This year’s 2016 Summer Surf Girl has taken out a double whammy.
Point Lookout surf lifesaver Anne-Marie Westby (main photo) claimed the coveted title at a Gala Ball at Jupiters on the weekend, while also being named Highest Fundraiser.
She raised more than $76,100 for her surf life saving club on North Stradbroke Island.
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SLSQ chief operating officer and judging panel chair George Hill said Anne-Marie was chosen based on her fundraising initiatives, commitment to community education and surf lifesaving knowledge.
“Anne-Marie was really the standout throughout all aspects of the final judging, demonstrating her commitment to lifesaving and to the Summer Surf Girl program,” Mr Hill said.
“Anne-Marie has a long and proud history with surf lifesaving over almost 20 years, showing her strong ties to her club not only through fundraising but also through patrolling the beach (over 70 hours last summer) and her commitment to community education and membership development,” he added.
Anne-Marie will now begin her year as an official ambassador for SLSQ.
Shannon Morgan from Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC (right) was named the 2016 Summer Surf Girl Runner-Up while Micaela Crompton from Etty Bay SLSC (left) won the Innovation Award.
Shannon Morgan from Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC was named the 2016 Summer Surf Girl Runner-Up while Micaela Crompton from Etty Bay SLSC rounded out the winners list, presented the 2016 Summer Surf Girl Innovation Award.
The seven entrants from around the state raised a collective total of $337,115.94 for their surf life saving clubs.
“These young women performed exceptionally well, not only during the final judging but throughout the program,” Mr Hill said. “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 Life Saving over the past year.”