Taree-Old Bar Rebuilds

While they didn’t come home with any medals from the Stramit Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks, the small contingent of competitors from Taree-Old Bar SLSC did not go unnoticed.

The club’s distinctive blue and red caps have been absent from the surf carnival scene for a few seasons while the club has been in administration, but the members are back on the beach now and working to rebuild, including in the competition area.

Taree-Old Bar’s boaties are leading the charge and Club President and boat sweep Ben Stevenson says his Open Women crew put in a solid performance over the weekend.

“As a club we are very much in recovery mode with the focus on getting our patrols together,” said Stevenson. “Now we’re back, we’re having a go and hope to be a bit more competitive next year across all events.”

The women’s crew have competed at a couple of local boat carnivals this season but for the girls it’s all about getting back on the water again and building for the next season.

“The girls are going fairly well, the style is developing, but we’re just missing that regular training to get it together. It’s promising, but we’ve got a bit of work ahead of us yet.”

Stevenson hopes to pull crews together in other divisions too and is looking to bring in a couple of sweeps and trainers who are now living in the area to try to gain a bit of momentum.

With the club now at 150 members and increasing, Stevenson says after coming off a very low base, things are starting to look up.

“Our Nippers program is going well and is attracting a lot of interest, new people are coming in and many of the Nippers parents are going to be good surf club members and potentially good competitors in their own right.”

Photograph - The Open Women are delighted to be representing Taree - Old Bar in the boat at South west Rocks (top) and in action at the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Championships (below)

Thu 11 Feb 2016