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.
The Opening Ceremony will take place on the 4th of April. It’s a momentous day for the Gold Coast as we welcome thousands of fans, athletes and officials. It’s also an exciting and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SLSQ and our members. Volunteers ranging in age from 16 to 75 and from diverse backgrounds will be representing Queensland and our iconic surf culture and community, all in the spirt of the Commonwealth Games.
“We’re thrilled to be involved in the Opening Ceremony,” said President Mark Fife OAM.
“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 by swimming between the flags,” he said.
Peter Callick, Club Captain of Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club will be taking part in a Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony for the second time in his life. Peter was in the Opening Ceremony of the 1982 Games as a member of Little Athletics, when he walked out into the stadium with Matilda. He is really looking forward to being involved again as an adult and a surf lifesaver. As well as representing his club, it gives him the chance to raise awareness about beach safety with international visitors.
IT’S A GREAT HONOUR TO BE ON THE WORLD STAGE WELCOMING PEOPLE TO OUR COUNTRY AND STATE.
“There is a joy in welcoming people here and I’m really proud to be doing it twice! We start practicing in the next 3 weeks or so… it will be different and a lot of fun. I’m not sure if it will be a choreographed piece and I reckon I’m a good dancer but some would disagree.”