Club Captain 1995-2001

“Boots” doesn’t usually answer to his first name, to the extent that many club members don’t know his birth name. He came to the club in the early ’80s, having previously been in the now defunct North Beach SLSC with older brother Eddie, both to get fit and to have his two children involved.

A strong work ethic saw him not only get fit, but also to become very competitive mainly in Boards and Skis. Winning many State Masters’ medals too numerous to list, he also achieved success at National Masters level, with a total of 14 medals to 2011, mostly with Mike Cook in Board Rescue where they developed a fearsome twosome, and in Board Relays. He also astounded everyone with a finish in the Coolangatta Gold in 2008, at age 61 in gruelling conditions and carrying an injury. He also has a Worlds Silver medal to his name.

He was Under 13 Manager in 1990-91, Patrol Officer during the ’90s for 2 years, Board Captain in 1996-98, on the Uncle Toby’s committee 1995-98, as well as organising intra club competition in the period 2005-09.

As Club Captain, he was something of a disciplinarian earning the epithet of “Captain Grumpy” which he accepted equably knowing that he never expected anyone to do more than he did.

He is a hard a very efficient worker in organising the logistics for interclub carnivals, also being recognised in this area by State Centre. He is a Level 2 Competition Official.

Took on Masters’ Captain in 2002 for many years.

He was Best Clubman in 1996 and awarded Life Membership in 2008.

Boots is still active around the club either training for Masters events or doing jobs within the Boat shed.