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In 2021 Surf Life Saving Queensland will name a Surf Woman of the Year, a revitalisation of the Surf Girl flagship program, which has been in operation since 1964.

The new program was unveiled in front of 200 guests at Friday night’s Surf Girl Gala Dinner at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Surf Woman of the Year is a step forward in the progression of SLSQ’s Surf Girl program, which has seen more than 1,000 women raise $17 million for Queensland surf lifesaving clubs in 56 years. The program has a rich history of participants who have excelled on and away from the beach, including actress Joy Chambers, senior political advisor Karly Abbott (nee Fife), crime journalist Emily Prain and university lecturer Sammy Fien.

In 2021 the Surf Woman of the Year program, targeted at women over the age of 18, seeks to engage the most capable women from surf lifesaving clubs across Queensland and develop their skills and experience to further their future careers both within and outside the Surf Life Saving movement.

The program will also connect women from across the state and in turn build a powerful alumni network.

Surf Woman of the Year will celebrate the most passionate, talented and hardworking women in surf lifesaving, with one woman walking away with a prize package worth $20,000.

SLSQ CEO Dave Whimpey said he was proud of the new direction of the program.

“The 2021 Surf Woman of the Year program is modern and will empower the women in our surf lifesaving community,” he said.

“We have refreshed the name and program itself after careful consideration and consultation with our key stakeholders and former Surf Girls.

“We hope more young women from all across our great state will feel encouraged to apply for Surf Woman of the Year.”

Applications for the 2020 Surf Woman of the Year program are now open.

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