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Youth Pathway Cup 2018 – Freshwater Beach

SLSSA is happy to announce its representative team for the 2018 cup at Freshwater.

This is the first ever running of the event which is designed to create a stepping stone for younger athletes with exposure to high level competition.


Jasmine Vogelsang            U/14      F                              Somerton

Teagan Richards                 U/14      F                              Semaphore

Jasper Cormack                 U/14      F                              Glenelg

Demi Bates                         U/14      F                              Grange

Ella Andrews                      U/14      F                              Semaphore


Ruby Liptak                         U/15      F                              Glenelg

Eloise Merchant                   U/15      F                              Glenelg

Lucy Derbyshire                  U/15      F                              Glenelg

Charlotte Dolan                  U/15      F                              Grange

Stella Benger                      U/15      F                              West Beach


-                                           U/14      M                            -

Adam D'aloia                      U/14      M                            Grange

Harvey Luscombe              U/14      M                            Glenelg

Will Larven                         U/14      M                            Glenelg

Lucas Pisconeri                  U/14      M                            Grange


Declan Bonham                   U/15      M                            South Port

Jed Ffrench                         U/15      M                            Glenelg

Sam Ralph                           U/15      M                            Grange

Will Spencer                       U/15      M                            Brighton

Talon Copley                       U/15      M                            South Port


We wish them the best of luck for their preparation and competition.

Welcome to the team!

Interstates 2018 – Moana Beach

SLSSA is happy to announce its interstate team for the 2018 championships at Moana.

This year we’re drafting 2 Open Females this year on the success of last year’s draftee.

Below is the list of athletes:


DRAFT                                    OPEN       -

DRAFT                                    OPEN       -

Ella Sheffield                          OPEN       Grange

Abbey Jones                          OPEN       West Beach

Kate Curtis                             OPEN       West Beach

Brittany Jessup                      OPEN       West Beach

Kayla Roe                              YOUTH     Grange

Kiara Bedford                        YOUTH     Aldinga Bay

Sophie Zuill                           YOUTH     West Beach

Anneka Kidd                         YOUTH     Seacliff

Piper Cunningham                YOUTH     South Port

Helena Schwardt                   YOUTH     Grange



Ben Zuill                               OPEN       West Beach

Matt Zuill                              OPEN       West Beach

Glen Rypp                            OPEN       West Beach

Tom May                               OPEN       Seacliff

Ben Edmonds                      OPEN       Grange

Kian Bird                              OPEN       Grange

Joseph Semmens                YOUTH     Grange

Jack Stevens                       YOUTH     Grange

Nicholas Schulz                  YOUTH     Semaphore

Daniel Hogan                      YOUTH     Henley

Patrick Fordham                 YOUTH     Seacliff

Callum Scrivens                  YOUTH     Grange


We wish them the best of luck for their preparation and competition.

Venue Change for Sunday's Carnival

The Senior Surf Sports event including Surf Boats scheduled for this Sunday at Goolwa SLSC has been moved to South Port SLSC due to safety concerns regarding forecasted weather and conditions.

The competition committee met this morning and was briefed by the Bureau of Meteorology. We also heard from our Water Safety Team and Surf Boat Referee.

Factors contributing to this decision included;

·         This event is not a championship event with points for Clubs

·         This event is a State Team selection event for Surf Boats and we need to ensure that they have the best opportunity to complete the event.

·         The predicted water and wind conditions had the potential to be unsafe for our water cover teams.

·         The predicted water and wind conditions had the potential to be unsafe for our less experienced competitors.

·         This event was designed to be a short and fast event but weather conditions would have prevented that format and marshalling plan and the wind is predicted to pick up in the afternoon to hazardous levels at Goolwa and Middleton.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause our competitors, please share this information with your networks that may be affected by this change.  Please note this event will begin at 9am.

A Message from the CEO regarding ASRLSA and Surf Boat Rowing in South Australia

Recently it came to light that the ASRLSA has been operating uninsured.

This means that they do not have and have not had public liability, member insurance or asset insurance and that their Members have been participating in ASRLSA events at their own risk.

