WOMEN SAVINGS LIVES: Kasey Andrews, Jazmine Davis and Nicole Lowe are part of the 30-odd female team of local surf lifesavers.
WOMEN SAVINGS LIVES: Kasey Andrews, Jazmine Davis and Nicole Lowe are part of the 30-odd female team of local surf lifesavers. Paul Braven

Lifesaver girls show they measure up

SURF lifesavers Nicole Lowe, Kasey Andrews and Jazmine Davis say they can do everything ironmen can.

Women only gained permission to patrol the waterways in 1980.

Ms Davis has been training for five years and says she has seen a change in the gender balance in that time.

"The sport is definitely bringing out more females, now that the clubs see that we have real potential," she said.

"And why wouldn't we be. We're up there in strength."

The club vice-captain and duty officer at Tannum Sands, Nicole Lowe, is this year's Queensland master champion lifesaver and speaking to The Observer ahead of International Women's Day, said she was proud of her achievements.

"My grandfather got me involved all those years ago, and I've come along way to be in this position," she said.

"In my eyes it doesn't matter whether you're a man or woman, you have to be on your toes and physically fit."

For mother-of-six Kasey Andrews, joining the lifesaving team was a logical move.

"My hubby does it and I was sick of sitting on the sidelines," she said. "It's a real family friendly sport. After all, a family that plays together, stays together."

LIFESAVERS:

  • Surf boats are named after the women who did all the fundraising.
  • A high percentage of life members are females (about 40%)
  • A successful state women's boat crew has been dominant for two years


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