Gold Coast farewells iconic Chief Lifeguard Warren Young

The Gold Coast is farewelling a beloved city servant this morning, with Chief Lifeguard Warren Young calling time on his illustrious career.

The 71-year-old has spent 47 years patrolling our beaches but has put up the flags for the last time this morning.

He’s down at Burleigh Heads with Mayor Tom Tate, where they’ll unveil the new name of the Lifeguard Centre: ‘The Warren Young Lifeguard Centre’.


Mr Young’s told myGC he’ll definitely miss the job.

“One of the things about our job is we get feedback, we help people and they say thanks,” Mr Young said.

“And a lot of people do some wonderful things in their trades and they don’t get any thanks, but we do.

“So if you love people and you love the ocean, it can be a really good job.”

PHOTO: Carla Tooma – myGC

Mr Young announced his retirement earlier this year after he was crowned Gold Coast’s Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Tom Tate says he’ll certainly be missed.

“I reckon he could go for another 40 years, he’s enthusiasm, he’s spirit of willingness and his love for the beach and his city.

“He’s just as enthusiastic as the first time I met him. So the award is well deserved, the building will mark his name.

“And for the future generations who wonder who Warren Young is, they’ll google him and go ‘wow, what a wonderful man’,” Mayor Tate said.

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