Capacity and Capability
Capacity and Capability (CC) portfolio is responsible for coastal risk and safety, lifesaving operations, research, education, development, participation and surf sports.
The deliverables of CC include the:
During the 2016/17 season surf lifesaving patrols and 24/7 emergency response services delivered crucial work across the Australian coastline. Significant achievements and initiatives have been delivered across the key pillars; lifesaving, drowning prevention and water safety education. The daily effort of surf lifesavers resulted in 10,879 rescues, 3,951,428 preventative actions and 108,044 first aid treatments. If not for these actions, the loss of life and number of injuries would be far greater.
The invaluable support of the Australian Government’s Department of Health provided additional support to states and clubs through the funding of two programs to assist the delivery of front line services and implement initiatives in key drowning locations around Australia. The Beach Safety Equipment Fund was delivered directly to clubs for the purchase of essential lifesaving equipment. The Beach Drowning Blackspot Reduction Program provided funds to states to deliver programs, services and initiatives in high priority areas to reduce incidents
in these locations.
SLSA’s Total Service Plan continues to conduct evidence based and behavioural research programs including the collection of evidence from peak authorities to inform and further advance our understanding of behaviours and risk perception in aquatic locations. This research forms the foundation of SLSA’s National Coastal Safety Report and informs the strategic direction for SLSAs drowning and prevention programs.
In 2016 we continued our commitment as a leader and contributor to the Australian Water Safety Council, collaboratively working to reduce the number of lives lost in aquatic environments. Water Safety Forums were conducted across the year with agencies committing to a shared set of strategic outcomes in a united voice to government on drowning prevention.
Research partnerships have commenced to examine the impact of non-fatal drowning and bystander rescues. These partnerships are vital to enhance our understanding of the extent of aquatic related incidents occurring outside patrolled areas. This research provides critical data to inform and develop initiatives and programs that may reduce these incidents in future.
Coastal Safety research informed the development and launch of SLSA’s new rip current public awareness campaign launched in 2016-17. The campaign was developed after significant research into rip current-related drowning deaths, behaviour and perceptions around rip currents and the identification of key contributing factors.
The campaign focused on challenging people’s knowledge and beliefs, and to address the many misconceptions about rip currents.
Members safety remains a key priority. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) development continued over the past year. Level 25* lifejackets and helmets went through further evaluations to ensure they are fit for purpose. Processes are being developed to help key officials identify risks at events and communicate these risks to others and put mitigations strategies into place.
The Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) specification was endorsed in early 2017 after a significant consultative process, which will result in a standard class of craft. Other craft and equipment continues to be assessed to further assist surf lifesavers in their duties and operations.
*Level 25 refers to the buoyancy classification of a life jacket, of which there is level 275, 150, 100, 50, 50S, and level 25. Level 25 is designed for use by competent swimmers for specific specialist activities such as sporting and competitive situations.
Partnership, advocacy, collaboration and industry engagement responsibilities were fulfilled in several sectors across 2016-17. SLSA presented papers at key forums including the World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety, AFAC Conference, World Congress on Public Health and the National Search and Rescue Conference. Collaborative research partnerships remain crucial to drowning prevention work, including those with Australian Fire and Emergency Services Council, Macquarie University, the Bureau of Meteorology, Flinders University, University of New South Wales, OmniPoll, CSIRO and many more.
In 2016/17 learning and development released Spinal Management, Pain Management, Age Manager, Silver Medallion Advanced First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation Technique courses. In person delivery for each course was accompanied by online content for an enhanced learning experience.
A review of the Leadership program was initiated in May this year across the Leadership College and Masterclass programs, with changes to be implemented in 2018.
The review is focused on driving participation and engagement, developing a unique leadership experience that teaches participants to think strategically and embrace innovation and the need for change.
SLSA received $10 million in funding over three years from the Federal Government to upgrade its volunteer training in line with our whole of movement digital strategy, the majority of which will be distributed to the states/NT. This will greatly improve the quality of existing training and enhance opportunities for current educators. It will also relieve the administrative burden on volunteers, freeing them up to deliver front line services.
As we reflect on the 2016/17 season, we continue to see areas of improved performance across the key pillars of sport: high performance, national sporting events, and sport education.
