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Reel News 17/18

Issue: 01, Sept 2017
 In this issue:


 Our Committee 17/18

 Life Members Awarded

 Pool Champs Events

 Isaac Giesen's Challenge


Welcome to the 2017/2018 season!

Yes, the 2017/2018 season has started. We have already kicked off with our first competition, the Interclub Pool Championships which were held in June (see later in the newsletter for more on this), and more pool events will be coming up soon. We are all getting geared up and ready for an awesome season and we can't wait for those long summer days on our favourite beach. I'm sure you're all very keen to hear about our progress with the clubhouse rebuild, so a detailed report will be included in the next newsletter. For now see a brief summary of where we are at and our estimated shortfall for the rebuilding costs on the right handside.
Information throughout the season will be communicated through the usual channels including: email; the website (www.taylorsmistake.com); and the facebook page (taylorsmistakeslsc) (@taylorsmistakeslsc). If you have any queries contact us on  secretary@taylorsmistake.com.  

Our newly elected Officers for the 2017/2018 season:

There was a good turn-out for the Club's AGM on Sunday 30th July at the Mount Pleasant Yacht Club. Congratulations to the following officers of the Club who were elected (or confirmed as appropriate):


Jim Turpin


Ken Jones

Senior Vice President

Mike Smith

Vice Presidents

Gary Suckling, Jane Lane, Steve Syme, Tony Graham, Noel Saxton, Graeme Bickley, Darryl Neate, Grant Restall, Carl Immers, Dougal Holmes, Helen Mitchell

Life Members

Dave Bradley, Jim Turpin, Mike Regan, Paul Carpinter, Greg McClurg, Malcolm McClurg, Brian Rattray, Elizabeth McDermott, Ken Jones, David Hill, Dougal Holmes and Darryl Neate.


Jim Turpin

Club Captain

Tisha Bradley


Ken Jones, Jim Turpin, Tisha Bradley, Malcolm McClurg, Mike Smith, Mike Hartwell, Fraser Bickley, Antony Nunnick and Matt Ellis.

Hon. Medical Officer

Dr Andrew Bell

Hon Solicitor

Bevan Stone, Dallison Stone

Executive Officer(s)

Adrian Mouldey (Admin/funding) Viv Bickley (Membership/club support)

Please note that in accordance with the club constitution, the position of secretary will remain vacant due to the appointment of Adrian Mouldey and Vivienne Bickley who will share the paid Executive Officer position. To contact a particular committee member please see details on the club structure page of the website. 

Congratulations to our new Life Members

Dougal Holmes, David Hill, Ken Jones and Daryl Neate were awarded with life memberships for their substantial contributions to the club at the AGM on Sunday 30th July. Jim Turpin presented the four new life members and all the other life members that were in attendance with a plaque. Brief biographies on our four new life members can be found at the end of this newsletter. Congratulations to you all!

L to R: Dougal Holmes; Dave Hill; Ken Jones; Daryl Neate.

L to R: Jim Turpin; Daryl Neate; Greg McClurg; Malcolm McClurg; Ken Jones; Brian Rattray; Dougal Holmes; Dave Hill; Paul Carpinter.

Pool Champs - a worthy challenge!

These days, with the international surf lifesaving competitions as they are, the Pool Champs events are worth taking notice of. If you have big goals of making the New Zealand surf team one day, being a top performer at the Pool Champs is certainly going to get those selectors looking your way. There are three pool champs events available to our members this season, the Interclub competition (was held in June), the Regional Championships and the National Pool Championships.
We have a small team going on a road-trip to Timaru for the 1-day Regional event and this team will also be travelling to Auckland for the National Championships. If you would like to join us on the road-trip to Timaru (& compete!) come along to the Pool Champs training sessions at Aquagym on Sundays at 12.30pm. 

September 16/17 Southern Region Pool Champs
October 13-15 National Pool Champs

Interclub Pool Competition Results: (top 3 placings)
We had some fantastic results at this competition! Many were competing in these events for the first time. Well done in particular to those members below who achieved top 3 placings and special mention to Holly and Mackie who had just stepped up an age-group.

Holly Rahurahu
1st U16 200m obstacles; 3rd U16 50m manikin carry without fins
Max Clarke 1st U19 200m obstacles
Caleb Rahurahu 2nd 200m obstacles
Lucy Jackson 2nd U19 200m obstacles; 2nd 50m manikin carry without fins
Relays - 1st – U19 mixed 4 x 25m obstacle relay; 1st – U19 mixed 4 x 25m medley relay


Huge challenge ahead for Isaac Giesen, aka 'the Blue Rower'  

One of our members, 24 year old Isaac Giesen has embarked on a massive challenge. On December 12th 2017, Isaac is set to row 3000 miles (4828 km) across the Atlantic Ocean solo, and in doing so, will be the first New Zealander to ever accomplish this feat. His reason for taking on such a difficult and probably lonely challenge is to raise money for depression, something that has impacted his own life through the loss of his Aunty and two close friends to suicide. New Zealand has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world and Isaac is obviously keen on doing something to change that. Along with raising awareness, the donations raised by his rowing endeavour will be equally split amongst three charities: Victim Support; Black dog Institution and Bravehearts. We wish Isaac all the best for his plight and we hope that when the times get rough out there he will be able to draw some strength from his surf family and some of his past training experiences. Please support Isaac and these charities by donating for this very important cause.
If you would like to know more go to http://thebluerower.com/ and check out these videos on YouTube: TheBlueRower and TheProjectNZ. You can also follow him on facebook and Instagram.


