Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) seven Summer Surf Program ambassadors have arrived on the Gold Coast for the culmination of the 2019 program.
The iconic program 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.
Now in its 55th year, the program has raised a staggering $16.7 million since its inception in 1964.
The ambassadors today visited Sea World, where they were assessed on their ability to deliver community education around the principles of water safety to primary school students from a range of cultural backgrounds.
They then set off to Mermaid Beach to be tested on their CPR and first aid skills.
Judging over the coming days will include:
- Surf rescue beach patrol set up/water safety
- Entrant persona and teamwork skills
- Individual interviews with judging panel
- Final judging presentation speeches and content.
SLSQ Acting Chief Executive Officer Kris Beavis said it would be a challenge for judges to determine an overall winner out of the high-calibre ambassadors, who had given their all to the program over the last 12 months.
“We have a number of fantastic young surf lifesavers who have truly developed into confident and capable ambassadors of the surf lifesaving movement,” he said.
“These passionate volunteers are the future leaders of our organisation and what they have achieved over the past year is just incredible.”
Mr Beavis also applauded their efforts in balancing Summer Surf Program participation with regular patrols, as well as commitments outside of surf lifesaving.
“I take my hat off to them – they should all be extremely proud of their efforts and the real impact they have made to their club and their communities.”
The 2019 Summer Surf Program winner will be announced on Friday evening (May 10) at an awards dinner at The Star Gold Coast. The winner will take home a Holden Astra thanks to Zupps Mt Gravatt.