Life Saving Australia
fitting finale for year of surf lifesaver - 30th
LIFESAVING by Mark Williams and Graham Callaghan
BONDI BEACH, the birthplace of Australian surf
lifesaving, is a fitting venue for the intermingling
of four major surf carnivals this weekend to wind
up the celebrations for 2007 Year of the Surf
marks the first time in more than 50 years that
Bondi has been the venue for a major surf carnival.
Trans Tasman Challenge and the Trans Tasman Surfboat
Showdown will be decided in the three tests of
international centenary competition which started
yesterday and concludes tomorrow at noon, with
the Australian interstate championships starting
tomorrow and finishing on Sunday.
Coast lifesavers are the backbone of both the
Australian and Queensland Cyclones teams and are
expected to carry both teams to victory.
also has an under-23 team, led by Burleigh Heads'
Jacob Lollback, and will compete against Japan,
New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa and the
United States -- and don't be too surprised if
the Aussies finish one-two.
Cyclones were beaten by arch rivals NSW by just
six points when our beachies were disqualified
in the last event worth nine points last season
but they won the previous year at Jan Juc in Victoria.
president Ken Bird, a former South Coast branch
and Kurrawa president, joined the Cyclones at
Burleigh Heads yesterday where athletes tapered
off their preparation under the keen eye of Queensland
coach Rhett Collie.
BY the busload will leave the Gold Coast at first
light tomorrow and Sunday making their annual
trip to Brisbane and surrounds to rattle their
tins and collect money in their door knock appeal.
will visit houses, major shopping centres, sporting
venues and in fact anywhere they can collect money
for their much-needed equipment used on the beach
or for training purposes.
Channel Nine Surf Safety Appeal actually kicks
off tonight at 7pm with Channel Nine continuing
their appeal, which raised more than $600,000
last season, until 10.30pm on Sunday night.
are confident they will raise more this weekend
in the Year of the Surf Lifesaver. So dig deep.
media manager John Kaarsberg said the clubs were
gearing up for a long, hot, hectic summer as school
holidays plus traditional festive activities kept
the volunteers on their toes.
financial ask is a very serious one as it pertains
to real life situations where volunteer surf lifesavers
selflessly put the wellbeing of others ahead of
their own to keep our beaches safe in all situations,''
shows the more collectors doing their bit means
the more money raised, so if you are a surf club
member ring your club now and book your seat on
the bus and remember the adage: `It's not what
your club can do for you, it's what you can do
for your club!'
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