LifeSavers with Pride primed for final rehearsal before parade
They are some of hottest attractions at each Sydney Mardi Gras, and the LifeSavers with Pride (LWP) are once again promising yet another choreographed extravaganza at this year’s Parade on Saturday night.
Marching together for the sixth year, the 60 or so gay and lesbian lifesavers from across Sydney and interstate that make up LWP, will hold their final rehearsal for the Parade with a public display of pride this evening at Bondi Beach from 7pm, just outside the Bondi Surf Live Saving Club.
This year’s float team have well and truly been put through their paces by choreographer Laurence Stark, all too aware that LWP have won awards in almost every other year they have marched.
In previous years, the LWP float has been named the ‘Sexiest Float’ in 2007, ‘Best Choreography’ in 2009 and 2011 as well taking out the prestigious ‘Judges Choice Award’ in 2010.
“Whether you are a gay or straight, as long as you are a surf lifesaver, and ‘gay friendly’ you are welcome in the Lifesavers with Pride,” LWP Chair Nick Ferguson says.
LWP float co-organiser, Gary Driscoll, from North Bondi Surf Club, said that he would urge every gay and lesbian person who loves the beach to find out how they too can become a lifesaver.
“Surf lifesaving is a great way to give back to the community and make lifelong friendships, while also being a fantastic way to keep fit,” he said.
Surf lifesavers patrol beaches from September to April, with each year, surf lifesavers spending close to one million voluntary hours patrolling the beaches performing rescues, preventative actions and attending to first aid cases.