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ASRL Newsletter #74 - October 2017

newsletter2The ASRL Committee has released October Newsletter #74 which should already be in your Inbox if you have subscribed.  The Newsletter contains news on National Team Selection, The Need to Talk to your Club President, ASRL Membership & Open Entry, and a Drugs in Sport update!  All rowers are encouraged to have a good read.  Newsletter #74 is below.

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ASRL Newsletter

Newsletter #74 - October 2017
This newsletter will carry information on:
  1. National Selection Event
  2. Members need to talk to your Club Presdient
  3. Banned Substance
  4. ASRL Membership and Open Entry 

National Selection Event: 


Time to get those nominations into SLSA to be considered for inclusion into the National Selection Event. 
  • Team Nomination Sheet
  • Selection Policy
  • Team Manager Nomination 
You find all these forms on the ASRL Website at www.ASRL.com.au or these documents can also be found on the SLSA Members Portal  > Library > Sport > High Performance and Olympic Pathway > SLSA > Australian Life Saving Team > Trans-Tasman Boat Series
 
The ASRL will again be conducting the selection event under the same process we have developed that has met with good approval from past crews. More on that a bit closer to the date.
 
It is important that you complete the SLSA nomination form and return it by the closing date. Don’t be disappointed by missing the cut off but this is the only way to be invited in the selection event process. No late acceptance.
 
Divisions are for: 
  • Open Female and Open Male for the Test Cap event
  • Crews U23 Female & Male (can be U19) for the Development Series 
The New Zealand crews will be travelling to Australia and competing at the Navy ASRL Open in Elouera where this Test Series will again be held  
 

Members Need to Talk to Your Club President: 


As we now know the SLSA Board introduced a raft of Policy changes to 5.4 and 1.02 and other items all around a bit of trust in your surf club to manage their patrol roster and the membership while removing barriers to membership. All these changes can be found on the ASRL Website in a Statement from the SLSA President. One of the great changes has been the flexibility in allowing new members to join and use equipment and be involved in competition before completing the Bronze.
 
Unfortunately, we are hearing of varied levels of resistance e.g. in QLD your Branches have voted to reject the change. In NSW we understand that Branches have been asked to reject the changes.
 
The SLSA Board has provided the pathway for us all to walk forward into the new world. Those people fighting change need to understand that these outcomes are what the current and potential future membership is demanding of all modern sporting organisations. To fight against it is to hold our sport back and show an ignorance to the facts.
 
What is very sad is that nothing in SLS has been as well researched and debated for a long time nor has it been more overdue. The recognition of the effects of a changing society within SLS started back in 2012. SLSA appointed several independent organisations to help set up, run and advise outcomes including the most extensive consultation with the stakeholders including States and individual members had been completed.
  • SLSA spent almost 18 months on the meetings, consultation and submission stage of this project
  • every State Branch and member had an opportunity to be heard
  • SLSA then spent a lot of time turning the result of all this research into specific recommendations to go to the SLSA Board for approval
  • At every stage the States & Branches were consulted, included and had the opportunity for input
  • The final recommendations again went out for comment before going to the SLSA Board
  • When first presented to the SLSA Board the outcomes were watered down for a Stage one release 12 months ago
  • It was recognised early that the first attempt for change was a timid reflection on the recommended course of action that had resulted from the full enquiry
  • The report was referred back by the Board for more work and consultation with stakeholders
  • In August 2017 the SLSA Board righted the process and introduced the changes 
This has been the most comprehensive process imaginable and in our democratic society we are taught to accept the majority decision. To now see a certain element of our sport trying to undo what clearly has been the result of good research and reflection of the sports position is shameful to those driving this.

