Thursday, December 15, 2016


We are already at our half way mark for registrations for the 2017 Mardi Gras parade.  Over half of our allocated spots have already been takes so you'll have to move fast to get in before we close them off completely.

We have already picked our song, and the routine is being put together as we speak.  It's all coming together for a great season. We are really looking forward to having you on board to share the fun and excitement.  So get in before it's too late.

Registrations can be accessed from the following link using the password LWP2017

Gary and the LWP Committee.

Friday, November 11, 2016

2017 Mardi Gras Parade Registrations now open

The LWP Committee are really excited to open registrations for the 2017 Mardi Gras float capped at 100 participants.  These are expected to be full by Christmas to be fast to register.  Only current and former lifesavers can enrol to march.  The parade is on Saturday 04 March 2017 and you need to be able to make the following rehearsals at the Bondi Pavillion (not Bondi SLSC);

Mon 13 Feb 7.30 - 9.30 High Tide Room (out the back near the amphitheatre)
Wed 15 Feb 7.00 - 9.00 Seagull Room (upstairs)
Mon 20 Feb 7.30 - 9.30 High Tide Room
Wed 22 Feb 7.00 - 9.00 Seagull Room
Mon 27 Feb 7.30 - 9.30 High Tide Room
Wed 01 Mar 7.00 - 9.00 Seagull Room

Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms:
Webpage :
Instagram: lifesavers_with_pride
Twitter: @LWP_2017

And always tag your posts with both the LWP and Aussiebum hashtags to ensure our sponsor gets plenty of good coverage, and continues to support us.

Registrations can be accessed from the following link using the password LWP2017

Gary and the LWP Committee
See you soon, it's going to be fun!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Australian Marriage Equality are putting together a series of commercials and have asked LWP for assistance.  It's a series of relaxed stand-alone scenes that will be compiled together as a montage with background music and a voiceover.  It will be you and your 'family' and the idea is to create a 'vibrant, fun and positive' production.

They are also on the lookout for anyone interested in doing publicity for media appearances, press interviews and social media content about why Marriage Equality is important to them.

Anyone interested, please contact directly Helen Ross-Browne directly at AME in the next day or two as their timeline is tight.

We'll all be keeping an eye on our screens for faces we know, otherwise see you down at the beaches when it warms up.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

2015/16 VIDEO

Hey All,

Thanks a heap for those who made it to the End of Season bash down at Palms last Thursday night.  It was a lot of fun to see everyone again and watch the excellent video that Mike put together.  Thanks to Mike, and the committee, old and new for their efforts.

Find a copy of the video here.

For those who would like their own copy, please let us know and we'll send them off in the next week or two.

The committee will now lay low for a few months, but feel free to contact us if you have any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, brainwaves or flashes of brilliance before next season kicks off.  We're always happy to take on new ideas and improvements.

Stay warm over the winter and see you next season.

Gary and the committee

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Hey, we have finalised details for our end of season bash.

Come along to Palms Nightclub, 124 Oxford St, this Thursday from 7.30 where we will have the venue to ourselves, and can watch the parade DVD, have a few drinks, catch up with each other, and generally enjoy good company, plus a few boring formalities.

Those taking Friday off for a very long weekend can then carry on when the venue opens to the public around 9pm.

Can't wait to see you all there.

Gary and the Committee

Wednesday, April 06, 2016


The SBS DeepWater filming has had to be rescheduled again, and is now on Wed 20 April.  I am told it is locked in, although have been told that twice already.  Again, all past and present LWP members, plus their friends are welcome.

Let me know so that I can confirm numbers with the production team.  More info to come when I have it.

Gary and the committee.

Saturday, March 26, 2016



Filming has been rescheduled to Fri 22.  Same details remain Full day from 10am or from 4pm at Bondi Surf Club.  We might head out for a drink afterwards before the long weekend too.

Let me know if you are available

Gary and the committee.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Hey, as mentioned, SBS are filming a show which includes LWP.  There's a drama and a doco being filmed concurrently, and some footage was taken on parade night with some LWP members heading for stardom.

They now want to film a rehearsal scene which will require us reconvening for a dummy practise.  This will be on Thursday 21 April.  All attendees will be paid, and the day will be catered.  There are a few scenes in the day, involving preparing a parade truck which anyone is welcome to, and then the rehearsal scenes start at 4pm for about four hours.  You can just come to this part if you like.  Bring your branded swimmers.

They'll make up numbers with extra's but it would be good if we could fill it ourselves.  Bring your friends if you like, and volunteers and previous parade entrants are also welcome.  Not sure if we are filming set pieces or they are just filming us do our thing but Bravo will be there to lead the way.

Let me know if you are interested so I can get numbers to them.

See you soon.

Friday, March 04, 2016


OK, its nearly time, and its all getting very exciting now.

Saturday we will be meeting at the main entrance to the Sydney Football Stadium at 4pm.  By 4.30, after changing into your swimmers, cap and plain white shoes, we'll rehearse on the grass across the road for a bit with your issued coloured towel.  We'll store our bags in a van that will remain here (probably in the SFS carpark), then head together to Hyde Park in our swimmers to marshal.  Only bring a small bag to store in the van.  Anything that you bring with you into marshaling, such as a T-shirt, will need to be discarded as we have no facility to store stuff on the truck.  Wrist bands will be passed around at Moore Park so you must be there before we head off and you can not enter the marshaling area without a band.

After the parade, which will end in front of the SFS this year, we will then gather and disseminate the gear from the van.  We will then move off together for a well earned refreshment.

