Eleven exceptional female surf lifesavers from across the state presented a multicultural community awareness session at Sea World today as part of the final judging week of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2018 Summer Surf Girl program.
The group of students from Labrador State School are newly-arrived in Australia from more than ten countries around the world, including Iraq, Lebanon, India, Bulgaria, Somalia and Kazakhstan.
For many of the students it was their first time in the water, however by the end of the session with the Summer Surf Girls their confidence had increased exponentially.
Village Roadshow Theme Parks executive general manager Greg Yong said Sea World has a long history of working with SLSQ and he is proud to host the 2018 Summer Surf Girl program at the park.
“Hosting this community awareness session at Sea World is a great fit as both organisations share a passion and knowledge for the marine environment and we wish all the contestants the best of luck in their session,” he said.
Judging will continue throughout the week and will include:
• Surf rescue beach patrol set up/water safety (board/tube rescue and CPR demonstration)
• Community education presentations to multicultural school students
• Individual interviews with judging panel
• Final judging presentation speeches and content
• Entrant persona and working as part of a team
Several factors are taken into consideration when determining the winner, including the innovation in their campaign, their volunteering aspects within their club, their skills as a lifesaver, and what they have done to publicly engage and enhance people’s awareness of surf safety and their club.
The 2018 Summer Surf Girl winner will be announced on Saturday 19 May at a Gala Dinner at The Star Gold Coast. The winner 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.