SURF’S UP: Gympie West students Indi Wintle and Romy Whitaker with new Summer Surf Girl entrant Emily Simpson.
SURF’S UP: Gympie West students Indi Wintle and Romy Whitaker with new Summer Surf Girl entrant Emily Simpson. Renee Pilcher

Rainbow surfer Emily rides the wave

RAINBOW Beach Surf Life Saving Club member Emily Simpson is proud of her community and club and wants all of Queensland to know it.

The energetic lifesaver has signed on for this summer season's Surf Life Saving Queensland's Summer Surf Girl competition.

Clubs Queensland-wide have been invited to participate by nominating one female lifesaver.

Ms Simpson, 20, did not hesitate in throwing her hand up after seeing a friend benefit from the program during the 2013/14 summer season.

"Ash Dodt did it a few years back and I thought it was something I would really like to do," Ms Simpson said.

Participants fundraise and participate in surf life saving community awareness activities to construct a portfolio from which they are then judged. Surf life saving skills are also assessed together with public speaking ability.

The judging takes place at a gala dinner on the Gold Coast next May on a date yet to be fixed.

Ms Simpson said the greatest thing about the competition was all money raised would go back to the Rainbow Beach club.

The Rainbow Beach surf lifesaver was at Gympie West State Primary School yesterday delivering her first presentation on surf safety.

"I was a bit nervous but I had a lot of fun," she said.

"The kids were enthusiastic and wanted to get involved."

Ms Simpson first joined the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club in Year 9 and encourages anyone to give it a go.

A nippers sign-on takes place at the Rainbow Beach Swimming Pool tomorrow morning between 9am and 11am.

Gympie Times


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