Friday 27thth January 2023


A huge thanks to all of the Cole Classic team for making the 41st Cole Classic the best ever. With 4603 registered swimmers, it was the largest Cole yet and the biggest swim in Australia for 2023.

Hundreds of Members and friends of Manly LSC volunteered on Sunday and made the event a resounding success – everyone’s contribution was important whether you spent a few hours or a few days (yep – some Members did) volunteering for the event. The Cole Classic is the Club’s major fundraising event and important to our future success.

A particular thank you must go to the Cole Classic Committee led by John Thomson.

Feel proud Manly LSC- you absolutely deserve it!

This event could not have happened without the financial support of our Cole Classic Sponsors – Thank you to Speedo, Hamilton Island, Altis Property Partners, Okanui, Cadigal, Whar Bar Manly Beach, Cryo and DMC Fins.

Please support these businesses because they support you!

Manly LSC were very well represented in the Cole Classic swims with Hayden Cotter and Ollie Signorini finishing 1st and 2nd in the 2km Elite Male event. If you were lucky enough to watch the race – it was spectacular. Other excellent results were Alisha Cuthbert who had an outstanding swim in 5km event against much older swimmers, Denise Elder winning her age division (again) and Simon Fraser also getting on the podium. Be sure to check out the race photos and results at www.coleclassic.com.au

During the racing of the Cole Classic, we hosted a brunch for the Club’s current sponsors, Cole Classic sponsors, Life Members, local MPs, Club patrons, councillors and some other special guests. The event was a success and we would like to thank all those Members who attended.


Saturday 11th January

Patrol 13 led by Victoria O’Halloran
Patrol 12 led by Leoni Graham

Sunday 12th January

Patrol 11 led by Lance Brooks
Patrol 10 led by Paul Fraser

Don’t forget to also join the Manly LSC Super Subs Facebook page!

Patrol 1 received a Branch Audit on Saturday afternnon. They recieved an almost perfect score wiht the assistance of Patrol 2 and in particular, Lloyd Osbon for setting the beach up perfectly in the morning. The score is a credit to our team work – Well done!

Repost from Manly Nippers Page: I just want to give a special mention to two of our young nippers who have both rescued members of the public and saved their lives over the last four weeks.

Tom McMurtry and his dad Andy have done to successful rescues off north styne in the last four weeks with one of the patients requiring urgent care after the event . These members of the public would not be here without having Tom and Andy walking by north styne to save their lives after getting caught in a rip .Tom had said he grabbed someone’s bodyboard and paddled out and gave to the man to float on while his dad swam out to assist and they both brought back to the beach . Well done team Mcmurty
Secondly yesterday Saxon Goodwin met his dad after a surf yesterday at 7pm all surfers gone home and they noticed a man in trouble . Tom Goodwin instructed Saxon that he needed to race out and get this man that was going under caught in a rip again up near North Steyne . Saxon paddled out on his own gave the man his board to float on and then once calm assisted him back to the beach all on his own. He then required assistance from paramedics as well.

We encourage kids to train and get better with their skills for this very reason and without having this knowledge these three men may not have gone home to their families . Competition is amazing and fun also but saving someones life is so rewarding and you should be proud of yourselves. Well done boys and Andy for quick thinking and using your skills three very lucky men . – Rachel Kember


Another successful weekend at the Branch Beach last weekend with both our Opens/Masters on Saturday and Juniors on Sunday both finishing in 2nd place on the Beach point score. Congratulations Team Manly!
Currently, Manly remains in 1st Place in the combined point score with a few events, including First Aid and Boats to be held this weekend.
1ST – MANLY on 1413 points
2nd – NORTH CURL CURL on 920 points
3rd – NEWPORT on 895 points
For a full list of results please see the links below to the individual championships
Junior Water – https://liveheats.com/events/94403
Opens & Masters Water – https://liveheats.com/events/94404
Opens & Masters Beach – https://liveheats.com/events/95451
Junior Beach – https://liveheats.com/events/95549


