Lifesaving obviously runs in the Allsopp family.
Dad Trevor is a regular patrol member at the Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club and mum Jude is the club’s chief training officer – and recently won the state Chief Training Officer of the Year award.
Their son Ben is the newly elected Marcoola club captain and daughter Mitch, also a regular patrol member, has just been announced as the club’s entrant in the Conrad Jupiters Summer Surf Girl quest.
Mitch started her Surf Girl fundraising duties on State of Origin III night, and plans to hold a race day, Calcutta promotion, a sportsmen’s lunch, barbecues and, possibly, a full-moon dance.
The quest culminates in the final judging at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast in May next year.
All funds raised will go towards purchasing new gear and equipment for the club to help to keep the beach safe for locals and visitors.
Mitch said she decided to get involved in the quest because lifesaving was a “family thing”.
“I’ve been doing it since I was a nipper,” she said.
“It’s good because everyone in Marcoola knows everyone. It’s like a community thing.”
The 19-year-old plans to study nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast next year, which may lead to a career as a paramedic.
She said she had always been interested in the first aid and medical side of surf lifesaving.
Paramedic work was a lot like lifesaving, she said, because many times you had to act quickly and in pressure situations.
Marcoola Surf Club administrator Lyn Mathison said Mitch’s involvement in the quest continued her family’s large commitment to the club.
“Mitch will not only raise funds for our volunteer surf lifesaving patrols, enabling us to continue patrolling our beach with the gear and equipment needed to carry out this vital community service but she will also serve as an ambassador for the organisation to promote surf awareness and educate the community,” she said.
“If you see Mitch over the coming months please support her in this very worthwhile cause.”
The Summer Surf Girl promotion raises about $400,000 for surf life saving clubs in Queensland each year.
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