Board Announcements: Adam Luscombe and Rae Lawson

Given the skills mix on the SLSSA Board, the Chair proposed appointing two Directors to fill specific skill sets, as per the constitution. It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce Adam Luscombe and Rae Lawson's appointments to the Surf Life Saving SA Board. Welcome, Adam and Rae!

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Adam Luscombe

Adam is a previous board member of SLSSA with excellent skills and experience in facilities management, major events and environmental management. Adam joined the movement almost 30 years ago and has been involved in many facets of surf lifesaving during that time. As the General Manager of the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, newly appointed Chair of the Development Advisory Committee, Chair of the LWC2018 Organising Committee as well as past Chair of the Junior Surf Sports Panel and member of the Surf Sports Advisory Committee, Adam brings a wealth important skills, experience & passion to the board.

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Rae Lawson

Rae is the current President of Henley SLSC (3 years), is part of the SLSA Leadership Masterclass program, and has held senior management roles including sales, marketing and business development for multi-nationals. Her 30 year career of working within the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) industry has seen her work with companies like Smith’s Snackfoods, Sara Lee Corporation, Sanitarium and Bayer as well as 14 years running her own consultancy business assisting small start up businesses. She has a bachelors degree in marketing (RMIT), a post grad in management (Macquarie School of Management) and she’s just completed the Grad Certificate in Business Administration through UniSA with the SLSA Leadership Masterclass. These skills, qualifications and extensive experience, coupled with her passion for Surf Lifesaving make her an excellent addition to the SLSSA board.

Awards of Excellence 2019 - Finalists Announced

In preparation for our annual Awards of Excellence, we’re pleased to announce the full list of all awards finalists.

Please join us in congratulating all of the finalists that have been selected across the categories below!

The winners of each category will be announced at the Red & Yellow Ball on August 24th. If you haven’t already got your ticket, you can register for the event through our booking system:
e.mybookingmanager.com/redyellow2019

We can’t wait to share a wonderful evening with you all.

Open the circular here.

AWARDS FINALISTS

Surf Life Saver of the year
Brian Burrowes (West Beach)
David Forrest (Grange)
Jacinta Day (Seacliff)

Youth Surf Lifesaver of the year
Cameron Eckert (Semaphore)
Jessica Trezona (Christies Beach)
Sam Ralph (Grange)

Volunteer of the Year
Bly Bayliss (Seacliff)
Kylie Ellison (Brighton)
Paul Rothwell (Christies Beach)

Club of the Year
Goolwa
Henley
Seacliff

Lifeguard of the Year
Cooper Forest (Henley)
Riley Irvine (Somerton)
Ryan Davidson (Seacliff)

Athlete of the Year
Ben Zuill (West Beach)
Kian Bird (Grange)
Kiara Bedford (Aldinga Bay)

Youth Athlete of the Year
Cooper Bristow (Christies Beach)
Kayla Roe (Grange)
Stella Benger (West Beach)

Coach of the Year
Bly Bayliss (Seacliff)
Craig Nicholson (Grange)
Sean Mckenzie (Semaphore)

Official of the Year
Jim Urdanoff (Grange)
Marg Lamerton (Somerton)
Paul Rothwell (Christies Beach)

Assessor of the Year
Kate Perry (Pt Noarlunga)
Richard Nurmi (Christies Beach)
Roy Menner (Henley)

Trainer of the Year
Ash Clarke (Seacliff)
Chloe Paterson (Somerton)
Laura Campbell (Christies Beach)

Community Education Program of the Year
UniSA Surf Safety Program (Grange)
Snippers (Henley)
Beach for all (Seacliff)

Nipper of the Year - male
Angus Miller (Christies Beach)
George Gribble (Moana)
Oliver Cenko (West Beach)

Nipper of the Year - female
Lilija Zampatti (Semaphore)
Tillie Zeitz (South Port)
Zalii Reid (Port Noarlunga)

Advisory Committee Announcements - Committee Members

Following up on the announcement yesterday of our committee chair positions, we’re now pleased to announce all of the committee member appointments.

