OUR PROUD HISTORY

In the early 1900s, the Northern Beaches area was becoming a popular tourist destination. The beach from Collaroy to North Narrabeen was being visited increasingly by people keen to bathe in the surf and the locals were concerned that visitors could get into trouble in the unprotected surf. Other beaches were forming surf clubs e.g. Freshwater, Narrabeen and Bondi. With this in mind, a group of locals met on 11 August 1911 to discuss the setting up of a surf club at the beach, later to be known as Collaroy.

Thus, Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club was formed. The beach was named after the ship S.S. Collaroy which was beached there in September 1880, and was stuck there for four years, although the locals didn’t start to call the area Collaroy until the 1900s.

The first club house was built during the first season – 1911/12 and the club’s emblem – a seagull atop a life saving buoy was designed. This emblem is still the club’s emblem today.

In 1914, the club affiliated with the Surf Bathers Association, the forerunner of the Surf Life Saving Association of today, and Collaroy’s members began to train for their Surf Bronze Medallions. The first group received their Medallions in December 1914, and the club was well on its way to being a full fledged Surf Life Saving Club.

Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club is one of the largest clubs on the Northern Beaches, with over 600 members, and one of the largest in New South Wales. It boasts numerous Australian, NSW and branch Champions in its membership.
To view the 2004 Amended Objects & Rules – The Collaroy Constitution click HERE

LIFE MEMBERS

Life Membership of Collaroy SLSC is one of the greatest achievements a surf lifesaver can aspire to.

The following list of people have all made outstanding contributions to our club and have been rewarded with Life Membership. Where listed * indicates deceased.

Honour Blazer (6)

Chequer, Ralph *
Goodman, W (Bill) OAM)
Graham, Doug *
Ison, John*
Leathley, Alan*
Montgomery, Neil OAM
Twight, R (Dick) (OAM)*

Life Members (50)

Abbott, W (Bill)*
Booth, Paul
Bruce, Graeme
Cameron, Austin *
Carlisle, Graham (OAM)*
Chapman, A B (Mick)
Chequer, Bert *
Chequer, Ralph *
Chequer, W B *
de Kort, Paul
Dellitt, Austin *
Donohue, Frank *
Evans, John *
Evans, Max *
Farrell, I J (Jonathan)
Forbes, William *
Goodman, W (Bill) (OAM)
Graham, Doug *
Greenwood, Arch *
Hall, Frank *
Hardy, W (Bill)*
Isaacs, Raymond
Ison, John*
Langbein, R (Bob)
Leathley, Alan
Lee, John *
Lytham, Richard
Macqueen, Rod (AM)
MacMahon, Gregory
McGrigor, Wallace*
McKie, Karen
McKie, Kenyon
McDonald, Hector (OAM)*
Meyn, Harry *
Mitchell, W (Bill) *
Montgomery, Chris
Montgomery, Neil (OAM)
Montgomery, Peter *
Newman, Colin
Perry, David
Pring, Thomas*
Proctor, Charles E(Chic)*
Rankin, John *
Redwood, George*
Sheldon, Athol *
Small, Geoffrey
Sullivan, Manus *
Twight, R (Dick) (OAM)*
Twight, Stan Snr*
Walsh, Laurie

Life Members — War Service 1914-1918 (37)

Abbot, H W *
Abbot, R N *
Ball, A *
Basser, N *
Blakeman, P E *
Blayden, N *
Borig, H*
Borig, L *
Brissenden, E M *
Brown, G *
Casey, N *
Connell, T *
Davidson, A *
Dellitt, G S *
Donaldson, K *
Doucherty, A *
Ellis, W *
Gillies, A *
Goldsborough, J J *
Hirons, J *
Hirch, P *
Hunter, H R *
Hunter, W *
King, J J *
Lee, A *
Lee, L *
Lee, W *
Ludowici, H *
McKinnon, J *
Quinn, L *
Ryrie, Sir G De L *
Sheldon, L A *
Shepherd, W *
Smith, T *
Solomons, E *
Tindale, F *
Wilson, W *

LIFE MEMBERS

 

2015-16 COMMITEE MEMBERS

President
Greg Broome
sultan04@optusnet.com.au 

Vice-President
Geoff Small
gmsmall@optusnet.com.au

Captain
Luke Hochkins
captain@collaroysurfclub.com.au

Treasurer
Neil Armstrong
neil.armstrong@optusnet.com.au

Secretary
Phil Mickan
collaroysecretary@gmail.com

JAB “Nipper” Chairman
Darryl Gilmartin
darryl_collaroynippers@bigpond.com

GENERAL COMMITTEE

Registrar

Janine Fahey

snaylor123@optusnet.com

Boat Captain
David Hopper
dhopper@kaipara.com.au

Board & Ski Captain
Greg Armstrong

IRB Captain
Saxon Lysaught-Wheeler 
irbcaptaincollaroy@gmail.com

R & R Captain
Todd Ware

Beach Captain  
Craig Williams
craig@maxlawsoncarpets.com.au 

Masters Captain

Race Secretary
Chris Montgomery
chris@plateaufoods.com.au 

Competition Director
Janine Black
jblack@ricoh.com.au 

Chief Instructor  
Liz Green
chiefinstructorcollaroy@gmail.com

Radio Officer
Greg MacMahon
greg.macmahon@bigpond.com

Gear Steward
Norm Chaffer

First Aid Officer
Greg MacMahon
greg.macmahon@bigpond.com

Sponsorship Officer
Greg Broome
sponsorship@collaroysurfclub.com.au

Venue Manager  
Martin Bowyer
martin.a.bowyer@team.telstra.com

Publicity Officer
Richard Trim
richardtrim@bigpond.com

Administration Manager
Bill Goodman OAM

JAB “Nippers” Delegate
Craig Thomas
craig.thomas@ajaluminium.com.au

Branch Delegate
Geoff Small

Junior Liaison Officer
Vacant

Internal. Liaison Officer
Vacant

Honorary Medical Officer
Dr Michael Armstrong

Honorary Solicitor 
Robert Storey

Honorary Auditor
Raymond Kemsley & Co

Honorary Photographer
Bill Sheridan

Non-Committee Position
Tony Aouad, Peter MacMahon, Justine Hopper, Andrew Sole

ORDER BOOK

3If you would like make an enquiry about the book “Vigilant and Victorious”, please email our secretary on

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