Sophie Gerry announced winner of 2019 Summer Surf Program

  • More than $290,380.00 raised by Summer Surf Program Ambassadors
  • Overall Winner – Sophie Gerry from Mermaid Beach SLSC
  • Highest Fundraiser – Zoe Breitreutz from Arcadian SLSC
  • Innovation Award – Emma Angel from Mooloolaba SLSC

Sophie Gerry from Mermaid Beach SLSC has been announced winner of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) 2019 Summer Surf Program.

Over the past 12 months, the Gold Coast local has become a fully qualified trainer, patrol captain, upskilled members within her cub, grown a passion teaching surf safety in the wider community and raised over $46,550.00 for Mermaid Beach SLSC.

Zoe Breitreutz from Arcadian SLSC was announced highest fundraiser, generating an incredible $83,205.00, which will directly benefit lifesaving services for the North Barrier region.

An audience of over 150 members of the surf lifesaving community were present for the announcement, at a special dinner at The Star Gold Coast last night (Friday 10 May).

As overall winner, Sophie Gerry drove away with a new Holden Astra, thanks to Zupps Mt Gravatt.

Over the past week, seven of SLSQ’s most outstanding ambassadors contested the final week of judging in the hope of being named winner of the iconic Summer Surf Program.

The annual program, now in its 55th year, is open to members who undertake a range of activities to develop their leadership, lifesaving, community education, networking and fundraising skills over a period of up to 12 months.

The program has now raised a staggering $16.9 million since its inception in 1964.

SLSQ Acting CEO Kris Beavis described the contribution of all ambassadors as nothing short of spectacular.

“I would like to congratulate Sophie Gerry for her efforts over the last 12 months in developing her leadership and community engagement skills. Her work has raised awareness and support for the valuable work our lifesavers perform,” he said.

Mr Beavis said Zoe Breitreutz’s impressive fundraising total was a testament to her dedication to the surf lifesaving movement.

“Raising funds of $83,205.00 is remarkable, but what’s important is that the money goes back to Arcadian SLSC which is able to put the funds towards valuable rescue equipment and member training initiatives,” he said.

“While we speak to the fundraising effort for each ambassador’s local community, what stands out is the quality of these women as empowered and confident role models within their clubs and communities. We are proud to have this calibre of people in our movement.”

Emma Angel from Mooloolaba SLSC was announced the runner-up, also winning the prize for the Innovation Award for her “Emma On Tour” social media fundraising campaign.

Sophie Gerry expressed her delight at being named the 2019 Summer Surf Program winner after making it her goal to join the program five years ago.

“The highlight for me was spreading that community awareness even further than the beach and fundraising for my club.

“It’s such an important role and our clubs really need the funds. It’s really cool to do your little bit more to keep Australian beaches safe,” she said.

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