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Keith “Spaz” HURST
Keith Hurst known to all boaties as "Sir Keith" & "Spaz" had an extensive record of achievement in competition in both long-boards and boats at National and State level and was a handy swimmer.
Keith won the Australian Longboard Championship in 1946 & 1950 with North Bondi.
Keith won the Australian Senior Boat Championship in 1957, 1958 & 1959 with North Bondi and in 1960 with Mollymook.
A handy swimmer Keith won the Sydney Branch Junior Belt Race in 1944.
In addition to his achievements in the water, little is known of his support for the League in its infancy in 1993.
"Spaz" spoke with Ron Payne on many occasions regarding his views and the direction he thought the League should be headed.
Remember this was prior to the meeting at Manly on 10 September 1993 the day the League was officially 'born'.
Keith gave wise counsel to Ron and the Interim Committee and probably in hindsight his prophetic advice to Ron was, "Ron, never break away from the Association."
There were many in the Association at both National and State level who thought at the time that the League was a 'break-away group'. That was never going to be the case.
"Spaz" attended a lot of events, always passed on invaluable advice to many aspiring rowers and sweeps, was always at the Boaties Conference at the Aussies, remained loyal to his many friends and the League until his passing on 29 January 1996.
Keith was the first inductee in the ASRL Hall of Hame in 1996.
Keith was acknowledged by SLSA as a Legend of Surf Lifesaving.
Approaching 60 years of age, Keith rowed 200km in a small dinghy alone, alongside surfboats in the 1988 Brewarrina to Bourke outback classic and still took the time at the end of each day's rowing to pass on to younger sweeps and rowers his wealth of experience from many years in boats.
So to finish off, Keith's insight in the early years was invaluable at the time and to the future of the League and his legacy will always remain.
Ron Davidson has been a long and loyal servant to the Surf Boat Rowing fraterntity initally in Sydney but for the majority of his time with the South Eastern Corner of Queensland.
His list of credits are far to vast to list here but do include National championships as a Sweep in the Junior, Open and Reserve Ranks. Ron has also given loyal service to the Tallebudgera SLSC as their Captain for 8 years and has been a S.L.S. Australian Surf Boat Inspector for QLD for over 30 years now. Well done Ron you are truly one of the Sports gems.
Keith "Hottie" Hodgson joined Point Lonsdale in 1959 and took over sweeping the Open crew in 1962. The crews came 2nd in 1963, won at Scarboro in 1965 and 5th in 1966. Hottie swept Lnsdale crews until the mid 90's. He hs been an official at Victorian carnivals and Australian Chamionships for over 30 years and his intrictae knowledge and interpretation of the rule book is used in protests.
Bob Miles was born and raised in Manly on Sydney's Northern Peninsula. He was a Master Craftsmen in Timber Boatsand leanrt his trade as a shipwright at Sydney's Garden Island dockyards.
He started out building yachts and built them right up until 1979, when he built "Team Spirit" for the North Cronulla Surf Club. This boat won a gold medal a remarkable achievement from a man who had only built one surf boat. Over time Bob built boats for Sydney clubs including Queenscliff, Warriewood and Dee Why, other states also had the benefit of Bob's skill with Lorne and Coolum also rowing Bob Miles Boats. Boats constructed by Bob Miles have notched up State, Australian and World Titles and he is certainly a worthy entrant into the ASRL Hall of Fame.
Ken Murray has been in and around Surf Boats his whole life, he has no less than 5 life memberships one of which is to Surf Life Saving Australia. He is a member of the NSW Hall of Champions and has a place in the Hunter Region of NSW Hall of Fame.
Ken achievements in the sport include 9 first placing's at Australian Championships, twice a member of Australian Teams and 29 NSW Surf Boat finals in Seniors and Junior Ranks.
CLUB - Swansea-Caves Beach SLSC
BIOGRAPHY: The Australian Surf Life Saving Movement has produced countless champions over the years, but any mention of the wave-orientated sport would be incomplete without reference to the doyen of surf boat sweeps, Ken Murray. For decades, his name was a household word in the sport at which he excelled at Branch, State, Australian and International events, in addition to which, he has given 29 years of service to the Caves Beach SLSC as boat captain and committee man. During the same period, he included 20 years as a patrol captain, 10 years as a carnival organiser and 24 years as a club selector.
