Support to surf events no challenge

Published on PO Richard Gorey (author and photographer)

Location(s): Coolum, Qld

Topic(s): Team Navy, Community Engagement

Team Navy at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition. (photo: )
Team Navy at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition.

The rainy weather did nothing to dampen spirits at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition recently as the Royal Australian Navy provided support for the competition where crews used various surf skills in short races that made for thrilling spectating and tight finishes. 

The Team Navy ladies’ team took to the surf and after taking a tumble in the Boat Crew Race managed to push through the challenge and complete the course.

Petty Officer Diver Richard Gorey was a member of Team Navy and said attendees were thankful of the support for Lifesaving events.

“It was great to have so many spectators and past competitors come up to the Navy stand and thank the Navy for their support of this series of Surf Lifesaving Events,” he said.

It was the second of two events that Navy have supported recently with sponsorship of the Australian Surf Rowers League Grand Finals at Kurrawa Surf Club following the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition. 

HMAS Moreton’s Navy Community Engagement Program team had the privilege of attending the event, located at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

The Royal Australian Navy was the main sponsor of the event, liaising and interacting with the Gold Coast community.

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Paul Cannard was at the Gold Coast for the event where the Navy team also showcased a working Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.

“It is really great to see how the people of the Gold Coast embrace Navy,” he said.

“You can almost get a sense that they feel part of Navy and are proud to wear the Navy crest with pride on their surf uniforms.”

Moreton continues to support the events, in which thousands of people attend from across the country in support of surf lifesaving personnel.