Bunbury surf life savers dive into training

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club nippers and 2018 State Champions James Kiely and Olivia Doddy dive into training ahead of summer.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club nippers and 2018 State Champions James Kiely and Olivia Doddy dive into training ahead of summer. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

While cooler weather is hanging around Bunbury, it is not stopping the city’s beach lifesavers from diving into their training ahead of summer.

City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club has been in training since May and with registration around the corner, the club is hoping to hit a milestone this season.

President Denise Duncan said the aim was 800 members, up from an impressive 748 already on the books.

“We’re relying on retaining our membership but also bringing some new members in to really increase the family,” Mrs Duncan said.

“We really want people to get involved because the more people we have, the more patrolling members we have and the safer the beaches.

“We’ve got the new club rooms too, so it’s really social and a real family environment.”

City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club nippers and 2018 State Champions James Kiely and Olivia Doddy dive into training ahead of summer.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club nippers and 2018 State Champions James Kiely and Olivia Doddy dive into training ahead of summer. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The club has still been impressing during the off-season with nippers James Kiely and Olivia Doddy crowned State Champion Athletes for 2018 in their age groups.

“They did outstandingly at the State Championships in March and of course they’re keen to back that up with another great season,” Mrs Duncan said.

“So we’re looking forward to a great season.”

The club’s patrol efforts will be bolstered by a new observation tower set to be installed at Koombana Bay before the start of summer.

“This is going to be very exciting because that’ll bring Koombana Bay into promoting our club, but most importantly that’s where most people are now with families,” Mrs Duncan said.

“So if we’re over there keeping them safe, that’s what we want to do.”

The club’s registration night for new members is September 14.

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