“Britt was amazing, gorgeous, elegant and a wonderful ambassador for Rainbow Beach. I am one proud Mum, ” says Dianne Neumann.
Last month, Queensland Surf Life Saving hosted this season’s Jupiter’s Summer Surf Girl Ball with over 500 attendees and 23 Summer Surf Girls from Ellis Beach to Coolangatta.
Rainbow Beach’s entrant, Brittany Neumann said, “The week was a great experience and I learnt so many things about Surf Life Saving Queensland, what each of the clubs is about and gained life-long friendships with the other entrants.”
The four days of judging included showcasing their surf lifesaving skills with beach rescues, scenarios and CPR; media promotions; visits to the Westpac Helicopter base; etiquette training, interviews, speeches, rehearsals and choreography for the final ball presentation. The highlight for Britt was teaching international kids the skills and fun of being in the surf.
Even her grandparents were there to cheer her on. Britt said, “It was also lovely having Rainbow Beach Clubbies there supporting me at the ball. I’d like to thank the Rainbow Beach Surf Club and my wonderful family for their support.”
Brittany set herself several goals for the season; raise over $20,000, promote Rainbow Beach and RBSLSC and raise awareness of surf safety. Brittany exceeded her goals, raising over $25,000 all of which goes directly to life saving equipment and training at Rainbow Beach. The promotion and education roles were a great success and the media coverage for Rainbow Beach included all local papers, radio stations, the Courier Mail and Channel 10 state news.
The most inspiring function was the Celebration of Women in Surf Life Saving Lunch, held on International Women’s Day. It was a real celebration of women and it was great to hear the history behind Rainbow Beach and the women who have helped build and shape the club.
Brittany’s speeches on the night focused on the wonderful extended family she has gained through life saving, the new ‘sisters’ she now has through the Summer Surf Girl season, the opportunities to work with a range of people in the area of surf education and on the strength and women in surf life saving.
“The night was a fantastic way to celebrate our hard work and achievements and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to share it with, ” said Britt.
The winner of both the Highest Fundraiser with over $128,000 and Surf Girl for 2013/2014 was Caitlyn Knight from Dicky Beach.