North Queensland Newsletter – January Issue

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and seas on which we deliver our lifesaving services.  We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

 I’m writing this with a smile on my face and and a twinkle in my eye – why you may ask….becausue we are gearing up for a very exciting 2023! 
We just held our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) workshop for NQ; the first stage in our journey to acknowledge, recognising and building on the relationship which our First Nations peoples have with our beaches and surf life saving – a partnership to make our communities stronger. 
We are about to make the big public announcement around the 2023 State Pool Rescue Championships.  What an opportunity for our region, our clubs, our athletes and the rest of the State to compete outside of the SE corner and see what North Queenslanders are capable of.  Its not unusual to see world records tumble at this event, so start your warm up! 
Our board, working group, regional staff and SLSQ HQ team have been working tirelessly to create an innovative, targeted and dynamic sign-on campaign to recruit new members into your clubs and start our season off with a bang.  Clubs and members, you need to make the most of this campaign to attract new members to your club – they don’t join a branch, they join a club!  This is the most comprehensive campaign we have launched so we are excited about what we can do. 
The first initiative is our off season Bronze Medallion course.  Not only do we have current members upskilling but our target – new members has attracted 10 new members who will join our BM qualified ranks and be ready to actively patrol for the season (FYI at the time of writing EOIs had not yet closed).  I am so looking forward to welcoming new members to our red and yellow family to contribute to your fantastic work! 
As we prepare for our MEALS event (Membership, Education, Administration, Lifesaving and Sport professional development workshop), I am also excited to be welcoming the SLSQ Board of Directors and the State Council to Cairns for their combined meeting.  Board members are keen to get out and see our clubs and meet as many of you as they can.  Put the MEALS dates in your calendars, and I will be in touch around club visits with your Presidents. 
Great work from all those involved with our Youth Team – we know you’ll make NQ proud! 
All the best and see you on the pool deck or the beach…  

Rachael Wynberg
President, NQ Branch

 2022/2023 Awards of Excellence 
Do you have someone in your club that deserves to be recongnised for their contribution or skills?

This is your opportunity to acknowledge and show appreciation for members in your Club for their outstanding efforts and commitment to NQ Life Saving in 2022 in the following categories;

Membership development
U14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the year
U18 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the year
Youth Surf Lifesaver of the year
Clive Hammond OAM
Andy Frizzell Medal
Volunteer of the Year
Club Community & Innovation
Club of the year
Junior & Youth Development club of the year
Community Education program of the year
Innovation Award
Lifesaving Services
Surf Lifesaver of the year
Lifeguard of the year
Trainer of the year
Assessor of the year
Operations Support Person of the year
Surf Sports
Junior Athlete of the year
Youth Athlete of the Year
Athlete of the Year
Masters athlete of the year
Sports Team of the Year
Official of the year
Professional Coach of the Year
Volunteer Coach of the Year
Sports Team Manager of the year

The link for North Queensland members to begin nominating is - 
Nominations Close Friday 24th March 2023


  • Being nominated by your club means a lot to your members and is awesome recognition of their contribution and achievements
  • If you win a Branch AOE the same application goes through to State and finally to the SLSA Awards

Be sure to use the Awards of Excellence Template to submitt an outstanding application.
The template has been designed by SLSQ Membership to assist members with filling in the nomination Jotform as they can follow the steps in the word document with suggestions on nomination criteria and content, then copy and paste across in to the jot form when they are ready to submit an Application. The stronger the application the better chance of winning a Branch or State Award. You can view the template here.

If you require further assistance all members are invited to attend the writing nominations information session run by SLSQ for NQ Branch members.

Monday 27 Feb, 6 - 7.30pm
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NQ Branch Sign on Day 5 March 2023 10am-2pm

NQ Branch in conjunction with SLSQ has launched our 2023 Sign on Day campaign.
All members are encouraged to support your Club on 5th March 2023 to welcome new members and spread the word to "Become a Lifesaver" and why "It's a Ripper to be a Nipper".
Flyers have been sent to Clubs and schools to add to Newsletters. 


