Coogee Carnival 2019


Coogee 'Fast 3' Open Surf Carnival 

We are excited to announce that this year's Coogee Carnival has a brand new format.  The event will be run like a 'Fast 3' racing format split into Division 1 and 2 based on ability. 

It is a great opportunity to have a 'last hit out for U15's through to Masters before Aussies' 

Entries via the SLS Carnival Entry System

Please see the below carnival flyer for more information.




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INNER REEF CLUB supports our prospects at the National Titles

~ Warwick Everingham

With the Australian Titles only a couple of weeks away, now is an ideal time to let you know of some of our prospects. I would also like to take the opportunity to make this a call to all of our supporters to fill those remaining INNER REEF tickets. The Inner Reef Club is an initiative designed to raise funds to directly support our younger members. In that regard it does assists to get some teams to the national titles. It has been well received so far but there are still a number of slots to be filled so I take the opportunity to ask you all to please support the Inner Reef Club.

122 club members are travelling north to represent Coogee at the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles at Kirra Beach in Queensland. 11 of these are officials or IRB crew, and 35 are parents. The rest, 76, are competitors and of these, 40 are juniors or cadets. While our masters will do very well, and we can be totally proud of our state champion patrol competition and champion lifesavers, and let’s not forget the boaties and our open beach relay team. But in keeping with my call to support the INNER REEF CLUB, I wanted to focus here on the young teams and individuals.

U15 R&R - Ruby Cuthbert, Estelle Davies, Jess Griffiths, Georgia Murphy, Eliza Twoomey. Chris Gately has started with some of these girls last season so they are not inexperienced but R&R does take a while to get a handle on. They have done pretty well so far. They are still Minnows yet, like our u14 sprinters, they have been competing in the U15’s event. They came third in the U14 and U15 events at Branch.

U17 R&R - Bronte Franklin, Maddie Gately, Tia Haes, Gen Luscombe, Xanthe Murphy, Emma Phibbs. The U17 girls have been competing at R&R last year and this. So they have some good experience. Last season they struggled with the swim at State but a year on and a year stronger we expect they can go well. Already this year they have competed in both the u17 and the u19 events so they not shy to have a go. They won the U17 mixed at Wanda and also the Open Womens. They were third placed at the branch titles and just out of the medals at State.

U17 Board Relay - Jamie Bargenda, Clayton Canterella, Ben Thornton. These lads are the first board relay team to make a state final in a decade or two. They are willing and they train hard but compete in a field that is very tough and has a huge element of luck involved. It will be hard work but we gotta keep an eye on them for sure.

U15 Girls Beach Relay team - Alice Morgan, Jess Thornton, Eliza Cotis, Olivia Karas,  Gabby Fagan. This is a new field for us entirely, a girls beach relay team. And we have worked hard to get them here. In their first run together they finished second at the state titles to Cronulla who have won the nationals for the last few years so we figure they can do well.  The thing is, of the five girls, four of them are still Minnows so will run again as U15’s again next season. They are anchored by the amazing Jessica Thornton who will be well backed in the sprint.

U15 Boys Beach Relay team  - Lachie Small, Tasman Short, Luke Bond,  Ben Kite, Jake Irvine. We have had U15 boys running for a few years now. Only a few seasons back we picked up a silver and this team is a great chance to also come back with a medal. Luke Bond might just as well be paddling a board but he has been clearly a real good sprint prospect for us and will run the first leg to Tasman Short. Tas is another lad form the Minnows who I ran into on patrol and asked if he could run. Sure can he said and so he has been our first leg but will move to second at Kirra. Tas also picked up a medal in the flags at The branch titles. Ben Kite and Lachie Small have been alternated in running the third leg and will do so again at the nationals. Jake Irvine came to us this year as a swimmer who could also run. He has had a go at both during the year but in April he will take them on as our anchor and best sprint leg in the U/15's.

The other U15 Boys Beach Relay team - Will Todd, Billy Ryan, Hugh France, Jack Kofod, Will Harrison. Well, this team are all Minnows and are running this year in prep for next season when they will still all be U15’s. These lads reflect the effort put in this season working with the Minnows. We had numerous coaches from the junior club, all trained up in surf sports coaching and working alongside our senior runners who also acted as coaches for various teams. Unfortunately for Coogee, the beach relays were all cancelled at the State Age Titles and these were our favoured events. We woulda smashed em!! At least our Under 14 boys and girls will be getting a run. The work done with the Minnows on the beach needs to be duplicated in other areas next season. The Minnows beach teams have been a good starting point and a great learning effort for us this year. Should also mention Billy Ryan will have a run in the 2K race and may do well. Will Harrison, while still very young will also go well in the sprint.

