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Fundraiser Attracts Record Number of Entrants for Milestone Year

Record number of entrants for long-running Jupiters Summer Surf Girl Program

In a year of milestones for Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program, yet another record has been set, with the highest number of entrants ever following the registration of the 25th entrant in the 2013-14 program. The record comes ahead of a workshop weekend where 24 of the 25 entrants will converge on Brisbane.

Over the two days of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, the entrants will go through informative and practical workshop sessions aimed to arm them with knowledge and skills to carry out the requirements of the program for the coming months.

From surf lifesaving education and community awareness, media training and public speaking, to fundraising and deportment, the entrants will gain experience and have questions answered to assist them in planning and running fundraising activities and representing their clubs as ambassadors for the surf life saving movement.

SLSQ Chief Executive Officer John Brennan OAM said that the effectiveness of Jupiters Summer Surf Girl as a fundraising program and as a way to build the character and skills of the entrants was evident in the high number and broad geographic reach of this year’s entrants.

“This year’s program sees entrants from as far north as Ellis Beach to the south at Coolangatta, and even the first ever entrant from Coochiemudlo Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC),” said Mr Brennan.

“The entrants range in age from 17 years to 30 years, and are all active volunteer surf lifesavers who are busy raising funds and awareness for their respective clubs as part of their role as Jupiters Summer Surf Girls.”

This year marks the 50th year of the Summer Surf Girl program in Queensland, as well as the 20th year that the program has been in partnership with Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast, with the record number of entrants just adding to the excitement of the program and the overall fundraising potential.

“Each of the milestones are cause for celebration in their own right, with the combination of all three ensuring that the 2013-14 program will be one to remember,” Mr Brennan said.

“To think that close to $14million has been raised for surf life saving clubs around the state since the program started in the 1960’s is outstanding, and we can’t thank Jupiters Hotel & Casino enough for their continued and valued support.”

“Each of these milestones and records are a great reflection of the strength and success of the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program, and we are looking forward to working with all 25 of our entrants to make sure the experience is a special one for them as well.”

The 2013-14 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program will culminate in a week-long period of activities and judging, before the winners are named at a Gala Ball at Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast on Saturday 17th May.

The 2013-14 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants are:

  • Netanya Godfrey – Ellis Beach SLSC
  • Crystal Janousek – Cairns SLSC
  • Rachael Clarke – Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC
  • Brydie Reents – Ayr SLSC
  • Melody May – Bowen SLSC
  • Bianca Arbeithuber – Eimeo SLSC
  • Maegan Cass – Mackay SLSC
  • Breanna Bierton – Sarina SLSC
  • Nicole Ramsey – Emu Park SLSC
  • Emily Prain – Bundaberg SLSC
  • Brittany Neumann – Rainbow Beach SLSC
  • India O’Connor – Peregian Beach SLSC
  • Tessa Murphy – Maroochydore SLSC
  • Michelle Jacobson – Mooloolaba SLSC
  • Nikita McDonald – Kawana Waters SLSC
  • Caitlin Knight – Dicky Beach SLSC
  • Karlee Bryant – Met Caloundra SLSC
  • Sarah Sammut – Point Lookout SLSC
  • Tiffany Smith – Coochiemudlo Island SLSC
  • Bronwyn Abraham – Surfers Paradise SLSC
  • Sarah Friend – Northcliffe SLSC
  • Olivia Wilson – Broadbeach SLSC
  • Tamika Gillett – Kurrawa SLSC
  • Morgan Marrinon – Pacific SLSC
  • Michelle Linsdell – Coolangatta SLSC

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