By Ron Lane
On Sunday Life Members plus members of the of the Noosa boating fraternity gathered on Main Beach to bid what has now become a traditional farewell, the Scattering of the Ashes to the Sea, to one of the clubs true legends, Life Member Phil Cave. Phil joined Noosa in 1946 and obtained his bronze medallion in 47, after having served his country in World War Two.
His service to his country, and his club was of the highest order and the task of taking his ashes to his last resting place, the waters of First Point, was conducted with the utmost dignity by the club boat crews. After a brief farewell and moments silence conducted by club President and fellow Life Member Ross Fisher, the ashes were released. In attendance were his wife Nancy and family members; a sad but joyous occasion as we all remembered, with pride the achievements and outstanding contributions made not only to the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, but also the community at large, by Phil Cave Life Member. Gone but not forgotten; Vaya Con Dios old friend Vaya Con Dios.
Saturday morning we celebrated the commencement of the seventh year of the Noosa Seahorse Nippers. Under the supervision of Steve Mawby and wife Nichole, plus volunteer workers, the morning heralded another successful season. Again the support of the Noosa Shire Council, providing parking facilities played a major role in getting parents and children in need, to the beach area. An essential and vital part of the morning activities.
“So far we have 33 nippers registered with four being new members,” said Steve, “and I feel sure there will be a few more to come. It was very encouraging to meet one particular family who drove up from Brisbane with their son Charlie just to take part.’’
Another highlight of the morning was 13 yr old Jasper Dokon. Young Jasper joined on the first day as a six year old and now seven years later has passed his SRC award and is as such, a member of Patrol 5. Still a member of the Seahorse Nippers on Saturdays you will find him working as a helper.
When you think of the family who drove from Brisbane and the progress of Jasper it is easy to understand why this is now one of the most successful and respected projects ever undertaken by the Noosa Club in its 91 year history. Well done to all concerned.
Last weekend the Noosa Club hosted a seminar for a class of nine lifesavers from various clubs on the Sunshine Coast. The purpose of this was to study and discuss the Upgrade to (TAE 40116) Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. As a result, this will enable the instructors to deliver the highest standard of training and education in all important aspects of surf lifesaving. The importance of such seminars cannot be emphasised enough. And the attendance of representatives from Marcoola and Mudjimba, despite being small clubs it is good to see; they certainly have their finger on the pulse.
Another big win for Lana Rogers in the women’s, Shannon Eckstein Iron Man Events, held at Northcliffe on the weekend. Her self -confidence going into the National Titles couldn’t be better.