U17 Boys Beach Relay Team - Tom Fagan, Ben McDonald, Sean O'Byrne, Jackson Deans-Harvey,   This team are under no pressure at all. They have already had a great season with a silver medal at State. This team were all under 15’s last year and struggled to get anywhere near any other team at all. They failed to make the final at the aussies. Only their first year into the U17’s they have surprised us all by going so well. And they have done this by turning up to every training session. The work has payed dividends, especially for young Tom Fagan who has become pretty much our best U17 runner this year and someone we have been looking to for additional runs with the under 19;' as required simply because he has been so strong.

The other U17 Boys Beach Relay Team - Justin Richardson, Tim Watts, Conor Docherty, Joey Michael. This team might struggle to get together as we believe Conor cannot make it to Queensland. Not to worry! We will back them up with either Jamie Bargenda or Ben Thornton. And these boys run well enough to help this team into the finals. Joey Michael will also compete individually in the surf board riding which is undoubtedly his strength. And Joey is a good chance to do well in that event.

U19 Beach Relay Team - Jack Clarson, Jack Harrison, Joey Todd, Hugh Millar,  Maybe these guys are a little too old to be considered juniors. I’m pretty sure they are all just old enough to down a schooner or two and  probably will after their event. Nonetheless, I make mention of them because they will go close to victory. And most of them are old timers in this club having come to us from the Minnows. We all know Hugh Millar who is battling a groin injury so might not be able to run the sprint. Joey Todd has been instrumental ni getting many of our junior teams onto the beach this season and has also pulled out a few majorly impressive individual runs during the year. Jack Clarson is new to the club having come to us from the track after a lot of pestering by Joey Todd. Jack Harrison on the other hand is one of our most experienced even though he is just 17 years old. Jack is also our clubs newly crowned open beach sprint champion. Look for Jack in the U17 sprint and flags.

Will Mison. Will has to carry a very famous last name as the son of Tod Mison (who will be competing with our masters at Kirra). William, also still an u14 Minnow, will swim in the U15 race at aussies but this kid will have a go at anything as indicated by his fifth place in the 2K beach race at State. Tom Scullion came second in that race but unfortunately cannot get make it to the aussies. But what a time he is up for as he will also compete in the surf board riding. The tube race, board race and anything else race.

Will Mison will not be alone in the U15 2K beach race as he will be joined by U14 state 1500 and 800 metre track champ Billy Ryan. Billy is part of our u14 beach relay team where he is a valued team member, but he is also a gifted middle distance runner. Under age for this race so it might be a bit tough but Billy will definitely be one to watch for.

Ben Thornton -we have heard so much about Ben and he will give it his best go at aussies. Ben is the epitomy of what it is to be a lifesaver. Whether swim, board, ski or iron man he will represent our club to the best of his ability and if the waves work for him he might pick up a gong. Maybe Ben will have a crack at the 2K race and a run in a beach relay as well. This guy cannot be pinned down. He is just the very best athlete and proudly Coogee born and bred.

Jess Thornton– another great athlete coming off just the biggest string of victories on the beach and the track. They hand out medals here as well Jess so bring a big bag with you.

Jack Harrison– seriously serious about his running, Jack was drafted into the U19 relay because the rest of this team have so much respect for his ability. Also because they want to win and they figured Jack can give them an edge. The luck has not run well for Jack this season and he has had to settle for minor medals at branch and state so here’s hoping it works for him at the nationals in both the sprint and flags.

Joey Todd– I cannot tell you how amazing this guy is. We first came across Joey training with Brian Johnstone Sundays at Coogee Oval. He was in the Minnows so soon joined the beach sprinters in their training sessions. He ran a beach sprint or two. His mum and I decided he should come along to the national titles in Perth so we ran him in a relay at state where he picked up a medal and then totally bombed along with the rest of the team that season in Perth. It was the third year. The first two were great. Anyway, time moves on and Joey is pretty much now organising the whole shebang. So much so I have been able to take a good back seat to much of the coaching and mentoring. Joey spearheads our U19 relay and like a few others will be working to make the sprint final. He might also try the flags as he has recently discovered he ain’t bad at that either.

