Monday, January 29, 2007

Gay/lesbian Lifesavers who can't attend Mardi Gras

We've been receiving a lot of emails from lifesavers around the country who can't attend this year's Mardi Gras, but would love to keep up to date with future activities..

If you fall into this category - please keep in touch with us by emailing your details to

Once Mardi Gras is done and dusted, we'll be planning regular social activities and we'd love you to be apart of these. There'll be regular news letters with important information you'll need to know! Sign up today by supplying us with your name, surf club, phone number and mailing address.

Your details will be kept confidential and will not be supplied to third parties.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Message from CEO of Surf Life Saving Aust.

“Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) acknowledges and supports any member who wishes to participate on the Year of the Surf Lifesaver float in this year’s Mardi Gras.

“During the year-long celebrations to mark Surf Life Saving’s centenary, this is another opportunity to highlight the organisation’s diversity and deliver key beach safety messages at the same time.”

Brett Williamson OAM, Chief Executive Officer of SLSA.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Lifesaver float in the news #1

Click on the above image to read Courier Mail (Queensland) 'Lifesavers float thier diversity' by Cameron Atfield (29/1/07).

Click on the above image to read 'Sexy Sydney lifesavers to take part in Mardi Gras' by Christian Taylor (29/01/07)

Click on the above image to listen to Radio Adelaide 'Breakfast with Peter Godfrey' (31/01/07)

Click on the above image to listen to 2SER Sydney 'Queernoise with Steven Piquelli'.

Click on the above image to listen to Star 104.5 FM NSW Central Coast 'Breakfasts with Vic and Lisa' (30/01/07).

Click on the above image to read Adelaide Advertiser - Adelaide Confidential (SA) 'Mardi Gras wants lifesavers' (31/1/07)

Click on the above image to read 'Aussie surf icons for Mardi Gras' by Cath Pope (26/1/07).

Click on the above image to read blog Aussielicious 'Year of the (GAY) Lifesaver' by Brenton (29/1/07)

On-ya-float by Bentley Smith (29/1/07)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Participant Requirements - read this before registering

So you want to be a part of this exciting Mardi Gras float? Please check your suitability against our requirements:

  • A current SLSA Bronze Medallion holder or equivalent
  • If you are not a lifesaver but you would love to join in the fun, send us details of how you believe you can add to the flair of our float
  • A reasonable level of fitness (you’ll be marching for up to 1.5 hours)
  • Availability to attend at least 3 of the scheduled rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the parade (any fewer may jeopardise your ability to participate)
  • Look great in a pair of speedos (not a requirement, but some people will be wearing these while others will be in full uniform!)
  • Enthusiasm and a smile!

Please note the cut-off date for registrations is 22 February 2007

If you measure up and feel up to it, drop us an email to with the following details:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Contact phone number
  • Surf Club (if applicable)
  • The level or participation you feel you’ll be able to offer (e.g. marcher, admin, support crew)

Monday, January 15, 2007


Welcome to the home of the 2007 Inaugural Surf Life Saving Australia : Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Float.

As you may be aware, 2007 is the official Year of the Surf Lifesaver. The Year of the Surf Lifesaver marks the 100th anniversary of Surf Life Saving Australia.

Surf Life Saving Australia is a community-based organisation primarily supported by some 112,000 members from 305 surfclubs from around Australia. Without the membership of volunteers, the organisation would not be what it is today.

A few surf lifesavers from Sydney's best known city beaches have come together with a dream - to see Surf Life Saving Australia represented in this years' Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) Parade on Saturday 3 March 2007.

We are organising a float and are seeking an expression of interest from fellow gay and lesbian lifesavers and lifeguards from across Australia (and possibly the world?).

This blog site, is a way to keep up to date with developments and to register your interest if you would like to be a part of the glitz, glamour and fun.

Please bear in mind this is a work in progress, so check the blog frequently for up-to-date information. Please feel free to contribute and pass the details of this blog on to your friends and other people you think might be interested.

If you would like to participate, email with your name, email address, phone number, surf club - we'll be in touch very soon.

Don't forget to swim between the flags and of course, Happy Mardi Gras 2007!

SLSA : SGLMG Parade Float Organising Committee

The national group of gay and lesbian Australian surf lifesavers and their friends