Bios on our New Life Members 

Dougal Holmes: Dougal joined Taylors Mistake in 1977 along with close friend Hamish Buchanan and competed in R&R, board, canoe and ski. Later he became involved in IRB. Although successful in surf competition his largest contribution to surf was in patrolling. For many years he was a member of the Canterbury Association patrol committee and a number of years as the convenor. At club level, he carried out many additional hours patrolling each season and constantly working to improve patrol operations. He attended many workshops and became involved in National committees for IRB. Dougal also has a passion for photography and was a photographer at many NZ surf nationals. Dougal’s contribution to Taylors Mistake in patrolling and IRBs and NZ Surf through his District and Nation contributions as both paid and volunteer member of these organisations has been significant. Dougal’s continued involvement with the club helping with IRBs and our “Master of Ceremonies”.

Daryl Neate: Daryl grew up in Taylors with the family owning the bach “Shangri-la “at the end of the bay. He started as a nipper and got his surf award in 1962. Daryl was one of the clubs most successful competitors in both R and R and craft, winning the Nelson Shield 13 times, NZ Iron Man, Ski, Ski Rescue, Taplin Relay and Double Ski Titles. In all 35 gold, 22 Silver and 21 Bronze medals at National Champs. Daryl also represented New Zealand in 1973 in South Africa and in 1974 against Australia. In 1985, he was inducted into the NZ Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame along with Geoff le Cren. Daryl competed for the club for 40 years as well as patrolling and coaching.

Above - the Taylors six-man team in action at the Club Open Day in 2010.


Taylors Mistake Surf Lifesaving Club would like to thank Argosy Property Ltd for their support over the 2017/2018 season. Funds received from Argosy will be used to purchase new lifeguarding equipment and to provide first aid training for our lifeguards, thereby extending their life saving qualifications. We greatly appreciate your support. 

Clubhouse rebuild

You will all be pleased to hear that things are progressing successfully! The insurance payout has now been finalised and we are in the process of working on an initial building and landscaping design to form a non-notified resource consent application with the council.
Our esteemed life member Dave Hill of Wilson & Hill architects has provided us with his best estimate of the rebuild costs and it looks like we will have substantial shortfall >500k. If any members would like to contribute to our fundraising efforts please get in touch.
More details next issue!


Patrolling in 17/18?

Are you keen to lifeguard on one of our patrol teams this season? If so, please email us at secretary@taylorsmistake.com.

Patrols START on show weekend: 
Friday Nov 17 (Canterbury show day) - Sun Nov 19.


First Aid Qualifications

We have level one and two first aid courses coming up:

Level One: Sept 16 & 17

Level Two: Sept 24

We have a number of our members already enrolled on these courses. The level two course is now full and there are limited positions available on the level one course. Please let us know if you would like to participate. Preference will be given to those members actively lifeguarding first.    

Pool Champs Training

In preparation for the upcoming Regional and National events, sessions are held at Aquagym every Sunday 12.30-1.30pm.
$5 entry fee. All welcome!


Club Open Day

Mark this date in your calendar!

October 29
10.00 am

Taylors Mistake SLSC invites the community, new and existing members to the Club Open Day. Come along to see what's happening at the club this season, register and enjoy a casual BBQ on the beach. We look forward to celebrating the start of the new season with you all! 

Boot Camp

Craig Jamieson is running Boot Camp sessions to get you all into shape!
Starting from Sept the 18th, every Monday evening 6-7.15 pm.  Meet at the Scarborough Park clock tower. 

Lifeguard Award training

Kate will be instructing our prospective lifeguards during the season. The first group starts on Wed the 20th September. 

If you are 14 and are keen to become a lifeguard please email us at secretary@taylorsmistake.com


Bios on our New Life Members 

Ken Jones: Ken joined Taylors Mistake in 1974 and has been a long serving member of the club after returning from Auckland and North Piha in the 1990’s. During the early years Ken was an active competitor winning a national title in the double ski in 1976. He went on to become a key member of Taylors Mistake Nelson shield team and later joined North Piha to successfully take the Nelson Shield off Taylors Mistake.

Prior to moving to Auckland, Ken was a club member who contributed greatly to the social activities in the club, introducing many friends to join and creating a fun environment as well as assisting in the club song. His involvement in North Piha was equally social but also as a life guard patrolling and competing as well as being Club Captain in 1990.

Eventually returning to Christchurch, Ken was quickly back to Taylors and took up a number of roles on the committee and building officer. As his children grew up he took a greater interest in the Junior surf activities and managed teams to the Ocean Athletes as well as teams to the National Championships.

Over the past 7 years Ken has been the club chairman and is now presiding over the club during the process of rebuilding the clubhouse. Kens contribution to Taylors Mistake has been significant but the most lasting contribution has been his ability to make it fun and create lifelong friends.

“we love that beach...We love that sand...We’re the best surf club……”

David Hill: David Hill: David joined Taylors Mistake 1978 and competed for Taylors Mistake in predominantly Rescue and Resuscitation events and was for many years a member of the Nelson Shield winning team as well 4-man R&R titles.

Dave has been a long serving member having grown up in the bay while staying at the family bach on the Row. He has been on many club committees, club captain and President. He has also produced the club newsletter for nearly 10 years in the 1980s and has produced the clubs Annual Report (the" little green book") every year since 1989. He has remained an active member in the club and is part of an Ocean swim team regularly entering the Ocean Swim series and traversing Taylors beyond the wave line.

As an architect, Dave is assisting the club with designs for our new building. David received the SLSNZ Innovation award for his design of the Woodend Surf Club Patrol Tower, a design resembling a deck chair in patrol colours. Dave is a member who is" in it for life" and continues to actively support Taylors Mistake and Surf Life Saving.

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