Sydney Surf Lifesavers Star at Rotary World Convention

Surf Lifesavers were in the spotlight before a world audience as the main flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the Rotary International Convention at Allphones Arena on the weekend.

More than 50 volunteer lifesavers from Sydney and Central Coast clubs had the honour of presenting the flags of the 182 Rotary nations before an audience of more than 20,000 delegates from around the world.

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NSW Premier Mike Baird, both surf lifesavers themselves, addressed the conference delegates on the importance of volunteer organisations and their contribution to improving and protecting the lives of people around the world.

An inspirational video was also shown on the big screen during the ceremony, depicting a surfboat crew leaving iconic Manly Beach and rowing through Sydney heads, up the harbour and under the bridge and along Parramatta River to arrive at Sydney Olympic Park. The surfboat carried the flags of Australia, the USA and Rotary International on its long journey to the opening ceremony of the convention.

Pic Top: Lifesavers present the flags of the 182 Rotary nations.
Pic Bottom: Young lifesavers from Avalon Beach sneak a pic with the Human Nature band backstage during the opening ceremony.

Surf Boat Videos

This video is about Rotary International flag ceremony by the NSW Lifesavers as they make their way from Manly Breach, past the North Head, through Sydney Harbour and up Parramatta River to the Sydney Olympic Stadium where the Rotary International Convention 2014 is taking place.

Mon 2 Jun 2014