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Meet the lifesavers

Come and meet some of the people between the flags!

Pat Kidner

Pat Kidner has been involved with the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club in Western Australia for 61 years.

Phil McGibbon

Phil McGibbon is a member of Portland Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria and has been a surf lifesaver since 1963. Phil is an announcer and commentator at surf carnivals and his collection of surf lifesaving caps is on display in the exhibition.

John Brown

John Brown is a member of Grange Surf Life Saving Club and Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club in Adelaide, South Australia. He has been involved in surf lifesaving since 1953. John used to own a 'bear suit', similar to the ones in the exhibition and has been photographed wearing his suit at the Dog on the Tucker Box in Gundagai, NSW.

Don Marsh

Don Marsh is a member of Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club in southern Tasmania. He became a surf lifesaver in 1967. Don competes in ironman events and has won gold medals at the World Life Saving Championships and the national championships.

Kristy Munro

Kristy Munroe is a member of Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She joined Nippers in 1988 when she was six years old. Kristy has won ironwoman championships at state, national and international levels.

Keesha Whitford

Keesha Whitford is a member of Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club on the south coast of New South Wales. She joined the club as a Nipper in 1999 when she was seven years old. Both her parents and her brother are also club members.

Khy Whitford

Khy Whitford is eleven years old and a member of Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club. He also joined Nippers when he was seven.

Photos: Dragi Markovic

Video clips (MPEG4) and transcripts

Watch and listen to seven people from around Australia talk about what it's like to be a surf lifesaver – the training, rescues, club life and more:

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