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SURF LIFESAVERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

All eyes were firmly fixed on the Gold Coast in April, as the city played host to about 6,600 athletes and team officials for the XXI Commonwealth Games. But it wasn’t just the competitors who drew attention – our dedicated volunteer surf lifesavers stole their fair share of the spotlight too.

From more than 400 surf lifesavers and Nippers participating in the Opening Ceremony, to spreading the message of beach safety to the royal family, winning medals and offering additional services to protect the influx of tourists, it was an action-packed few weeks. Here are some of the highlights!

 

Ramping up safety

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) implemented a range of services to help keep the increased number of beachgoers safe.

Several surf life saving clubs from Southport to Rainbow Bay extended patrol hours, with volunteers raising the flags from 6.00 am through to 6.00 pm on weekends. 

SLSQ’s dusk patrol service saw surf lifesavers stationed at Surfers Paradise from 7.00 pm through to 11.00 pm on peak days throughout the Games, while two dawn patrol crews roved between Southport and Miami Beach from 4.00 am onwards, seven days a week.

“It’s important to bear in mind that all of these extra patrols and initiatives were implemented on top of our regular services, which is genuinely a testament to the vigilance of our volunteer surf lifesavers,” SLSQ Gold Coast lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife said.

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