Our Advisory Committees play a hugely important role in the development and success of surf life saving here in SA. The committee members take on a on a significant role behalf of our members, and we’re exceptionally thankful for their vital contribution to these positions.

After a thorough nomination process, the Board of Surf Life Saving South Australia have endorsed the following members of our State Advisory Committees.

1. Development Advisory Committee (Chair + 5-7 members)

Chair Development Advisory Committee: Adam Luscombe

The Chair and CEO to approach new members of the Development Advisory Committee. (To be formally appointed by the Board)

2. Education Advisory Committee (Chair + 5-7 members)

Chair Education Advisory Committee: Kate Perry (2 years)
Member Education Advisory Committee: Andrew Henry
Member Education Advisory Committee: Deklan Soeroes
Member Education Advisory Committee: Kate Kolarovich
Member Education Advisory Committee: Richard Nurmi
Member Education Advisory Committee: Roy Menner

1 and 2 year terms will be determined by the Committee at their first meeting.

3.  Lifesaving Advisory Committee (Chair, Powercraft Officer, ASO, Radio Officer + 3-5 members)

Chair Lifesaving Advisory Committee: Glen Gallagher  (2 years)
Aerial Services Officer: Mike Hartas (2 years)
Powercraft Officer: John Charles (1 year)
Radio Communications Officer: Cal Silcock (1 year)
Member Lifesaving Advisory Committee: Andy Bedford (1 year)
Member Lifesaving Advisory Committee: Cameron Smith (1 year)
Member Lifesaving Advisory Committee: Neil Wilson (1 year)
Member Lifesaving Advisory Committee: Brian Burrowes (2 years)
Member Lifesaving Advisory Committee: Ian Grant (2 years)

1 and 2 year terms will be determined by the Committee at their first meeting.

4. Surf Sports Advisory Committee (Chair, Chief Referee + 7-9 members)

Chair Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Pat Larven (2 years)
Chief Referee: Richard Crowe (1 year)
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Adam Luscombe
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Bly Bayliss
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Brett Watson
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Christine Newberry
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Ingrid Cobiac
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Matthew Perriman
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Natasha Tunney
Member Surf Sports Advisory Committee: Robert Reid

1 and 2 year terms will be determined by the Committee at their first meeting.

We congratulate all committee members on their appointments, and thank them greatly for their commitment and contribution to the continued development of surf lifesaving in South Australia.

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Advisory Committee Announcements - Chair Positions

We are pleased to formally announce the appointments of our new Advisory Committee Chairs. Our Advisory Committees play a hugely important role in the development and success of surf life saving here in SA. The Committee Chairs take on a very significant role in leading the committees on behalf of our members, and we’re exceptionally thankful for their vital contribution to these roles.

After a thorough nomination process, the Board of Surf Life Saving South Australia have endorsed the following members as chairs of our State Advisory Committees;

Adam Luscombe - Chair Development Advisory Committee

Kate Perry - Chair Education Advisory Committee

Glen Gallagher - Chair Lifesaving Advisory Committee

Pat Larven - Chair Surf Sports Advisory Committee

Welcome aboard team!

We’ll be announcing the full list of successful committee member appointments tomorrow (Wednesday July 31st).

In the meantime, please read on to learn more about the new committee chairs.

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Adam Luscombe - Chair Development Advisory Committee

Adam is well placed to lead our newly formed Development Advisory Committee, having joined the movement almost 30 years ago and being involved in many facets of surf lifesaving during that time. As the General Manager of the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, SLSSA Board member, Chair of the LWC2018 Organising Committee as well as past Chair of the Junior Surf Sports Panel and member of the Surf Sports Advisory Committee, Adam brings the much needed skills, experience & passion to lead a dynamic and innovative team on this newly created committee.