The NQB 2023 Sign on Day is part of the NQB 2023 Membership Drive and will be an ongoing campaign during 2023 promoting Life Saving in NQ. If yourself or members of your club would like to assist with school visits and presentations please contact

The NQB YST have trained hard and only have a couple of weeks left until they head to Mooloolaba for the 2023 Youth State Championships 16-19 February 2023.

The team headed up to Camp Barabadeen on the shores of beautiful Lake Tinaroo over the weekend of 14-15th January 2023 for training. Tiera Mikuzis the Team Manager hailed the weekend a huge success and one of the best camps she has attended. Tiera thanked all of the team "who were amazing"  and all parents and volunteers involved with a special shout out to Lucinda Eveans who delivered a great training program for the weekend and all of the Age Managers who trained and assisted over the weekend.


NQB YST have exceeded expectations of the distance they would swim in their SWIM TO THE STATES gofundme campaign and are now swimming  BACK!!  
Surely that deserves a click onto theirGo Fund Me page link 

Give our athletes a cheer with a like and follow them on their Facebook  page.

CAN WE MAKE IT?? Another 385km swam this week by Team @nqbyst passing our friends at @sarinaslsc and @mackayslsc2018 stopping for a Mango Smoothie at Bowen and finally reaching Guthalungra just south of Ayr. Only 456km to go, and we have 15 days before we fly down the the Youth State Championship at @mooloolabasurflifesavingclub Don’t forget to donate to our go fund me page. 





A huge shout out to the Sponsors of the NQB YST, your support for our team is greatly appreciated.

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


General Sponsors


Between March 25 and April 2, 2023, competitors from 314 club’s nation-wide will compete in over 480 events across nine intense days of competition at Scarborough and Trigg Island – in three major categories – Youth, Masters and Opens.

To register for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships 2023, please check the Circular .Here
Should further information be required please contact the SLSA events team at:
Phone: (02) 9215 8000

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is calling for nominations from ALL qualified
Surf Sport Officials
as well as all Medical Personnel, wishing to participate at the 2023 Australian Youth, Masters and Open Championships to be held across Scarborough & Trigg Island from Saturday 25th March to Sunday 2nd April 2023.
For Aussies 2023, SLSA are calling for officials to nominate for the Championships. The roles include all technical roles, support services roles and lifesaving roles.
For all nominations, please follow the following link:
The Aussies - NXsports Registration System

We, at Etty Bay SLSC have recently purchased, with the help of a donation, a floating mat for our nippers.   This mat has been a wonderful addition to our equipment for the juniors. It has been very successful in helping with water confidence for our young nippers, and most importantly,  heaps of fun for all! 
Shayne Cini, President Etty Bay SLSC

If you have a Nipper story, activity  or photo you would like to share please send it to Karen at NQ Branch

NQ Branch Reconciliation Action Plan

NQ Branch is working on establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan.
Thank you to Marc Harbrow at Harbrow Mentoring for facilitating the NQB Reconciliation Action Plan workshop on Saturday and thank you to those members of our NQB Board and Council for your input and your time. Some great discussions, reflections and ideas came out of the workshop about the land, sea and country we live and volunteer on, now to put pen to paper......NQB Reconciliation Action Plan.

Thank you for attending Hamish Jenkins, Scott Pearson, Rachael Wynberg, Jemima Eveans, Gary Williams, Nicola Williams and Jen Rees


NQ Board of Directors Positions Vacant in 2023

The following NQB Board positions are available for nomination in 2023.
 Please click on the position below for a full Position Description.

Deputy President
Director of Finance
Director of Administration and IT
Director of Surf Sports
Director of Junior Activities

If you would like to join the NQ Board of Directors and nominate for a position please click here or contact North Queensland Branch on 40491200 or email at with any questions you may have.

It was great to see our Surf Life Saving Volunteers be recognised at the Australia Day Awards. 

