Youth Program

Importance: High

Dear all,


BCC: Participants, Leaders, Mentors and Coordination Team


On Sunday 15th March, the 2020 Youth Excellence Program (YEP) Coordination Team met to discuss the current global situation and leading agency advice in relation to COVID-19 and the impacts on YEP scheduled to be conducted on 4th-6th April, 2020.


Following due consideration of all the associated risks, State and Federal Government directives, and precedent actions taken by Surf Life Saving Australia, Surf Life Saving Queensland and other state bodies the meeting resolved unanimously to postpone the 2020 Youth Excellence Program to a later date, subject to further Government announcements. Once a decision has been made, this information will be sent to you directly to confirm your attendance for the new scheduled dates. Please note that this may take some time, but rest assured we will let you know as soon as we know.


Whilst a great disappointment to all concerned, this decision has been taken in the best interests of not only those people directly associated with the 2020 Youth Excellence Program, but with the broader interests of your family and friends, particularly the elderly. In taking these strong actions SLSQ is demonstrating that it is committed to the welfare and safety of its members and their families as a priority.


During this time we are urging all members to exercise care and caution to minimise the risk of infection.


Current advice from Queensland Health includes:


  • Clean hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Try to stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing or sneezing.


Key information about symptoms, travel warnings, and other preventative measures can be found at the following links:


Queensland Health

Australian Government, Department of Health

World Health Organisation

Centers for Disease Control and Infection


At Mackay we have adopted the Youth Excellence Program (YEP’s) for members in the u/14 to u/19 age groups. The program is designed to motivate, recognise and reward youth, while providing them with the opportunity to explore and become involved in a range of areas within the movement which they may not have previously considered. The structure of the program not only rewards and recognises youth participants for their commitment but also sets achievable goals to encourage on-going participation across a range of lifesaving activities while promoting leadership skills, personal development and social interaction with peers.

YEPs also encourages a sense of organisational commitment and pride and assists clubs with the process of succession planning through the identification of future leaders.

204.12.18 – 2019 Breaka Youth Excellence Program – CALL FOR LEADERS-MENTORS (18+)

Successful Application to attend the 2020 Youth Excellence Program.

Participants: Congraulations!!!!!!!!

Arthur Alexandre G.L De Sousa

Kate Born

Klara Close

Pop over to the YEP Program to see what they will be doing.