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Kate Perry - Chair Education Advisory Committee

Kate Perry is a Life Member of Port Noarlunga SLSC with extensive knowledge in training and education. She’s provided a significant contribution to Surf Life Saving SA through a number of different roles and positions, including as an assessor, chief instructor, Development committee member, Life Saving Advisory committee member, first aid facilitator and an education engagement officer. In her personal life Kate is qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Her extensive involvement with surf lifesaving will prove exceptionally valuable to this role.

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Glen Gallagher - Chair Lifesaving Advisory Committee

As Squadron Leader and Deputy Air Base Executive Officer at Edinburgh Air Base, Glen is an experienced leader and manager responsible for base aviation safety, airfield engineering, airfield operations and emergency management.  Glen holds a Bachelor of Technology (Aeronautical Engineering), Master of Engineering Science (Aerospace Engineering), Masters of Systems Engineering (Weapons and Ordnance) and Advanced Diplomas in Government Management and in Aviation.  On top of this he enjoys his role as Club Captain at North Haven SLSC where his three young daughters are involved as nippers and he is a member of EOG in the RPAS team.

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Pat Larven - Chair Surf Sports Advisory Committee

With a background in human resource management, Pat is a well respected figure in surf sports over recent years. Under Pat’s leadership over the past two years, the Surf Sports Advisory Committee has initiated considerable change and significant improvement and with exciting times ahead Pat’s collaborative approach will steer the committee beyond 2020.

Member Training Webinars

The SLSA IT Team will be running regular training webinars throughout July, August and September covering a range of online systems and topics.

Members can register their interest/attendance and ask any questions in advance by using the 'register' links on the IT Online Help website.

 

Topics

  1. Managing Members

  2. SurfGuard Reporting

  3. SurfGuard Overview

  4. SurfGuard Assessments & Reporting

  5. SurfGuard Organisational Management & Messaging

  6. Club Administrators (SurfGuard/Members Area)

  7. SLSA Payment Gateway

  8. SLS Operations App

  9. SEMS Branch/State Admins

Each webinar is run multiple times on a selection of different dates to cater for all users and time zones.

Trainer & Assessor News

Please join the Education Team in congratulating the following dedicated Assessors who have successfully completed the requirements to update their Assessor qualification:

  • Ian Grant – Port Elliot SLSC

  • Michael Grant – Port Elliot SLSC

  • Iain Mitchell – Glenelg SLSC

  • Pat Whiting – Moana SLSC

  • Heinrich Hofer – West Beach SLSC

  • Ingrid Cobiac  – Brighton SLSC

  • Kate Perry - Port Noarlunga SLSC

  • Richard Nurmi – Christies Beach SLSC

  • Gareth Morgan – Glenelg SLSC/SLSSA

  • Peter Kerrison – Moana SLSC

  • Andrew Henry – Henley SLSC/SLSSA

  • Dean Colegate – South Port SLSC

  • Graeme Cunningham – West Beach SLSC

Sarah Borrie has also completed the full assessor skill set and we currently have another 6 members training to gain the same award.

We thank you for your time and commitment to completing the training and ongoing professional development as a Trainer and/or Assessor for SLSSA.

If you are interested in becoming a trainer we have a course coming up in July. We also have another assessor upgrade course coming up at the end of July. For all the details for these courses please contact Kate Powell, Member Education Officer on 83546900 or kate.powell@surflifesavingsa.com.au

Cultural Survey

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Surf Life Saving SA is undertaking a survey of volunteers to help assess the movement’s culture.

Volunteers aged 16 years and over will shortly receive an email with link to the survey from CERM PI, a research centre at UniSA that Surf Life Saving has engaged to conduct the survey on our behalf.  

The survey will take around 10 minutes, is completely anonymous, and the results will help us develop strategies to support our culture in years to come. 

When you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a draw to win one of four prizes:

  • A surf ski for your club;

  • A board for your club; or

  • One of two $100 vouchers for you.

Should you have any questions about the survey, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Working with Children Checks: Changes to Screening

Important Update: From 1st July 2019, changes to screening for Working with Children Checks will come into effect.

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Changes to screening South Australia has introduced stronger, more effective, and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children.

