Down The Track

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 by pmgmedia

It has been a season which, until recently, has featured ideal weather on the weekends and small surf.


OVERVIEW – It has been a season which, until recently, has featured ideal weather on the weekends and small surf. Patrols for the most part have been good, but we have had a couple of patrol breaches in the last two months despite the best efforts of Club Captain, Aidan Clark, and we are looking to ALL patrol members to ensure they know when their patrol is rostered and to turn up on time. At this time of the season we can expect larger surf and it is up to everyone to ensure that we maintain our record of “no lives lost while the beach is patrolled”.

IRB/RACING – The club has all the necessary equipment and approximately ten members are in training for the upcoming IRB racing season which kicks off during the winter months.

We need as many qualified people as possible, so those wishing to obtain their IRB crew or driver’s awards should contact Aidan Clark on 0438 116 463.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – One round only boys and girls, to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 commencing at 9-30am. A list of events is on the club and upstairs noticeboards.

Trophies will be presented to the first three placegetters for each event at the Presentation Night, so step up the training for a chance to shine in front of your peers!

CLUBHOUSE – At the time of writing we should have the TV aerial under repair so that the new TV will be a functioning unit for entertainment and training.

The caretaker is taking a well earned holiday, so it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure at the end of patrols that the club is locked (doors and windows)  and the alarm is on.

The upstairs area of the club will be used by a fundraising group for the Fred Hollows Foundation on Friday 6 March, while there is a booking for a social function on Saturday 14 March 2015. Please make sure you keep the hall, kitchen and toilet areas clean

BARKER - On Saturday14 February , several Barker Students represented Bungan Beach at the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Carnival. The club had not been represented on the beach for a few years, so it was great to see our club colours back in the fray. Jack Brown came first and Mickey Nicholas second in the Under 17s 2km run; a fantastic result in a time that would have won the Opens event. This is the first time the club has won gold and silver medals in beach events at the Branch Championships. In testing surf conditions, Dayton O'Neill came 18th and Jack Brown 14th in the Surf Swim. This placed them mid field, no mean feat in a very tough Branch in which to compete.

The club is proposing to have three entrants in the U-17 2k run at the State Championships at Ocean Beach (Umina) on Friday 13 March 2015. We wish them every success.

On the school carnival front Barker will be competing at the following carnivals:-

- Saturday, February 28th – Bungan-Whale Challenge @ Whale Beach (Knox Grammar School hosting)
- Friday, March 6th – Riverview Twilight Carnival @ Freshwater Beach (selected team only).


Jack Brown (L) and Mickey Nicholas with medals

(LtoR) Amber Clark, Erin Lukey, Kirsten van Den Berg, Helen Shao, Hannah Lanz, Rhys Adcock & Matthew Lloyd at the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim.

On Sunday 15/2, seven Barker Bunganites helped with Water safety at the marvellous Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean swim which supports the Rainbow Club, a charity providing swimming lessons for children with disabilities. Thanks to Rhys Adcock, Amber Clark, Hannah Lanz, Erin Lukey, Helen Shao and Kirsten van den Berg for their help. It was great to see a number of Barker Middle School students join 1100 other swimmers in this worthwhile event.

FIRST AID - As far as first aid is concerned this season, there haven’t been any major traumas, mainly sprained ankles, and small cuts. There has been plenty of strapping tape used on the students of Barker College during their school term as they make sure previous sprains are supported as well as bandaids for small cuts. Larger cuts, such as fin chops from surfboards have been treated with chlorhexidine to disinfect the area and then a small dressing or bandage is used. As always please keep the first aid room clean and tidy ie. put things away after use.

SOCIAL JOTTINGS – A barbecue will follow the Club Championships on 7 March.

We are looking at holding the “Bungan Games” on Sunday 29 March 2015. While involving physical effort, the emphasis is on fun. Suggested events include a handicap 1k run, water flags, flipper race, board rescue relay and the piece de resistance – the Chariot Race! There will be team events (mixed) and after the events a barbecue.

HOWEVER we need to have an idea of members willing to participate, so please email  ASAP to confirm your attendance.


On 22nd and 23rd April 2015, a fleet of 50 surfboats manned by crews from Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Great Britain and France will row down the Dardanelles in Turkey, around the Gallipoli Peninsula passing the historic battle sites of World War 1, and into the Aegean Sea and on to Anzac Cove to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the landing by Australian troops at Gallipoli. This commemorative row will also honour the many lifesavers who fought and lost their lives in World War 1. Bungan members David Baldwin, David Cooper and Robert Burgess will combine with rowers from North Steyne and Woolgoolga to complete the 70 kilometre row. Ken Trembath and John Chapman were also original members of the team but unfortunately will not be there. Woolgoolga has provided the boat which will be used and has been painted in the colours of the three clubs with the crew members’ names on the side. The boat is now on its way to Gallipoli. 


An older member, a devotee of ultra –violence, has nostalgic memories of the days when the initials “OH&S” were meaningless, and events such as the pillow fight allowed senior members to beat the tripe out of cheeky juniors (and sometimes vice versa).

Unfortunately the dream of these events returning is just that, but some of us live in hope!

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