New Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club life members, Andrew Arthur and Kris Southwell.
New Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club life members, Andrew Arthur and Kris Southwell.

Celebrations mark club's 75 years

Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club had a full line-up of events last weekend to celebrate their 75 years of keeping the visitors to their beach safe from harm.

Members both past and present met at the Hotel Brunswick on Friday evening for the beginning of a weekend of festivities to mark the historic event.

Saturday night featured the anniversary dinner at the Brunswick Bowling Club and 200 people gathered for a night of celebrations and fellowship. The highlight of the evening was the induction of two new life members.

Kris Southwell is the Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club's first female life member and has been the club secretary for 11 years.

Like many members of surf lifesaving, Kris began as a nipper parent and went on to gain her bronze medallion and become a patrolling member at Brunswick. Kris has also held several other positions at the club and for the Far North Coast Branch of Surf Lifesaving. She has also represented Brunswick on a competitive level and is a competition official, she is a dedicated fundraiser and she holds 37 SLSA qualifications.

The club's youngest life member, Andrew Arthur, joined Brunswick as a nipper when he was five. He gained his bronze medallion in 1987 and began patrolling the beach.

Andrew's competitive passion was IRB racing and during his competitive years he won four Australian titles. Andrew has also held many positions in the club including club president and club captain.

His current position is power craft captain. Andrew comes from a family with a long history with the club and he met his wife, Jess, at Brunswick Surf Club. Andrew is already talking about the day his baby daughter Ruby can join as a nipper, just a short five years from now.

Brunswick SLSC is lucky to have a well documented history and several members who are interested in preserving the history of the club.

The club's original and finest historian was life member Reg Byrnes who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Reg has written a book with a complete history of the club up to the final 15 years. Early this year Reg approached Ray Linabury to assist him with the next instalment of the book. Ray has done a fine job with the latest chapter in the club's history and word has quickly gotten around that the mantle of club historian has been put into good hands.

Sunday morning members met at the Brunswick clubhouse for an open house and brunch. The day also marked the beginning of the nipper season and a large group of eager new members forgot the rain to begin the season. The beach was closed so activities for the nippers were limited to the sand and the rough seas provided a perfect opportunity for a lesson on surf awareness.

For more information about Brunswick SLSC and Brunswick Nippers go to www.brunswickslsc.org

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