Ken, who attended Swansea Primary and High School, followed his father - a Swansea-Caves first senior boat crew member - into surf life saving. He gained his bronze medallion with Swansea-Belmont in 1950.
Junior and senior football with Lakes United Rugby League Club gave way to surf club interests and Ken's outstanding performances saw him installed as vice-captain of the Australian team that met South Africa in 1970-71. In 1974, as captain of the Australian team that competed in the World Congress in South Africa, he was sweep of the Australian crew that won the World Surf Boat Championship.
His remarkable record includes: 42 first placings in boat events at Branch level; 10 first placings, 8 second placings and 2 third placings at NSW championships; 9 first placing, 6 seconds and 6 thirds at Australian championships. At Australian Surf Life Saving Council level, he has served as National Surf Boat Inspector and Chief Boat Judge at national carnivals.
Australian Championships: 1950/51 - 2nd National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1951/52 - 1st National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1953/54 - 3rd National Senior Surf Boat Championships 1953/54 - 3rd National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1955/56 - 2nd National Senior Surf Boat Championships 1959/60 - 1st National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1960/61 - 1st National Open Surf Boat Championships 1961/62 - 2nd National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1962/63 - 1st National Open Surf Boat Championships 1962/63 - 1st National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1968/69 - 2nd National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1969/70 - 1st National Open Surf Boat Championships 1970/71 - 3rd National Reserve Surf Boat Championships 1971/72 - 2nd National Reserve Surf Boat Championships 1972/73 - 3rd National Open Surf Boat Championships 1972/73 - 1st National Junior Surf Boat Championships 1972/73 - 1st National Reserve Surf Boat Championships 1973/74 - 2nd National Reserve Surf Boat Championships 1975/76 - 1st National Reserve Surf Boat Championships 1976/77 - 3rd National Reserve Surf Boat Championships 1976/77 - 3rd National Open Surf Boat Championships
INTERNATIONAL: 1970/71 - Australian Representative V's South Africa (V/Captain) 1974 - Australian Captain, World Championships (South Africa) - Winning World Surf Boat Championship 1980 - N.S.W Touring Team (European Tour)
5 NSW Rep teams
many Newcastle / Hunter rep teams
many, many Interstate Championship medals and finals
Hunter region Sporting hall of fame
SLSNSW Sporting hall of fame
SLSA Sporting hall of fame
ASRL Hall of Fame
Ocean Thunder trophy named the Ken Murray Cup.
Roger NINHAM (dec)
Kevin “Lofty” RICHARDSON
Lofty has had an outstanding career as both an oarsman and sweep. He joined Maroochydore in September 1963. He went on to compete at forty-four (44) National Championships in a row in open division competition. He is a Life Member of Maroochydore and following in the footsteps of mentor Graham Ashton was Boat Captain for fifteen seasons in a row 1976 and 1990. He was club captain in the 1984 -85 season.
He was the recipient of an Australian Sports medal in 2000. He also ventured into surf boat building having acquired patents from one of the pioneers of surf boat building in Claude Boyd. The evolution of the Boyd Surf Boat linked closely to the success of Maroochydore in Surf Boat rowing.
His winning ways commenced in 1966 with Lofty's last National medal coming in 2004. He is the only Sweep to have collected Queensland Titles in all divisions at a single Championship. The dominance of Queensland surf boat racing by Maroochydore in the 1980's is unequalled. He represented Queensland as both a rower and sweep collecting seven (7) State Team blazers. A harsh disciplinarian and fierce competitor he personally trained to the high benchmarks set for the crews under his tutelage. His surf knowledge and freakish athleticism have provided many a story over a cold drink.
