Ocean Beach Ready To Take On The World

They might be one of the smaller clubs on the NSW Central Coast but when it comes to international representation at this year’s World Lifesaving Championships Ocean Beach SLSC punches well above its weight.

In just over three months a contingent of 7 competitors and three officials will shake off the cold of an Australian winter and travel to The Netherlands where they will test their skills against the best the world has to offer.

Warren Peters, Phillip Tubby, Lee-Anne Grosvenor, Matthew Peters, Alison and Jason Tucker, and Richelle Ingram will all pull on the distinctive blue and maroon cap of Ocean Beach, while Robyn Carr, David Carr, and David Thompson will fly the club flag as officials.

It will largely be on the beach in Noordwijk where this class of 2016 hope to make their mark and this eclectic group of lifesavers are eagerly anticipating their trip.

Experience won’t be an issue for this team with all of these competitors and officials boasting impressive lifesaving resumes, and there are certainly some characters among the group.

Combined the group has travelled to 27 Championships previously bringing home a dozen medals, and with two members of the team making their World Championships debut they won’t have to look too far for inspiration for their own dreams.

Surf Life Saving NSW had the opportunity to interview this close knit team who certainly are in high spirits as they complete their arduous (or perhaps not so arduous) preparations for a tilt at international success.

Here is their story;

What events are you intending to contest in Noordwijk at the World Championships?

Warren Peters

I will be contesting the Beach Flags, Beach Sprint and Beach Relay events.

Phillip Tubby

This Year I’m entered in the Beach Flags, Beach Sprint and Beach Relay events.

Lee-Anne Grosvenor

I will be entering the 2km Beach Run and Relay race.

Matthew Peters

I have entered the 100m Beach Sprints and Beach Flags event.

Alison Tucker

In 2016 I will be competing in the Beach Flags, 2km Beach Run, Beach Sprint and Beach Relay races.

Jason Tucker

This year I intend racing in the Beach Flags, 2km Beach Run, Beach Sprint and Beach Relay events.

Richelle Ingram

I will be competing in Flags, Sprints, 2Km Run and Relay races.

Robyn Carr

I will be an official at this year’s event, but I do have a background in competing, and I am coming up to my ninth season as an official.

David Carr

I will be an officiating at the Championships.

David Thompson

I am currently the International Lifesaving Sport Commissioner for the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships I am the Event Director and have been an official for 30 years.

Can you outline some of your highlights from the 2015/16 summer season?

Warren Peters

• NSW Championships (Umina) 200yrs Beach Relay 3rd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Flags

Phillip Tubby

• NSW Championships (Umina) Beach Sprint 1st
• NSW Championships (Umina) Beach Flags 2nd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Flags 1st
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Sprint 2nd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Relay 3rd

Lee-Anne Grosvenor

• NSW Championships (Umina) Beach Sprint 2nd
• NSW Championships (Umina) 2km Beach Run 2nd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Sprint 2nd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) 2Km Beach Run 2nd

Matthew Peters

In the NSW State Open Flags I placed 7th and I don't recall much else!

Alison Tucker

• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Flags 1st
• Competed at the NSW Championships (Umina)

Jason Tucker

• NSW Championships (Ocean Beach/Umina) Beach Relay 1st
• NSW Championships (Ocean Beach/Umina) 2Km Beach Run 4th
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Relay 3rd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) 2km Beach Run 3rd

Richelle Ingram

• NSW Championships (Ocean Beach/Umina) Flags 1st
• NSW Championships (Ocean Beach/Umina) Relay 3rd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Flags 2nd
• Australian Titles (Mooloolaba Qld) Beach Sprint 2nd

How long have you been involved in Surf Life Saving?

Warren Peters

I first got my Bronze in 1977 with Ocean Beach.

Phillip Tubby

Officially since I was wee nipper but I was conceived in the sand dunes! Summer always revolved around the surf club and still does.

Lee-Anne Grosvenor

I commenced in lifesaving as a high schooler at Scotts Head from 1985-89 and joined Ocean Beach in 2013.

Matthew Peters

I have been involved in the movement since the age of 16.

Alison Tucker

I got my Bronze 8 years ago so I could help out at Nippers water safety.

Jason Tucker

I have been involved in surf lifesaving for 8 years. Ali and I got our bronze so we could help out at Nippers water safety.

Richelle Ingram

I obtained my Bronze Medallion in 1998 and then returned to Surf Life Saving over the last 4 years.

Robyn Carr

I have been a part of the Surf Life Saving family for 45 years.

David Carr

I have been involved now for 25years.

David Thompson

I joined Ocean Beach SLSC back in January 1977 so have been involved in the movement for 39 years.

What attracted you to the sport initially, and what keeps you going?

Warren Peters

I found that I happened to go ok in sprinting and flags and the novelty event. Can’t swim for peanuts though!

Phillip Tubby

Beating my brother was always an attraction!

Lee-Anne Grosvenor

I was attracted by a handsome life saver, and I didn’t want to just sit round watching him at carnivals so I started to compete.

