The Stanwell Park Sea Eels Winter Swimming Club was first formed in 1989 as a family oriented club made up of male, female and youth competitors, associated with both the Helensburgh Stanwell Park Surf Club and Coalcliff Surf Club, but with the home pool located at Coalcliff.
Over the years they have enjoyed annual interclub swims with the Bulli Sea Lions (who also allow female swimmers), the Austinmer Otters, the Cronulla RSL Winter Swimmers and the Cronulla Polar Bears. They also celebrate events like the ‘John “Stacky” Stacpoole’ memorial swim and the CRAM Foundation visit.
Anyone who frequents gigs in the Gong, particularly The Strides or Rai Thistle, would have witnessed the impressive musical abilities of Matt Smith - his chilled demeanour belies his guitar skills and significant career accomplishments, and... he calls Stanwell Park home.
Matt attributes his start in music to his parents' record collection, and that he was learning piano from the age of five.
Ever since Lawrence Hargrave began flying his box kites Bald Hill has been an iconic site for visitors and a defining area for flight and gliding. Bald Hill now attracts more than 3,000 visitors in peak times and about 900 visitors each day on average. The Hill has helped to define the northern beaches of Wollongong and will continue to provide sightseers, photographers, and visitors with majestic views of the Sea Cliff Coast.
With a little more leisure time at hand this Easter, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the indian Summer at Stanwell Park and discover one of the newest additions to the Articles Art Gallery complex on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, with the arrival of Boho Chic, the fashionable brainchild of Wendy Roche.
The annual Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge is on again this Sunday, 24th March. The 2.3km swim along the cliffs from Coalcliff to Stanwell Park is not only a great swim, but a showcase of the beautiful northern Illawarra escarpment.
In it's 12th year, the Stanwell Park Ocean Challenge is the premier ocean swim of the south coast, considered by many to be the "Big Swim of the South". Convenor and founding member of the Ocean Challenge Committe, Andrew Perrin, expects to have 500 swimmers at this year's event. "We encourage our local swimmers to take up the challenge and participate in this great local event. It would be fantastic for a local swimmer to take out one of the major category prizes" said Mr Perrin.
Wollongong City Council is currently working on a proposal to create a shared pathway that links the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra. The proposed path – dubbed the Grand Pacific Walk – will follow the Grand Pacific Drive route, and encourage tourists and locals walking or riding the path to stop along the way to take in the views, enjoy a coffee at a café or check out the nearby attractions.
All in the family: Victor, Mervat and Suzanne-Maree Aguirre.
By HEATHER SMITH
PATIENTS of Dr Annette Beaufils’ Stanwell Park surgery will save themselves a trip up Bald Hill to fill their prescriptions with the opening of a chemist in the former Coastline real estate agency scheduled for the New Year.
Pharmacist Mervat Aguirre and her husband Victor signed the lease last week and are organising the fit-out for the chemist, which will also feature beauty products, toys, sunglasses, hats and gifts.