Lofty's record is as follows:-
As a Rower 1966 - Reserve Grade Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place 1969 - Reserve Grade Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place 1973 - Open Boat Race Championship of Australia 2nd Place 1974 - Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place As a Sweep 1978 - Reserve Grade Boat Championship of Australia 3rd. Place 1980 - Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st. Place 1981 - Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st. Place Reserve Grade Boat Championship of Queensland 1st. Place 1981 - Junior Boat race Championship of Australia 1st. Place 1982 - Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st. Place 1983 - Reserve Grade Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place Reserve Grade Boat Race Championship of Australia 3rd. Place 1984 - Reserve Grade Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place 1985 - Reserve Grade Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place 1986 - Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st. Place 1987 - Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st. Place Reserve Grade Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place Junior Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st Place 1988 - Boat Race Championship of Queensland 1st. Place 1992 - Under 18 Surf Boat Championship of Australia 1st. Place Reserve Grade Surf Boat Championship of Australia 2nd. Place 1999 - Under 18 Surf Boat Championship of Queensland 1st. Place 2001 - Under 21 Surf Boat Championship of Australia 3rd. Place 2001 - Open Women's Surf Boat Championship of Queensland 2nd. Place 2002 - Under 21 Surf Boat Championship of Australia 2nd. Place 2004 - Reserve Grade Surf Boat Championship of Australia 2nd. Place
Lofty has also collected numerous Branch, State, National and world Title medals in masters competition
Club - Warriewood SLSC
Joined 1971 & Gained Bronze Medallion 1971
Competed from 1972 -1986 in Surf Boat.
Began rowing in "A" Crew as Bowman at 18 years of age.
Won 4 Open National Surf Boat Titles - 1977, '79, '80, '81 and 2nd in 1978
Won Australian Non Championship 1975 and 3rd in 1976
Won 2 NSW State Titles in 1973, '79
Winner of numerous Branch and Metropolitan Titles and various medals
Won World Title 1983 in Hawaii
Selected as a member of 2 Australian National Teams in Trans Tasman Test Series against New Zealand 1980 and 1982
Selected in 3 NSW State Teams 1979, '80, '82
Selected in 4 Manly Warringah Branch Teams to contest Inter Branch Championships.
Inducted into the (ASRL) Australian Surf Rowers League Hall of Fame 1997
Presented with Award of Excellence from SLSA in March 2005
1999/2000 -Assistant Coach Bungan Open Boat Crew
2001-2004 Coaching Warriewood Woman's crew and U/23 Men's crew
2007/2008 Coaching Reserve Grade/Masters and Junior Boat crew
Nick DIXON (dec)
Peter "Mick" ELLERCAMP
Club: Caves Beach SLSC
Australian Championship record
Open Boat: 3 x first, 3 x 3rd
Masters: 2 x first, 2 x 2nd,1 x 3rd
Open Boat: 8 x first, 4 x 2nd
NSW Championship Record
Open Boat: 9 x first, 3 x 3rd
Masters: 3 x 2nd
U21 men’s Boat: 1 x first
World Championship Record
Masters: 1 x first, 3 x 2nd
Australian Surf Life Saving Representative Teams
3 tests vs Sth Africa
NSW Surf Life Saving Representative Teams
5 x times
Newcastle/ Hunter Surf Life Saving Representative Teams
6 x times (possibly more?)
Newcastle/ Hunter Championships Too many to list, and honestly he cannot remember Other Information
Life Member Caves Beach SLSC
Life Members Newcastle/Hunter Surf Life Saving Branch
Life Member Surf Life Saving NSW
Represented Australia in a marathon across the Cook Strait in NZ, (North Island to the South), 22 miles
25 service badge to SLSA
50 service badge to SLSA
George CHALLIS (dec)
George Challis joined Cronulla as a probationary member in 1935. He won junior belt championships in 1937-38. He went on to hold several administrative positions within the Club and enlisted in the Army in 1943.
On his return from war service, George’s interest turned to surf boats. He became one of the greatest surf boat sweeps in the history of the Association bringing to the Club between 1949 – 1955 three Australian titles including the senior junior double in 1950-1951.
Elected a life member of Cronulla in 1953, George retired from competition in 1955 and became Club president in 1957 for two seasons. He also served as a surf boat inspector for 15 years with the Sydney Branch and was National Council surf craft advisor for many years.
George Challis was awarded an SLSA Certificate of Merit in 1948 after he and North Cronulla member Jim Peryman performed a successful rescue at the infamous “Alley”.
He was awarded life membership of the Sydney Branch in 1973. He set high standards whether it was as an administrator, a lifesaver or as a sweep at the back of a hardworking boat crew.
