Coast’s lifeguards battle it out in final challenge
  • Thursday 06 March 2008

There will be sand, sweat and tears as the Coast’s professional lifeguards battle it out one last time as part of the Sunshine Coast Twilight Lifeguard Challenge later this week.

And with a field of competitors that includes Rhys Drury (Caloundra City), Corey Jones (Caloundra City), Darren Mercer (Maroochy), Allira Richardson (Maroochy), Chantelle Ellis (Noosa) and Isaac Smith (Noosa), its sure to be standing room only on the foreshore of Mooloolaba beach on Friday afternoon. The fifth and final Challenge will mark an historic occasion for the three lifeguard services from Maroochy, Noosa and Caloundra, who from Monday 17 March will become one as part of the new Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Caloundra City Lifeguard Supervisor Mick Taplin said the final challenge is an opportunity to celebrate the success of each of the three services before amalgamation. “The normal friendly rivalry we share with our colleagues at Maroochy and Noosa will soon be replaced with a new found team camaraderie, with our final challenge signifying that,” Mr Taplin said.

Maroochy Council Chief Lifeguard Heath Collie said the lifeguards looked forward to working with one another as part of a new organisation. “Generally there is a sense of excitement about the prospects that amalgamation offers our professional lifeguard service, and we look forward to working together with our colleagues from Caloundra and Noosa,” Mr Collie said. The challenge is a great way for members of the public to watch the lifeguards in action as they compete across five events including a board rescue, swim rescue and board relay.

The final Twilight Lifeguard Challenge will get underway from 5.15pm on Friday 7 March near the Loo with a View at Mooloolaba beach. For pre-publicity of the event, media are invited to attend a PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WHEN: Thursday, 6 March 2008
WHERE: Mooloolaba Beach Lifeguard Tower
TIME: 12 noon Ends