Congratulations to Rachael Wynberg, member of Ellis Beach SLSC and President NQ Branch who was nominated for the Cairns Regional Council, Volunteer of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Jo-Anne McElhinney and Brigid Darveniza for receiving the Lifetime Contribution Award for our club and our community, at the Cassowary Coast Regional Council Australia Day Award Ceremony in Cardwell.


Jen Rees attended the Cairns Aquarium Wildlife Day on Australia Day and delivered a presentation on Marine Stingers. Thanks Jen Rees for flying the flag for Surf Life Saving North Queensland and establishing an ongoing relationship with Cairns Aquarium. Jen is a member of Ellis Beach SLSC and the Regional Manager NQ/NB


Surf Life Saving Queensland extends the invitation for members of North QLD Branch and Clubs to attend the
Membership, Education, Administration, Lifesaving, Surf Sports

MEALS Workshop
The workshop will give you the opportunity to share ideas, ask questions of SLSQ
personnel and learn key updates coming out from SLSQ to take back to your club.

Date: Saturday 25th March 2023
Venue: North Queensland Branch Office - 26 Leisure Park Road, Smithfield QLD 4878

RSVP by Sunday 12th March 2023

The format of the day is below:
9:00am   – 9:15am Welcome to Country
9:15am   –10:00am Board/ Council QA Session*
10:00am –12:00pm Group Sessions
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm   – 2:45pm Group Sessions
2:45pm  – 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:00pm  –  4:00pm Questions/General Info session

Beach Safety Equipment Fund (BSEF) 2022/23
This funding must be used to purchase vital first aid and rescue equipment  as specified in the SLSA Beach Safety Equipment Fund Gear and Equipment List 2022-23, for more information please contact Kye Yeabsley at

SLSQ Life Member Nominations
Clubs and Branches are invited to nomination members for the 2023 SLSQ Life Membership. Should you wish to nominate a candidate to be considered for this special honour, please click this link  2023 SLSQ Life Membership Nomination for further information, please contact Kerrie Barnes or Danielle Blake

Lifesaving Scholarship
Surf Life Saving Queensland has an exiting opportunity for on candidate to receive a fully funded scholarship to conduct research specific to Surf Life Saving Queensland.
PhD Project Title: Assessing prevalance of stinger incidents and effects of wearing stinger suits for lifesavers and lifeguards within Surf Life Saving Queensland.
Scholarship Value: $30,000 stipend per year for 3 years
Expression of Interest due: 17th February 2023 by sending CV or EOI to

Officials Scholarship
The Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) Officials Scholarship Program aligns with the SLSA Participant Development Pathway, ensuring officials are trained and supported to continue their officiating progression. The Scholarship Program will increase opportunities and create a progressive pathway for our aspiring officials, supporting National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) accredited members in their officiating development.
Experience: Applicants must have a record of good performance and commitment officiating at branch and/or state level events.
2. Qualifications: Applicants must have a valid Technical Official or Senior Official accreditation.
3. Support from Branch or State: A statement of support must be provided by a senior member of the applicant’s Branch or State Surf Sports Committee or equivalent.
4. Ongoing Participation: The Officials Scholarship Program runs for a two-year duration. The applicants must be committed to the two-year program duration*.
5. Eligibility: You will be deemed ineligible if you have already officiated at the National Championship in which you are applying for i.e Aussies, IRB or pool. Please note however, that each Australian Championship is recognised as having it’s own scholarship program, so therefore if you have officiated at the Aussies in the past, you will be ineligible to apply for the scholarship for Aussies, however you WILL be eligible to apply for IRB or Pool Championships. Please also note that anyone who has been unsuccessful in the past, is still eligible to apply.
What is included in the Officials Scholarship?
SLSA will create a schedule for four (4) scholarship recipients to maximise learning and development opportunities through appointed mentors, exposure to carnival set up, carnival meetings

Officials Scholarship Online Application Form
Applications close on Monday 13ᵗʰ February, 2023.
Round 8 of FairPlay opens 25 January 2023!