The death of George Robert Melrose Challis in September 1982 brought an end to a life devoted to surf life saving and to the Cronulla SLSC. He had excelled as the complete all rounder, an administrator, Lifesaver and competitor.
As much as anything else, he was one of Cronulla’s favourite sons.
Bob Fulton joined the Warriewood Surf Club in 1969 and began rowing Surf Boats in 1970. His list of achievements is formidable and they include but are not limited to:
1st Australian Open Boat Championships - 1977,79,81
1st Australian Reserve Boat Championships - 1980
1st NSW Open Boat Championship - 1973,79
Aus Team Member Trans Tasman Test - 1980,82
1st World Inter Club Championship - 1983
Kevin “Bluey” MYERS
Kevin "Bluey" Myers joined the Freshwater Surf Club in 1949, he offically started rowing boats in the 53/54 season. It was to be from this point he never looked back, competing in a total of 18 Australian Boat Finals with 4 wins, and numerous other titles to speak off, it is indeed a list of achievements to be proud of.
Kevin was the 1st Chairman of the Australian League of Rowers and has 105 Branch, Metrolpolitan, State and Australian Championships to his name.
Stephen “Yap Yap” Swane joined North Cronulla SLSC as a cadet in the 1960-1961 season when he was 15 years of age.
Steve gained his Bronze Medallion the following season. His surfboat rowing career began in 1964 and the following year came 2nd in the U18’s boat at the NSW Championships. The same year he was appointed as senior chief gear steward and then surf boat captain.
A tour of duty on Active Service in Vietnam saw Steve absent from surf club activities from 1968- 1970.
In 1972-73 Steve was again appointed as boat captain. The following year he placed 2nd in the NSW championships and 5th at the Australian Championships in the Open boat division.
In subsequent years he gained numerous minor place finishes at state and national level. In between were victories and minor places in marathons like the George Bass and Pier One in Sydney, as well as a trip to Bali for the world championships. Then there are the various club awards including best boatman, most outstanding senior, NSW representative crews etc that have come his way over the years, the list goes on.
In 1985 as a sweep his A crew broke the ice winning the NSW championships. They also got 2nd at the Australian Championships. The following year the double, State and Aussie champions were their reward.
In 1987/88 another NSW open boat championship and 3rd place in the U18’s and to top off a great season, Steve was awarded life membership of North Cronulla SLSC.
In the years to come Steve won more NSW State championships in A’s and reserves as well as winning gold silver and bronze medals at Australian Championship level, Steve has won many awards and received many accolades.
In 1999 he was awarded an Australian sports medal. He has held numerous positions in the North Cronulla Club and has applied himself with as much enthusiasm in these positions as he has to his beloved surfboats.
To list all of his achievements would take almost forever. One thing that has been a constant is his loyalty to one Club, North Cronulla and his commitment to all aspects of surf Club life but in particular surf boats.
A good club man and a good bloke.
Peter “Grub” GRANT
Joined Grange SLSC: 1968
Bronze medallion: March 1968
25 years service Award: 1992
30 years service award: 1997
Patrol hours : 611.75 (up to March 1998)
Life membership Grange: 1987
Other competition involvement: Swimming: Surf teams (Cadet, junior and senior), surf race (Cadet, junior and senior), surf belt (junior and senior). State medals in all of the above events. Iron man: Medals in State junior ironman. R & R: State Championship medals in Junior and senior R & R 1972 Australian Championship silver medallist in Junior R & R Ocean Grove, Victoria
Club management: Club Captain 1977, 1978. Boat Captain 1975/76
State team member and Captain: 1977, Bancoora, Victoria.
Subsequent State team representation: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. National surf league team, surf boat spectacular teams on four occasions.
State representation total: approximately 25 occasions.
State Championship performances
SA State Championship Open Surf boat titles: 12. (1977,’83,’84,’85,’86, ’87,’88, ’89,’90,’91,’92,’98.) This features 10 consecutive titles and 17 State title medals in Open Surfboat racing in South Australia.
SA State Championship Open Boat Silver medallist: ’79, ’82.
SA State Championship Open Boat Bronze medallist: ’78, ’81, ’97.