Surf sports has seen a challenging and transformative year as we commenced implementation of the strategic initiatives from the 2015-16 National Sport and Recreation Review.
Our strategic focus continues to be removing barriers to entry, the improvement of operational delivery and optimisation of our use of technology to maximise efficiency and meet the needs of our membership.
Whilst extremely challenging conditions were experienced throughout the 2017 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, several highlights were delivered across sport this year including live telecast of the 2017 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Finals Series. Sports education has continued to maintain growth with a notable increase in participation in the new National Coaching Accreditation Scheme this year.
SLSA continues to progress its broadcast reach by taking the newly formatted Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Finals Series from a delayed telecast to a live broadcast on Fox Sports.
A ‘Whole of Sport’ philosophy was developed focusing on key business units across sport education, high performance, and national sporting events. This will drive participation initiatives and provide a platform for peak performance across many Australian teams.
The implementation of new Sport and Recreation initiatives remains a priority; a review into sport competitions recommended relaxed eligibility requirements to allow more members to access our sporting products. Design concepts for the new modified surf sport products are currently being validated.
SLSA delivered on all key participation and high-performance indicators with the Australian Sports Commission and maintained a strong relationship with Olympic Sports Canoeing and Swimming.
2016 saw 13 Surf Life Saving members represent Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Ski paddler Lachlan Tame and three-time Olympian Ken Wallace teamed up to claim bronze in the K-2 100m Canoe/Kayak event.
General Manager, Capacity and Capability
|National Championships||North Burleigh SLSC||35||Kiama Downs SLSC||21||Point Lookout SLSC||16|
|Caves Beach SLSC||16|
|National Championships||Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC||466||Maroochydore SLSC||307||BMD Northcliffe SLSC||225|
|Elite Male - Long Course||Ali Day||3:54:30||Matt Bevilacqua||4:05:08||Alex Wright||4:05:10|
|Elite Female - Long Course||Courtney Hancock||4:29:08||Allie Britton||4:31:54||Rebecca Creedy||4:36:13|
|Open Male - Short Course||Nick Pluimers||3:19:36||Ben Cochrane||3:22:48||Bobby Byrne||3:23:50|
|Open Female - Short Course||Nadi Canning||3:33:16||Phoebe Savage||3:39:58||Sally Watson||3:52:31|
|U19 Male - Short Course||Campbell Guthrie||3:16:12||Grant Harris||3:17:10||Bailey Williams||3:19:04|
|U19 Female - Short Course||Grace Kaihau||3:30:20||Abigail Pugh||3:32:20||Brielle Cooper||3:36:21|
|19-29 Male - Long Course||Matthew Gilling||4:46:35||James Haigh||5:19:57||Thomas McMorrow||5:23:09|
|19-29 Male - Short Course||Beau Bailey||3:49:13|
|19-29 Female - Short Course||Emma Lockhart||4:02:41||Kelly Trim||4:29:32|
|30-39 Male Long Course||Chad Poland||4:40:19||Glen Coltman||4:45:24||Tim Jennett||4:48:44|
