Surf Athletes Sun Safe at State Champs

The Melanoma Institute of Australia and Surf Life Saving NSW partnered up at the 2013 Allphones NSW Open Surf Life Saving Championships to promote the importance of skin awareness and protection from the sun.

The Melanoma Institute of Australia and Surf Life Saving NSW partnered up at the 2013 Allphones NSW Open Surf Life Saving Championships to promote the importance of skin awareness and protection from the sun.

Using general practitioners from Skin Cancer Clinics, Melanoma Institute Australia conducted free skin checks at the State Champs at Ocean Beach-Umina this weekend. Melanoma affects more Australians aged 15-39 than any other cancer, a prime age group in the Surf Life Saving community.

Reigning NSW Open Ironwoman champion Joanna Baxter from Terrigal SLSC says protecting your skin from the sun is crucial.

“It’s not something you think about all the time but it’s very important especially in our sport.

“Surf Life Saving is very aware and in response to sun safety the gear we wear is often long sleeve and we get plenty of hats,” said Joanna.

In association with surf clubs, Melanoma Institute Australia will launch its ‘Watch Your Mates Back’ campaign, which encourages clubbies to keep an eye out for unusual spots or changes on their mates when out and about on the beach.

Garry Sladden, Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, says it is critical to spread the message and educate young people about melanoma which they often think is an ‘old person’s disease’.

For general enquiries please contact Melanoma Institute Australia on 02 9911 7200.

Mon 11 Mar 2013