Moves to grow club

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Margaret River junior surf lifesavers flying the flag during a recent competition in Busselton.
Camera IconMargaret River junior surf lifesavers flying the flag during a recent competition in Busselton. Credit: Carl Wheeler

Margaret River’s newest sporting club is on the hunt for more juniors.

The two-year-old Margaret River Surf Lifesaving Club already has 70 nippers involved in Sunday morning activities at Gnarabup, but the club is keen to grow and eventually establish a proper base in the region.

Club president Aaron McRae told the Times a recent competition in Busselton showed the Margaret River club going from strength to strength.

“We just want to build the club up as best we can and get kids involved in the Woodside Nippers program,” he said.

“In time, we want to be able to offer an adult patrol and competition option.”

Mr McRae said the club committee was already thrilled with the enthusiasm of parents and volunteers who embraced Margaret River’s first surf lifesaving club two years ago.

Juniors going through the Nippers program now would eventually graduate to the youth program and potentially go on to patrol local waters.

Discussions were already taking place with the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River about the club’s future, including summer patrols, as well as future options for a headquarters.

Mr McRae said the best options were at Gnarabup or Riflebutts where the majority of residents swam, but Rivermouth wasn’t suited for juniors due to the surf.

To advance those ambitions, the club needed to show its viability because SLSWA was keen to help establish a permanent base.

A clubhouse would give the group a home for rescue equipment as well as a base to conduct training.

To get involved, check out the club’s Facebook page or visit Gnarabup on Sunday between 8.30am and 10.30am.

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