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Chris enjoys ‘A Moment in Time’

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A ‘Moment in Time’ – May 2019

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Chris celebrates -milestone birthday 60

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Chris and Sue with the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

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Sue sent in these two pics above of birthday boy Chris on his 60th, celebrating at the Mollymook Beach Hut cafe Monday, May 13 with fellow Mollymook Ocean swimmers. Sue mentioned that this fabulous cake was the first cake Chris had ever made, and he iced it himself! It was an almond meal and walnut layer cake with cream cheese and butter icing, happily devoured by all.

Swimmers trip to Narooma and Mystery Bay

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers excursion to Narooma, Mystery Bay and Central Tilba.

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Wagonga Inlet, Narooma – ‘Open Water’ Swim 

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Photos and commentary courtesy Greg Young: Mollymook Ocean Swimmers enjoy a great weekend away. The group began by meeting up at Mogo for coffee before driving onto Narooma for a swim in Wagonga Inlet. Entering the water at the jetty near the bridge they were greeted by a local seal, string ray and plenty of fish. The water in Wagonga Inlet was a beautiful crystal clear turquoise colour, that had a serenity and calming effect. In fact the name Narooma is said to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘clear blue waters’.

After the Narooma swim , they all went to Tilba Valley Winery , for wine samples and a late lunch , before heading to Greg’s property for camp fire BBQ dinner and camping.

The following morning it was off to Mystery Bay for a swim. Some swam in the inner channel whilst others took to the area out past the rocks. Next stop was Central Tilba for coffee and breakfast, prior to their journey back to Mollymook. Brief but a great weekend away, enjoyed by all.

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2019 Annual Mollymook Ocean Swim

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – 2019 was our biggest turnout of local swimmers.

The 2019 Annual Mollymook Ocean Swim was undertaken by 189 swimmers in near perfect ocean swimming conditions. Winner Jordan White completed the 2.2km  swim in 25:13 The following link for the full list of results:  Mollymook Ocean swim results

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Mollymook Surf Club GOLD 2019 Aussie titles

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GOLD, GOLD, SILVER, SILVER & SILVER to the Mollymook Surf Club athletes.

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Mollymook’s medal winners celebrate their success in the beach Flags events

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U/17 Male: GOLD medal to Sammy Zustovich and SILVER medal to Jack Bridges 

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A momentous day for the Mollymook Surf Club at the Aussie titles. All five entrants for the beach flag events progressed through the many heats to qualified for the finals. Viz. Open Female: Kate Lewis and Payton Williams, U/19 Female: Payton Williams, U/19 Male: Brock Scrivener, U/17 Male: Sammy Zustovich and Jack Bridges with Sammy also contesting the Open Flags.

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Mollymook athletes won medals in four of the six finals run under floodlights at this gala Saturday evening event. Sammy won GOLD in the U/17 male and SILVER in the Open male flags. Brock won GOLD in the U/19 male flags, Payton claimed SILVER in the U/19 female flags as did Jack Bridges claim SILVER in the U/17 male flags.

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Full credit to their coach Daniel Robberds who was instrumental in achieving these amazing results from brilliant young athletes causing Mollymook, Mollymook, Mollymook to resonate among the huge crowd present throughout this evening event.

Mollymook GOLD at 2019 Aussie Surf Titles

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GOLD, Sammy Zustovich, Mollymook Surf Club – U/17 Beach Sprint, BEST in AUSTRALIA.

(140 entries in U/17 Male Beach Sprint).

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U/17 Male GOLD MEDAL, Sammy Zustovich, Mollymook Surf Club. 

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U/19 Female SILVER MEDAL, Payton Williams, Mollymook Surf Club

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2019 Aussie Surf Titles on the Qld. Gold Coast attracted 6500 competitors from over 200 clubs throughout Australia.

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Today the Beach Sprint Finals took place at Broadbeach whilst many of the water events were transferred to Kirra Beach due to the surf conditions.

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Mollymook Surf Club was represented in the beach sprint finals by: Payton Williams in the U/19 Female finals, Brock Scrivener in the U/19 Male finals and Sammy Zustovich in the U/17 Male finals . 

