Wendy Pascoe has been a member of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club (TPBSLC) since 2000, with her son Will joining nippers 10 years later. Now 11, Will is the current Junior Club Champion. He has a go in all areas of competition but is more focused on the water events. He trains hard and he and his mum are both involved in fundraising for the club.
“As soon as Will was old enough to join nippers we took him along as it’s such a family friendly environment,” says Wendy, who is a patrolling member of the club.
“This year, Will placed fifth in the final of his surf swim with a starting line-up of 120 competitors and his goal for next season is to reach finals in Youth States on the Sunshine Coast.”
Wendy grew up in Scotland and came to Australia in 1999 on a working holiday visa. She was offered a position as a Radiation Therapist at the Townsville Cancer Centre where she’s still happily employed today.
“Meeting new friends was a major motivator for joining the club as I was new to Townsville,” Wendy says.
“I was also keen to achieve my bronze medallion and join a surfboat crew.”
The Pascoes went to the Ewan Races last year, which was a lot of fun, and they also enjoy going over to the Magnetic Island clubhouse.
Summer Surf Girl on a Fundraising Mission
Summer Surf Girl Ashlee Keen didn’t grow up surf-side 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. Much-needed 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.”