Will Harrison– younger bro of Jack, Will anchors the U14 relay team and is not far away from the older u15 runners. He will be a dark horse in the sprint and flags and other clubs will need to keep a wary eye on him since he gets along a bit for a little bloke!

Tom Fagan– Tom is the seasons surprise package for us. His dedication to training has seen him move up a few rungs on our best sprinter ladder. A place in the sprint final is not an unreality for Tom. He will prove a worthy opponent and is a great asset to the U17 team and the club in general.

Jake Irvine– I think I’ll swim. No I’ll have a run. Is there a pole vault or hammer throw? Jake would have a go at all of them and squeeze them into the same day if not the same hour. He is a strong athlete, a great relay anchor leg and I feel totally guilty for bagging him for beach events. So be it. Watching him train exhausts me, and as one of his coaches he totally stretches my knowledge, experience and capabilities. (Always a good thing). Jake is another who can make the sprint final where he will sweat blood to give his best.

Hugh Millar- Hugh comes to us this year form the catwalks of Milan where he has been sidelining as a male fashion model and beer taster. As such he missed 6 or 7 weeks of training this year. I know he has been working hard the last few weeks and we are hoping he will be close to best at least for the first leg of both the U19 and the Open beach relay. Will you also run the sprint Hugh? Last years second place in the u17’s was one of the best ever performances I have seen from any of our sprinters over many years. (except me of course). You cannot stumble at the start and still get a medal. Keep at it boy. I know the fashion gurus are angling for your svelte looks and moody catwalk style. But we need you on the beach. And get a haircut! No don’t bother. We’ll do it for you.

Joey Michael– last but not least, another several years now out of the Minnows, Joey is a Coogee guy with one navy and one sky blue eye. Maybe Joey should be paddling a board. Or he should still be running with our beachies. But he performs best on a surf board so that is where he will specialise in Queensland, in the U17 and Open board riding. His dad will get him out of bed at 4 in the morning, they will head to Kirra for a meeting to hear where the days events will take place and they will head off on their own (or maybe with Will Mison and Jamie Bargenda) to perform on the gold coasts best waves of the day. Joey is one to watch.

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NSW State Age Championships

Anyone who travelled north last weekend for the State Age Championships will agree it was a horrendous few days.

Our junior competitors who attended these championships camped out over the weekend in torrential rain and a howling wind. Conditions on land were matched in the sea with high, choppy surf and muddy brown waters presumably form all the run off form the rain.

Timetables were abandoned, Friday events were postponed, and many events were not run at all. I have some results as follows:
All age beach relay we came 4th after a dropped baton (what'd anyone expect with 7 runners and 6 changes. Hard enough with 3 changes)

Ethan Smith 3rd U8 beach sprint and 6th in beach flags
Laura Wilson 5th in U10 surf race
Alexia Osler 4th in the u10 beach sprint
Asher Wilson 4th U10 beach sprint and 5th in beach flags
Will Fagan 5th in U12 beach sprint
Nubia Mendes 4th U13 beach sprint 6th beach flags
Heidi Cummings 5th U13 beach sprint
Harriet Lowe 5th U14 beach flags

I know also a couple of our juniors made it through to the semi-finals in the board race. We also had many runners in the semi-finals.

Unfortunately for Coogee, the officials decided to cancel all beach relays. Our junior runners were greatly saddened by this as this is what they had focused on and trained so hard for all season. I can say we had at least 4 teams which could have won their event and a good number of other teams which would have medalled. So sorry for the many people who coached our junior runners this year, namely Michael Parsons, Michael Fagan, Paul Kofod, Luke Star, Joey Todd, Justin Richardson, James Moran and Hugh Millar. Thanks also to Humphrey and Dave Habler for training our board paddlers. I am sure there is an army of other people providing water safety and also providing training expertise on weekends. I am just not entirely aware of all of them.

On the way back to my car I ran into our Open patrol competition team. Amy Teale, Rob Illidge, Paul Jefferson, Stu Filman, Andrew Gordon and Anthony Schubitz were finishing off their event. These guys did us proud by winning the event. So Coogee is the champion patrol comp club in NSW. Congratulation team Coogee!

Amy Teale



Well done all. Just a shame the season's big event for our Minnows competitors was such a disaster. I initially spent a bit of time telling all the weather at Aussie titles Ocean Grove in '69 was worse, but by the end of the day on Saturday I had changed my mind and was glad to get out of the joint. Oh well. Move on to next season all!

~ Warwick (Competition Director)

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2013 State Titles at Umina and Ocean Beach.

