Jacki Hendy, Karla Gilbert to headline Women in Surf Luncheon

JACKI Hendy and Karla Gilbert have been announced at the headliners for the  the inaugural Women In Surf Luncheon on December 6.

The luncheon will celebrate the contribution women have made to the Surf Life Saving movement and aims to raise funds to support the development of youth through Surf Life Saving.

Ms Gilbert sais the event will serve as a reminder to just how far women have come in Surf Life Saving, and how much further they can go with the right support network.


“It’s incredible to think that women were only first allowed to become active patrol members of Surf Life Saving Australia in the early 1980s, but since then, the sport has really gained popularity and there are now thousands of girls participating at all levels – from Nippers through to Surf Patrol,” she said.

“I’ve grown up with Surf Lifesaving and when I started I was competing against men, but by the time I entered senior ranks the number of women in the sport had grown to be virtually on par with the guys, which is fantastic to see.

“There are very few sports where you see women equal or even outnumber men, but that’s where it’s headed with Surf Life Saving.

“The message we want to get out there is that Surf Life Saving is a great sport for girls and women to get involved in – it builds strength not just physically but also mentally, and there’s a real sense of camaraderie in the sport which I’m sure we will see at this luncheon.

Ms Hendy sais the luncheon will provide a great opportunity for women in Surf Life Saving to network, share their ideas and help raise funds for a worthy cause.

“This is a really exciting event,  and one that I hope will continue for many years to come. There are regular Sportsman’s lunches held by surf clubs which are generally patronised by men, so it makes sense for the girls to have a special day of their own to celebrate their achievements in the sport,” she said.

“Surf Life Saving has played a huge part in my life and has given me so many different skills and attributes which I apply to my everyday life – especially in my role as Director of New Beginnings Corporate Networking Events.

“While the event will be a lot of fun and a great chance to socialise with like-minded women, it will also be a serious opportunity to help the next generation of Surf Life Saving stars reach their potential.

“Ultimately Surf Life Saving is all about keeping our beaches safe, so supporting this cause is in the interests of everyone in the community, whether they are male or female. It’s about protecting our Gold Coast lifestyle and keeping our beaches as safe as possible for all to enjoy.”

The luncheon will be held at the Currumbin RSL on December 6. Tickets are $95 and include a three course meal and drinks, plus  prizes, gift bags, raffles and a silent auction. For more information visit womeninsurf.com