Hugh Dougherty, right, focuses on the task ahead before the start of this year’s Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race. Photo: Lynne Mowbray
Hugh Dougherty, right, focuses on the task ahead before the start of this year’s Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race. Photo: Lynne Mowbray

Yamba club ready for busy season

YAMBA Surf Life Saving Club members are ready for a massive 2012-13 season opening weekend on September 22 and 23, with the start of beach patrols and the third annual Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race day at Main Beach on the Saturday.

Other Saturday activities are the launching of the new surf boat, a Yamba Lions Club cheque presentation from the charity golf day and a handover by the Clarence Valley Freemasons/MasoniCare of a new tent and board worth $4200.

The Carl Schaeffer Memorial Handicap Surf Swim will start on Sunday, September 23 at 11.30am and will run every Sunday morning through the season.

The Jacob Lollback board events, which start 10am, will have the best board riders in Australia competing in seven categories - under-15, 17, and 19, over-30 and 40 and open males and females - for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Gold Coast surf clubs Northcliffe, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads, North Burleigh, Tugun, Kurrawa and Currumbin and New South Wales clubs Cronulla, Redhead and Swansea Belmont will have strong teams of paddlers.

There will be more than two hours of racing and a presentation at 1pm, with food and refreshment available from the kiosk and a club barbecue downstairs and upstairs in the club food and bar area.

There will be four lucky draws for new racing boards donated by surf craft manufacturers Kracka, Dolphin, XCEL, and InFront.

Last Sunday 62 candidates were tested on signals, resuscitation, radio, run/swim/run, IRB, board and tube rescue to qualify as patrol members, competitors, and nipper water safety officers in the first proficiency test for the new season.

ARTC, IRB and spinal and proficiency tests were also held and there will be a second proficiency test on Sunday, November 4.

The long-awaited nippers' trip to the Gove SLSC in the Northern Territory is close, with 13 parents and 13 nippers flying out on Thursday, September 20 for several days of competition and fun, with Bill Onslow nominated to monitor the Gove beach for crocodiles.

There is likely to be a return trip for the Gove nippers and parents to Yamba later in the season.

Club member Hugh Dougherty is in the Australian team for the world championships at Glenelg, in South Australia, in November, while the Yamba under-19 boat crew, fifth in the Australian championships last season, and several Yamba masters competitors will race in the inter-club section of the championships.

Yamba's Alyce Bennett will compete in trials at Tugun on Saturday and Sunday to qualify for her eighth successive year in the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series.

Yamba SLSC education director/chief training officer Kim Morgans has a bronze medallion course from October 2, an ARTC course on November 17, and a likely spinal management course before Christmas.

The club will be well represented at the Coolangatta Gold event, with Joe Dougherty and Paul Cromack in the individual 30-39 years group.

As well, "Yamba Oldies" Abe Dougherty, Regan Allard, Peter Rheinberger and Rob Imeson will be in the long course 42km teams event and "Yamba Boiz" Kealy Day, Jake Pitkin, James Brodin and Noah Hodgson in the under-19 short-course event.



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