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To appreciate the magnitude of their efforts, the U/19 males had 83 entries, the U/17 males 140 entries and the U/19 females 71 entries. Heats were initially run with 9 in each heat and the first 4 progressing through to the next round.

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It was ‘nail biting’ stuff with the best in Australia competing in the these finals.

Payton Williams was the first Mollymook Surf Club athlete to line up in a star studded field. There was nothing in the finish with Payton claiming the SILVER medal.
Brock Scrivener was Mollymook Surf Club’s second finalist. He put in an awesome performance just to miss out on a placing as the top five sprinters crossed the line almost together.
Sammy Zustovich was Mollymook Surf Club’s 3rd finalist to line up at the start. Absolute blistering pace saw Sammy cross for GOLD in another star studded field.
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2019 Aussie Surf Titles – Day 3

Dani Holt, Mollymook. Her first race at the Aussie Surf Titles.  A BIG Surf had arrived overnight. 

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Waves breaking out beyond the swim buoys

2019 Aussie titles day 3

Danielle Holt of the Mollymook Surf Club competed in the U/17 Female surf race. There were 5 heats with upwards of 30 girls in each heat with the first 15 proceeding through to round 2. Dani missed out by only two places. The surf conditions were appalling. Full credit to Dani (competing for Warilla) for such a gutsy swim in such difficult conditions.

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2019 Aussie Surf Titles – Qld.

 

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Mollymook 200 years Male crew: 5th in the Final

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Dave Tudor-Jones: 5th, Final 45-49 Years Male Board Race

2019 Aussie Surf Titles, Broardbeach Qld. Where the BEST compete against the BEST!

Mollymook’s 200 year Male Boat crew put in an amazing effort against the best in Australia to come through the 3 heats and qualified for the semi-finals. In the semi they put in a blinder and came home in 1st position. In the final they had some incredible competition, they held their own in the lead group on the trip to the turning buoy but did not get a good run home and finished 5th. A fabulous effort. (Crew members: Russ Bartlett, Paul Newman, Craig Matthews, Kevin Whitford and sweep, Gus Brook.)

 

Similarly Dave Tudor-Jones in the 45-49 male events put up an huge effort in the heats to qualify for the semi’s and then the final of the board race to finish 6th. Later in the ski race he qualified 6th in the heat, followed by a 5th in the semi and 10th in the final. Likewise in the iron-man Dave came in 10th.

The quality of the competition can be seen from entrants such as former Australian Iron-man champion Guy Andrews winning the 45-49 Male iron-man and Grant Kenny winning the 55-59 Male iron-man events.

2019 Broulee Ocean Swim

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Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim: The Movers and Shakers

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Photo credit John Hicks. ‘Five year Swimmers’ presented with shirts to honour their five years of continuous participation. Mollymook swimmer Ray Ackerman (3rd from the left) competed for the sixth time this year.

 

Tim Mooney sourced the above pic and filed this report on the Broulee Ocean Swim:

“A small crew from Mollymook swam in this years Broulee Bay to Breakers 1.4km swim. (the actual distance was 1.525km as swum). Perfect conditions were a treat to swim in for the record 400 plus registered swimmers. A tiny swell made navigation between the oversize bouys a no brainer. A large number of safety craft were on attendance and things went relatively smoothly. On the home stretch there was the occasional wave but for the majority of people it was a swim all the way. The water temp was 21.6 and the swim time air temp was 19. All competitors received their 2019 t-shirts (see person far right in pic) along with other sponsored goodies.

Post swim presentation was well attended and several drink and food stations throughout the club house provided hearty BBQ delights. The surf club bar opened soon after the race completion. A relaxing time was had by all”.

Mollymook Swimmers results:

Lena Rassmann, over 20, 23:08, placing 2/21

Greg Young, over 40, 22:27 (adjusted time), placing: 5/43

Tim Mooney, over 60, 27:09, placing: 5/28

Ray Ackerman, over 70, 36:57, placing: 6/10

2019 NSW State Surf Titles Update

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Some Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Row Boats

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The Mollymook Ladies getting smashed by a vicious shore break

 

NSW State Surf Titles – Masters Day 1 & 2

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2019 – NSW State Surf Championships – MASTERS Competition, Days 1 & 2.

