ANZAC Exchange opportunity…

ANZAC Exchange

ANZAC Exchange

The ANZAC Exchange will take place this coming season again after being AWOL for a while.
A team of young Team Toa lifeguards will travel to Torquay, Victoria, Australia and then host an Aussie team back here in NZ over summer.
The Team will experience how lifeguard-ing is carried out in Victoria gaining valuable guarding and leadership skills. A key aim of the exchange is to pro-mote excellence and reward our young motivated members.

The ANZAC Team will consist of one Leader and up to three candidates. A description of the criteria for each is be-low:
Candidates shall be seen as a role model within the club, have a team attitude and takes up opportunities.
E.g. IRB Crewman’s and First Aid Courses.

They will be:

  • Age 15 and over at the date of the exchange and hold a Lifeguard Award.
  • Be involved in the junior surf programme or lifeguard training and show a high level of leadership values within the club.
  • Complete a pool swim of 800metres in a time of 15:30 minutes or less.
  • Take part in any training sessions on boards made available that season and be able to ride a board out past the breakers and in to shore.
  • Run 1.5km in 10 minutes on the soft sand.
  • Complete a surf swim of 200 meters with no fins and no tube.
  • Complete a tube rescue with fins.
  • The fitness tests will be carried out after the selection has been approved but it is expected that the candidate will be able to complete all tests prior to travel.

The leader shall be someone who is responsible for the candidates such as a senior member of the club or parent. They will be:

  • Preferably have a Lifeguard Award
  • Capable of leading the team.
  • Have a good knowledge of SLSNZ systems and qualifications.
  • Prior involvement with coaching of juniors.
  • Be able to co-ordinate a return visit.
  • The ANZAC Team will need to take on the vast majority of fundraising for the trip and host the returning team. Generally the NZ team travels over prior to Xmas with the Aussie Team visiting after New Year.

Applications are now open, and will close 30th June. Please apply by email to . Applications will be decided by a select committee.

ToaLine – May 2014

Toaline News Letter
May 2014

Chile @ Toa (mid winter swim)

All good geography students know that if you stand on top of the clubhouse and strain the eyes to the east as hard as you can, there lies Chile.
Sunday 1st June 10 AM at the Clubhouse. Fancy Dress to counter the Polar conditions and you will be entitled to win a prize for the best dressed child, adult and group. Hot soup will be served to all wet swimmers afterwards. Cost is by gold coin donation. This event had already taken place at the time this Newsletter was posted to the site. Click here to checkout the coverage…

AGM – 22 June 2014

The annual event to hear what has happened in the past year, intentions for the next year and to elect the members who will undertake the management of the Club.

This year there are a few members of the current committee who are either retiring or have completed their two year term and need to be re-elected.

Vacancies that need to be filled are; Club Captain (Hamish is stepping down as Club Captain however would like to be on the general committee), Facilities Officer (Bill Doyle has served his two year term and is available for re-election for a further term) and up to two General Committee members.

We urge you to complete the nomination form accompanying this ToaLine and return per instructions. Nominations will only be called from the floor of the meeting if there are insufficient nominations received in advance.

If you would like to know what is involved with any of the positions please contact either the incumbent or Michael. We work on a position being elected for two year term. Of course if circumstances require the term maybe reduced to one year prior to the following AGM. Again the AGM also occurred prior to publishing this newsletter to the site. Stay posted for and update on this in the next news letter.

Newly Qualified Lifeguards

Newly Qualified Lifeguards

Left to right, Helene Tunnell, Trainer Alex Pol-glase, Has Brooke, Magda Paul, Matthew Scott and Ethan Tomaszyk.

Gaining the Surf Lifeguard Award is a great achievement.

The club is very proud to welcome seven newly qualified lifeguards. They were presented the Bronze Medallion, the surf lifeguard uniform and now they are ready to patrol.


Alex did a wonderful job, training the group of seven. The group trained for three weeks during the xmas break.

There are two other life-guards not in the photo and they are Marlon Khifi and Sophie McErlich.


 Thank you to our Volunteers

Once again, thanks to the fine summer weather, the holi-day activities were a great success and a lot of fun- a huge turnout of about 240 runners for the King of the Mountain race, a packed hall for the quiz night, happy fami-lies working together to create sand sculptures, messy kids face-planting in ice cream, a chilled crowd kicking back and enjoying Jazz by the seashore.


It wouldn’t happen without them!

While the focus of the holiday programme is on participa-tion and fun, the events also contributed significantly to the coffers of the Surf club.


Many thanks to the awesome team of volunteers who or-ganise and make these events happen- Ross and Gail McCullough, Bill and Barb Doyle, the Jacobsen and Russell families, Edwina and Dave Russell and family, Andrew Hall and his band, Chris Hames, Ian Gage-Brown, Ruth Hanner, Lyn Clifton and Sunny Paul and all their supportive helpers.

Also a debt of gratitude goes to the many and generous sponsors who provide donations and prizes for the events- Paul Greaney, Trevor Brown, Jacqui and Rob from the shop, Whangamata Real Estate, First National, Whiritoa Tennis Club, to name but a few.

Some people have been running these events year in, year out, for some time now and would like to relinquish respon-sibility , so we are on the lookout for new blood. Also, while some events have become Toa traditions and are here to stay, we would like to freshen up the programme with some new events, but need ideas and people willing to run them.

