HUNDREDS of surf lifesavers are being put through their paces at a series of acting, singing and dancing workshops on the Gold Coast today in preparation for their roles at next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The iconic red and yellow lifesavers will swap the surf for the stage at the Game’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Representing Games Minister Kate Jones, Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch said the Games’ were going to be one of Queensland’s greatest success stories.
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“I’m thrilled that Games organisers have chosen to highlight our lifesaving volunteers and their iconic red and yellow colours,” Ms Enoch said.
“Their images will be beamed to a global television audience of hundreds of thousands. Exposure on that scale is gold for the Games and for Queensland.”
GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said today 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 is participating in the very first cast workshops 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.”
SLSQ President Mark Fife OAM said being involved in the Ceremonies is a fantastic opportunity for the organisation and its members.
“It’s a really exciting, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SLSQ and our members, and we’re thrilled to be involved in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies,” Mr Fife said.
“It will 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.
Small Business Minister Ms Enoch said the Games were a great opportunity to showcase Queensland’s sporting prowess, world-class facilities, and small business sector.
“With more than 1.2 million spectators expected to visit the Games in April next year, small businesses will be the big winners,” she said.
“The Games will achieve a lasting legacy for small businesses, not just on the Gold Coast, but in the Event Cities of Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville.
“It’s an exciting time for industry on the Gold Coast and Queensland, and I’m delighted to be here to share the day with Surf Life Saving Queensland and their members,” she said.
Applications to be part of the volunteer performance cast for the Opening and Closing ceremonies open at 10am on Monday. Applications are open for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.