Zach Hogg

Troubled waters: M'ba Surf Club silent on financial woes

THE NEWLY appointed Mooloolaba Surf Club committee has gone to ground in light of revelations the organisation may be in financial difficulty.

The popular surf club, with one of the largest memberships on the Coast, held its annual general meeting yesterday at 9am.

But despite the Daily's repeated attempts to gain comment about the new committee, state of financial affairs and the future direction of surf sports at the club, no one would go on the record clearing up claims or giving comment

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Mooloolaba's elite athletes face an uncertain future with the club, after rumours began circulating in recent weeks that financial pressures would force the club to decrease its levels of support for surf sports and its highly regarded coaching program under Michael King.

It is believed the shift would affect nomination fees being paid by the club and supply of sports equipment.

Already some athletes have jumped ship, including up-and-coming ironman competitor Luke Cuff.

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One of the Sunshine Coast's poster boys of surf sports, ironman Matt Poole, was unavailable for comment yesterday. He told the Daily on Saturday he agreed many of his club's athletes were unhappy with the running of the organisation.

Another of the elite ironmen, Ali Day, was also contacted but did not respond.

In a changing of the guard, Dave Jewry was ushered in as the new club president during yesterday's AGM.

Neither Mr Jewry nor former president Peter Graham returned the Daily's calls yesterday for comment.

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The Daily was also unsuccessful in its attempts to gain comment from the surf sports arm of Surf Lifesaving Queensland but a spokesman said they were unaware of any issues at the club.

Mooloolaba's director of surf sports Brett Monaghan has stepped down from his role and involvement in the club after more than 20 years of volunteering. He told the Daily on Saturday he had "given all he can". He was not contactable for post-AGM comment.

Head coach King was unreachable by phone yesterday after he told the Daily on Saturday he was unaware of any plans to change the surf sports program.



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