SURF STUDIO: Episode Ten
This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, we head to Surfers Paradise to chat to legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy about fatherhood and winning an Aussie title with son TJ Hendy, we chat to Mike Shaw and Matt Elliot from Fremantle SLSC, WA about their award-winning Multicultural Surf and Beach Safety program, and finally, we take a look at the recently launched Deloitte Access Economics report which outlines the social and economic value of Surf Life Saving to the Australian community.
After celebrating Father’s day last weekend, we chat to legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy about fatherhood and the Aussie title that he won with his son TJ, who says it was one of the most special races of his life.
“The one that stands out for me by a long shot was winning the Australian Board Rescue with TJ five years ago as a 46 year-old,” Trevor said on the 2015 Australian title.
“I don’t know if I’d call it a team event, I’d call it a family event.
“That’s just far and away ahead of any Ironman race I ever won or anything else, it was such a beautiful, profoundly humbling experience to find our way to click on the day and to create that.”
Mike Shaw and Matt Elliott from Fremantle SLSC in Western Australia talk about the success of their Multicultural Surf and Beach Safety program which teaches young and newly immigrated children lessons in the surf and at the beach.
“It’s just amazing to watch these young kids who start out being too timid to put a toe in the water, to then standing in ankle deep water, to standing in knee deep water and then all of a sudden Matt’s got them on rescue boards and they’re catching waves back in and the smiles are a foot wide,” Mike said.
“To see these kids go in the water for the first time is amazing, it’s the biggest smile I’ve ever seen,” said Matt.
“The hardest thing is having to blow the whistle and say, ‘that’s it guys, you’ve got to get to of the water’ and they just don’t want to get out.”
And finally, we take a look at the Deloitte Access Economics report (launched September 1, 2020) which outlines the social and economic value of Surf Life Saving to the Australian community.
“What Deloitte has shown is the actual economic contribution of Surf Life Saving to the Australian community is $6.5 billion a year,” said SLSA President Graham Ford AM.
“Our organisation, which is the largest volunteer organisation in Australia, is there to keep people safe when they come down to visit our coast.
“Deloitte is very clear on this…if we weren’t there on the frontline there’d be 1300 avoidable deaths every year, and that’s a large number.”
To find out more about each of these stories make sure to tune into episode ten of Surf Studio this Wednesday night on the SLSA website and SLSA Facebook page.
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