Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club's Jasmyn Theuerkauf is ending her reign as local surf woman on a high, taking out the runner up position in the State Surf Woman Gala event last week.
It was a special moment for the passionate lifesaver, who has spent the past nine months working on her goal of promoting women in surf lifesaving while raising funds for her local club.
“I felt the awards night was a great way to reflect all the great things I had done for my community and myself,” Jasmyn said.
“It was the perfect night to celebrate these achievements with my fellow Surf Woman from all over Queensland.
“When the Surf Woman of the Year Runner up was announced and they called my name I was in shock… it took me a moment to realise that they had said my name!
“It was a truly rewarding experience to know that all I have done has been recognised and made a difference.”
Jasmyn's surf woman role part of passion
While Jasmyn's role as surf woman was something new, her involvement with Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club certainly isn't.
The local lifesaver has been part of the organisation since she was 10 years old and she is now focusing on working with today's young nippers in her role as age manager.
“Over this season I have been lucky enough to be able to help people of all ages from two years old to 90 plus years old to be surf aware,” she said.
“This has been truly rewarding as it means I am able to ensure people of all ages, and backgrounds are able to enjoy our beautiful beaches safely.
“Watching people learn and grow is absolute amazing, it is the most wonderful thing to do.”
Jasmyn said she had also recently taken on a leadership position as patrol captain and was loving every minute of the job.
“Taking on this role has meant I have had to become a better leader as not only is the community relying on me to keep them safe but my patrol is too,” she said.
“By becoming a patrol captain I have had to become a dedicated patrolling member which was acknowledged at my club awards dinner where I was awarded the patrol leadership award and my family were recognised as the patrol family of the year.
“These two awards are very special to me as it goes to show that what I am doing is impacting the club and community for the better.”
Jasmyn said her time as surf woman and her participation in surf life saving was something she cherished and urged others to give it a go.
“Surf life saving is an amazing community that you can call family,” she said.
“You'll create life long friendships and develop life skills from how to become more confident, to gaining a first aid certificate, you'll learn how to delegate, work as a team or independently, gain fitness or you many even find your dream career.
“If your thinking of signing up to your local surf life saving club, do it!”