Joanne enjoys taking plunge for surf lifesaving
JOANNE Rodgers wouldn't change her Summer Surf Girl experience for anything in the world.
The 25-year old from Tweed Heads said competing in the annual Surf Life Saving Queensland fundraising pageant was an amazing experience.
Joanne was chosen to represent her club, North Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, in August of last year. She was also named club captain.
So between spending countless hours on patrol and numerous nights at the clubhouse conducting raffles and trivia nights, Joanne was able to raise over $20,000.
"It was really hard, doing all the patrols and fitting in the fundraising," she said.
"I was at the club running raffles every Wednesday and Friday night in an attempt to raise money.
"But I was able to raise a lot of money and more importantly I was able to get our small club's name out there, which was what I really wanted to do."
The Summer Surf Girl competition reached its climax at a special dinner on the Gold Coast on Saturday, and while Joanne might not have taken out any of the major categories, she said she still enjoyed every moment.
"I'd never used a microphone prior to last Friday night, when we were interviewed on stage," she said.
"We also did a deportment course leading up to the final night.
"It was an amazing experience and one that I would recommend to anyone wanting to do it in the future."