Good morning to all our competitors, officials, sponsors, guests and supporters of Freshwater SLSC. I’d like to extend a special welcome to NSW Premier Mike Baird and Mayor of Manly Jean Hay for being able to join us today.

Today is the first day of our 2-day Australia Day Carnival for 2015 and it is with great pleasure that I welcome you all here today. Today we will have our traditional Open carnival with tomorrow being dedicated to boat competition. 

Our Club is very proud of it’s record of putting on a great carnival and we look forward to another couple of days of quality competition.

A carnival such as this does not happen without a considerable level of effort within our Club and the support of our sponsors. I’d like to thank our club’s significant sponsors, Smyth Estate Agents, Harbord Diggers, Bendigo Bank and our major sponsor the Harbord Beach Hotel. Our sincere thanks to you all as we would not be able to continue the high level of service we offer the puble year round without your support.

At this time of year, we have an opportunity to reflect on Australia’s past and future. Our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has offered us his thoughts at this time.

As I’ve mentioned, we would not be able to put on a carnival such as this without event and club sponsors. 

Thank you everyone for attending our beach today and I wish all the competitors the best and thank all the officials who have given up their time to help in running our carnival.

Peter Obern