What is the FairPlay program?
  • The program provides vouchers up to $150 to support children to get active.
  • The vouchers can be used for sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers.
  • There is a limit of one voucher per child per calendar year.
How can I get involved?

Parents, carers and guardians
  • Check eligibility criteria and information on applying for a voucher for your child can be found at this link.  
  • Watch the “How to Apply” video here
  • Distribute the flyer so parents, carers or guardians can use the QR code to access the website.
Activity providers

Activity providers are organisations and clubs that are approved by the department. They deliver eligible sporting or active recreation activities.

Approved activity providers can accept FairPlay vouchers from a parent, carer or guardian for use towards membership, registration or participation fees for eligible activities. Activity providers can then redeem the vouchers for payment of their monetary value. 
  • For more information on how to register as an activity provider, visit the web page,
  • Watch this video or use this flyer
  • Once you are approved display this poster to let families know you can redeem vouchers.
Referral agents

Referral agents can refer a child/young people or their family to access a FairPlay voucher. They must know the child or family from working with them and know that the family has a genuine financial need. Can I let others know about FairPlay?

Please share this email with anyone that might be interested.
We want children in your community to benefit from the program.  Let’s get your kids active!

What are the timings for Round 8?
  • 25 January 2023 - Applications Open
  • 23 March 2023 - Applications Close*
  • 17 May 2023 - Vouchers must be presented to Activity Providers
  • 31 May 2023 - Vouchers must be redeemed
* Applications may close earlier if the program budget is exhausted.

Want some more information?

Visit the website:
Give us a call: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Send us an email:
2023 Branch Training
8 Feb - 12 Mar

Marine Stinger
13 May
12 Aug
11 Nov

First Aid
18 Feb
12 Mar
8 Jul 

6 May
9 Sep

IRB Driver and Crew
2 Mar - 22 April

Silver Medallion/Beach Management
13 -14 May
12 -13 Aug

Please submit your Expression of Interest via the below link; or email  Emily Donoghue at

QLD Youth State Championships (SLSQ)
16-19 February
NQB Sign on Day 
5 March
Meals Conference 
26  March
22 April
NQB Awards of Excellence Luncheon
22 April

SLSA POLICY 6.21 - Photography, Digital Recordings and Images
In the lead up to the NQ Patrol and Carnival Season SLSQ and NQ Branch ask that you familiarise yourself with and are aware of the SLSA Policy 6.21, enduring that if approaching members of the public, or persons outside of the carnival arena that this is completed as per the policy. For your reference please follow these links: 
Specifically; Section 3.1:
•  SLSA Members are not entitled or empowered to confiscate, or attempt to confiscate a
person’s camera or digital recording device,
•  If an SLSA Member (including a patrolling Member) becomes aware of any person who appears to be 
taking photographs or digitally recording competitors, bathers or minors, and that SLSA Member 
believes that the photographs or digital recording
might be considered ‘unwarranted or obtrusive’, that Member should approach the person to enquire 
what they are doing and why they are taking the photographs or recording. Such approach should only 
be undertaken if the Member feels safe to do so,
•  If the SLSA Member is unable or unwilling in the circumstances to ask the person, or otherwise 
believes that the photographer is taking inappropriate images, he or she should notify police or 
other relevant security (for example council inspectors or rangers). Members should record the 
incident and take reasonable steps to remember and record the person’s attire and appearance, 
including any other identifiable characteristic (for example, car registration if possible in the 
•  The SLS Code of Conduct

Well done to NQ Lifeguard Nathan Pullen for doing such a great job and making someone's holiday highlights.



LiveHeats red  wrist bands are now a requirement for competing at NQ Branch Carnivals,  please ensure they are kept and brought to all Carnivals.
Live Heat bands are complimentary for all NQ Branch members competing at carnivals.
If you received a band in 2022, a fee of $5 will apply for extra bands required or forgotten at Carnivals. 

Carnival results and Leaderboard can be viewed here


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