Won a state medal in Open boat in all but one State Open Surf boat Championship contested.
State Championship Veteran/Masters boat Championships: 11
Undefeated in SA Open Boat marathon rowing.
Interstate Surf boat achievements
Sydney Harbour marathon 4th.
Manly-Freshwater row: 1st: 1987
Freshwater Carnival: 6th: 1987
Freshwater carnival: 2nd: :1988
Sun 60 Maroochydore: 1989: 1st
Australian Championship Surf boat performances
1988: Gold medallist Open Surfboat – Wanda/Elouera NSW
1989: 5th place Open Surfboat - Burleigh Heads Qld
1997: 5th place: Masters Surfboat
World Championship performances:
2002: First place Masters 140 years - Daytona Beach USA
2002: First place Open Boat Championship - Daytona Beach USA
Additional contributions: Coaching crews, organising gymnasium programs, extensive fundraising for equipment needs. Coached highly successful 1999 Grange U/21 crew who won the State U/21 and Open Surf boat Championships.
Warren joined Garie SLSC in 1955 and was appointed Boat Captain and sweep of open crew in 1956 at age 19. Swept in last surfboat race in January 2008 at age 71 by competing in the 182 kilometre George Bass marathon, winning the veteran category with the North Steyne club.
During this period Warren's highlights included:
Winning 25 Branch, Inter Branch, Metropolitan, State, Interstate and National Championships and 2 international contests against South Africa and New Zealand. Included 2 Australian Open Boat Championships (1971 & 1977)
Captain of 1972 Australian Representative Surf Team to New Zealand
Author of the Association’s first training manual, which was on surfboat rowing.
Being awarded “NSW Police Sportsman of the Year” in 1972, as a result of achievements in surboat racing
Warren is currently a member of Queenscliff, North Steyne and Mooloolaba clubs and resides at Queenscliff, NSW.
Peter Mackie service to SLSC Competition, Volunteer & Coaching.
Queensland Rowers League Achievement Award & Hall of Fame 2005
Australian Rowers League Hall of Fame 2006
Australian Sports Medal 2000
Australian Representative 1992,2001,2003.
Pride of the Pacific Australian Representative 1991,1992.
Newcastle/ Hunter Surf Life Saving Representative Teams
6 x times
Newcastle/ Hunter Championships
Too many to list and honestly he cannot remember
Life Member Caves Beach SLSC
Represented Australia in a marathon across the Cook Strait in NZ, (North Island to the South), 22 miles
25 service badge to SLSA
50 service badge to SLSA
Mel started rowing surfboats will Bilgola in 2001 and has never looked back. She has had a dream career as a rower winning four Australian Open Woman's Titles in a row in three different seats. Two were won with Bilgola SLSC and two with Avoca SLSC.
Mel has also had a very active roll in the promotion of the sport within her career as a freelance camerawoman. Mel has put together a vast array of short motivational surfboat movies, created DVD sponsorship packages for many clubs as well as shooting for TV programs like Ocean Thunder Pro Surfboat Series, Surf Patrol and The Nutri-Grain Iron Man Series.
Her list of achievements include:
Australian Open Woman's Gold: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007
Australian Boat Relay Gold: 2008 (Avoca)
Australian Open Woman's Silver: 2008
State Champions: 2004 and 2007
NSW State Team: 2008
Northern Beaches Branch Team: 2004
Central Coast Branch Team: 2006 and 2008
ASRL Hall of Fame Inductee 2007
NSW ASRL Hall of Fame Inductee 2007
ILS World Surf Lifesaving Silver 2004
Numerous Branch and State Medals
Brian ‘WOGGLES’ MASON
Introduction and Summary –Brian (Woggles) Mason (1934-2004) Brian Mason joined Freshwater Surf Club in the early 1950’s and soon became one of the surfboat movement’s most outstanding members. Brian’s contribution and unmatched achievements in the surfboat arena had a huge impact on the sport of surfboat rowing. *’Woggles’ –he was humble yet quietly confident. He was compassionate yet did not suffer fools. –He developed local surfers with no rowing experience into talented rowers. (*extract from ‘The Surfboat Book’ –by Kim Marsh 2008)
The demise of the historic double-enders in the 1950’s saw the introduction of the more manoeuvrable flat tuck stern boats. These new boats meant new techniques and Brian pioneered and mastered the skills required of the ‘modern’ surfboat rower. The ‘jump-start’ technique, still used today, is an example of the innovative approach perfected by this master sweep. This along with his proficiency of the buoy turn was soon taken up by the rest of the surfboat fraternity taking the sport to a new level from which it continues to improve to this day.
