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60th Anniversary Dinner & Awards Night 

Denmark Surf Club Celebrates 60 Years

29 May 2019

The Denmark Surf Life Saving Club had a lot to celebrate when its members came together recently to commemorate its 60th Anniversary. As the current title holder of the Lavan WA Surf Club of the Year award and also a finalist in this year’s awards, the Club took the opportunity to give out a few awards of its own.

More than 150 people packed the Denmark Civic Centre with numerous heartfelt speeches from special guests.  Sue Sinagra – the first woman to get a Bronze Medallion at the Club in 1981 – spoke of what it was like when females only had limited participation rights.

“We weren’t allowed to use the change rooms so we had to use a harem tent on the beach and when we went to Perth for competitions we were never allowed to stay with the boys,” Ms Sinagra said.

She added that things had changed drastically since those days and the Denmark Surf Club had a way of “getting into your blood”.

“My husband and our four boys have been avid members for decades. My babies used to be in their basinets in the first aid room while I was on patrol and they were often not the only babies there,” Ms Sinagra added.

Club President Jane Kelsbie highlighted the continuing growth of the Club’s numbers which saw a 20% increase in members this year alone.  With over 360 members – 150 of those being Nippers-  the Club is going from strength to strength.

This was reflected in the presentation of the President’s Award that went to the Club’s Communications Officer Serena Kirby.

“Serena has played a vital role in increasing member numbers and has worked hard to make sure every one of us is reflected in all the photos, newsletters and media,” Ms Kelsbie said.

Social Officer and patrol member Joanna Svagelli also received special acknowledgement by winning the Club Person of the Year Award.

“Jo embodies the spirit of the Club and is a dedicated volunteer who worked tirelessly this season and generated considerable funds for the Club through our social events. She also helped feed 3,000 people at the Country Carnival event which was a mammoth effort,” Ms Kelsbie said.

Other worthy award winners included Deb Edmondson who was announced as the Diamond Lady Iron Woman. Anthony McEwan collected the Open Club Champion award while his daughter Olivia McEwan was named the Under 15 Club Champion.

This year’s Senior Life Saver of the Year was Tim Sinclair, and keeping it in the family, the Youth Life Saver of the Year went to Mia Sinclair.

Also launched at the dinner was a special commemorative book – DSLSC Green & Gold: 60 Golden Years – compiled by local historian Bev McGuinness. Filled with colour photos and press clippings documenting the Club’s history, copies of the book are available from George Mumford at Mitre 10 for $30 each.

Summing up, Ms Kelsbie said the evening was a “resounding success” that was topped off by a stunning three course dinner by Silas Masih from Pepper & Salt and guests danced until midnight to local band Dig The Dust.

Photos from the evening can be viewed here.

The Inaugural Ben Napier Beach Challenge

What a ripper it was – nearly 50 folks participated and there were certainly more laughs than tears as we remembered past Clubbie Ben Napier. The official winner was Charlie Thornton and his name will now go on the amazing trophy made by Warren Thompson. Congrats Charlie and thanks to all those who turned up to support this great event.

2019 SunSmart Country Carnival Photos

Denmark Surf Life Saving Club (DSLSC) played host to over 900 competitors on the Australia Day Long Weekend when the 2019 SunSmart Country Carnival was held at Ocean Beach.

Every year surf life saving clubs from across the State come together at a country location for a weekend program of boat, board, swim and ski racing as well as beach events. This year it was Denmark’s turn to host the highlight of the WA surf sports season.

The annual country carnival is always a highlight of the surf sports season and brings the West Australian Surf Life Saving community together for a  weekend of racing and camaraderie.

The last time Denmark hosted this Carnival was in 2014 and hosting it again now was perfect timing due to it being the year of the  Club’s 60th Anniversary.

Denmark Argonauts won the Open Male Surf Boat A Final after their first outing in 47 years! 

The Carnival was on ABC News and GWN News

The Inaugural Ben Napier Beach Challenge – 10 Feb 2019

This special memorial event involves: 80m SPRINT, FLAGS, 2km BEACH RUN.

You can enter one or all events.

Points for each event with the most points winning.

The prize is: your name on a very unique plaque & $100 voucher to spend on anything at the Club (except alcohol).

13 years & over (but only a Bronzee will win the event – SLSWA Rules)

11am followed by Community Swim.

Denmark Surf Club prepares to host 2019 SunSmart Country Carnival

Denmark Surf Life Saving Club (DSLSC) will play host to over 600 competitors on the Australia Day Long Weekend when the 2019 SunSmart Country Carnival is held at Ocean Beach.

Every year surf life saving clubs from across the State come together at a country location for a weekend program of boat, board, swim and ski racing as well as beach events. This year it’s Denmark’s turn to host the highlight of the WA surf sports season.

“The annual country carnival is always a highlight of the surf sports season and brings the West Australian Surf Life Saving community together for a  weekend of racing and camaraderie.

DSLSC Club President Jane Kelsbie said, “We’re expecting more than 500 competitors, 40 officials, plus their families and supporters to converge on Denmark for the weekend. Hence we’re expecting more than 1,000 people a day at Ocean Beach.To say it’ll be busy, is an understatement.”

The last time Denmark hosted this Carnival was in 2014 and hosting it again now is perfect timing due to it being the year of the  Club’s 60th Anniversary.

Activities kick off from 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon with a 1km and 2km beach run followed by a Grand Parade then Beach Flags and Sprints.

Sunday’s events start at 8am with a range of water-based activities and Monday will see the state’s Little Nippers compete in a range of beach and water sports from 7.45am.

Participation in this Carnival is only open to WA’s surf club members however spectators and families are encouraged to come and watch these great events and athletes in action.

Ms Kelsbie said there’ll be plenty of entertainment, food and fun to be had at the beach over the long weekend… but that parking will be at a premium.

“If you’re planning a day at the beach be prepared for the car parks to be packed and for a lot of people moving in and around the water, and to be using the beach facilities.

“It’s a great event and an honour for Denmark to be hosting this year. The event also brings in much needed funds to the Surf Club and our local community. We look forward to welcoming these visitors to the beach and hope to meet as many as we can at the Club Sundowners on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 4-7pm,” added Ms Kelsbie.

Our Club Named As WA Surf Club Of The Year 2018

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.

Our Club Selected As Finalist In WA Surf Club Of The Year

Drum roll please….

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 !

New Surf Boat For Our Club

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!

Denmark Surf Club Celebrates With Awards

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.

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