Bec Sampson (Ocean Grove SLSC) and Jess Robinson (Point Lonsdale SLSC) with the Pink Zinc patrol Photos: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Pink Zinc Patrol returns to Grove

January 9, 2020 BY

FOR the fifth consecutive year, Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale surf life saving clubs invited members to enjoy a variety of activities and guest speakers during their annual Pink Zinc Patrol, January 4.

Pink Zinc Patrol co-ordinator Simone White from Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club said the day celebrated the achievements of women in surf lifesaving, and promoted female leadership within the surf lifesaving community.

“We had over 50 people attend, about 30 stayed for the patrol of Ocean Grove beach. Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher stepped in as a guest speaker for Lisa Neville, who had to attend the fires instead,” Ms White said.

“All of the speakers gave great presentations and numbers for the event are growing year on year. Life Saving Victoria (LSV) also released merchandise so all clubs are able to hold a Pink Zinc Patrol event.

“We weren’t the first to do pink zinc but certainly because ours has been going for five years with two clubs combining, we’ve been instrumental in LSV jumping on board.”

Ms White said hardly anyone was at the beach due to strong winds and rough conditions, but despite the temperamental weather, the day itself was successful.

“Conditions were terrible, strong winds forced other beaches to close along the coast, but everyone still had a great time and it was a successful event,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to next year, hopefully it will be at the brand new Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club.”

Ms White said if anyone was interested in sponsoring next year’s event or would like to become a member, can go to oceangroveslsc.asn.au or visit their socials.

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