What's making news at Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC
Hero praised for saving father and son PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ava Benny-Morrison - Northern Star 28 October 2011   

Brian Dell of Lennox Head received a Certificate of Merit from Surf Life Saving Australia for bravery.  Photo: Mireille Merlet-ShawIT'S not often that Brian Dell receives thanks for his role with the Alstonville-Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club.


"That is not why I do it," he admits.


But this week his bravery was rewarded when he was presented with a certificate of merit from Surf Life Saving Australia for rescuing a father and son in Lennox Head last year.


On July 4, 2010, Mr Dell was on his usual morning surf ski paddle from Lennox Head to Boulders Beach when he saw a young boy fall off the rocks into the water at Lennox Point.


"I saw the father jump in fully-clothed," he said.


"I paddled as close as I could to the rocks but then jumped off my ski and swam over. I grabbed the son and put him back on the rocks.


"I got the father and towed him out to sea, about 30-40 metres out from the rocks."


Mr Dell then swam to a nearby fishing boat.


"They came back and picked him up and dropped him to the beach at Lennox Head. I swam back to the rocks where the kids were and walked them to the car."


The conditions were pretty big that day but the biggest concern was the icy water.


"I was worried about hypothermia," he said.


The father who was rescued, Daryl Williams, later wrote a letter to the SLSC thanking Mr Dell for his assistance.


Mr Dell said people were usually quite embarrassed when they were rescued.


"All they want to do is get away and that is just human nature," he said.


"But that is not why I do it. I love surf life saving and I love being involved.


"I love the ocean and the camaraderie."


Mr Dell has been a member of the Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC for seven years but has been involved in surf lifesaving for about 30 years.

Lennox Head boys ride wave to title
Written by Northern Star | Mitchell Craig | 13th April 2011   

Jacob McGoldrick and Murray Thomas after taking out the Under-15 board rescue at the Australian championships. Photo: Northern StarLENNOX Head-Alstonville's Murray Thomas completed a successful Australian Surf Life Saving Championships carnival by winning a gold medal in the Under-15 board rescue.


Murray combined well with club mate Jacob McGoldrick to blow their competition out of the water.


They positioned themselves ona perfect wave about 150 metres from shore and were lucky enough to ride it all the way in, to win by a convincing margin.


It capped a big weekend for Murray. He also finished second in the Under-15 ironman and third in the Under-15 surf swim.


The Lennox Head club claimed two gold medals, two silver and a bronze from the 12 athletes who competed.


"We're really proud of the way our athletes mentally prepared for these championships. It's not easy to perform well on a stage as big as the national championships," Lennox Head-Alstonville senior manager Lou Wilson said.


Powerhouse club Northcliffe finished at the top of the table on 389 points.


Mooloolaba was second on 218 points and host club Kurrawa third on 192.5.


Lennox Head is a feeder club to Northcliffe. Tanyn Lyndon and Ryan Moriarty among others have competed there in recent years.


Far North Coast results from the Australian championships:

Male: Open: Board rescue: 3 Cudgen Headland Blue (Jarrad Cain, Scott McCartney). U15 yrs: Surf: 3 M Thomas (Lennox) Ironman: 2 M Thomas (Lennox) Board rescue: 1 Lennox Head X (Jacob McGoldrick, Murray Thomas) Cameron Relay: 3 Byron Bay A (James Brodin, Josh Brown, Jake Brumley, Lorne Greenlaw) Surf board relay: 2 Byron Bay A (James Brodin, Josh Brown, Lorne Greenlaw).


Female: Open: Surf board riding: 2 L Hurt (Salt) U17 yrs: Board rescue: 3 Lennox Head X (Madison Blue Beckerleg, Elena Leaver) Surf board riding: 1 L Hurt (Salt) U15 yrs: Surf board riding: 3 A Spence (Cudgen Headland) 2km beach run: 1 A Bakker (Lennox).


Mixed: Open: 2 E Heiniger (Brunswick) 2 D Andrew (Byron Bay) 2 A Bennett (Yamba) 2 G Armstrong (Lennox) 2 G Buckman (Cudgen Headland) U23 yrs: U19 yrs: Single ski relay: 2 Byron Bay A (Alexander Burns, Thomas Burns, Torri Callan) Double ski: 2 Byron Bay A (Alexander Burns, Thomas Burns).

Rising Surf Star’s Huge Season... Print E-mail

Nathan Gray - A Rising Surf Star!It has been a busy few months for 18 year old Nathan Gray of Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club. He has recently returned from New Zealand after being selected to represent NSW in the Under 21 Development Squad. Nathan was also a member of the Country NSW team that competed against teams from New Zealand and Hunter Branch at the Central Coast in early January. On top of all this he has been training hard for upcoming competition at the NSW State Championships as well as the Australian Championships to be held in April.


