We are proud to announce that Denmark Surf Life Saving Club (DSLSC) has taken out the prestigious award of WA Club of the Year at the SLSWA Awards of Excellence in Perth recently.
The Club was among five finalists and the only regional Club in the running, beating North Cottesloe (2nd), Fremantle (3rd), Sorrento and Trigg Island.
Club President Jane Kelsbie said: “To win this Award is amazing for our Club and for all our members who make the Club what it is – a great, family friendly, inspiring and fun place to be where everyone is encouraged to ‘have a go’.”
The Club has had an outstanding 12 months with incredible membership growth of a record breaking 295 members including 122 juniors, and great engagement with members of all ages and abilities.
Ms Kelsbie added that, while the Award was for the Club’s activities in the 2017/18 season, it’s a culmination of the hard work put in by past as well as present members and volunteers.
“Every member, our supporters and the Denmark community have the right to be feel very proud. We might be a small club but we’re making big noises.”
Congratulations to all our members who make our Club so worthy of this award.
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We are excited to announce we are a finalist in the Lavan Club of the Year awards.
Just being a finalist is a wonderful achievement and it wouldnt have been possible without all the help and support of our many, many members.
The winner will be announced on June 9th.
Fingers crossed !
There is something uniquely Australian about seeing a surfboat, laden with brave crew, rising out of the water to battle huge breakers. It is a sight that will become far more familiar at Ocean Beach as the Denmark Surf Life Saving Club has just taken delivery of its first surf boat in several decades.
The second-hand 8 metre, composite-construction boat, worth many thousands of dollars, was donated by city-based Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club who were keen to encourage the growth and continuation of the sport of surfboat racing.
Surfboats originated in the early 1900s to help lifesavers rescue swimmers and were regularly used in competitions. But the introduction of the light and nifty Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in the 1980s has meant these boat-giants have become less common and used purely for racing.
While the Denmark Club has had a few surfboats over it’s 60 years of operation, this will be the first time it has had a boat, and dedicated teams to row, it since the late 1970s.
Cottesloe generously donated the boat and trailer. We’re very grateful, especially to Cott member Gavin Pascoe and to our own Charlie Thornton who put a call out to Perth Clubs for help. Scarboro SLSC have now donated a set of oars and these are worth a few thousand dollars, second hand!
It was a big night for our Club on Saturday 5th May when we held our annual awards and presentation dinner. Nearly 100 members packed the clubrooms to celebrate the season that saw member numbers skyrocket and the Club provide 1710 hours of beach patrol and 28 rescues.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious Club Person of the Year award, which went to Charlie Thornton.
Charlie was chosen for his professional attitude and leadership in his role as Patrol Captain and paid lifeguard. He was also a trainer and mentor for the Club’s cadets and instrumental in bringing a surfboat to Ocean Beach.
Charlie had already been nominated for this Award when he was involved in an emergency rescue at The Deep where he was part of the team responsible for the recovery of Samuel Roth who was washed off the rocks while fishing at Lowlands.
Wayne Winchester was another celebrated member, receiving the President’s Award for his hard work on the Club’s building redevelopment project and major grant applications.
Chyan Berliner was announced as the Diamond Lady Iron Woman and the Under 15 Club Champion. Laura McEwan received the Female Club Champion award and Amber Nekel took out the SLSWA Youth Club Achiever award.
Young Lifesaver of the Year was Jorja Williamson, Young Achiever award winner was Ella Neunuebel and U14 Club Achiever was Callum Lamb.
It was a trifecta for the Brampton family with Lee Brampton awarded the Senior Lifesaver of the Year, son Gus the Male Club Champion award, and daughter Lilla named Junior Club Achiever.
Bill Greenwood was a young man who drowned at Ocean Beach in 1957 while trying to save the life of his new fiance, Judith Burgess. Bill was 35 and Judy just 16 when she became caught in a rip and Bill tried to save her. Neither of them survived. Bill’s mother was just about to leave London to come out and visit her son when the tragedy occurred. The following year Bill’s family donated a considerable amount of money to build a beach shed to store life saving equipment. And so in 1958 our Club was borne and every year we honour Bill and Judy’s lives with this Trophy event.This event is open to all Bronze Medallion holders.
Join in or come and cheer them on. Or just come and reflect for a moment on why and how our Club all began and what we are here for.
Australian actor Simon Baker is set to become a regular sight around the beachside town of Denmark in Western Australia as he makes his directorial debut on the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel Breath.
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