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Surf Life Saving Queensland takes centre stage

Athletes from Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) will follow in the footsteps of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games champions thanks to the Games Legacy Assets Program.

SLSQ will receive two podiums to use at their State Championship events held throughout the year as well as their School Surf League competitions, Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) competitions, pool rescue events and beach competitions.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sports Manager Stuart Hogben said the podiums would have special significance for all members and particularly junior athletes.

“They’ll be pretty humbled to be standing on a dais that will have been used at the Commonwealth Games and receiving their medals on the same dais Commonwealth Games champions received their medals on,” he said.

Junior SLSQ State Championships can attract up to 1600 competitors, which can make it very difficult to have all presentations done on a central podium.

Mr Hogben said the two new additions would allow each winner’s achievements to be celebrated appropriately.

“At our major events for our state championships we’ve got our essential presentation dais that we use, but having a couple of smaller ones we can place at various locations around the events will be great,” he said.

“Having a dais to put in those respective event areas will allow athletes to be presented their medals on a proper podium, making it look a bit more presentable.

“It means we can present medals a lot quicker to our members rather than trying to do all the presentations on one dais at the end of the day.”

The new podiums will also enable other respective branches access to the podiums for their various events.

“Because of the size of these dais’ we’ll be able to transport them quite easily and actually let the branches utilise them for their events as well, not just for our state championships,” Mr Hogben said.  

Mr Hogben believed these assets and the Commonwealth Games in general will positively impact participation numbers for SLSQ.

“I think it will boost the sport and number of families wanting to get their children involved in Surf Life Saving Queensland, especially due to our exposure at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony,” he said

“It’s relatively cheap to get involved in and it’s a good lifestyle. The families can get involved in lifesaving alongside their children.”

Approximately 20,000 items of sporting equipment will be gifted to sporting organisations and communities throughout Queensland as part of the Sports Assets Legacy Program.

The Sports Assets Program is part of the Queensland Government's Embracing 2018 Legacy Program, which realises and maximises the benefits of hosting GC2018 for Queensland communities before, during and after the Games.

Kristy Higgison - Surf Lifesaving Queensland