The ASRLSA is an incorporated association which means that they are an independent legal identity and administer their own Surf Boat Rowing League which is completely separate  from Surf Life Saving  SA.

As such they are not automatically entitled to the insurance coverage that is provided to all affiliated lifesaving clubs through SLSSA. As an event organiser, they have an obligation to hold public liability insurance and comply with Consumer and Business Affairs standards and legal requirements.

ASRLSA are not formally affiliated with the ASRL National body. ASRL National President Bert Hunt recently stated (in part) that "the ASRL Inc Nationally is 100% stand alone with a specific Constitution clause that spells out we have no affiliation to any of the State rowing groups". As such ASRL nationally does not appear to provide insurance for Surf Boat Rowers or ASRL events in SA.

ASRLSA also have no formal affiliation or Memorandum of Understanding in place with Surf Life Saving SA and Surf Life Saving SA's attempts to craft one and rectify this landscape of risk for Surf Boat Rowers have been rejected by the ASRLSA.

With a vested interest in the success of Surf Boat Rowing as a sport, Surf Life Saving SA have provided ASRLSA with business advice, financial advice and offered advice from our Insurance Broker JLT in an attempt to assist the ASRLSA to clarify their options to rectify the negligent exposure to  risk for  their Members.

After extensive research by the Surf Life Saving SA team, we have been able to identify and present ASRLSA with two viable legal options and we are committed to supporting ASRLSA with either choice.

The first option is for ASRLSA to remain incorporated but work towards meeting the legal expectations of an independent incorporated body especially purchasing the appropriate insurance products.

The second option is for ASRLSA to dissolve their incorporated association and cease holding uninsured events. If ASRLSA Members choose this option Surf Life Saving SA are committed to establishing a Surf Boat panel under the auspice of the Surf Sports Advisory Committee and resourcing the development of Surf Boat Rowing in line with all other surf sport disciplines.

It is our understanding that these options will be discussed at an upcoming Special General Meeting and ASRLSA Members will vote on these choices.

As it currently stands  ASRLSA has not provided evidence to  SLSSA of their insurance for their events.

Currently, ASRLSA Members who are participating in ASRLSA events who sustain an injury, damage their equipment or injure a member of the public cannot make an insurance claim and may not be covered by any insurance policy.

Members that compete in Surf Life Saving SA events, such as Senior Carnival 1 at Seacliff yesterday are covered by the insurances held by Surf Life Saving SA. As Members of Clubs affiliated with Surf Life Saving SA your club membership fees cover your insurance at our events, however, this cover does not extend to events run by ASRLSA for the reasons outlined above.

Because Surf Life Saving SA share many dual Members with the ASRLSA and due to our long-standing relationship between our organisations and our commitment to the advancement of Surf Boat Rowing in South Australia; Surf Life Saving SA has committed to including Surf Boat Rowing in all Senior Carnivals moving forward and will also run  two  additional Surf Boat Rowing only events. The first will be at Robe on December 9th and the second will be a Metropolitan Twilight Carnival on January 13th. We have added these events to our calendar (and will continue to add more if required) in an effort to preserve a quality participation experience for South Australia Surf Boat Rowers whilst ASRLSA rectify the out-standing risk and compliance issues.

As the CEO of Surf Life Saving SA, let me be clear, our organisation will do everything in our power to ensure the continued success of Surf Boat Rowers in South Australia. With both my daughter and partner participating in the sport of surf boat rowing I am personally deeply committed to ensuring the safety and ethical administration of Surf Boat Rowing and Surf Life Saving SA are dedicated to ensuring enduring opportunities for our Members to participate in the sport we all love.

Click here to for a message from JLT Insurance regarding this matter.

Clare Harris


Surf Life Saving SA



Coach Development Academy Applications Now Open

Coach Development Academy Applications Now Open

Surf Life Saving SA is excited to announce the new SLSSA Coaching Development Academy.

Surf Life Saving SA has identified Coach Development as a key priority for the 2017/18 season. The Coach Development Academy is designed for individuals aged between 18-25 years of age. The Coaching Development Academy will aim to develop and motivate continuous professional development for our emerging coaches.

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