If you would like to join the team, have some innovative ideas, would like to offer sponsorship, or contribute in any way to the holiday programme, we would love to hear from you. (Please contact Wendy or the Editor)

How can you contribute to your community?

PS Does anyone know where the shield for the adults Tug of War is?

Wendy Turner-Wright

Joanne Boyce

Joanne Boyce

Joanne Boyce

Joanne Boyce, is the lady on the bar when I popped by.

She lives in Auckland and has had her bach in Whiritoa for 11 years. She has two daughters, Georgia, 16 years old and Milly, 14 years old and is married to Steve. Daughter Georgia is a Whiritoa lifeguard.

Joanne says that she is glad to able to give something back to the club by volunteering on the bar.

Joanne started working on the bar at the end of last summer.


Dean Lorimer

Dean Lorimer

Dean Lorimer

Dean is the man who was in the kitchen cooking every night during the summer holiday period. He made burgers, chips, chips and more chips.

As more people realised that the kitchen was open, it got busier and Dean was keen to stay on working as long the business was there for the club.

Not only is it a requirement of the Sale of liquor act to supply food, it also benefits the club for income.


Mike Gray – “Mr Whiritoa 2014”

Mike Gray on the phones to his Agent, Murray Francis, passing on the good news.

Mike Gray on the phones to his Agent, Murray Francis, passing on the good news.

Mike Gray was crowned Mr Whiritoa in 2012 then again in 2014, and if the training regime goes well he will enter for a third time to win “Mr Whiritoa 2015”.

Organising the kids for the photo shoot

Organising the kids for the photo shoot

Mike said that you will all notice that he did not enter in 2013. He said that he was going to enter but was too nervous and needed another year to get ready to defend his title again.

“Apart from having good looks and loads of talent, what a lot of people do not realise is what it takes to get to this level”, Mike says. “It is pretty intense”.

Leading up to the 2014 pageant, he spent six months at a yoga retreat on the Coromandel, which included fasting, meditation and tofu shakes. If you’re serious then this is what it really takes to be a winner.

This year’s pageant was about titles, tiaras, sashes and tall stories. It was also about Mike’s acceptance speech; his promise to end the conflict in the Middle East, save the sand dunes, Dolphins, Whales and to donate his billion dollars to the surf club. The speech was inspiring, motivational, and it bought tears to our eyes.

Mike wants to thank his agent, Murray Francis, for funding the yoga retreat. Mike is in the best shape of his life and wants his competitors to know that the stakes are high, and looks forward to next year….

And so do we….

By Donna Hopkins


Whiritoa Summer Carnival

Dom Nicklin

Dom Nicklin

Dom Nicklin talking to competitors

Dom Nicklin talking to competitors

Every year at the end of the summer holiday, Whiritoa hosts the Nippers, Cadets and Rookies summer carnival.

Participants from around the region come to Whiritoa to enter into the competition. This year the carnival was held on the 12th January. The weather was lovely and saw the competitors wearing the new “pink” rash vests.

As usual it is all hands on deck and our lifeguards were around to help the organisers, this year it was Sarah Polglase and Libby Clifton.

Our juniors did their club proud. Well done to all and especially Dom, who deserves a special mention as he was the most encouraging ‘helper’ on the day. He was excellent with his instructions and running in and out of the water helping the young competitors along.

Meet Ariana Tomaszyk


Ariana Tomaszyk

My name is Ariana. I am seventeen years old and in my last year of school at Epsom Girls Grammar School.

I have been going to Whiritoa for the past eight years and started in the surf life saving program as a nipper.

I have also been heavily been involved in water polo and for the past three years I was selected to be the goalie for the New Zealand under 15, under 16 and then under 17 teams. I have travelled to Australia many times to compete nationally and have trained with many of the best coaches, learnt a lot and had a lot of fun.

My favourite album is Rush of Blood to the Head, by Coldplay.

My guilty pleasure is definitely my unhealthy obsession with Resese’s Peanut-butter Cups.

My greatest discovery is that when you put marshmallows into the microwave they blow up and then turn into a sticky good-ness.

The world needs less Justin Beiber look alikes and less of Rob Fords shenanigans.

My most favourite things in the world are long runs in the morning, the youtube channel “thesoundyouneed”, my bed, bik-rim yoga, the feeling you get straight after going to the super-market, hanging on the surf club viewing platform on a mattress, Caesar Salads and bodysurfing on a beautiful morning at Whiritoa.


A big thankyou to our sponsors

Gold Level Sponsers

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Silver Sponsors

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Level One First Aid Course – 5 July.

Whiritoa Surf club would like to offer you the opportunity to get your Level One First Aid Certificate at Whiritoa surf club on Saturday the 5th of July. No previous experience is required and you will be grouped with some of Whiritoa’s new guards. The course is professionally run by Pacific Medi-Care and is a national qualification. The course will take most of the day and there may be a costs associated with it. We will gauge interest levels, inform you of costs and move forward from there at a quick pace as the date is fast approaching.

Please get back to me soon as possible. We would love to see you there.

Jack Brown
Whiritoa Lifeguard Service

WSLSC AGM 2014 – Club Reports Out Now!

Whiritoa Surf Life Saving Club Committee is pleased to make available the official end of year reports for your perusal.

To download a copy click here >>

A reminder the AGM is being held at the Club Rooms Kon Tiki Road Whiritoa this Sunday, 22 June at 11.00am.