Just one simple example of the silly stuff being cited as reasons to stop progress is:  
“if the Patrol changes to Policy 5.4 go through all my club members will leave and join club X”
  • Firstly, this has never been about not doing patrols, if people and clubs want to cheat a system they will already be doing so
  • Most members will find it easier to just do the patrol hours
  • It is about TRUSTING our surf club management to make good decisions
  • It is about the flexibility being available to our surf club to place the voluntary hours where they the club need them to fulfil the Patrol Obligation and operate the club
  • Surf Clubs had the right to manage themselves until the 90’s so for 80 years your club was trusted until someone decided they were no longer trustworthy and changed the system 
Unless you have taken the time to read and comprehend the full National Review into Surf Sport plus listened to the debate you simply can’t be in a position to even attempt to overturn that decision.
 
Finally, this is a national policy decision made by the peak body of SLS in Australia with the full knowledge of the outcomes. If we start allowing individual Clubs, Branches and States to ignore or change these national policies then we open the door to changing and challenging every other national policy and then why do we need a national body at all.
If people want to challenge the outcome it is incumbent on them to do their own research, come up with a list of findings supported by fact and start the process of further change through the correct channels.
 
Hopefully sensible heads will see and understand that this is the future but members should be asking their club President where he or she stands on this issue and putting the pressure on them to represent you and your point of view at future meetings. 
 

Drugs in Sport 


We have been advised of a banned substance that apparently is still available for purchase. This is the notification received from SLSA so please ensure your athletes are informed.
 
Please see the updated BANNED SUPPLEMENT INGREDIANTS:
 
https://www.asada.gov.au/news/supplement-ingredients-banned
 
From what we know, it’s a pre-workout. These are just some of the products it could be found in:   Some of these products are in “2017’s best pre-workouts: 
https://www.proteinking.com.au/articles/dmha-dmba-banned-in-australia
 
The products were to be pulled from shelves in June 2017, however, within various forums, they are still in circulation.
 

ASRL Membership & Open Entry 


We have again tried to keep our costings as tight as possible for the coming season.
 
Once again, all U19 rowers will be free membership to the ASRL and free entry into the ASRL Open so the price is right. We have included a clothing fee of $10 which will see the U19 with a Racing Singlet and Cap
 
Membership for this season is $25 which will be invoiced in each of State barring NSW from entry into the various Navy Series events. For this as well as membership you will receive a Racing Singlet and Cap
 
Entry into the ASRL Open is $40 per head.
 
With the season just about to start we wish you all well for an enjoyable 2017-18 of competition. 
 

ASRL Committee

2017 ASRL AGM Agenda, NOM's & more

agm2011ASRL Annual General Meeting 2017
Date: Saturday, 22 July, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Brighton Surf Life Saving Club
147 The Esplanade, Brighton, SA

Dear ASRL Member,
 
Please find below the Agenda and attachments related to Notice of Motions, 2016 Minutes and a Proxy Form for the 2017 AGM, which will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday 22 July 2017 at the Brighton SLSC, 147 The Esplanade, Brighton South Australia. 
 
Special note; The 7.2 Revised Constitution and 7.3 Proposed Update Notice of Motions were approved at the 2016 AGM. Unfortunately they were not presented to the NSW Department of Fair Trading on time and we now have to re-present them at the 2017 AGM.  
 
The AGM and Rowers Forum, at the conclusion of the AGM, will be Live Streamed so absent members may have a chance to ask questions into the Forum, further information on our Facebook Page.
 
Regards
 
Natasha Tunney
Hon Secretary
ASRL

DOWNLOADS:

DOWNLOAD:  ASRL AGM AGENDA 2017

DOWNLOAD:  ASRL AGM 2016 - MINUTES

DOWNLOAD:  7.2 NOTICE OF MOTION  - REVISED 2016 CONSTITUTION

DOWNLOAD:  7.3 NOTICE OF MOTION - AMENDMENT TO 2013 CONSTITUTION

DOWNLOAD:  CURRENT 2013 ASRL CONSTITUTION

DOWNLOAD:  REVISED 2016 CONSTITUTION

DOWNLOAD:  2017 ASRL AGM PROXY FORM

Notice of 2017 ASRL AGM

agm2011NOTICE OF 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Date: Saturday, 22 July, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Brighton Surf Life Saving Club
147 The Esplanade, Brighton, SA

*An open forum for all members will follow the AGM
 

Call for ASRL Committee Nominations:

In accordance with clause 28.1(a), the ASRL Committee hereby calls for nominations for President, Secretary and 3 Vice-Presidents.

