Don’t forget Semaphore Balcony Sundays

Sunday April 9th is the last Semaphore Balcony Sunday for the year so come on down for cheap drinks, free sausage sizzle, live music and best of all, quality time with all your club mates.

Get on Board, become a board member.

We will be seeking a new Treasurer at our next Annual General Meeting, after stepping into the role at short notice our current Treasurer, Peter Adams has taken on a new and demanding role in his paid employment and will not be continuing next season.

This is a great chance to work on the Board of your club in a vital role to lead us into a new economic era as we undergo significant redevelopment which will create many opportunities to strengthen our business financially. We have a strong and committed Finance Committee to support the role and our current Treasurer, Peter will work with the new incumbent as they take over. If you believe you have the skills to take on this vital role please contact myself or Peter to discuss what it involves and what it can offer and learn a bit about what keeps your club running.

We also encourage any member considering taking a more proactive role in the club to start thinking now about which board position you could bring skills and knowledge to. Each year all board positions become vacant and the existing board member then reapplied for the role should it work in with their life. Talk to any board member if you just want to know what is involved and be ready to nominate when the time comes, usually a month before the AGM. It’s a privelege and an honour to represent at Board level but it is also a serious commitment to make. It would be great to have a surplus of people willing to take that commitment on as we move into such an exciting and challenging time for the club.

Autumn President’s Update

Firstly some good news, after a successful junior state titles, some great fundraising efforts and good summer trading we are in a healthy financial position.

As we enter into our off season where we have historically not been as successful and in some years have lost money we need to review how we continue to operate. Looking toward this period and the redevelopment of our club we cannot afford to have a winter trading period that costs us money so we will need the support and understanding of all members as we make some decisions and changes which will impact on how we operate the business side of the club. The first thing you will notice is that we will be reducing staff numbers on many shifts to align with the reduced trading, this will mean that on some nights staff may need your support so I urge all members to chip in and lend a hand if you are at the club and you see a need – pick up a few glasses, take an empty plate back to the kitchen, bring in a few chairs when it gets too cold on the balcony or just ask if there’s anything you can do to help out.

We will continue to monitor our trade and If we find that members and guest numbers pick up and the business needs and can support higher staffing levels we will revisit the changes.

Other things you can do to support our club:

  • Keep in touch with other members at the club over the winter period, drop in for a chat, watch a footy game
  • Bring family and friends down for a drink and or a meal – show them one of the best sunset, storm, gulf views in town
  • Encourage friends to consider us as a function venue
  • Organize a fund raising activity (Quiz night, Balcony Sundays, Bunnings BBQs all started from a person with an idea) speak to me or any Board member to get something started and help with support
  • Volunteer – there’s always jobs to be done including exciting board positions soon to be announced
  • Come along to our strategic planning day  and have your say on the future direction of the club. Details announced soon.

Your understanding and ongoing support is greatly appreciated. See you at the club over winter.


Mick Kenny
0498 492 409



Juniors Weekly Report – a final word from our hard working Convenor

Thanks to

Hi Everyone,


Congratulations on finishing equal third with Brighton at State Titles for the Juniors and well done to everyone who was part of our junior program this season. A full copy of the results are available via this link:



Well, what a State Titles it was!  The weekend would have not been possible without the countless hours of work from our volunteers including the working party on the beach, volunteers on the food stall and BBQ, Water Cover on the beach, officials, parents and kids. To all our age group leaders and assistants thank you for a great season.


Leading in to the weekend a number of our members had taken time off work to make this possible.  Special thanks to Lorren Atwell and everyone who worked on the BBQ and food stall, Dave McGrath “Doggsy” and Jay Atwell for organising the container and generator.


Steve Sims and the entire working party who worked all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Without the work they did the carnival would not have happened. Carnival officials made comment that when the carnival is at Semaphore they know that the working party deliver every time without fail. So thank you again.