Matthew Peters

What attracted me to the sport was that it is a good reason to keep fit and healthy, and it is always fun to compete with your team. I'm a competitive person as well.

Alison Tucker

The actual competition side of it.

Jason Tucker

The opportunity to test myself and to keep fit.

Richelle Ingram

I have always completed in track events and wanted a new challenge. I love to run and enjoy the friendship that evolves through training and competing.

Robyn Carr

I was attracted to the sporting side of lifesaving because my family was involved as well as friends making it a fun place to be. It really is a good clean sport to be involved with, and there are just so many areas that you can compete in.

I have competed in R&R, craft events, March Past, Lifesaving Events and in my younger years all aspects as well.

David Carr

Friends were involved to begin with, and now my wife and I can be involved together.

David Thompson

The team aspect and camaraderie involved in the sporting side has always been a positive experience.

Have you competed at the World Championships before and what appeals most to you about competing on the world stage?

Warren Peters

I have previously competed at a number of World Titles.

• World Titles (1981 Bali) Open Beach Sprint 2nd
• World Titles (1983 Hawaii) Open Beach Sprint 1st
• World Titles (1988 Southport)
• World Titles (2010 Egypt) Masters Beach Sprint 1st, Flags 1st
• World Titles (2012 Adelaide) Open Beach Sprint 1st
• World Titles (2014 Le Grande Motte France) Masters Beach Sprint 3rd and Flags 1st

What appeals to me most about competing at the World Championships is catching up with friends made from 40 years in surf lifesaving. I also enjoy helping competitors from countries that don’t have the heritage, history and lifesaving experience we have.

Phillip Tubby

My results last time in Australia were;

• World Titles (Glenelg/Adelaide SA) Beach Flags 1st
• World Titles (Glenelg/Adelaide SA) Beach Sprint 3rd

I’m looking forward to testing my skills and abilities against other nations, and pretending that you’re in the Olympics.

Lee-Anne Grosvenor

I love the people, carnival atmosphere and making international lifesaving friends. Last time at Le Grande Motte in France back in 2014 I came first in the Beach Sprint and second in 2km Beach Run.

Matthew Peters

I've competed in the last 4 world titles, it's a great atmosphere and being able to compete against people from around the world is an exciting feeling.

Alison Tucker

This will be my first Worlds, and what appeals to me is not working and having a holiday!

Jason Tucker

This will be my first Worlds, and what appeals to me is travelling overseas and seeing how you go against people from other countries.

Richelle Ingram

I am a Track World Medallist so I am looking forward to a new challenge. Being able to go to the Noordwijk (Netherlands) World Championships is "living the dream."

Robyn Carr

I have been to Southport (Aus), Glenelg (Aus), La Grande Motte (France) and now Noordwijk (Netherlands).

David Carr

This will be my third trip to the World Championships. Glenelg (Aus), La Grande Motte (France) and now Noordwijk (Netherlands)

David Thompson

I have attended 9 World Championships: 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and now 2016.

What appeals most to you about being an official at the world championships?

Robyn Carr

Meeting with officials from all over the world is what appeals to me. We now have international friends that we converse with all the time, and I also enjoy meeting athletes from all over. It is the friendship and comradeship that is a special part about being involved.

David Carr

We now have international friends that we converse with all the time. It is the friendship and comradeship, and it’s a pleasure to meet officials and athletes from all over the world.

David Thompson

The friendship of the ILS International Membership and the opportunity to visit different countries and experience their culture is one of the greatest experiences you gain from being involved with the World Championships.

How has your training been going ahead of September’s event?

Warren Peters

Lots of red wine and keeping up with Lee-Anne Grosvenor, my partner in crime!

Phillip Tubby

Over the years I’ve refined my training regime and found the following is working well for my peak performance.

Summer training is beer and ice cream. When time permits I also like to have a bit of a stretch at the local park.

Winter months consist of a lighter more relaxed approach with red wine and chocolate. These antioxidants assist with the recovery of injuries and conserving energy.

Lee-Anne Grosvenor

Training being a master with family and friends and fulltime busy allied health practice is challenging but going well. Staying uninjured is the trick for us veterans.

Matthew Peters

My training this season has been put together in order to have me ready to go by September.

Alison Tucker

Great! It’s coming along fine.

Jason Tucker

I own my own business and have to travel a lot. Trying to fit training in with work is hard but it’s going good so far.

Richelle Ingram

Training is definitely a work in progress!

Photograph - A happy group of lifesavers. Pictured are representatives from the Ocean Beach who will travel to The Netherlands to take on the world in September.

From left-right Warren Peters, Lee-Anne Grosvenor, Jason Tucker, Robyn and David Carr (back row) and Richelle Ingram, Phillip Tubby and Allison Tucker (front row). David Thompson and Matthew Peters are absent. Photo courtesy of Louise Lambeth/Ocean Beach SLSC

Tue 28 Jun 2016