Surf Life Saving Queensland responds to sexism allegations

Surf Life Saving Queensland has responded to the sexism allegations following the 2019 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast last weekend.

It comes after an online petition was launched from the sister of one of the competitors, claiming ‘Surf Life Saving Queensland displayed a lack equality during the U15 Ironwoman and Ironman finals.’

Surf Life Saving Queensland has this morning acknowledged and welcomed Ella’s feedback for one of their pinnacle events.


“While we attempt to highlight all events, we do unfortunately have to alter commentary of our Youth Championships between multiple competition areas with events occurring concurrently, and in very quick succession,” SLSQ said in a statement to myGC.

“This year saw a number of changes to our Youth Championships, with positive feedback received.

“As always, we are committed to delivering a world-class sporting carnival for our nippers and junior lifesavers, and we look forward to working with all members moving forward to help continuously improve on the running and success of our pinnacle youth event.

“Once again, we thank Ella for her valuable feedback, which will be implemented in the future to ensure all of our events receive the recognition they deserve.”

Ella Gooderham launched the petition four days ago now, stating there were unfair disparages between the events, in which her sister participated in.

“With 16 females competing in the final, they were called to the line as a group and set off for their race.

“Following this, 16 males were called for their race individually with their names over the loud speaker, were filmed with professional cameras and were displayed on social media.

Ms Gooderham also explains in the petition that her sister and friends that had competed in the final were puzzled that their names weren’t read out and they didn’t received the same amount of recognition for their achievements.

“I respect there was memorial trophy for Matthew Barclay, however that did not prohibit them announcing females onto the start line in the same manner.

“The weekend after International Women’s Day, it is saddening to see the lack of equality in such an admired sport.

“Therefore, this petition was created in order to achieve recognition for the 16 females who competed in an equally testing race, but received no acknowledgement, and for equality among future female and male competitors.

The petition has already collected over 720 signatures, aiming for 1000.