President’s Introduction to 2019-2020 season

Hi all,

I would like to thank everyone who came along to the AGM to witness four of our dedicated members become Life Members. Congratulations to Jacob Waks, Nick Nezval, Adam Nezval and Will Hardman for the recognition of their years of service to our Club.

Nick Nezval, William Hardman, Adam Nezval and Jacob Waks with their Life Member pins.
Nick Nezval, William Hardman, Adam Nezval and Jacob Waks – Life Members 2019 (P: Tim Reid)

I also appreciate you all allowing me to lead this great Club, so I wanted to share my thoughts on the Club, its goals, and how you can help.

We want a lot from our Club. We want it to be great. We want it to live up to its status as the birthplace of lifesaving. This sometimes leads to pressure to do more, be more and help more than a pure volunteer organisation can deliver. The reality is that it is our volunteer nature that represents the highest ideals of Australian life: quiet confidence, commitment, having a go, mateship, even sacrifice.

Over the next few years, I would like us to focus our energy on ensuring the Club is clearly seen as a leading force in surf lifesaving. This is a big ask, but what does it mean in tangible terms?

Leading means:

  • Continuing to be an innovator in lifesaving techniques and skills
  • Representation on the key councils of Surf Life Saving at the Branch, State and National levels
  • Growing our Nippers program to deliver more junior lifesavers and competitors
  • Building on success in Masters to growing the junior and open competition capability
  • Rebuilding the R&R and Boat teams and developing our IRB competition
  • Rebuilding a Clubhouse that will become an international icon and example of blending pride in our history with the needs of a large operational club
  • And of course, leading means reclaiming the Stan Mac

The Board and I can’t do this in isolation even with the 30-plus elected positions that assist us. It needs a whole Club effort. I’d like you to think about how your skills, passions or interests can ensure that this remains the greatest lifesaving club in the world.

Our first great challenge every year is the City 2 Surf. We need volunteers to help on the day for one of our largest fundraisers. If you can provide 2-3 hours on the 11th of August, it will be appreciated. Sign up here.

Please consider helping by taking on one of the formal or informal roles that the Club needs.

Vacant formal roles:

  • Member Services
  • Youth Captain
  • Surf Boat Captain
  • R&R Captain
  • March Past Captain
  • Ocean Events Organiser (Bluewater Challenge)
  • Masters Captain

Other informal roles:

  • Start of season launch (Raising the Flags) Co-ordinator
  • Member Protection Co-ordinator
  • Grants Committee
  • Judiciary Members
  • Youth Committee
  • Drone Development
  • International Supporters Club Development
  • Kiosk Co-ordination
  • History Committee (Roles in Archives, Oral History, Research, etc)
  • Member Protection Complaint Handlers, Complaint Officers (Training provided)
  • Community Managers

Any support you can provide would be appreciated.


Brent Jackson



Photo Credits: Isabella Dobozy – Drone shot of mass rescue, Tim Reid – Life Member photo

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