DICKY Beach surf lifesaver Caitlin Knight beat out 22 young women, including 8 Gold Coasters, to take out the coveted 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl title on Saturday night.
The avid surf lifesaver was also named the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl Highest Fundraiser after raising an impressive $128,487.11 for her surf club throughout the past year.
Olivia Wilson from Broadbeach SLSC was announced the Runner-Up, while Morgan Marrinon from Pacific SLSC was presented the Award for Personality at the competition’s Gala Ball on Saturday at Jupiters Hotel & Casino.
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The final judging week, held at Jupiters Hotel & Casino from 14-17 May, brought to an end Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) year-long fundraising initiative, which to date has raised more than $14.5 million for surf clubs across the state since 1964.
George Hill, SLSQ chief operating officer and chairman of the judging panel, said the judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants.
“These young women performed exceptionally well, not only during the final judging but throughout the program. It was very difficult to distinguish a winner and came right down to the wire, as each entrant has been a fantastic ambassador for surf lifesaving over the past year,” Mr Hill said.
Mr Hill said Caitlin was chosen based on her fundraising initiatives, commitment to community education and surf lifesaving knowledge, and will now begin her year as an official ambassador for SLSQ.
“Caitlin was really the standout throughout all aspects of the final judging, demonstrating her commitment to lifesaving and to the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program,” he said.
“Caitlin has a long and proud history with surf lifesaving over the past 15 years, showing her strong ties to her club not only through fundraising but also through patrolling the beach, competing in surf sports and her commitment to community education.
“We are confident that Caitlin will take on her role over the next 12 months as an ambassador for surf lifesaving with the same passion and commitment she demonstrated during the program and will champion the benefits of surf lifesaving to the community. SLSQ looks forward to working with Caitlin over the next year.”
Jupiters Hotel & Casino directing manager Aaron Gomes praised the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants on their tremendous efforts.
“These young women have worked tirelessly for 12 months educating the community, raising awareness and raising crucial funds to keep our beaches safe. They are amongst the greatest ambassadors for the surf lifesaving movement,” Mr Gomes said.
“2014 marks Jupiters Hotel & Casino’s 20th consecutive year as naming rights sponsor of the program and we are continually amazed by the passion, commitment and dedication of the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants, and the support they receive from their clubs.
“We congratulate Caitlin and all of the 2014 Jupiters Summer Surf Girl entrants. We are proud to be part of an initiative that ensures our surf lifesavers can continue to provide a vital community service here in Queensland,” he said.
This year marked the 50th year of Summer Surf Girl, which has become one of SLSQ’s largest and most enduring club-based fundraising initiatives. It is also the 20th year in partnership with Jupiters Hotel & Casino.