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Month: March 2023

The 81st Stan & Basil McDonald

The 81st Stan & Basil McDonald Relay was held yesterday.
What a great day, for a great race. This year we came out on top with a hard-fought victory. North Bondi fought hard and gave it everything they had, but so did we. The stan mac is more than just a race it’s a battle, a tradition, a long-fought battle between two great clubs.
Congrats to all the swimmers, you make both clubs very proud, thank you to Dori & Nick who put their heart and soul into our team each and every year.
Also, a big shout out to Matt Hamilton & Simon Storry who between them have raced in the stan mac for North Bondi for over 50 years combined, and both said this was their last race… what an achievement!!!.
It’s days like these that should make us all proud, whether you are on the winning or losing team, Bondi or North Bondi.
After the race I went into the changing rooms and saw Cyril Baldock sitting in the corner quietly reflecting on the win, I think I may have even seen a tear rolling down his cheek…… tears of joy or tears of pride??? either way, it doesn’t matter.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither knows victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
Photos by: John Slaytor

Last night we celebrated the e

Last night we celebrated the end of season nippers & parents night…. thank you to our wonderful sponsor Betty’s Burgers for supplying their wonderful burgers. Thank you to all the nippers volunteers for a great and successful season, we applaud you👏.
Also a special thanks to Julie, Kathryn, Liz(president) & Kate (vice Pres) for all your hard work…….GO TEAM!!!!!

ALBERT – Women in Powercraft 2

ALBERT – Women in Powercraft 2023

For the first time ALBERT ran Women in powercraft weekend program in Fingal Beach, Hunter Branch.
50 Women, 16 IRB’S, 2 RWC and a can-do attitude arrived for a weekend of powercraft/ lifesaving upskilling.
It was a weekend of learning, sharing and exploring new ways to operate the IRB , They built on their rescue skills, knowledge, made new friends and networks on one of the nicest beaches and great club.
The women came from across the state and even interstate to experience the weekend alongside like-minded lifesavers building the strength of their lifesaving capabilities.
They collaborated, inspired, motivated, lead, learned, smiled and had fun as a group to help each other and build confidence.

Bondi IRB members that participated in the weekend Kristy Smith Julie Pritchard Alex Ayscough Kirsten Newrick. Ashleigh Wallis Breaden, Luana Eliis, and we welcomed Elena Cormack (QLD) and Jennie Smith (South Maroubra) who didn’t have their club attending joined the Bondi Family for the weekend.

We also had our very own Nixy Krite and Ronny Krite are part of the delivery and coaching team who have been part of the program now for 7 years.
Thank you Surf Life Saving NSW Hunter Surf Lifesaving Fingal Beach Slsc for a great weekend.

To all the new friends made at the weekend please come and join us soon for some more IRB training, patrol, fun and friendship our door is open.
Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club Coogee SLSC Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC Birubi Point SLSC South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club Umina Surf Life Saving Club terrigal Surf Life Saving Club Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club Redhead Surf Life Saving Club Nobbys SLSC Newcastle Merewether SLSC Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club Cooks Hill Surf Club Swansea-Belmont SLSC Surf Life Saving Australia

Congratulations to the ‘Play B

Congratulations to the ‘Play Buoys’!

Our fourth Bronze group has made it through their final assessments this morning, and we’re excited to welcome 21 new lifesavers into our club!

Well done to all of the candidates, and a huge thank you to the trainers and assessors for the time you’ve committed to welcoming these new members to our club.

Mason Kemeny
Director of Education

The fourth episode of the Bond

The fourth episode of the Bondi Patrol Podcast was released this week.

In it, Glen Frost speaks to Kenny Salisbury who has been involved with the Club in two ways: when his two daughters were younger, he was a Nippers parent, and now he’s helping club members get fit and stay fit with boxing – that’s because Kenny is a boxing champion.

Kenny was born and raised in Liverpool in the mid-1950s. He came to Sydney in the 1970s, and has lived in Bondi ever since. Kenny started boxing at 11, has had 33 professional fights and won 32 fights by knock outs! Kenny became an English Boxing champion, then an Australian champion, then a Commonwealth Champion.

He jogs and works out every day; and he shares his passion for fitness with other members of the Club. He speaks to Glen about why is Nippers important; discusses boxing, travelling the world and meeting his boxing hero Muhammed Ali; talks about the importance of fitness, the right diet and training and about mentoring kids and youth via fitness and boxing.

Listen to Glen’s interview with Kenny and catch up on all Bondi Patrol episodes here.

If you are heading down to Bon

If you are heading down to Bondi Beach tomorrow Saturday 4th March.
Please say come past and say Hello to the International Women’s Day – Pink Patrol.
Over 95 women will be patrolling and helping keep our community safe on Bondi Beach ⛱️
Surf Life Saving NSW Surf Life Saving Australia Waverley Council Surf Life Saving Sydney
#IWD2023 #BondiPInkPatrol

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