Bondi Surf Club 2016 Legends Lunch – by Adam Nezval

Oct 28, 2016

Legends Lunch reviewed
The fifth annual Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club Legends Lunch, sponsored by the Royal Oaks, Double Bay, was held at Dolton House, Pyrmont, on Friday October 21. To coincided with the original inception of the Legends Lunch, the day was themed around the athletes who represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Three hundred and fifty guests converged on Doltone House with the event hosted by Fox Sports and Triple M’s Tony Squires.

Tony Squires Interviewing Laurie Daley
Tony Squires Interviewing Laurie Daley
While the Olympics themed the day, Tony commenced by interviewing NSW State of Origin rugby league coach and three-time premiership winner Laurie Daley, who gave an insight into the complexities of the modern-day player and challenges of transitioning from a player to a coach. His throw-back stories on how off field disciplines used to be handled, under the likes of Tim Sheens, had the crowd in stitches.
After Laurie we then introduced the first of our Olympians, commencing with rower Cameron Girdlestone  and track and field athlete Jess Thornton. The audience was given a behind-the-scenes experience of the commitments required to reach the pinnacle of your sport and becoming an Olympian.

Chloe Esposito
Chloe Esposito ( Olympic Gold)

In Cameron’s case it culminated in a silver medal at Rio in the men’s quad scull. Jess Thornton was honoured in being the youngest member of the track and field team, aged 18, qualifying for the 4 x 400m women’s relay final. As a five-time beach sprint champion, Jess explained the technical differences between beach sand and track running.

Jess Thornton, Coogee /National Beach Sprinter and Olympic 400 Relay
Jess Thornton (Coogee /National Beach Sprinter and Olympic 400 Relay)

The day culminated with equestrian bronze medallist in the teams event Shane Rose and modern pentathlon gold medallist Chloe Esposito. To appreciate the passion Shane has for his horses and his sport, you only have to listen to the painful series of injuries that he has endured and in turn conquered to realise his Olympic dream. Many of the crowd had their pens ready as he gave his tips for the spring racing carnival.

Tony with Shane Rose and Chloe Esposito
Tony with Shane Rose and Chloe Esposito

Chloe is as much a class act outside of the competition arena as she is in it. The crowd was in awe of a young lady who had simply given up everything by “up and leaving” to chase her dream in an event very few Australians know much about.
Each of the speakers were a pleasure to have as guests on the day. Aside from their public speaking roles, they mingled with all of our patrons on the day. The day raised over $46,000 which will be injected into lifesaving, surf sports and other lifesaving operations.
The Legends Lunch committee would again like to acknowledge the great support from our friends at the Royal Oak Hotel, Double Bay, and all of the guest who attended this great day.

Legends Lunch committee (from left): Kieran Milne, Andrew Hoggett, Grant Baldock, Adam Nezval and Kieran Varcoe
Legends Lunch committee (from left): Kieran Milne, Andrew Hoggett, Grant Baldock, Adam Nezval and Kieran Varcoe. Photo: Garry Beath

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