Sadly, Brian passed away in 2004.
List of Championships Achievements
1st Australian Junior Boat Championship 1961–Moana South Australia
1st Australian Junior Boat Championship 1962-Tasmania
1st Australian Junior Boat Championship 1967-South Port SA
1st Australian Junior Boat Championship 1968-North Cronulla NSW
(The above feat of 2 sets of back to back championships in one decade remains a record)
2nd Junior Boat Championship Interstate 1967 –South Australia
1st Open Boat Championship Interstate 1971 –Western Australia
2nd Junior Boat State Championships -1961
2nd Open Boat State Championships -1969
3rd Open Boat State Championships -1971
3rd Junior Boat Brach Championship -1963
1st Junior Boat Brach Championship -1967
2nd Junior Boat Brach Championship -1968
2nd Open Boat Brach Championship -1971
Howard’s Rowing, Sweeping, and Coaching career, has spanned 38 years of non stop involvement
As a Junior, he won back to back Open Men’s Surfboat "Silvers", both years, whilst still a Junior, rowing bow, in 1971, then 1972 with Bungan Beach SLSC Crews.
Open Men’s record, winning 2 Gold, 4 seconds and 1 third.
Howard has represented NSW and Australia in Branch, State and Australian Representative Teams.
List of Open Boat Results at State & National levels – many other championship results in other divisions plus a long list of placing’s at all levels complete what has been a remarkable career so far for Howard Christie.
Australian Titles – Open Boat 1985 – Bungan Beach 1986 – Bungan Beach
Rick has done it all from Administration to rowing & this is a sample of his competitive achievements to date:
1964 Joined Avalon Beach SLSC
1974 State Finalist Open Surfboat Placed 1st
1983 Australian Finalist Open Surfboat 5th
Australian Finalist U/18 Surfboat 4th
1985 Australian Finalist Reserve Surfboat 6th W/O
1989 Australian Finalist Open Surfboat Placed 2nd
1993 Australian Finalist Open Surfboat Placed 1st
1994 Represented Australia in USA Placed 2nd
State Finalist Open Surfboat Placed 2nd
State Finalist U21 Surfboat *
State Finalist U18 Surfboat *
Started clubs first Women’s boat crew
1995 Australian Finalist U19 Surfboat Placed 3rd
1996 Australian Finalist Reserve Surfboat Placed 2nd
Australian Finalist U21 Surfboat *
State Finalist Reserve Surfboat *
State Finalist Women’s Surfboat *
1998 ASRL Finalist in open boat
1999 Australian Finalist U19 Surfboat Crew *
ASRL Finalist Open Surfboat *
ASRL Finalist U 18 Surfboat *
ASRL finalist U21 Surfboat Placed 3rd
2000 Australian Finalist U21 Surfboat Placed 3rd
2001 State finalist in Reserve Boat
State finalist in u/18 Boat
ASRL Finalist Open Surfboat Placed 3rd
2002 Australian Finalist Open Surfboat 2nd D/Q
ASRL President a position he proudly held for 4 years
2003 Australian Finalist Reserve Surfboat Placed 2nd
ASRL Finalist Reserve Boat Placed 2nd
2004 State Finalist Open Surfboat Placed 2nd
2005 Australian Finalist Open Surfboat 6th
State Finalist Open Surfboat Placed 3rd
2007 Australian Finalists Reserve Grade in Perth 6th
Life Membership Pt Lonsdale
Life Membership VSRL
Outstanding Service Award VSRL
Distinguished Service Award VSRL
Hall of Fame ASRL
2nd Open Boat 1974
1st Open Boat 1975
1st Open Boat 1976
3rd Open Boat 1978
Interstate boat Race Championships
To Numerous medals to recall
Boat Captain Pt. Lonsdale State Team Selector State Coaching Panel Carnival Official Coached for 26 years at Pt. Lonsdale, Anglesea, Lorne and Torquay
Natalie Gartner is a member of Bilgola SLSC, having attained her bronze medallion in November 1996. She is also a member of the Moruya SLSC since 2014.