|30-39 Male Short Course||Adam Jeffrey||3:34:41||Rick Laverty||3:48:22||Matt Mosey||4:01:06|
|30-39 Female Long Course||Tiarne Smith||5:15:50||Amanda Bowman||6:00:32||Lia Trebilcock||6:29:45|
|30-39 Female Short Course||Triona McMenamin||4:04:36||Kristy Craft||4:25:19||Camile De Carmejane||4:28:54|
|40-49 Male Long Course||Mark Forrester||4:42:34||Andrew Keegan||5:09:14||Michael Jennett||5:13:25|
|40-49 Male Short Course||Matthew Gibbs||3:37:54||John Clothier||3:41:37||Sean Harvie||3:47:02|
|40-49 Female Short Course||Heli Murray||3:56:54||Tamiel Benjamin||4:05:33||Raelene Myers||4:30:24|
|50+ Male Long Course||Andrew Buhk||4:55:07||Bruckner Chase||5:38:42||Scott Oxenford||5:45:35|
|50+ Male Short Course||Steve Coulter||3:35:12||Craig Sly||3:38:38||Nick Carroll||3:54:10|
|50+ Female Short Course||Alison Pegg||4:01:15|
|Open Male Relay - Long Course||Central Engineering Currumbin||4:01:14||Team Manly 2||4:07:31||Team Manly 1||4:08:24|
|Open Male Relay - Short Course||CBV||3:08:10||The 07’s||3:20:45||Cronulla Young Guns||3:27:38|
|Open Female Relay - Long Course||The Pelicans||5:08:50||Leo Legends||5:26:53|
|Open Female Relay - Short Course||Westies Chicks||3:41:02||Blue, Black and White||3:53:01||SPG’S||4:05:41|
|Open Mixed Relay - Long Course||Team Harambe||4:13:19||Team Jones||4:53:55||SBBR||5:10:17|
|Open Mixed Relay - Short Course||Stupid Sexy Flanders||3:23:12||Mordi||3:41:06||Chafing the Dream||3:43:14|
|Masters Male 35+ Relay - Long Course||Terrigal Masters Team FY!||4:26:35||Mt Keira Podiatry||4:36:15||Mad Mackerels||4:44:10|
|Masters Male 35+ Relay - Short Course||Cronulla Masters Team Black||3:31:05||Masters of Cooly||3:36:59||The Orginal Poster Boys||3:43:32|
|Masters Female 35+ Relay - Long Course||Manly Gold Diggers||5:09:59|
|Masters Female 35+ Relay - Short Course||North Bondi SLSC||4:06:57||Wauchope Bonny Hills - Victorious Secret||4:07:38||Gatta Girls||4:41:31|
|Masters Mixed 35+ Relay - Long Course||Wauchope Bonny Hills - Expressway Spares||4:46:26|
|Mixed Masters 35+ Relay - Short Course||Brunswick Blasters||3:41:16||Wauchope Bonny Hills – Mackeral Munchers||3:43:30||Byron’s Sunbeam Mix Masters||3:47:56|
|U19 Male Relay - Short Course||Engine Lads||3:05:33||Team Manly 1||3:08:34||Black Swan Boys||3:12:37|
|U19 Female Relay - Short Course||Team Manly 2||3:24:18||Swan Girls||3:29:39||YTC||3:35:06|
|Opens Pointscore||Masters Pointscore||Handicap Pointscore|
|1. BMD Northcliffe SLSC||213||1. Bondi Surf Bathers LSC||293||Not Awarded|
|2. Currumbin SLSC||160||2. BMD Northcliffe SLSC||234|
|3. Alexandra Headland SLSC||122||3. Alexandra Headland SLSC||215|
|4. Newport SLSC||113||4. Noosa Heads SLSC||202|
|5. Maroochydore SLSC||88||5. North Burleigh SLSC||182|
|6. North Cronulla SLSC||73||6. North Bondi SLSC||172|
|7. Wanda SLSC Inc||70||7. Queenscliff SLSC||171|
|8. Kurrawa SLSC||66||8. Coogee SLSC (NSW)||156|
|9. Manly LSC||62||9. Kurrawa SLSC||139|
|10. Cronulla SLSC||57||10. Byron Bay SLSC||131|
|Round 1 - IronWoman||Lizzie Welborn||100||Maddy Dunn||98||Harriet Brown||96|
|Round 2 - IronWoman||Georgia Miller||100||Amy Nurthen||98||Karlee Nurthen||96|