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Coogee Competitor winning the 30-35 years Female Flags

Above is an example of the skill evident among the MASTERS competitors at the NSW Surf Championships being held at Swansea-Belmont’s, Blacksmiths Beach. In very tough competition Mollymook competitors made numerous finals and were reward with Bronze medals in the 2 km Beach Run and the Ski Relay.

Clean Up Australia Day – A great success!

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach, Collers and the Cemetery

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Education Program Manager, Australia wide for ‘Take 3 for the Sea’, Monica Mudge was at Mollymook this morning and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the number of volunteers who turned up for today’s ‘Clean up Australia Day’ at Mollymook Beach.

The backbone of the Mollymook Beach clean up was and usually is the Mollymook Beach Ocean swim group and their spouses/partners. Today the swimmers commenced their morning swim early to ensure they were ready to start at 8.00 am. They were also joined by some members of the public as well as the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ surf club nippers led by youngster Julie Armstrong.

With such a large turn out of volunteers, they were able to collect rubbish along the entire length of Mollymook Beach from the north end to the south end, around to Collers Beach, the Golf Club course and parking area, the cemetery and adjoining  streets/gutters/path ways.

Rubbish included a bike riding helmet, old discarded building items and some old clothing. Volunteers mentioned that the worst offenders were those leaving their cigarette butts everywhere. Other volunteers mentioned how this year the cemetery was no where near as bad as past years with the amount of plastic flowers blown all over the cemetery. Being so close to the ocean this type of un-managed rubbish which finds its way onto our park lands, beaches and even into the ocean was less than past years and gratitude was expressed towards those that have taken this issue to heart.

Volunteers enjoyed coffee, muffins & freshly baked scones provided gratis by the Mollymook Golf Club at the conclusion of the ‘Clean Up’.

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach. Sunday March 3 at 8.00 am

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach.

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Mark the date: Sunday March 3

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Meet at the Mollymook Surf Club at 8.00 am

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Plan to finish at 9.00 am “Many hands make light work”

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Followed by Coffee and cake at the Golf Club for all helpers

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Could the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and Take 3 for the sea supporters let Moni or Ken know if you can help so we can provide numbers to the Golf Club.

 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Book – DRAFT

 

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DRAFT Cover

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Email from Graeme Wolfenden last night, and swimmers Garry H. and John L. asking me this morning for a progress update. So I sent an email to Chris who responded with the attached pages of his draft, progress to date. (This draft covers some of the introductory pages in response to Graeme W. kind request). I’m sure we will be happy with his finished product, he is an expert in this field. So here is a brief insight into what we can expect, a book about us Mollymook swimmers. (An error or two in this draft to be corrected). 

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2019 South Coast surf titles at Mollymook

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2019 South Coast Branch surf titles held at Mollymook Beach

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Above: Ellie Beecham, Narooma and Sammy Zustovich, Mollymook  winning GOLD in their respective Flags Final.

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Mollymook Athletes Excel at the South Coast Branch Surf Titles

The South Coast Branch Surf Life Saving titles were held at Mollymook Beach this past Saturday February 16, 2019. Branch clubs include: Warilla-Barrack Point, Shellharbour, Kiama Downs, Kiama, Gerringong, Shoalhaven Heads, Nowra-Culburra, Sussex Inlet and Mollymook.

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Scroll down for Mollymook competitor results.

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South Coast Wine Show 2019

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South Coast Wine Show 2019 – Held at the Mollymook Golf Club

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2019 South Coast Wine Show

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David Morris and Wally Cuppit (Cuppit Wines)

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The 20th annual South Coast Wine Show was opened to public tasting on Friday January 18 following judging that took place the previous day. Wines from the South Coast Zone included the Shoalhaven Coast & Southern Highlands.

The judging panel of three was chaired by David Morris of Morris Wines, Rutherglen, assisted by Nick O’Leary of O’Leary Wines, Lake George – Bungendore and Deb Pearce, Southern Highlands.