The new laws mean that, from 1 July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have valid child-related screening.

These changes were recommended as part of South Australian and federal royal commissions, to help keep children safe in our communities. The new working with children check (WWCC) that is being introduced from 1 July 2019 replaces the current system, where people can have either a Department of Human Services (DHS) child-related employment screening, or a National Police Certificate assessed by their employer/volunteer-involving organisation.

Key changes include:

  • WWCCs replace all other types of child-related employment screening checks.

  • People can apply for their own WWCC, to help them be job-ready

  • Organisations can no longer use National Police Certificates for people working or volunteering with children. Only the South Australian Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Unit can do a WWCC.

  • A WWCC is valid for five years and is portable across organisations and roles in South Australia.

There will be transitional arrangements to make it easier for people to move to the new scheme:

  • All current, valid DHS/DCSI childrelated employment screening clearances will be recognised as WWCCs under the law, until they expire.

  • Certain industries will have staggered entry times to the new scheme, to help them transition smoothly.

  • National Police Certificates assessed by organisations are valid for working with children until 1 July 2020.

For most people working or volunteering with children, the transitional arrangements mean they don’t need to do anything to be ready for the new laws starting on 1 July 2019.

You can download the full information pack here.

What Does this mean for Surf Life Saving Clubs?

The new laws mean that from the 1st July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have a valid child-related screening. So please remember if you haven’t done so already to send us your list of prescribed persons so that we can initiate the check from our end before the 1st of July.

There will be a transitional arrangement to make it easier for people to move to the new checks. All current working with children checks are valid until they expire.

Surf Life Saving SA is committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Young people and as such are focused on providing a safe and supportive environment for children and young people and helping clubs to do the same. Here is a link to the Information kit that has been produced by the Department of Human Services and contains information on the new laws. Please share this with your members so they are aware of how the changes will affect them.

In the coming weeks, we will be sending out new procedures on how our Clubs and SLSSA will operate under this new framework into the future. For now though, please ensure you send us your list of prescribed persons or if you can initiate the checks yourself do so, to ensure that our Organisation remains a safe and welcoming environment for our children and young people.”

If you have any further questions, please contact State Office via reception@surflifesavingsa.com.au or call on 08 8354 6900.

Board Announcement: We welcome the appointment of Madeline Nurmi to the SLSSA Board

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It is with great pleasure that we welcome Madeline Nurmi to the Surf Life Saving SA Board. Madeline was successfully appointed at our State Council meeting on Tuesday 18th of June 2019.

Madeline is a Life Member of the Christies Beach SLSC, and has been an active member of the club since 2000. She has held various roles within the club, including as an age manager, Junior Chairperson, child safety officer and is currently the Club President and Registrar. From a highly committed surf lifesaving family, Madeline's 4 adult children and husband are all Bronze medallion holders and support the club actively through patrol, training and the executive committee. Her passion for Surf Lifesaving, the Christies Beach SLSC and the broader community has seen her help drive an increase in active participation within the club and its members over the last three years.

Madeline is currently a leader Analyst in the Professional Services Branch at the Department of Human Services. She comes from a background as Public Servant in both State and Federal domains, and has over 25 years of experience in executive roles in ICT, customer service and project management. During her time, she led and managed hardware and software rollouts to 36,000 staff, managed high profile multimillion-dollar projects and successfully demonstrated the ability to lead virtual teams that are high performing, collegiate and understand their contribution to the strategic direction of the department. This experience, combined with her leadership qualifications, including a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management will be a great asset to the SLSSA board and community.

Red and Yellow Ball 2019

Did you hear? The Surf Life Saving SA Red & Yellow Ball is back again this year, and it's promising to be a very special night for all of our surf lifesaving community.

The ball is just 12 weeks away (Saturday August 24), and with tickets at the subsidised price of just $75 per person, places are likely to fill up fast! Make sure you jump onto our booking website now to secure your seat. We look forward to sharing a wonderful evening with you to celebrate the achievements of our volunteers.

https://e.mybookingmanager.com/redyellow2019

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