shield for Mary
MacKillop Catholic Regional College at
last Friday’s final Mass and assembly.
MacDonald won with 6823 points from Cam-
eron second with 6318 points, Chisholm, 5661,
and Tenison 5332.
Taylah Brown received the School Sports Vic-
toria sponsored medallion for being the student
who has achieved a high level academically, com-
bined with a strong sporting contribution to the
Simone Dekker and Tomei Dal Pozzo were
tied in the house point award which recognises
participation and encouragement of students in all
areas of college life including sporting achieve-
ments, academic extension and school commu-
Well combined: Tayla Brown accepted her
School Sports Victoria sponsored medal-
lion for being the student who has achieved
a high level academically, combined with a
strong sporting contribution to the school.
Level four: Gippsland Dressage Series 2016 winner Lauren Buckeridge from West Gippsland
Adult Riding Club and her horse Biazon.
Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien
MP said “This grant is part of the Victorian Govern-
ment’s commitment to provide $12.8 million to help
fund equipment for volunteer emergency services
organisations across the state.”
“I am personally pleased to see this investment in
Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club which services
not only our local community but also the significant
influx of holiday makers”.
Club president Rob O’Brien said equipment de-
teriorates quickly in the surf environment not just
from wear and tear from usage but also from the
wind, sun, sand and salt water.
“This new equipment does ensure we have the
equipment needed to deliver rescue services when
and where they are needed,” he said.
Level two: Gippsland Dressage Series 2016
winner Marita Hurst from West Gippsland
Adult Riding Club and her horse Volcanic
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