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Summer Surf Girl on a Fundraising Mission Summer Surf Girl Ashlee Keen didn’t grow up surfside like most Summer Surf Girls – she grew up on a cattle station North West of Townsville and the Burdekin River was her pool! “My mum, dad and brother were heavily involved in the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Live Saving Club (TPBSLC) while I was spending my weekends chasing cows and studying for university,” says Ashlee, who did a degree in business, marketing and event management. “I came down to the club one Sunday and helped out with a nipper barbecue and my involvement grew from there.” Since that morning Ashlee has filled the Junior Activities Secretary Position, completed her bronze medallion, spent over 100 hours patrolling our beaches on The Strand and Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island, and represented the maroon and gold competitively on a branch, state and national level. “As a Summer Surf Girl entrant I’m also heavily involved in community awareness around surf and sun safety, club and member development, and fundraising. Muchneeded funds raised will go towards buying new rescue and training equipment, maintaining our two club houses and providing surf safety education.
“I’m passionate about my club because it’s unique in the sense that anyone can join Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC, no matter what your age or background. There so many ways to be involved from fundraising, to promoting water safety and helping out at carnivals. Come along to the Tobruk pool at 9am on 27 August to sign up to become a member of Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC.”
DUOMagazine August 2017