WITH more than 4,500 Nippers on the Gold Coast, it was no easy task to identify the best of the bunch.
But Nicholas Crow and Keely Anne Smith stood out for their respective Clubs, and are now finalists for Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) prestigious Breaka Under-14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year award.
Nicholas and Keely are representing their respective SLSQ branches of South Coast and Point Danger, and join four other finalists from around the state in the running for the award.
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SLSQ Membership Development Manager Brenda Lofthouse said that both junior surf lifesavers were deserving of their nomination and are already excellent role models within the lifesaving community.
“From Nicholas being the Junior Activities Club Captain at Kurrawa SLSC to Keely performing volunteer visitor patrol duties at neighbouring clubs in need, both these young members are highly involved and dedicated young surf lifesavers,” Ms Lofthouse said.
“Their involvement extends beyond their rostered patrolling, which they are also committed to, and really demonstrates their passion for their club and the wider surf lifesaving movement.”
Nicholas’ enthusiasm for surf lifesaving is illustrated every time he responds to calls for assistance when patrol numbers are short.
“Nicholas demonstrates a maturity beyond his years while on patrol, using his skills and knowledge to the highest standard,” Ms Lofthouse said.
Keely is also highly active in other areas of the movement, including representing her Club in surf sports competition, fundraising activities and participating in leadership development opportunities.
“Keely really enjoys getting involved, and yet is so focused and determined when she has to be. She has an eager approach to opportunities and really takes them on with both hands,” Ms Lofthouse said.
Ms Lofthouse said both Nicholas and Keely are wonderful ambassadors for the surf lifesaving movement, both across the Gold Coast region and the wider state as well.
“Surf Life Saving Queensland is an organisation built on the strength of our membership and, with young members like Nicholas and Keely in the movement, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll have a pretty strong future ahead of us,” Ms Lofthouse said.
The 2014 Breaka Under-14 Surf Lifesaver of the Year award will be announced at the Junior State Championships at North Kirra on the Gold Coast on Saturday 15 March 2014.