Natalie has rowed surfboats for the past 21 consecutive years. During this time she has won every type of medal in surfboat rowing, including two Australian Championship Gold Medals.
Natalie has represented NSW on three occasions in the Interstate Surfboat Series. She has won many Branch, State and even World Title events.
At Bilgola SLSC, she has been a consistent member of the Management Committee of the surf club. She has also represented on various Surfboat Panels.
Natalie is held in the highest esteem in the surfboat fraternity, and for many years, has taken on a mentoring role for junior female rowers.
Natalie also joined the Moruya SLSC in the 2013/14 season. This included rowing in the 2014 George Bass Surfboat marathon where the crew placed 2nd.
Natalie is a phenomenal sportsperson, highly respected, a tough, fierce but always fair competitor. She is a life-long 'boatie', well known and well respected by all.
Her record is set out below:- Sydney Northern Beaches Branch
1 Relay Gold
International Challenge in New Zealand
Norm Pounder attained his bronze medallion in 1985. Norm commenced rowing for North Narrabeen SLSC in the 1985-1986 season as a junior, winning the Branch Championships, 2nd in the State Titles and a semi-finalist at the Australian Titles in his initial year. This initiated an outstanding career in surfboat rowing.
Norm, together with sweep and mentor, Don McManus, joined Bilgola SLSC in the 1994-1995 season where he is presently a Long Standing member today. He is still rowing stroke competitively and has a most enviable record during the 29 years. Norm has won 4 Australian Open Championship Gold Medals, made up by two Under 18 Titles, one Under 21 Title and one Open Men's Title. He is currently working on completing the full set of Australian Gold Medals by competing in the Reserve Grade Division of rowing. He has also won two World Masters Titles and one Australian Masters Gold Medal. He is a part of the well-credentialed Bilgola Old 180 Years Masters crew.
The nominee has represented NSW and captained the Interstate Team on three occasions. Norm has won numerous State, Metropolitan and Branch Titles during his career. These are listed below, which sets out his long and outstanding record in surfboat rowing. It is littered with medals and is indicative of a very special and dedicated sportsman.
Norm is the Vice President of Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club. He is also the current Boat Captain of Bilgola SLSC and has put in countless hours in the mentoring and coaching of crews at this club. He is one of the most highly respected members of this surf club who displays the utmost in integrity and humbleness.
Norm is a current member of the Sydney Northern Beaches Boat Panel. He has been nominated for New Official of the Year Award and is the current Bilgola SLSC Rower of the Year.
Norm is also a current boat official and is one of the few 'boaties' who not only competes at carnivals, but also officiates. He shows great potential as a future Boat Referee. In his second year as an official in the 2013-2014 season he was the starter of the Under 19 final at the ASRL Australian Open, Branch, State and Australian Titles. This is a very accelerated position for a new official which only goes to show the high place in which he is held in the surfboat fraternity. It also goes to show his dedication to the sport of surfboat rowing.
Gained Bronze Medallion, began competing for North Narrabeen SLSC
Semi -Finals Australian Titles, Junior (u19) Boat
1st Manly Warringah Branch Titles, Junior Boat
2nd NSW State Titles, Junior Boat
Manly Warringah Junior Interbranch team
1st Australian Titles, Junior (u19) Surf Boat
3rd State Titles, Junior Surf Boat
2nd Branch Titles, Junior Surf Boat
1st Metropolitan Championship, Junior Surf Boat
Manly Warringah Junior Interbranch team – Winners of Interbranch
1st Australian Titles, Junior (u18) Surf Boat
1st Metropolitan Championships, Junior Surf Boat
1st Royal Bicentennial Surf Carnival, Junior Boat
1st Australian titles, U21 Surf Boat
Finalist NSW State Titles, Reserve Grade Surf Boat
Semi-finals Australian Titles, Reserve Grade Surf Boat