Mooloolaba Surf Club confirms shift away from surf sports
MOOLOOLABA Surf Club has confirmed it will shift its focus away from surf sports to get back to the core business of keeping watch on the beaches.
A media statement this afternoon comes after two days of silence from the club after rumours of financial ruin and elite surf sports athletes in limbo.
The club stated they are a "registered charity" and are charged the core purpose of providing life saving services on Mooloolaba Beach.
Newly elected club president Dave Jewry said Mooloolaba Surf Club would continue to invest in the surf sports program, but not to the level that could jeopardise the sustainability of the club and the safety on the beach.
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The club has a proud 93 year history of carrying out this core purpose and currently boasts in excess of 400 volunteer patrolling members, 350 nippers and is the largest patrolling surf life saving club in Queensland.
"In the club's recent AGM held on Sunday June 14, the club members elected a new president and significantly changed board," the statement read.
"Those elected stood on a platform of reducing the club's significant investment in surf sports to return a focus on the club's core purpose of patrolling Mooloolaba Beach, training volunteers and creating a platform to educate and develop the club's nipper and cadet programs.
Incoming president Dave Jewry said the overwhelming majority vote the incoming board received was testament to the feedback previously received from club members.
The new board met for the first time last night and were briefed on the current financial status and future obligations of both the Supporters Club and Life Saving Club.
The Daily is seeking a copy of the Annual Report to clarify the financial situation of the club.
"While the previous significant investment in the surf sports program had put stress on the clubs finances it was noted that both clubs are in a strong position to continue operations and the provision of services to the community," Mr Jewry said.
"The club must ensure beach patrol services and training our volunteers remain the highest priority providing a safe environment for the bathing community.
"We also have a responsibility to the community to continue to educate our youth and provide developmental opportunities through the clubs nipper and cadet programs."