Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 3 May 2019

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The Bondi Surfer No. 89

3 May 2019

Photo: Moon, Flag and Club. Tim Read

Intro & Welcome

See you on the beach,

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Training – 2 May
  • Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Training – 16 May
  • Renew membership for Early Bird pricing – 20 July
  • Annual General Meeting – 21 July
  • Deadline for 2019/20 membership – 31 July
  • Nippers Season 2019/20 Registration Opens – 1 August

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Vale Robert Reid

23 March 1943 – 27 April 2019

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bondi Surf Club Life Member Bob Reid at the age of 75, after a long battle with illness.

Bob joined the Club at a young age, and Bondi quickly became his passion. In 1961 at age 18, he stepped up to the role of Treasurer at a time when the Club was struggling to find people to hold leadership positions. He then held the position for a further eight Seasons and one Season as Club Secretary (now Director of Administration). He was known as one of the hardest working fundraisers for the Club when it was needed most.

As a boatie, he was fearless. He was a good rower, but it was as a sweep that he excelled; he could handle any conditions. Tennis was his great love outside of the Club and he passed his passion for tennis to his family.

Bob was also linked to Walsh Patrol, coming down to the beach to tell the Patrol stories of the Club and how much he loved it. He was often seen with his family at Sunday Bottles over the last few years and he enjoyed speaking to members about Club history and the surf.

The family invites all members to his memorial service.

Sunday, 5 May 2019, 2:00pm
Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

Our condolences to Bob’s wife, Sandra.

Blue and White Ball, 4 May

Doors open 7.00pm

Our Blue and White Ball kicks off tomorrow at the Establishment Ballroom, 252 George St.

Please remember to have your ticket with you, either printed out or on your phone.

The after party will be held downstairs in the Main Bar.

2019/20 Season Membership Fees

Thank you for your support for the past Season.

It has been a successful season with “no lives lost” and a record number of active patrolling members performing thousands of preventative actions on the beach.

Our Education team had a record number of awards, with 134 new Bronze Medallion holders and 30 SRCs joining our Patrols.

The Surf Sports section, with professional coaching, strengthened with high numbers in training across age groups.

Our Masters team continued its successful campaign, winning the Sydney Branch, NSW State, and Australian Championships for a third consecutive season.

It’s that time again

Membership fees are due now and should be paid before our AGM on Sunday, 21 July 2019. We do encourage you to renew your membership on or before 20 July 2019 to benefit from the Early Bird pricing.

Please note, any memberships not renewed by 31 July 2019 will be archived and access tags deactivated.

Renew and pay your membership now


Dangerous current sign

Patrol Season has ended

Our Patrol teams will resume duties next Season. Until then, stay safe on the beach.

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

For great Clubbie discounts, look out for the Bondi sticker at friendly local businesses!

Clubbie Discount participating businesses post this sticker
Don’t’ forget to check out the Member benefits poster in the Club to discover new businesses supporting us.

Local business owner? Sign up here to offer a Clubbie discount

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise

March Cadet of the Month Lachlan Sharpe

March Cadet of the Month

Congratulations to Lachlan Sharpe from Baldock Patrol for being named the March Cadet of the Month. Lachlan wins a $50 voucher to Marcelleria Bondi Beach.

Surf Sports

Peter Quartly, keeper of the scores
Surf Race Results for 28 April

Blue Room Surf Races

Week 31 – 28 April Results are here.

Fellow Surfers,

I waxed lyrical last week about the food on Patrol (I may never retire at this rate) and part of the Patrol setup this Sunday was a crepe machine. Next Season, I expect to be greeted by a waiter.

By the way, they were great.

After being reminded the Easter Bunny was a no show last week, we celebrated Greek Easter, but stuck with the chocolate eggs.

Breaking news is that we have been in detailed discussion with a chocolate aficionado, who has agreed to provide some great goodies for Christmas and Easter. The only condition is that you turn up. If you think about those regulars, you should be able to pick it in one as our benefactor … and no; it’s not the Shaggy Dog, but it could be in forty or so years…….

A small surf with some good shoots and plenty of surfers in the water. A little wind, but oh so nice.

Thanks to the Patrol for water safety. Over the off season, I am going to run a course on IRB communications. As an ex-driver, I know it is a special language and we can all improve our communications. A big thanks to all drivers, crew and whistle blowers for helping over the Season.

Oliver swam almost every other week in A Grade and it was his day. With a small wave and some judicious running, he made the win look effortless. David, another regular, was second after taking some tips from his cheer squad. Martin, who showed that he has lost nothing in charging up the beach, went between two members to cross the line. He did not stop until he got his chocolate.

B Grade was a smaller race. However, this did nothing to slow down the competitive spirit. Sandra, who came through the ranks firstly as a Nipper parent, has been doingPpatrol for the last decade and been a regular swimmer, claimed her first win ever. Paul ,there is still hope for your next win. Paul, another regular, had a big grin on his face as Margaret chased him to the finish line and did not quite catch him.

The tube race saw Robyn Hill, second (a gold medalist at the Aussies) make her first race. We hope to see her in the coming Seasons. York Swan, a new member, was pulled out of his Bronze squad, who cheered him on to third place. Look out for him in the competitive sphere next Season. Dori, one of our best swimmers ever and just as nice, was the winner.

All in all, we concluded a very satisfying Season. A big thank you to all who came down and made the Season what it was.

To all who gave assistance: thanks, you really make the morning run so efficiently and make me look good.

I’m back to Church for the winter. God willing, I will see you all and hopefully a few more, come September.

Remember to come to Presentation Night and just as importantly, the AGM. Have your say in our future in the best Club in SLS, bar none.


