Big dreams for cen­te­nary

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By BRYCE LUFF

THE North Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club has set the bar high as it aims to mark its 100th an­niver­sary in grand fash­ion, with in­vites to be sent to the Prime Min­is­ter and hopes the Air Force Roulettes will per­form a fly­over to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The club, es­tab­lished in 1918, will use the en­tire 2018-19 sum­mer sea­son to cel­e­brate its cen­te­nary, open­ing the series of events with a com­mu­nity day in Oc­to­ber.

The event will be a “big beach day” with schools, club mem­bers and com­mu­nity groups in­vited to take part in a range of free ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cen­te­nary com­mit­tee chair­woman Kelly Moss said the club would ex­tend an in­vite to the PM, as well as state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and is hope­ful of a fly­over from the Roulettes.

The event will be fol­lowed by a re­union to launch its 100-year his­tory book.

A surf sport car­ni­val fea­tur­ing clubs from across WA will also be held, fol­lowed by a women in sport event to hon­our the role played by women at the club and within the surf-life­sav­ing move­ment across Aus­tralia.

The fi­nale will be a gala din­ner in May 2019.

Ms Moss said the club was about half­way to its $100,000 fundrais­ing tar­get, an amount she hoped would al­low the club to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion in style.

When the club was founded in 1918 with 35 mem­bers, its base fea­tured only chang­e­rooms for men and women.

These days, the club has more than 2000 mem­bers, who last sum­mer vol­un­teered more than 9000 hours to pa­trol its stretch of beach.

Club gov­er­nance and strat­egy chair­man Sam Knowles, whose fam­ily’s ties to the club stretch three gen­er­a­tions, said ex­cite­ment about the mile­stone was grow­ing.

“The 100 years is a cel­e­bra­tion of all the sto­ries you hear of the peo­ple be­fore you and the things they did,” he said.

“It al­ways brings a smile to your face be­cause you’re just an­other chap­ter in the whole saga.”

His sis­ter and ju­niors chair­woman Kate Car­bone said she had fond mem­o­ries of be­ing at the club, even if she was not in­stantly in love.

“It was the bap­tism of fire at the beach, get­ting plod­ded onto the back of the ski and surf­ing the big­gest wave in with a ‘I won’t get you dumped’ and end­ing up un­der a wave,” she said.

“I wouldn’t change that child­hood for any­thing. The friends that are made down here are life­long friends.

“We grew up to­gether, spend­ing all our time down here and it’s awe­some.”

The club will host a fundrais­ing sundowner at 5.30pm on Fri­day.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 9284 2626.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d473084

Kate Car­bone and daugh­ter Olivia (8), Sam Knowles and daugh­ter Aisling (10) and Aroha Knowles.

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