Thank you to Symons and Clark and Kerry Logistics, Neil Bisset and Metricon for their supply of the portable toilets and attire for the working party.  Thank you Semaphore Bakehouse for the pies, pasties, sausage rolls and donuts. Thank you to the Purdie family.


It has been an exciting and at times challenging season and now it comes to an end. I would like to thank and congratulate our 164 participants across all age groups this season.


I would like to take the opportunity to thank Doggsy and Leanne for co-ordinating our Saturday water cover and all the water cover personnel who gave up their time to take care of us in the water.


We also need to thank our Media personnel, Steph, & Claire and the people behind the scene Kate & Rhys for sending out our weekly newsletter.  I would also like to thank our uniform shop team headed up by Mardi Lienert each weekend.


We also need to thank Lorren Atwell and her canteen helpers each weekend – Wendy, Catherine & Heather for co-ordinating the canteen being open at the start and end of training and all the parents who assisted in the canteen.  Thank you to Sean Kenny for setting up the beach and our senior members who have come out to lend a hand this year with the juniors, including Paige, Luke, Jack, Zac, Myia, Cooper, Josh, Bianca, Zoe, Lindsay, Sam and Sean McKenzie –  thank you.


I would also like to thank our Friday night board training water cover  Andrew, Craig , Craig, Kate, Brenton, Megan, Tracey Michelle, Michelle, Owen, Mick and Paul and if I missed anyone thank you.


Thanks to Ian Biggs and Brad Tunbridge for taking care of our pool swimming on a Wednesday night.  To my assistant Bruce Moseley thank you for your support throughout the year.


On behalf of all age groups we would like to thank Kerry Schulz not only for ordering our uniforms, but ensuring all competitors from all age groups have been entered in the competition entry system so they could participate in the recent state titles. Also thank you to Raelene Donnell for co-ordinating our correct quota of officials at each carnival, organising R&R teams that performed so well, along with the coaches, Freaky, Tony and Celeste and special mention to Gus Wickman who coached Will and Willis but sadly passed away last month- your efforts are greatly appreciated. Brooke and Kelly Jones for coaching our March Past Teams throughout the season thank you and well done.

On a personal note I would like to thank my family for their support over the last three seasons whilst I have been junior convenor and without their understanding this would not be possible.


Congratulations and well done to everyone!




Seniors Weekly Update

We now have a chance to catch our breath and have a look at the achievements of our competitors over 3 days of State titles. There were many fantastic results with competition starting in Champ Lifesaver. Sean McKenzie won Gold in open men with Nic Schulz getting Silver. Nick also got Gold in the U19 men. Zac Buck got Silver in the U15 men.

On day 1 Luke Zille finished with Silver in the Belt race. The duo of Nic Schulz and Danny Humphrey managed to grab Silver in Board rescue. In R&R our girls showed how it is done with Mykenzie Low and Emma Weir taking Silver and our open 5 person women made up of Ash Reeves, Celeste McGregor, Paige Purdie, Leah Mahney  and April O”toole grabbing hold of the Gold.  Nic Schulz,  Danny Humphrey and Luke Zille got Silver in the U19s men’s Taplin

Day 2 saw Nick Hansen getting his hands on a Silver medal in the in the U14 mens sprint. In the water our U19 mens Surf team of Nic Schulz, Danny Humphrey, Luke Zille and Cooper Lienert  performed strongly to get the Bronze medal. In the U19 mens board race Nic Schulz came across the line in the Bronze position. Nic and Danny teamed up in the double ski to paddle strongly to and grab a Silver medal.

Day 3 saw Sean McKenzie take Bronze in the Over 24 restricted surf race. Luke Zille followed up Seans  efforts with a Bronze in the U19 men’s surf race. Nic Schulz in U19 Iron  and Connor Tunbridge in U15 Iron both exceeded their expectations with phenomenal performances demonstrating that hard work really can pay off both getting Gold.

