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Surf Lifesavers gather for Opening Ceremony workshops

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) members are being put through their paces today, as they began their journey to perform at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Hundreds of Surf Life Saving Queensland members from South East Queensland gathered at Tallebudgera to participate in cast workshops in acting, vocals and dancing.

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said the day signified a milestone in preparing for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and that he was proud to see the community at the heart of a global event.

“The Opening and Closing Ceremonies represent an extraordinary opportunity for thousands of local people to participate in the Games,” Mr Beattie said.

“We’re delighted that Surf Life Saving Queensland are participating in the very first cast workshop taking place at Tallebudgera today.

“Hundreds of surf lifesavers have already been cast to perform a specific role in the Opening Ceremony  welcoming the athletes of the Commonwealth to the Gold Coast.

“And tomorrow we share the opportunity to perform in the Ceremonies with everyone.”

GOLDOC Deputy CEO, Brian Norse said he was heartened to see so many Queenslanders proudly representing their state.

“To see people ranging in ages from 16 to 75, and from diverse backgrounds, come together to represent their community has been an inspiration,” Mr Peters said.

“They’ve stepped outside their comfort zones and participated in singing, dancing and acting workshops, for some people it’s been very unfamiliar territory, all in the spirit of the Commonwealth Games.”

President, Mark Fife OAM said being involved in the Ceremonies is a really exciting opportunity for the organisation and its members.

“It’s a really exciting, and truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SLSQ and our members, and we’re thrilled to be involved in the Opening Ceremony,” Mr Fife said.

“It’s a great opportunity to highlight the lifesaving work of our volunteers and help show international tourists coming into the Gold Coast about how to stay safe on the beach.

“We’re expecting a significant influx in beachgoers throughout the Games and, hopefully after this, they’ll recognise our surf lifesavers in their iconic red and yellow colours and know to stay safe and swim between the flags,” he said.

Applications to be part of the volunteer performance cast, which covers both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, open at 10am tomorrow, Monday 14 August and will close at midnight on Sunday 3 September.

The volunteer performance cast call out is for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds – with no previous performance skills required. Enthusiastic and passionate people who are willing to represent their community, the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia on the global stage is all that is required.

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