Yamba SLSC is competing at the Aussies with the help of Telstra, two months after a fire destroyed much of their club.
The 103-year old surf club lost $60,000 worth of patrol gear in the fire.
Telstra’s donation of $1,000 in Aussies entry fees, a $5,000 cheque and $2,500 in equipment gave Yamba SLSC members a much-needed boost ahead of the event.
Zane Holmes and Alyce Bennett, a former Yamba SLSC junior, ran a training session for Yamba members to help them prepare for the Aussies.
Holmes has also taken on the club mentor role whilst the athletes are at Kurrawa.
When Holmes heard about the fire, he was devastated for the club and its members. “Telstra’s assistance package will go a long way to support the members, while I hope our competition and training tips will be helpful this week,” Holmes said.
Yamba SLSC President, Alan Schofield, is grateful for Telstra’s assistance package and to Holmes and Bennett for passing on their knowledge and expertise to club members.
“Telstra’s assistance will help the club get back on its feet and keep the beach safe for holidaymakers and the local community,” said Mr Schofield.
“I know the team competing in the Aussies will greatly benefit from Zane and Alyce’s expert coaching. They will be an extended part of our team this week.”
Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for the Gold Coast, Darren Clark, said Telstra’s assistance was a further example of its commitment to surf lifesaving. “Telstra has been a strong supporter of Surf Life Saving throughout Australia for many years, through programs such as Telstra Beach to Bush, Answer the Call and the Telstra Assistance Fund, and this donation is a continuation of our support in local communities,” said Mr Clark.