Seven of Queensland’s best and brightest female surf lifesavers have arrived in Brisbane, all vying for the title of 2016 Summer Surf Girl.
After 12 months of fundraising and community awareness activities on behalf of their respective surf life saving clubs, the entrants will now take part in four days of intensive judging ahead of Saturday night’s Gala Ball and winner announcement at Jupiters Gold Coast.
The Summer Surf Girl program is one of SLSQ’s largest and most enduring club-based fundraising programs, and SLSQ chief operating officer and judging panel chair George Hill has applauded the efforts of this year’s entrants and their contribution to the lifesaving movement.
“The dedication and commitment of this year’s Summer Surf Girls is outstanding and I have no doubt their efforts will serve as an inspiration to all lifesavers across Queensland,” Mr Hill said.
“For the past 12 months these girls have been fundraising, promoting beach safety awareness, raising the profile of surf lifesaving as well as patrolling the beaches, all of which have been balanced with work and study commitments.”
Each entrant is a fully qualified surf lifesaver; over the past season the Summer Surf Girls volunteered more than 360 hours patrolling Queensland beaches to keep beachgoers safe.
“These women represent the future of our organisation; they are wonderful ambassadors for the movement and should be proud of the fantastic contribution they’ve made to surf lifesaving in Queensland, both on and off the beach,” Mr Hill said.
“To think that $15.4 million has been raised for surf life saving clubs around the state since the program started in 1964 is just outstanding, and I commend and thank this year’s entrants for their hard work and dedication.”
The official four-day judging period starts todayand will see the seven entrants out and about in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast as they undergo promotional and community awareness activities to showcase their surf lifesaving skills and their strong sense of community spirit.
On Wednesday the girls will conduct a community education session with students of a local multicultural school on Streets Beach at South Bank Parklands in Brisbane.
On Thursday the girls will travel to the Gold Coast to demonstrate their surf lifesaving prowess as they are judged on mock surf rescues at Broadbeach, before heading to Carrara to tour the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service hangar.
The 2016 Summer Surf Girl winner will be announced on Saturday 21 May at a Gala Ball at Jupiters Gold Coast, and will take home a brand new Holden Spark thanks to Zupps Mt Gravatt.
Other awards to be presented will include Summer Surf Girl Runner-Up, Summer Surf Girl Highest Fundraiser and Summer Surf Girl Innovation Award.
2016 Summer Surf Girl entrants:
- Nikila March – Cairns SLSC
- Micaela Crompton – Etty Bay SLSC
- Shannon Morgan – Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC
- Brittany Vener – Ayr SLSC
- Laura Zambon – Mackay SLSC
- Ashleigh Durbidge – Bribie Island SLSC
- Anne-Marie Westby – Point Lookout SLSC