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Mackay Surf Girl Keesha Close joined the surf lifesaving movement back in 2007 and has never looked back.

After starting in nippers, she worked her way up through the ranks, gaining her Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion before transitioning into beach patrols and other areas around the club.

Surf lifesaving has always been a family affair for Keesha, with her mum, dad, and three siblings all coming through the movement as well.

“My siblings and I have all done surf lifesaving from a very young age at Mackay SLSC – my parents wanted us to learn valuable life skills while keeping fit and having fun,” she said.

“We started with nippers and then as we became older, we started doing patrols and competing.”

When the Surf Girl opportunity came up, Keesha saw it as a great way to build upon her lifesaving experience, while giving back to her club at the same time.

“I thought it would be an amazing way for me to put myself out there, and learn more life skills which I will carry with me as I get older,” she said.

“I’ve done surf lifesaving since nippers and have always loved it, so I believed this would be a great way for me to contribute and give back to my club for all the life skills I have received through it.”

She hopes to encourage more people to join Mackay SLSC, and inspire younger members to consider getting involved in the Surf Girl program down the track.

Follow Keesha’s Surf Girl journey online on Instagram and Facebook.

Some pics from Aussie Day at The Beach. The weather may have dampened a few spirits but we still had fun on the sand.
Beach Volley Ball, Fastest Man on the Sand Comp and some beach cricket still drew a small crowd down
A huge thank you to Frescos who donated 2 meat trays that we raffled off.


Mackay Surf Girl 2019/2020- Keesha Close

This morning we presented 8 of our nippers with a haul of medals that they won at the North Barrier Branch Championships which included 8 clubs from Sarina to Townsville.

For these nippers who love the surf sports aspect, they train anywhere from 3 to 6 times per week in a number of disciplines
which includes pool swimming, board training, ironperson training and beach (flags and sprints) – Now that is the fitness 🏃‍♀️🏄‍♂️🏊‍♂️🏋️‍♀️

5 of our nippers/youth from under 11s to 15 were also selected in the North Barrier Branch Youth Team who will travel to the Sunshine Coast in March to Compete at the QLD Youth State Titles

Hi All,

Due to the current risks associated with coronavirus and the recommendations from the Government, SLSA and SLSQ, the North Barrier Branch have decided to postpone the NBB Leadership camp ‘Camp Outback’ that was scheduled for April 17-19.  We are hopeful to set another date for this camp later in the year, which will be communicated in time.

To keep all members updated as new information comes to light, SLSQ has created an online hub This will be updated on a regular basis with new information for members and the general public.

If you have any questions, please let me know.



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