After months of dedicated training on the sand and in the surf, 22 students from St Joseph’s College successfully gained their Lifesaving Bronze Medallion at Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club on Saturday 28 November.
The students, who are in Years 10 and 11, are all new to surf lifesaving and have chosen it as their summer sport for the 2009-2010 season. The gruelling examination lasted three-and-a-half hours, and tested the practical skills required to patrol the beach as well as the theory that supports it. All the boys performed exceptionally well and examiners said they were the one of the best trained squads they have seen this year.
Surf Lifesaving Coordinator at St Joseph’s, John Cherry, said the boys had excelled in what is a relatively new sport at the College. “They are now part of the largest volunteer organisation in the Southern hemisphere and arguably the world,” he said. “They have earned the right to wear the red and yellow uniform and patrol the beaches of Australia to keep the public safe. The boys are a credit to the school and deserve to be congratulated on an outstanding result."
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