A wake up call !

A wake up call !
An initiative of the Waterline Foundation

13 February 2011

More lifts in Rubber duckies

Have just confirmed with Fingal Head ‘Rovers’ Surf Life Saving Club that they will give me a lift over the Tweed River in their IRB, or “Rubber Ducky” as they are more commonly known on the morning of Saturday 19th February. This will be the 6th time I have had lifts across rivers or estuaries by SLSC on my coastal walks. They are great people and do an incredible job patrolling as many as 2,000 beaches around Australia each weekend in season – all on a volunteer basis!
When I get to Tweed Heads, I step over into Queensland at Coolangatta and then walk on into Surfers Paradise, finishing the day at Southport SLSC. I’ll be ready for a few Coopers by then!

The impossible happened !

The culprit !
On the 17th they had a competition for the straightest drive and had marked
a line up the middle of the fairway. You had to use one of their 'Bing'
drivers and I teed off 2nd - quite long but not straight. Where they were
talking to people to promote the comp was in front of the men's tee line and
I waited for our next player to tee off. He hooked it dramatically and it
came my way. In the few milliseconds that it took to reach me I picked it
up, could see its trajectory, spinning in the air and getting larger as it
came at me.. and then thud - it hit me in the forehead. There was no way I
had time to move out of the way, but instinctively I know that I did lower
my head as I saw it coming, so thank god it didn't hit an eye, my nose or

When it hit I keeled over and had 1000 bells ring all at once in my head,
which was so intense and loud, but only lasted about 5 seconds and gradually
died down with the shock wave going from one side and then to the other side
of my skull. Amazing sensation. Then everything was quiet. I could hear
people running about shouting "he's been hit" etc. I could see OK and
instinctively I moved my fingers and toes - something that a good first
aider would ask, and yes all OK. I could feel the warmth of the blood
running and Lisa, one of our team placed a cloth over the wound and held it
in position. She did a good job so when the paramedics arrived only 15
minutes later (Concord Hospital is just down the road) the bleeding had
already abated somewhat.