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The women protecting our beaches, these 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games..
With the eve of the 2018 Commonwealth Games upon us, it’s time to reflect and appreciate all of the people who have made this event a safe, fun and memorable one. With over 673K visitors expected to stay on the the Gold Coast this week, the Com Games is a great tourism opportunity for local businesses, including our own. Skin Nutrient’s HQ and manufacturing facilities are situated just up the road at Acacia Ridge. With this many people hitting the luscious beaches of our beautiful Gold Coast Surf Life Saving Queensland have a mighty task ahead of them. The Gold Coast is home to 20 of Australia’s most iconic beaches, from the Spit to Surfer’s Paradise, Nobby’s Beach, all the way down to Rainbow Bay.
SLSQ Gold Coast lifesaving coordinator Nathan Fife said the organisation was bracing for big crowds of beachgoers. “There’s been a tremendous amount of hard work and planning behind the scenes to make sure that we have the services in place to play our part when it comes to protecting beachgoers.” On the weekend we will see many of SLSQ volunteers rise to the challenge to protect beachgoers, as patrol hours have been extended from 6:00am to 6:00pm. This is a good opportunity, to remind local and international customers, when visiting Aussie beaches to “swim between the flags”.
Did you know, Surf Life Saving Australia is the largest volunteer organisation in the world?
On this note, let’s step back to the year 1980, when women first became eligible to complete their Bronze Medallion (the necessary requirement to undertake beach patrol).
According to Surf Life Saving Queensland, “For much of the 20th century, women were largely confined to administrative and auxiliary roles within most surf life saving clubs. With few exceptions, women’s participation in surf sports was generally not encouraged during the 1960s and 1970s”. Although women were able to become active patrolling club members, they were not widely accepted until the mid-1980’s, when the movement gained popularity. From then on, SLSQ’s numbers have increased significantly and now women make up approximately 45% of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s membership!
These days, female Lifesavers perform critical duties within the organisation. They are equally trained and celebrated for the energy, calibre and achievements they bring to each club
So this week when your at the beach, remember to swim between the flags, protect your skin by wearing plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.