PS – To members of Bondi Amateur Swimming Club, our Presentation will be on Friday, 3 May at 7.30pm at the Surf Club. Venue has been changed to the downstairs hall. Supper will be available on completion of formalities. All welcome!

1st = + 40 seconds
2nd = +30 seconds &
3rd = + 20 seconds.

3 consecutive races & no placings = – 15 seconds.
5 weeks & three races & no placings = – 10 seconds &
Over 5 weeks & three races = – 5 seconds.
Attend & race cancelled = +2 points.
Also, allocated special race days where everyone gets an extra point for starting.


Raising the bar for Gold

Congratulations to Jonathan Potts, Cate Brighenti and Jonathan Le, who all passed the Gold Medallion assessment in challenging conditions at Cronulla on Sunday. This is an incredible achievement by three of Bondi’s finest.

Your last chance for Higher Awards

First Aid (Expires every 3 yrs) full day course – 4 May
SMAR at Coogee SLC – 14/16/18 May
Advanced Resuscitation -16/18/20 June
Silver Medallion Beach Management at Little Bay – 24/26 June/1 July

Any questions regarding Higher Awards? Please email higherawards

Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Training

Bondi Surf Club is committed to providing a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with our Club, free from harassment and abuse for everyone, promoting respectful and positive behavior and values.

The Club has a number of members trained as Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs), who provide a safe and professional way to raise concerns or complaints. An MPIO is responsible for providing information about members’ rights, responsibilities and options to a member making a complaint or raising a concern, as well as providing support during the further process.

Surf Life Saving Sydney is running two MPIO face-to-face training courses in May:

  • Course 1 – Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm
  • Course 2 – Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm

Register for the MPIO course here

Historical Notes

Neville Wallach, Bondi lifesaver and WWI veteran

Lest we forget

Two months ago, Year 8 Sydney Grammar School student, Todd Potter, contacted the Club seeking information about WWI veteran and Bondi lifesaver, Neville Wallach. Todd was going on a school battlefields trip and had a school project to research a Sydney Grammar School veteran.

He chose Neville Wallach, who was also a Club member. Even if you don’t know the name, you may recognise his face. His photograph is in the lower right corner of the memorial in our Club main hall.

Todd attended the ANZAC Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux (France) and gave a talk at the graveside immediately after the service. His mother reports that "It was supposed to just be his school group attending, but with so many people making their way back from the dawn service through the cemetery, he apparently drew quite a crowd."

Todd’s graveside speech is included here so that we can also remember this brave Club member who is gone, but not forgotten. Todd also left a few mementos, including a Bondi Surf Club hat and Neville’s photo, at the gravesite.

Todd’s speech:

Captain Neville Wallach

A son, a brother, a pal, a Sydney Grammar Old boy.
A rugby player, who played top grade for Eastern Suburbs.
A surfer, a lifesaver – literally. A member of Bondi Life Saving club.
And finally, a soldier, who served his country, was awarded the military cross and made the ultimate sacrifice.

That’s a snapshot of the life of Captain Neville Wallach, who we remember today.

Neville was born in 1896 in Bondi ,NSW. He was the 9th child (out of 11) of Henry and Mary Wallach. The 8 Wallach brothers made up an Eastern Suburbs surfing dynasty spread between Bondi and Maroubra surf clubs.

At age 11, Neville followed his brothers to Sydney Grammar School, where he was admitted into Form I in 1908.

In 1915, Neville was the first of 4 Wallach brothers to enlist for service, and was placed with the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion.

He fought through to 1917, rising to the rank of Captain while still only 21 years of age.

In September 1917 he was awarded the Military cross, with the citation noting: “He was a platoon commander in the attack on the Hindenburg Line near Bullecourt on the 11th April 1917, and though he received a bullet through his thigh within one minute of zero, he led his men over 1200 yards of ground swept by shell and machine gun fire. Captain Wallach is a very capable officer and bears a high reputation for bravery.”

Neville’s older brother, Captain Clarence Wallach, parted from a promising international Rugby career to join the war shortly after Neville enlisted. He had played rugby for Australia 5 times between 1913 – 1914, and enlisted 7 May 1915 with the 19th Infantry Battalion. Like Neville, he was also awarded the Military Cross. He was fatally injured 22nd April, 1918 in Near Somme, France, during a German offensive. He was 28 years of age.

Nine days after Clarence’s death, Neville was killed in action on May 1st in Picardie, Somme, near Villers- Bretonneux. He was leading his men against the German Spring Offensive. He was 21 years of age. The following information was provided to his family from an interview with Neville’s friend, Lt Mcguire, who had been with him when he was killed.

“We were sitting at tea together in a dugout about 7.30pm on the outskirts of Villers-Brettoneux when he was hit in the head by a piece of 4-5 shell. Death was instantaneous…….He was the most popular man we had within the Brigade and a fine sport. The men idolised him and would go anywhere for him. He had been a pal of mine right through”.

The Sydney Grammar Wallach Memorial Prizes were later created in 1929 by Mrs Mary Wallach in memory of her 2 sons, Neville and Clarence. The prizes are for Proficiency in Literary subjects in the Sixth Form and proxime accessit to the Dux in forms One to Five.

Captain Neville Wallach, today we have come to thank you for your service and bravery, and we remember you with honour.

May you rest in peace. Laus Deo.

Community News

Sharon Neal Holistic chemical free living event

Live Better, 25 May in the Blue Room

Sharon Neal is excited to be hosting an event of passionate presenters. If you live in Sydney and are looking to discover ways to ‘live better’ through a holistic approach to health then this for you.

With a range of experts involved across a diverse range of topics from Neuroscience and Meditation through to Massage and Movement, there is something for everyone.

Check out full details and get early bird tickets


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