After last week's State titles at Umina and Ocean Beach we can say Coogee is 16th best competitive club in NSW. That’s out of 65 clubs attending. Our masters are 5th or 8th, depending what result sheet I read. And our juniors, the Minnows, are 17th out of 68 and they'd have been maybe top 10 if we had been able to run the beach relays.

We have to say our masters competitors stormed the beach with results. Coogee Masters have been increasing in size and competitiveness last year and this. We look forward to what they will do at the national titles five weeks from now. Should make a special mention of Phil Pettit who ended up with 6 masters medals: Gold in 150+ Swim Teams, Silver for Board, Silver 130+ Board Relay, Bronze for Tube, Bronze for Surf Race and Bronze for 130+ Taplin Relay.

In the open titles our patrol team (Stu Filman, Andrew Gordon, Rob Illidge, Paul Jefferson, Anthony Schubitz and Amy Teale), proved themselves best in State, and that bronzed Aussie lifesaver, Amy Teale, produced a gold medal effort in the Open Female Champion Lifesaver. Paul Jefferson also did well with a second place in the Open Male. We like to think we are a terrific lifesaving club and these results go a long way toward proving this is true. We should also mention our juniors who went up to give Champion Lifesaver a go. These guys showed great potential and with some training should do well next year. James Hayes was 10th in the U17 Champion Lifesaver and Tara Hayes was 8th in the U17 girls. Lachlan Callaghan also went up but due to the event not being completed on the day he could not finish it. We will form an U17 patrol comp team next year, and I reckon they'll go well.

Another great result was Jessica Thornton winning her U15 sprint by 3 metres. This was a storming run and really devastated the opposition.

One young lad that came out of the background to perform well was Tom Scullion who picked up silver in the U15 2k beach race. Will Mison also ran this race for fourth place.

For the first time ever we had a girls U15 beach relay team (Eliza Cotis, Olivia Karras, Alice Morgan and Jessica Thornton). Cronulla have won this relay event since U8s and their 14s won the Aussies last year.  They normally win by 20-30m.  Coogee came within 1-2m of winning.  The girls only had 1 training session the Thursday before and three of these girls are U14, meaning this was their first ever 90m beach sprint.  Bring on Aussies!

Another big effort we had a U17 board relay team in the final which is a first for us for a decade or so and they finished 12th. Well done Jamie Bargenda, Clay Cantarella and Ben Thornton. Clay is first year U17 so the efforts of this team were exceptional.

In U17s, Benjamin Thornton came 3rd in the Surf swim, 5th in Ironman, 6th in Tube race, 12th in Board relay (with Clayton & Jamie), 10th in Ski semi-final, 10th in Board semi-final came. Jamie Bargenda made the semi finals of the Ironman and Quarter Finals in the board.

If ever you wanted an example of how training makes a difference you need look no further than our U17 male beach relay team. These lads are all first year U17s. Last season in the U15s at state titles, the best we could say about this team was at least they are enjoying themselves. No one turns out for training as well as these lads; Tom Fagan, Ben McDonald and Sean O’Byrne were joined partway through the season by Jackson Deans-Harvey. They ran out of their skins to pick up a silver medal. And to prove that hard work is worth it, Tom Fagan made the semi-finals in the individual sprint. Tom is our best improved athlete this season and has totally amazed us all with his results all season.

Our U19 beach relay team (Hugh Millar, Joey Todd, Jack Harrison and Jack Clarson) finished second. Considering our ladies' 170 years relay also picked up silver we need to wonder if we are doing this all really well or perhaps not so?? The task in hand for all our beach teams is what to change to make these second places gold at the nationals.

In The R&R area we didn't have any open teams start. We had Coogee Red U17 team that finished 4th in both the U17 event and also the U19 event. This team placed 3rd in last year's U17 event at Aussies. The rest of the teams were starting at their first State titles. Coogee Green finished 5th in the U17 event and has made a massive improvement this season. Unfortunately, the girls are not going to Aussies.

The U14 5-person team competed in the U14 event and U15 event placing 4th and 8th. Again, this was their first State competition. The U14 event was held over from the Nippers State titles the weekend prior due to the foul weather.

In the U10 to U13 2-person R&R Eliza Twomey and Sami Gately placed 3rd out of 22 teams. They were originally told they had not qualified for the final but upon closer inspection of the semi-final result cards this proved to be incorrect. So with only a couple of minutes’ notice they marched onto the final and won their medal. Again, this was their first State titles.

