Name: Natalie Ashton
Day Job: Nutrition Student and Part time Waitress
Role at St Kilda SLSC?
I am a volunteer lifeguard and a patrol captain for one of the patrols at the club. I also help run the club Social Committee.
How long have you been with St Kilda?
For about 5 years
Why did you join?
I had a few friends that were clubbies that asked if I was keen - couldn’t think of anything better than being at the beach every weekend!
Most memorable moment/incident at St Kilda SLSC and why?
There's been some pretty awesome day trips out in the boats that I’ll never forget.
Getting into a wet wet suit.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Relaxing with family and friends is always a priority
What has been your greatest achievement in your time at St Kilda SLSC?
Probably finally getting my IRB drivers award.. and racing this year. Looking forward to a few trips away!
Aims for 2017?
To have a fun filled year and give everything a go
Any message to readers?
Join up - there is no place I would rather be over the summer months, you won’t regret it!
St Kilda's Premiere and Senior IRB crews won their divisions to contribute towards the club taking out the BP Surf Rescue South Island Championships title at Warrington over the weekend.
The Premier crew of Ben Pickles, Nick Harwood and Danyon Noakes finished ahead of North Beach and St Clair with the club's two senior crews finishing in first and second respectively ahead of North Beach.
Eight clubs participated including one from the North Island. It was a good battle between St Kilda and reigning champs St Clair for first place which ultimately saw St Kilda take the win with 146 points, just 12 points clear of St Clair on 134 points.
Crews will now travel to Waipu Cove for the BP Surf Rescue New Zealand Championships from April 1-2 to battle it out for the honour of top IRB racers in the country.
Good luck team. Looking forward to more awesome results!
Lotto NZ award / Sport Makers
Recently our President Peter Gibbons (Gibbo) was nominated by one of our members for the Lotto NZ Sport Makers competition and was lucky enough to make it into the top 10 contestants out of hundreds. Gibbo has been a massive part of our surf club and many members’ lives for years and we are sure this will continue on for many more.
Read the story in the picture below that Senior Lifeguard Mel Ibbotson wrote for Gibbo’s nomination.
Thanks for all you hard work Gibbo we all appreciate it!
The next step for Gibbo is to enter the final top 10 stage where all your votes will count in giving Gibbo the opportunity to win the ultimate team experience. The final round asks that members of the public vote for their chosen Sport Maker. All you have to do is go to the website, sign in using your Facebook, twitter or email and find the picture of Gibbo and press the heart button to vote and that's it! The person with the most votes will win this great prize. Everyone can vote once a day so please get voting for this fine gentleman and share the link on your Facebook's.
Voting starts today the 1st of March at 9am and finishes midnight on Friday the 10th March.
So please, if you understand the huge amount of volunteer time Gibbo has put in to our club, please place a vote in for him!
Website link: https://www.goodonyou.co.nz/#/boards/sportmaker/entries/peter-gibbons-of-st-kilda-surf-lifesaving-club
On the 14th January St Kilda held the Coastal Otago Classic on behalf of surf lifesaving NZ. The event was created by our Club asset manager Cam Third who based the concept off the 90 mile race in the far north.
The race was held in the harbour this year as the surf conditions were forecast to be dangerous where the original course was planned along the coastline between Aramoana and Brighton. The course consisted of teams racing from Vauxhall to Aramoana to complete their first challenge before racing from checkpoint to checkpoint and completing further challenges down the length of the Otago harbour.
We would like to acknowledge and say a huge thanks to Coastguard Dunedin and the Otago harbour master for assisting in planning and safety for the event and to AREC for their help with tracking teams through the radios.
We are planning to run the same event pre-Christmas but along the coastline instead allowing us to create more challenges that will test competitor’s ability.
Check out our photos in the gallery!
White Island Race 2016
The season has started off in true fashion with members of the surf club competing in the Annual White island race run by the St Clair surf club.
This year we had 2 of our clubbies Nic Harwood and Brynn Schievink Swim the 5km race alongside a Brighton member and an ex St Kilda member (Shakes) Nic completed the race in just over 1 hour and Bryn unfortunately had to with draw with a short distance left to go. Well done lads that’s a huge effort!
We also had 15 members paddle around the island on knee boards. This is the biggest turn out of St Kilda competitors to this event in many years with many more to come. Michael Thompson (Tomo) may have let out a wee grown man’s scream when he was graced with the presence of what he thought may have been a shark but quickly proved to be a dolphin. Some say there may have also been tears shed from this gentleman.
The team managed to squeeze in a cheeky team photo on the island mid race.
Well done to all and looking forward to many more events this season.