The Aussie Lifesaver

The Aussie Lifesaver is an Australian institution which came much before California’s “Baywatch” lifeguards. Well, it is almost certain you would have heard of Bondi Beach – Australia’s most famous strip of sand! It was from Bondi’s (pronounced Bond-eye) great arc of sand in the late 1880s that the first Sydney “cranks” braved the ocean – breaking an old colonial law that forbade swimming during daylight as indecent! (hmm). Slowly and surely, more and more Sydnesiders defied the ban at Bondi. In 1906, the world’s first lifesaving club was setup on Bondi’s shores. The exploits of these bronzed and brave Livesavers brew their legendary status. Today, the Australians have their lifesavers’ competition – the Iron Man competition. It is a competition of skills, strength and grueling stamina. In surf lifesaving, no other Australians have better epitomized the breed better than multiple Iron Man champions Grant Kenny and Trevor Hendy.


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