Royal Visit to Manly Beach

Young Surf Lifesavers from Sydney’s northern beaches were delighted to show off their skills in a colourful demonstration at Manly Beach on Friday 18 April for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Royal couple watched future Surf Lifesavers showcase a range of activities in a competitive, yet friendly ‘surf carnival’ scenario, with champion Ironwoman and Olympic Kayaker Naomi Flood from Manly and Champion Lifesaver Shannon Job from North Steyne SLSC, helping to greet the Royals and provide them with a running commentary throughout the demonstration.

North Steyne SLSC President Tracey Hare-Boyd was surprised at how close the kids were able to get the Royal couple.

“I really thought they would be up in a stand or something so when they started walking on to the sand towards us the kids just bolted at them. It was like they were rock stars.

“The Duke and Duchess were very inquisitive asking the children lots of questions about how long they had been involved in surf lifesaving for and why they enjoy it. The international coverage we received for the event was also fabulous for the surf lifesaving movement,” said Ms Hare-Boyd.

North Steyne, Manly and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Clubs filled a range of roles for the event. Some of the 32 North Steyne competitors assisted the Duchess in correctly putting on a rescue tube, while the Australian gold medallists from North Steyne including the First Aid Team and U17 Champion Lifesaver as well as the silver medal winning U17 Patrol Competition Team, were provided with the opportunity to be crowd control as a reward for their exceptional results.

Queenscliff's Craig Susans said he almost lost control of the kids at one point due to all the excitement.

“It was a great day, everything that is good about surf was on display and the Royals were so easy to talk to and definitely calmed all the kids’ nerves,” said Mr Susans.

Check out the Facebook gallery for photos of the Royals visit to Manly Beach.

Thu 24 Apr 2014