In the Masters we had some great results from our only 3 woman masters competitors. Katie Newman grabbed Bronze in the beach sprint with Donna Giannetta getting Silver in both Iron and Surf swim. Katie and Donna Teamed up with Tina Williams in the Surf team swim to get Bronze. Our 160 men’s surfboat crew got Silver with 4 state championships completed over 4 years and 4 medals, its a great effort by the boys.

We had many other great performances over the State titles which don’t go unnoticed.

After it was all said and done the masters group came away with 44 points and 12th position. Our Senior group attracted 116 points finishing a credible 8th in the state.

I would like to thank the many who have assisted me over the competition season. Without your help and you know who you are we simply would not be able to get the team to the beach and compete at such a high level. Thank you all.


Craig Lienert, Senior competition officer 2016/17 season.

Senior Wrap Up from Head Coach Sean McKenzie

A big well done to everyone who trained and raced this season, it was a very long one. We had some impressive results with people getting their best results ever. Good luck to Nic Schulz who heads off to race at the Lifesaving Australian Titles on the Gold Coast from the 25th March-2nd April. Nic has a had a huge season which began in October for the Coolangatta Gold, then Interstates in January, lots of medals and top 6 placings at state titles and will finish up next week.

A big thankyou to Julian and everyone at Paddle2Fitness. These guys have put together our training program every single week from June last year all the way up to state titles, this has no doubt helped our competitors get the best results or just be a fitter person than they were. We probably wouldn’t have had the results we got without them. Hopefully we can continue our partnership leading into World Titles in November 2018.


Winter Training updates will come out shortly after our coaches and competitors have a well-earned rest. Senior Swim training will resume on Wednesday 29th March into the earlier time slot of 7-8pm, a big thankyou to Trent and his helpers who continue to train our members.

We will soon be looking at starting training for pool lifesaving championships. These are held at the Marion Swim Centre in June, and we will then push onto the Australian pool lifesaving championships here in Adelaide early August. We had a lot of success last time this event was held in Adelaide and we would love to have a strong team entered again.

Semaphore Balcony Sunday is back on April 9th

Sunday April 9th is the last Semaphore Balcony Sunday for the year so come on down for cheap drinks, free sausage sizzle, live music and best of all, quality time with all your club mates.

Junior State Titles Update Day 1

Hi Everyone

A quick update from Day 1

Friday night in the R&R we won 5 out of 9 possible medals.  A great effort for our youngsters and many thanks to our R&R coaches.


Medal Tally from  individual day today:

7 Gold

6 Silver

6 Bronze




We are currently third on 135 points.


This weekend is not possible without the countless hours of work from our volunteers including the working party on the beach, volunteers on the food stall and BBQ, Water Cover on the beach, officials and parents.



I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of the juniors.


Good luck tomorrow to everyone and remember red, black and white is dynamite.


Thank you


Still time to lend a hand and lighten the load of the dedicated volunteer crew

Thank you to all the selfless volunteers that have helped in the food tent/bbq/kitchen over the last 2 days at the Junior State Titles. Your contribution has been amazing. Thank you especially to those who don’t even have children competing this weekend but have donated their time, understanding that it is an all in Club event.

We have one day to go and if you have time free please pop up and grab some tongs or help serve.  Perhaps you have time in between your child’s events.  Every little bit helps and it will give those who are spending hours covering shifts an opportunity to have a break.

Let’s make this the best States and finish off with a bang! We will be in the tents from 5:30am Sunday morning.

Final call for Junior State Titles Volunteers

A reminder to all those who’ve signed up to assist with Junior State Titles this weekend, our first army of volunteers will be required Friday night during R & R events.

We are still seeking volunteers to help out on Saturday and Sunday, particularly during the hours of 12pm-4pm.  Many hands make light work as the saying goes!

Whether your children are competing or not over the weekend, the entire Club stands to benefit from the honour of holding this event.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.