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Media Release – Jupiters Summer Surf Girl winners announced

Dicky Beach surf lifesaver Caitlin Knight has beaten 22 young women from around Queensland to take out the coveted 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl title in its 50th anniversary year.

Caitlin was also named the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl Highest Fundraiser after raising the highest individual total for her surf club – an impressive $128,487.11 – announced on Saturday night at a Gala Ball at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast.

Olivia Wilson from Broadbeach SLSC was announced the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl Runner-Up while Morgan Marrinon from Pacific SLSC rounded out the winners list, presented with the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl Award for Personality.

The 23 entrants from around the state raised a collective total of $882,866.82 for their surf lifesaving clubs.

The final judging week, held at Jupiters Hotel & Casino from 14-17 May, brought to an end Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) year-long fundraising initiative, which to date has raised more than $14.5 million for surf clubs across the state since 1964.

George Hill, SLSQ chief operating officer and chairman of the judging panel, said the judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants.

“These young women performed exceptionally well, not only during the final judging but throughout the program. It was very difficult to distinguish a winner and came right down to the wire, as each entrant has been a fantastic ambassador for surf lifesaving over the past year,” Mr Hill said.

“Every entrant has taken on this challenge on top of their other commitments as students and career women, and we are proud of all of them for the dedication they have shown to the lifesaving movement.”

Mr Hill said Caitlin was chosen based on her fundraising initiatives, commitment to community education and surf lifesaving knowledge, and will now begin her year as an official ambassador for SLSQ.

“Caitlin was really the standout throughout all aspects of the final judging, demonstrating her commitment to lifesaving and to the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program,” he said.

“Caitlin has a long and proud history with surf lifesaving over the past 15 years, showing her strong ties to her club not only through fundraising but also through patrolling the beach, competing in surf sports and her commitment to community education.

“We are confident that Caitlin will take on her role over the next 12 months as an ambassador for surf lifesaving with the same passion and commitment she demonstrated during the program and will champion the benefits of surf lifesaving to the community. SLSQ looks forward to working with Caitlin over the next year.”

Jupiters Hotel & Casino directing manager Aaron Gomes praised the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants on their tremendous efforts.

“These young women have worked tirelessly for 12 months educating the community, raising awareness and raising crucial funds to keep our beaches safe. They are amongst the greatest ambassadors for the surf lifesaving movement,” Mr Gomes said.

“2014 marks Jupiters Hotel & Casino’s 20th consecutive year as naming rights sponsor of the program and we are continually amazed by the passion, commitment and dedication of the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants, and the support they receive from their clubs.

“We congratulate Caitlin and all of the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants. We are proud to be part of an initiative that ensures our surf lifesavers can continue to provide a vital community service here in Queensland,” he said.

This year marked the 50th year of Summer Surf Girl, which has become one of SLSQ’s largest and most enduring club-based fundraising initiatives. It is also the 20th year in partnership with Jupiters Hotel & Casino.

The judging panel for the program this year consisted of SLSQ Chief Operating Officer George Hill, 2008 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl winner Megan Crockford, and Etiquette & Manners Australia owner Lainey Loneragan.

 

FAST FACTS:

Previously, the last winners from each regional area were:

  • North Queensland: 2013 (Tori Demopolous, Arcadian)
  • Gold Coast: 2010 (Paige Cooper, North Burleigh)
  • Wide Bay Capricorn: 2009 (Tammy Humphreys, Bundaberg)
  • North Barrier: 2005 (Melissa Chiesa, Forrest Beach)

Fundraising facts:

  • Kellie Huth, from Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC, holds the record for the highest amount raised by an individual, in 2011/2012 raising a total of $213,360.
  • The highest collective total ever raised was in 2012, with the entrants’ efforts resulting in $1,081,085.18.

 

2014 JUPITERS SUMMER SURF GIRL ENTRANTS & AMOUNTS RAISED:

  • Netanya Godfrey (Ellis Beach) – $41,656.29
  • Crystal Janousek (Cairns) – $23,714.22
  • Rachael Clarke (Townsville Picnic Bay) – $125,750.51
  • Brydie Reents (Ayr) – $48,649.03
  • Melody May (Bowen) – $5,176.57
  • Bianca Arbeithuber (Eimeo) – $25,096.60
  • Maegan Cass (Mackay) – $45,187.32
  • Breanna Bierton (Sarina) – $31,338.68
  • Emily Prain (Bundaberg) – $28,654.21
  • Brittany Neumann (Rainbow Beach) – $25,330.44
  • India O’Connor (Peregian Beach) – $21,558.16
  • Michelle Jacobson (Mooloolaba) – $14,789.02
  • Nikita McDonald (Kawana Waters) – $41,442.49
  • Caitlin Knight (Dicky Beach) – $128,487.11
  • Karlee Bryant (Met Caloundra) – $20,231.69
  • Sarah Sammut (Point Lookout) – $50,189.12
  • Tiffany Smith (Coochiemudlo Island) – $12,953.52
  • Bronwyn Abraham (Surfers Paradise) – $53,560.34
  • Sarah Friend (Northcliffe) – $5,169.42
  • Olivia Wilson (Broadbeach) – $5,050.55
  • Tamika Gillett (Kurrawa) – $80,079.55
  • Morgan Marrion (Pacific) – $30,178.23
  • Michelle Linsdell (Coolangatta) – $18,623.75

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