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SLSQ wins State Youth Emergency Volunteer Games

As part of National Youth Week, Surf Life Saving Queensland was recently invited to participate in two State Youth Emergency Volunteer games, developed and coordinated by PCYC with funding support from the Queensland Government.

Targeting young people representing various emergency services organisations, two events were held on 21 March in Townsville and 28 March in Brisbane.

Congratulations to the Brisbane SLSQ team, who blew away the competition and were named overall winners. The team consisted of Chloe McGrath, Kaitlin Parkes, Brooke Patman and Corbin Gibbons, all from Coochiemudlo SLSC.

The Townsville SLSQ team also did the “red and yellow army” proud, and were publicly recognised for their outstanding first aid skills on the day of competition. The northern team was made up of Harry Braddick, Jade Fahy, Lincoln Hardy and Patrick Parker, all patrolling members of Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC.

Our SLSQ teams were put through paces against teams from organisations including Emergency Services Cadets, Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Cadets, St Johns First Aid Cadets, Rural Fire Service (RFS) Cadets, Navy Cadets and Army Cadets.

Each team comprised of four competitors raging from 12 to 17 years, and were required to complete:
•15 to 25 minute team presentation about their organisation and personal journey
•First Responder Challenge (first aid scenario including operating a command post) and
•A series of Team Challenges testing their problem solving, team work, communication and leadership

All challenges were situational and task oriented requiring teams to respond accordingly. Judging criteria centred on aspects such as safety, team work, leadership, initiative, communications and casualty management.

SLSQ teams competing in Townsville and Brisbane represented our organisation and their clubs with pride, enthusiasm and professionalism. This was a wonderful opportunity for other emergency service providers and government agencies to see in action the result and value of first aid conducted by SLSQ

Off the back of the teams’ success, the SLSQ Membership Development team and regional staff will be looking to the possibility of establishing an Emergency Services Cadets group in the near future.

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