The Prawns (Mat Leary, Jason Papadatos, Cameron Upton, Phil Evans, Michael Leary) finished 5th in the Reserve grade final. Great effort when it took 8 rows to get in to the final (around a very long course).

Mat Leary’s colts (The Blues) (Jack Ayoub, Mitch Hardy, Daniel Rafty, Cam Rawson) got to the semi-finals which was also a great effort considering they are first year Colts.

This same Colts crew rowed in the A-men’s division and they missed out by 1 point on advancing through to the 4th round. They knocked out a fare few A crews on the day.



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Rescue 2012 World Title results - Swimming


Christie’s beach Adelaide was the location for Day 1 of the Masters, and things got off to a brilliant start with David 'Lockie' Locke - back at Coogee SLSC following a 12 years absence - taking out the 40-44 years men’s surf race in fine style. Things were looking equally good for Chris 'Hips' Gately in his 50-54 years surf race, as he led for three quarters of the event before the grand piano fell on his back! Totally spent, he was pipped for 3rd place up the beach. Paul 'Pod' Jefferson and Philomena Pettit also competed in the surf races and did well in their respective age groups against strong opposition. 


Day 2 saw the team events take place on a rather fresh morning. The ocean at 17C was definitely the warmest place to be. The wind chill was creating some problems early on and the 110+ years surf teams of Lockie, Hips and Matt Fernandez decided a 'dry land warm up' would be sufficient and not risk getting any colder! It definitely worked; the boys performed extremely well against the other Australian teams as well as a number of big units representing clubs from Canada, Germany and Iran. In tricky, choppy conditions, they took out the Gold medal with the hot showers, coffees and hot chocolates not far behind!


Saturday and Sunday saw the Master’s swimmers move to the Adelaide Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Again Hips and Lockie excelled, competing in their individual events. Lockie impressively took out the 40-44 years 200m obstacle race, setting a World Record in the process though Hip found the going a little tougher in the 200m with another piano getting the better of him in the finals stages of his race, placing 4th. Proving he's a true sprinter, Hips recovered brilliantly in time to take Gold in the 100m manikin with flippers!


The first team event was the 4x50m obstacle relay, which saw Todd Mison join Matt, Hips and Lockie and take the Silver behind a strong Port Hacking team. Despite the great result, the talking point post race was how Todd managed to bang and split the bridge of his nose whilst diving under the 1st obstacle and then proceeding to give himself a fat lip when he went face first into the 2nd obstacle! A trip to the optometrist has been suggested. Todd had the chance to redeem himself an hour later when the boys entered the 4x25m manikin tow, where each swimmer is required to tow a 40kg manikin for 25m and keep its head afloat at all times. Anyone who has done this event would know how tough it is carrying a manikin, even if its only 25m.


Coogee could not match the powerful German club (DLRG Korschenbroich), finishing in second place. We faced further problems when the team was disqualified immediately after the race as the manikin’s head 'allegedly' went underwater during Lockie's leg. A quick review of the video (thanks to Lockie's dad) revealed a tale of porky pies from the official and Coogee was soon re-instated, earning the Silver medal. 


Not long after, Lockie was again protesting his innocence, following his individual 100m manikin tow disqualification - officials denied him 3rd place as they believed he lost control of the manikin outside the 15m zone off the wall. Video footage suggests he had a few issues with the manikin well inside that zone. He soon collected the bronze medal! Perhaps the officials were adjusting to the smell of chlorine that particular morning?


The next day (following an impressive Saturday night bonding session and free dinner at Glenelg SLSC) Hips was magnificent in the 100m manikin tow breaking his age group world record. Unfortunately, the St-Laurent swimmer from Canada (in the following heat) improved Hips' new mark by half a second – handing him the silver. If only he left that last schooner of Coopers alone! Nevertheless, Hips backed that up with a Bronze medal in the 50m manikin carry.


The final event on Sunday was the 4x50m medley relay with Coogee saving their best till last in an event which featured Todd sprint swimming, Matt underwater with flippers, Lockie swimming with the tube and Hip towing Lockie back with flippers. Coogee held off a fast finishing Port Hacking in an exciting race to take Gold. A great result considering the Pork Hacking side had a number of former Australian Royal Life Saving representatives in this race.


We thank everyone for their support over a number of enjoyable days in Adelaide. There is already plenty of talk about the next World Surf Life Saving titles in France 2014.


~ Matt F


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