Clubbie Profile February: George Fowler
Our Clubbie Profile for the month of February is George Fowler from Wauchope-Bonny Hills SLSC. George will be the oldest competitor at the 2016 State Championships at the ripe old age of 78 and just last week was honoured by his club naming a surf boat after him.
Club: Wauchope-Bonny Hills SLSC
Occupation: Retired painter & decorator
When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?
I first joined WBH SLSC in 1964 and gained my Bronze in the 1965/66 season. I joined to serve the community with family and friends.
You’re currently the oldest competitor at the NSW Championships and are still winning medals, what’s your secret?
I have no real secret; I just try to keep fit with running, swimming, ski paddling, tennis and a healthy diet.
When did you attend your first State Champs as a competitor and what do you remember?
I started competing at Masters carnivals in 1998, prior to this I competed at various State and Australian Titles.
What’s some advice you could give to young athletes competing at State Champs this year?
Do your personal best, enjoy the competition and have fun!
Tell us about Wauchope-Bonny Hills SLSC, and why you enjoy being a member?
WBH SLSC is a very family oriented club where everyone supports one another. Our three children have also been members of the club and have made lifelong friends.
Just last week your club named a surf boat after you, tell us about that moment.
It was a wonderful surprise and honour. I was very humbled by this.
What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?
I have no goals at this stage of my life but I hope the surf life saving movement continues to grow and keep our beaches safe for many many more years to come.
What has been your best memory as a clubbie?
Being honoured with Life Membership of WBH SLSC in 1982.
Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?
Too many to name.
Favourite beach that isn’t yours?
Fri 26 Feb 2016