This weekend sees the final 2 rounds of the Summer of Surf Series. On Friday it is the make up round for the Manly Open and then Saturday is the Shannon Eckstein Ironman Classic. Good Luck to all our competitors heading to the Gold Coast for this event. All finals can be watched on 7plus.
If you would like to keep up to date with the racing as it unfold, please follow on this link https://liveheats.com/events/31069


Last Weekend the Nutri Grain Next Gen Ironman series was held, with the top finishing Male and Female earning a spot in the Nutri Grain Iron series for next season. Manly was represented by Tilla Garrett and Charlotte Ward. The conditions were tricky but both girls had a great time and gained a lot of experience. Tilla had a great round 1 finishing 9th overall. Go Tilla!


Last weekend saw the final 2 rounds of the Nutri Grain Iron series be held at Kurrawa beach. Manly’s Kendrick Louis had a great weekend finishing 5th in the final round on Sunday and finished 13th Overall after all rounds. Former Manly member, Naomi Scott had 2 podium finishes across the weekend finishing with a first place in the final round, to end her series in 11th overall.


It is that time of year already.

The Honours committee of Manly LSC is calling for nominations for the Distinguished Service Award and Life Membership. Any nomination should be sent to the Secretary at Secretary@manlylsc.com  by 7th March, 2023.

Nominations should contain club history of nominated member and reasons supporting the nomination that satisfy the relevant criteria.

The criteria for these awards is set out in the Constitution (on our website – include link Kelly) and summarised below:

Distinguished Service Award

A Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to a member who has given extraordinary service to the Manly LSC or by virtue of a Meritorious rescue performed by the member/s. Members can be awarded more than one Distinguished Service Award if they continue to perform extraordinary service over a long period. Normally a Club Life Member would not be awarded this Award, as Life Membership is the highest Club honour, however, if a member who has been awarded a Life Membership and continues to perform an extraordinary service to the Club, the Club may present this award.

Life Membership.

Life Membership is the highest honour at Manly LSC and as such is a significant and important award of respect and represents recognition by members of extraordinary and exceptional service to the Club by another member, the majority of which has been served with Manly.

The criterion for Life Membership is the performance of extraordinary and exceptional service as well as:

• A minimum of 20 years membership of a surf lifesaving club, the majority of which has been served with MLSC.

• A minimum of eight years service as an active patrolling member in good standing at any club.

• A minimum of fifteen years service to MLSC as an Officer of the Club or in rare cases by representing MLSC and providing distinguished services to lifesaving in any other capacity for that period.


After success in 2022, SLSA NSW is supporting Rainbow Beaches again in 2023. The event will take place across New South Wales surf life saving clubs on Saturday, 18 February 2023. Members and Patrols are encouraged to display rainbow colours on our patrols and at the beach. More information is available at www.lifesaverswithpride.com.au


The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) invites you to share your views on shark mitigation at ocean beaches in NSW.

The NSW Government has invested over $85 million until 2026 to continue rolling out trialled shark mitigation technologies along the NSW coastline.

This annual survey seeks to measure sentiments about shark mitigation approaches currently used in NSW (see current program here) and confidence in the Program.

The current Program includes:
• SMART (Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time) drumlines
• Tagged shark listening stations
• Drone surveillance
• Shark meshing
• Community education and engagement programs
• Research
• Partnerships with Surfing NSW and Surf Life Saving NSW

The survey takes around 10 minutes and can be accessed here. Please note the survey is open until Sunday, 19 February 2023.


Don’t forget you can send any club related news through to admin@manlylsc.com for inclusion in the newsletter.


Saturday 4th February – Opens/Masters and March Past Branch Championships
Sunday 5th February – Cole Classic @ Manly
Sunday 5th February – Junior Beach, Patrol Comp and Champion Lifesaver Branch Championships

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