These positions are currently held by Bert Hunt-President, Natasha Tunney- Secretary (replaced Alexandra Hill) and Vice Presidents-Grant Wilkinson, Don Cotterill and Geoff Wilson (replaced Tim McFarlane).

The Treasurer, Don Alexander, and 3 Vice-Presidents, Russell Lamb, Jay Parkin (replaced Suzie Mackinder) and Damien O’Shannassy (replaced Nathan Perry), continue in their current positions for a further 12 months.

Nominations must be made in writing, signed by 2 ASRL Members and accompanied by the nominee’s written consent. Nominations must be delivered to the ASRL Secretary by no later than 10:00 am Saturday, 24 June, 2017, 28 days prior to the ASRL Annual General Meeting.

The President:

  • Liaises between the ASRL and Surf Life Saving Australia
  • Assists the Secretary in responding to queries from members
  • Leads the Committee in initiatives to advance surf boat rowing
  • Liaises with the ASRL’s Treasurer and marketing personnel
  • Attends and chairs all ASRL Committee meetings
  • Must be computer literate, able to attend several meetings (in person and by teleconference) per year and have a couple of hours per week to review and respond to emails.

The Secretary:

  • Monitors and responds to emails sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Attends and records minutes of all ASRL Committee meetings
  • Sends correspondence on behalf of ASRL Committee
  • Co-ordinates tender processes on behalf of ASRL Committee, both inviting tenders and evaluating tenders received
  • Must be computer literate, able to attend several meetings (in person and by teleconference) per year and have a couple of hours per week to review and respond to emails.

The 3 Vice Presidents:

  • Represent the interests of all surf rowers
  • Attend all ASRL Committee meetings
  • Must be computer literate, able to attend several meetings (in person and by teleconference) per year and have a couple of hours per week to review and respond to emails.

Timeline for AGM Proceedings:

  • Nomination of Candidates for Committee Positions to be called by Secretary 56 days prior to meeting by 10:00 am Saturday, 27 May 2017
  • Notices of Motion to be received by Secretary 42 days prior to meeting by 10:00 am Saturday, 10 June 2017
  • Nomination of Candidates for Committee Positions to be received by Secretary 28 days prior to meeting by 10:00 am Saturday, 24 June 2017
  • Members to receive agenda, notices of motion and forms of authority 21 days prior to meeting by 10:00 am Saturday, 1 July 2017.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THIS NOTICE AND A COMMITTEE NOMINATION FORM BELOW:

DOWNLOAD: NOTICE OF 2017 ASRL AGM

DOWNLOAD: ASRL COMMITTEE NOMINATION FORM 

ASRL Submission to SLSA on Future of Surfboats

ForumRowers from all sides of Australia have clearly vented their frustration on the real issues taking a toll on our sport. We see every day the results of the ever present Barriers to joining and remaining in the sport of Surf Lifesaving. We also feel the effect of another cancelled Aussies.

The ASRL has just completed a nationally attended Forum where both issues were well debated. The attached letter is the result of this Forum and has now been sent to the Board of SLSA requesting their urgent attention and change.

Copies of the Full submission with the mentioned Probationary Bronze and Major Event Matrix can be found attached below (*pdf reader required):

DOWNLOAD: ASRL SUBMISSION TO SLSA - FORUM MAY 2017

DOWNLOAD: ASRL SUGGESTED PROBATIONARY BRONZE

DOWNLOAD: MAJOR SURFBOAT CARNIVAL KEY ROLES MATRIX

REGISTERED MEMBERS CAN ALSO DISCUSS THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT IN OUR FORUM BY CLICKING HERE

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