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Season Reflection from Our Club President

Unbelievably the 2022/23 season is over.  The buzz around the club has been monstrous in recent weeks.  It has been the busiest I can remember with requals and courses mostly before Xmas, patrols and surf sports all season and social events all over the calendar.  Over 1300 Trigg members have worked together to make the season very successful.  Your Directors and Office Bearers have worked with passion, resilience, and determination to make Trigg what it is once again. 

With 36 rescues and nearly 2000 preventative actions, our patrol stats speak for themselves as we look after the most dangerous stretch of metro beach.  I would personally like to thank all patrol teams, especially PCs and VCs for their contribution in keeping the public safe.  For the first time in many years, we participated in the Abalone Patrols which were well attended and supported by SLSWA.  Thanks, Chris and your team for a great year.  It’s been a huge learning curve for you and you continue to impress with your calmness and perspective. 

Educationally we held many new courses and provided skill proficiency opportunities for over 400 members.  Our Ed Team work tirelessly to make that happen and always seeks new helpers.  Sophie you and the team have done an amazing job. Thanks!

Trigg has maintained their fabulous Surf Sports reputation with wins in Seniors and Masters this season.  With a bit of a scare in the Seniors early on we managed to rally together and show the grit and determination that the red, green, and white have become so well known for! Rob your first year in the job has been a full-on one I know you will be back for more and thanks so much.

Over 500 Nippers and their families head to the beach every Sunday morning to soak up the sun and surf and gain valuable skills on and off the beach.  Our AGMs are the best in the business and continue to impress with their hard work and passion.  Thanks, Kev and team for all you give to our future. 

The running of the club would be an absolute mess if not for our paid staff.  Bron, Amber, and Mozzie hats off to you all for what you do – above and beyond the call of duty with many extra hours put in for the love of Trigg.  Thanks, Hayden for continuing to bring new ideas and overseeing the Club’s Admin.  We certainly keep building on our great reputation.  Pete being Club Captain is not an easy one thanks for all you do to help other Directors and the paid team.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone involved in the Aussies, not just for the past 10 days, but for the months leading up to this great event.  Countless hours of preparation and implementation have occurred behind the scenes to support such an event.  Our club has been praised to a remarkable level for our hospitality, teamwork, and volunteerism by the officials of SLSA, as well as many clubs and their competitors.  We should be proud!  The athletes have performed at an amazing level, congratulations to everyone.  Personally, I would like to thank Norm Waldeck, who took on the Aussies Coordination role for me and along with his hard-working committee has put us on the map as a truly unbelievable host club. Norm you have been a godsend (and Marie as your right-hand woman!)  To all the other tireless volunteers,  I won’t name you for fear of missing some out, but a heartfelt thank you.

A Club Review has been performed looking at how we can make Trigg better and those ideas will be presented to the membership soon.  Thanks, Jon for your work on this – many hours of interviews and surveys will result in some changes for the better and I am personally looking forward to that opportunity. 

Finally, my initial term of 1 year as President is ending.  Of course, I would love to continue in the position if that is what the membership wants.  Keep an eye on the AGM date to come in June and get involved in your club. If there is an area that we can improve, put your hand up and make a difference.

Thanks, everyone already looking forward to next season.

Cas Ryan


Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club acknowledges the traditional owners, the Whadjuk People of the Noongar Nation, of the beach on which we work and play. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and are grateful for their continuing connection to the land, sea and sky.