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Breaka Youth Excellence Program kicks off for 2019

More than 70 outstanding young lifesavers from across Queensland will head to Lake Moogerah next weekend (April 5 to 7) to develop core leadership and teamwork skills as part of the Breaka Youth Excellence Program (YEP).

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) annual three-day program will bring together like-minded surf lifesavers aged 15 to 17 for an action-packed weekend at the picturesque Scenic Rim lake.

SLSQ Membership Development Manager Jamie Findlay said the program provided a fantastic opportunity for aspiring leaders within the surf lifesaving movement to be brought together for a weekend of leadership development, teamwork and networking.

“These lifesavers have been identified by their club for their passion and commitment. Over the weekend, our aim is to further ignite that passion, and develop a range of skills that participants can apply to all aspects of their lives,” he said.

“Attendees will be required to complete problem-solving tasks and undertake a series of team-building activities through both mentally and physically challenging exercises.”

Mr Findlay said YEP would enable participants to extend their knowledge across all lifesaving disciplines, recognise their contribution to the community, and reaffirm their ability to shape their own future.

“Traditionally, the 15-17 years age group is generally where we begin to see a decline in membership as other interests and commitments tend to compete,” he said.

“This program has been designed to introduce selected young lifesavers to the more formal and responsible roles such as a patrol captain, as well as explore future pathways, to help aid member retention.

“Our participants represent the future of Surf Life Saving Queensland and this program provides participants with an integral opportunity to harness their passion so they hopefully remain involved in the movement for many years to come.”

State Membership Services Officer Robert Campbell said the lifesavers selected for YEP were existing leaders within their clubs and already role models to young Nippers.

“It’s wonderful to see young lifesavers from all over Queensland pursing leadership pathways within lifesaving and it goes to show the future of our surf lifesaving clubs is in good hands,” Mr Campbell said.

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