As we are representing SLSA, no alcohol, and no drugs.  You will be removed if you bring either, or arrive under the influence of either.  And remember to respect your fellow marchers and the wonderful volunteers who help us.  This will be the first hot and dry weather MG in a while so our water carriers will be most appreciated.

But most of all, have fun, smile for the cameras, rev up the crowd and do us proud.  Happy Mardi Gras guys.

Remember unbranded swimmers, cap, white shoes and coloured towel for 4pm at SFS

Gary, Wayne, Christine, Jules, Orlando, Nick, Gerard

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Final Media Rehearsal this Thursday


Don't forget that this Thursday is the Media Rehearsal at Bondi Surf Club.  All marchers and Volunteers are requested to attend.  Media will be present from 7pm, so come early if you can, from say 6.30pm to be ready.  You'll need your branded swimwear, patrol cap and issued coloured towel.  After the media scrum, we'll do some more polishing of the routine, volunteers will go through their respective roles, the last of the towels and swimmers will be issued, then we'll also provide the final details for Saturday.

Also remember that you will need to provide a pair of white shoes for parade day.  We want all focus to be on our marching, our choreography, our swimwear and the towels and flags, not on bright or distracting footwear.  Dunlop volleys are a good start so if you still have a pair, feel free to wear them, otherwise, you have just over a week to head out and grab yourself a pair of all white footwear.

As mentioned at rehearsal, we are making the meeting point and departing point smoother than last year (not particularly hard).  This will involve a van or truck.  In the interest of reducing our costs, rather than hiring a vehicle, we are hoping someone within our group can provide one.  It will be for storing bags in and will remain in the one location the entire time.  It means that the person who provides it can drive right up to our meeting point, and can drive off straight away from the same departing point too.  Please let the committee know if you can help out so that we don't have to fork out more $$$ on another vehicle.

Note that there will be no swimwear or towels issued on parade day to marchers or volunteers so make sure you have collected all your gear prior to parade day, or contact the committee to make alternate plans.  This includes uniforms for volunteers.

OK, see you on Thursday ready for the cameras.

Gary, Nick, Gerard, Wayne, Christine, Orlando, Jules

Monday, February 15, 2016

First Parade Rehearsal this THURSDAY!!!!

Don't forget that first rehearsal is this Thursday (18/2) for all registered marchers.

If you haven't registered, its too late to march but you can still volunteer.

7pm at Bondi Surf Club.

Make sure you bring a towel as this is our prop this year, and you'll need it to help with the choreography. Its all getting exciting now!

Friday, February 12, 2016

UPDATE: Dance for LWP in Mardi Gras ‘Afterparty’ Show

Who wants to dance in a show at the Mardi Gras Afterparty?

All you have to do is turn up to Arq nighclub on Flinder St @ 8.30pm Monday 15 Feb, for the audition.

There is no registration required.

For the successful people there will be rehearsals during the week prior to the party.

Mardi Gras contact is George

0411 023 237

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LWP Invited to Dance in Mardi Gras ‘Afterparty’ Show

Who wants to dance in a show at the Mardi Gras Afterparty?

Mardi Gras are doing a show at the party which will include members of community organisations and have asked LWP if we want to be part of it.

They are looking for members to dance in uniform (Aussiebum branded swimwear and patrol cap) at the opening show of the party.

Auditions are on this coming Monday 15 Feb at Arq nightclub at 8.30pm.

They are looking for 5 people from each group. You don't need to be parading with us this year, but you will need to wear the uniform.

Good luck.

Contact Gary if you have any questions

0404 053 304

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mardi Gras Fair Day Sun 21 Feb - LWP Volunteers Needed!!!

Hey All,

LWP will have a stall again at Fair Day on Sun 21 Feb.

This year we will be with all the sports stalls up in the Team Sydney area. We will be wanting volunteers to join us on the stall for an hour or two throughout the day. Help us promote lifesaving amongst the GLBTI community, and promote our sponsors Aussiebum while you are at it. Can you let us know if you can swing by so we can work out numbers? If you can bring your uniform/swimmers that would be great.

We'll be there from 10am to 4pm. Looking forward to another fun day.

See you all soon.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

MG 2016 Parade Rehearsal Dates!!!!!!

Hey all

We have finally booked in our rehearsal dates for the 2016 parade. It's all getting close now and very exciting. The five rehearsals will be held at Bondi Surf club and you must attend at least three of them. The dates and times are 

* Thu 18 Feb 7-9pm 
* Sun 21 Feb 6-8pm 
* Thu 25 Feb 7-9pm 
* Sun 28 Feb 6-8pm 
* Thu 3 Mar 7-9pm 

Note that the final rehearsal is the media rehearsal so if you can get there from 6.30 that would be good, but we'll go over that before then. 

We had challenges with our nights this year, but reckon Sundays will be good as we'll have more light to be outside, we can come straight from the beach, we can still head out for a drink before going home, and there'll be plenty of people around for us to impress. 

And yes, we will still post video of the rehearsal on the fb page for our absent friends, whether local or distant. 

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 18th.

BTW Marching spots have been filled and we are not looking to fill the Volunteer spots - grab some of your friends to come along on assist during the parade ...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AussieBum Event at the Beresford Hotel this Sunday from 3pm

Hi All

Aussiebum are VERY EXCITED that we are helping and participating in the event this Sunday. 

Who will join Michael Boland, Gary Driscoll, Nick Ferguon, Wayne Penn and other LWP members in the fun and celebration at the Aussiebum Australia Day Eve Party (link).  You'll be involved in product giveaways, a fashion parade and most importantly being a brand ambassador for our fabulous sponsor.   Contact Christine or Gary if you want your fabulous 2016 Parade swimmers this weekend!

Christine Conolly
Phone: +61 415 303 563



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