Surf club plans to celebrate 50 years



EMU Park Surf Life Saving Club is still working through a transformation as it prepares to celebrate 50 years next year.

The sand dunes covered in grass are slowly vanishing, the old beach huts where people used to change into their costumes are gone and a sea of new housing now flanks the bluff and development continues to change the face of Emu Park.

In the competition arena, heavy wooden skis went out of service in the mid-1960s' and the rubber duckies are now on the water in force ? stinger suits also weren't around in the early days of the club.

Emu Park has a strong tradition with both nipper and senior club members now boasting 50 patrol members, 80 nippers and 150 associate, life and award members.

They were one of the first in Queensland to introduce bronze training to ladies and has now trained about 600 bronze holders.

On the competition front a highlight was Emu Park winning the national open six-man reel and rescue competition in the 1990/01 season.

Rockhampton's Keran Maguire joined the club in 1976.

"Back in those days, for the football clubs it was their off-season training, but now there's a lot more things for them to choose from.''

Among the club's anniversary plans for next year are a meet and greet at the club on Friday, September 1, a dinner at Rydges Capricorn Resort on September 2 and displays at the clubhouse on September 3.

For more information contact the administrator on secretary@emuparkslsc.com.au or Keran Maguire on 0417?737?091.



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