Nathan who has had his most successful season ever was ecstatic at being selected to represent NSW. "It was great competing with Ali Day who has done so well in the Nutri-Grain series, plus I got to make so many new friends. I was also able to compete in a few different events such as paddling outrigger canoes. It was an unbelievable experience."


Nathan's surf coach Lou Wilson was generous in his praise "Nathan is the type of guy who never gives up. He works extremely hard at training and is now getting the results and recognition he deserves. He had some excellent results at the Country Championships in January both in Under 19 and Open events."


Nathan, who is also a member of the Ballina Indoor Swim Team, trains up to 12 sessions a week, either in the pool or at the beach. "It was a bit hectic last year fitting it all in whilst doing my HSC – I'm glad that's all done and I'm looking forward to studying at Southern Cross Uni this year." Nathan has recently commenced a double degree in Sport and Exercise Science combined with Secondary Education.


The quietly spoken 18 year old doesn't like to talk up his achievements, instead he pays tribute to his coaches and team mates. "I'd like to thank my swim coach Peter Charlton from Ballina Indoor as well as my surf coach Lou Wilson for all the support and encouragement they have given me, as well as all my team mates from Lennox Head Surf Club and Ballina Indoor Swim Team who make training as much fun as possible."


Right now Nathan's focus is the NSW State Championships which will be held at Cudgen Surf Club on Kingscliff Beach on the 18th, 19th and 20th of March. "I'm looking forward to competing against the best in the State at a beach that I've been competing at ever since I was a nipper. It will hopefully give me a bit of a home ground advantage"


Straight after the NSW Championships Nathan's attention will turn to the Australian Championships being held at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast commencing on the 5th of April. He will compete in the Board, Swim, Surf Ski and Ironman events as well backing up in many Team events. "It's been a long season, but I'm ready to step up and give it my best shot."


We wish Nathan the best of luck and every success competing for Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club at the upcoming NSW and Australian Championships.

Lennox Lifesaving Trio Honoured
Written by Ballina Shire Advocate - 3rd February, 2011   

From L to R: Larry Platt, Bryan Lindon & Lou WilsonThree members of the Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC recently were award the National Medal in recognition of their long service to local surf lifesaving. Larry Platt, Lou Wilson and Bryan Lindon were all awarded the gong.


The National Medal was established in Australia in 1975 to recognise those who commit many years of their lives to organisations that protect life, at some risk to their own safety. To be eligible the recipients need to demonstrate a minimum of 15 year's service with at least 30 hours each year of active patrolling. Larry, Lou and Bryan all exceed this minimum requirement.The National Medal is a very prestigious award recognising commitment, sacrifice and risk.


Wayne Jones, President of the Surf Club, said, 'the Club was very fortunate to have members with the experience, skill and commitment that Larry, Lou and Bryan bring'. The awarding of the National Medal 'was just recognition of the years of volunteer service these three have given to surf lifesaving' and Wayne was hoping that all three continued to offer their time, experience and skill to Lennox Head club for many years to come.

A first for lifesavers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ballina Shire Advocate - 14 October, 2010   

SUCCESS: Pictured are the Lennox surf club members who competed successfully at the NSW Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships on the Central Coast.A SMALL but inspired group of Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club competitors competed at their first NSW Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships on the Central Coast recently.

Designed to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation, the Pool Rescue program focuses on a still-water arena rather than the usual open surf environment.

The championships saw the Lennox Head team compete against 30 other NSW surf clubs in challenging events as wide-ranging as the 200m Super Lifesaver, 100m Manikin Tow, 100m and 200m Obstacles and the Line Throw.

The Lennox Head team won nine individual State medals and impressed with numerous top-five placings.

The combined efforts of Nathan Gray, Hayden Thomas, Mikayla Gray, Murray Thomas and Conor Moriarty led the club to a highly respectable overall 10th placing at the championships.

Coach Glenn Moriarty said: "It was a tremendous achievement and experience for all.

"Contesting Pool Rescue events successfully at that level needs skill and fitness.

"They also saw a number of Australia's World Championship team in action and were educated by their racing skills.

"Our kids are still trying to master those skills, so the success we achieved must give them confidence for the future."

The team as a whole acknowledged the support it receives from the Ballina Fair Swim and Gym centre. The centre has purchased pool rescue manikins and provided lane space to enable the team to conduct skill sessions on a regular basis.


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