|Round 3 - IronWoman||Naomi Scott||100||Danielle McKenzie||98||Courtney Hancock||96|
|Overall - IronWoman||Harriet Brown||284||Courtney Hancock||282||Karlee Nurthen||272|
|Round 1 - IronMan||Ali Day||100||Kendrick Louis||98||Matt Poole||96|
|Round 2 - IronMan||Shannon Eckstein||100||Matt Poole||98||Luke Cuff||96|
|Round 3 - IronMan||Matt Poole||100||Shannon Eckstein||98||Ali Day||96|
|Overall - IronMan||Matt Poole||294||Shannon Eckstein||292||Kendrick Louis||284|
|AUSTRALIAN LIFE SAVING TEAM|
|Tim Schofield (C)||Terrigal SLSC|
|Samuel Bell||Maroochydore SLSC|
|Matthew Davis||Currumbin SLSC|
|Dane Farrell||Newport SLSC SLSC|
|Jake Lynch||Newport SLSC SLSC|
|Bradley Woodward||Shelley Beach SLSCC|
|Melissa Cracroft-Wilson||Kurrawa SLSC|
|Prue Davies||Currumbin SLSC|
|Chelsea Gillett||Maroochydore SLSC|
|Pamela Hendry (C)||Maroochydore SLSC|
|Jordan Mercer||Noosa Heads SLSC|
|Georgia Miller||Newport SLSC SLSC|
|Danny Short||Head Coach - Maroochydore SLSC|
|Wade Sinclair||Assistant Coach - Picnic Bay SLSC|
|Garry Mensforth||Team Manager - Umina SLSC|
|Kristy Ellis AM||Assistant Team Manager - Alexandra Headlands SLSC|
|Nick Marshall||Physiotherapist - Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC|
|Martin Lynch||Assistant Coach - Newport SLSC SLSC|
|AUSTRALIAN LIFE SAVING TEAM|
|Lizzie Welborn||North Bondi SLSC|
|Callum Lowe Griffiths (C)||Queenscliffe SLSC|
|Ethan Garland||North Cronulla SLSC SLSCSLSC|
|Charlie Brooks||Newport SLSC SLSC|
|Jemma Smith (C)||Umina SLSC|
|Issac Smith||Newport SLSC SLSC|
|Rachel Eddy||Kurrawa SLSC|
|Rachel Wood||Umina SLSC|
|Samantha Howe||Point Leo LSC|
|Nicole Kay||Kurrawa SLSC|
|Toby Wilson||Northcliffe SLSC|
|Cody Rychvalsky||Maroochydoore SLSC|
|Brett Dowker||Head Coach - Currumbin SLSC|
|Craig Holden||Assistant Coach - Ellis Beach SLSC|
|Melinda Jackson||Team Manager - Kurrawa SLSC|
|Troy Eady||Physiotherapist - Byron Bay SLSC|
|Martin Lynch||Assistant Coach - Newport SLSC|
|AUSTRALIAN SURF BOAT TEAM|
|Duke Brierty||Avoca Beach SLSC|
|Bradley Mitchell||Avoca Beach SLSC|
|John Paterson||Avoca Beach SLSC|
|Daniel Tamblyn||Avoca Beach SLSC|
|Richard Brierty - Sweep||Avoca Beach SLSC|
|Kelissa Brockett||Tallebudgera SLSC|
|Tara Dreaver||Tallebudgera SLSC|
|Kirsty Morrison||Tallebudgera SLSC|
|Lisa Webber||Tallebudgera SLSC|
|Gary Williams - Sweep||Tallebudgera SLSC|
|AUSTRALIAN SURF BOAT TEAM|
|Zac Hughes||North Cronulla SLSC|
|James Budd||North Cronulla SLSC|
|Mitch Bouzounis||North Cronulla SLSC|
|Jack Mentha||North Cronulla SLSC|
|Adam Purdie - Sweep||North Cronulla SLSC|
|Zoe King||Newport SLSC|
|Celestine May||Newport SLSC|
|Piret May||Newport SLSC|
|Katy Hulton||Newport SLSC|
|Michael King - Sweep||Newport SLSC|
|Greg Heard||Team Manager - Development|
|AUSTRALIAN LIFE SAVING TEAM|
|Joshua Brown||Currumbin SLSC|
|Daniel Collins||Redhead SLSC|
|Nikolas Green||Northcliffe SLSC|
|Callum Lowe-Griffiths||Kurrawa SLSC|
|Jackson Symonds||Sorrento SLSC (WA)|
|Maddy Dunn||Northcliffe SLSC|
|Elizabeth Forsyth||Currumbin SLSC|
|Hannah Minogue||Newport SLSC SLSC|
|Naomi Scott||Manly SLSC|
|Rachel Wood||Umina SLSC|
|Craig Holden||Coach - Elliott Heads SLSC|
|Sam Dick||Assistant Coach - Currumbin SLSC|