From the President’s Deck [71]

By Michael Steinfeld

The 2008 Rock’n’Roll has come and gone. What a great event it was. For me the highlight had to be the gadget competition. What a laugh. I cannot recall a similar event that had a lot of the members standing up, talking and making people laugh. What a creative bunch we are!

So much experience and good humour was shared the entire weekend. The weather especially on the Saturday was ideal to paddle out and wander around the magical Tollgate Islands.

Nigel Dennis manufactures kayaks; he is also one of the UK’s top instructors. He was invited to Australia for the benefit of both the Victorian and NSW clubs and he imparted some valuable knowledge. At our Rock’n’Roll, Nigel watched the forward paddle technique of many members and advised mostly shortening the paddle length to avoid some shoulder and arm injuries. He also discussed similarities and differences between the UK and the Australian Canoeing award system. I thought that the substantial differences were few but our system certainly appears simpler. Both John Kirk-Anderson and Nigel provided us with wonderful media presentations of their paddling experiences and gave generously of their expertise informally to many members throughout their visits.

First aid courses are being offered by the club courtesy of Bruce McNaughton, an experienced St John Ambulance first aid trainer and club member. He is putting together a most interesting remote first aid course to be held over three days in August. Check out the calendar. You just never know when you will need to use first aid.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 27 July 2008 at 3 pm at the Bundeena RSL Club, Loftus Street, Bundeena. We look forward to as many members as possible attending. Any resolution you would like to discuss should be sent to the secretary seven days before the meeting.

A number of the committee members will call it a day and here is your chance support our club and give your time and effort back. Outgoing committee members are: Adrian Clayton, who has led an excellent training program this year; David Hipsley, who has organised the great variety of trips available and in previous years was responsible for club training; and Stephan Meyn, who has been the pillar of the organising committee for Rock’n’Roll. Adrian, David and Stephan will continue to contribute to the club in various ways.

Lastly, I would like to thank the many members who volunteer their time and expertise to the club either as instructors, leaders, assessors or as committee members. Our club runs on the goodwill of its volunteers; don’t take them for granted.

Until next time
Michael Steinfeld