Monday, February 19, 2018


As mentioned on Sunday, The Project will be filming this Wednesday at our rehearsal.  We plan to film out on the beach from 7-8pm and then come inside after that where they will do some one on one interviews.  It will not be live, rather they will make a package for broadcast closer to the parade.

Anyone coming on Wednesday should bring their swimwear, which we started handing out on Sunday.  If you haven't got your's yet, just bring your own swimmers for the night, although you don't need to wear swimmers if you don't want.  And we'll meet on the balcony behind the bar before 7pm so that we can get down on the beach while the sun is still out.  If it's raining, we'll just go inside. 

And I'll bring the bigger megaphone too, which should be better than the speaker we had.

Plus, a big thank you to everyone who came to Fair Day to help spread the word amongst our LGBT brethren that lifesaving is a welcoming, inclusive and progressive organisation.  It was great weather and the crowds were huge.  Big thanks to Mike on the committee who helped arrange the day.

Gary, Mike and the Committee.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Hey guys,

As we mentioned at Wednesday's rehearsal, I've added everyone to the blog page.  It's basically the facebook group, just without the comments and conversations.

The first rehearsal went really well and we can't wait for those who missed it to join us on Sunday's rehearsal.

Remember Sunday's rehearsal is in the Amphitheatre space out the back of the pavilion, although as we found on Wednesday, this is better for us, with plenty of space.  See you there from 6pm.  We'll deal with any rain if it occurs.

For those who are coming from out of town, find a link to the youtube video of our routine thus far.  It's a private link so you can't find it with a search, only through the link here.  The whole routine only goes for 90 seconds, and we're only half way through it, so small doses each time.  Get your broomsticks and mops out to help.  We'll also upload the song loop after we do a little bit of work on it before rehearsal 2 (insert an intro).

And for our supporters, enjoy, as you'll be seeing a lot of this on parade night.  It's going to be a lot of fun.

Gary, Andrew, Bravo and the Committee

Monday, February 12, 2018


Hey guys,

Well it's all getting real now. Some of the committee spent Sunday morning workshopping the routine with Bravo and it looks great.  We're going to be the best by a long shot in three short weeks.

Sunday afternoon was spent at the Mardi Gras pre-parade briefing (which was far less exciting). For those who need to know, we are a quarter of the way into the parade and starting about 8.15pm. So very similar to last year.

See all our registered marchers at rehearsal on Wednesday upstairs at the Bondi pavilion from 7pm when the song, props and routine will all be unveiled.  Volunteers who are registered to support us don't need to come to rehearsals.

Fun times ahead guaranteed!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


We're all locked in now for our rehearsals.  Looking forward to seeing you for the following sessions.
  • Wed Feb 14, 7-9pm, Seagull Room
  • Sun Feb 18, 6-8pm, Amphitheatre
  • Wed Feb 21, 7-9pm, Seagull Room
  • Sun Feb 25, 6-8pm, Seagull Room
  • Wed Feb 28, 7-9pm, Seagull Room
Note that the last one will be our dress rehearsal on the beach and may require an earlier start, but we'll let you know beforehand.

Can't wait to see all our registered participants joining us for as many rehearsals as possible.  The more we practice, the better we'll look.  So bring your smiles, your groove and your x-factor, and get ready to spread the LWP word.

Any questions, just drop us a line.

Gary, Orlando, Andrew and the Committee.

Sunday, February 04, 2018


Well we're so close now.

The Rego page was so successful that we had to close it after 36 hours and leave a waiting list option. Well as we approach the parade in only a month's time, we are now activating the waiting list.  We are taking 10 names off the list and pushing them through to full memberships.

Our spaces are really tight, so anyone else who can't make it, there are plenty of people waiting so let us know so that we can move more people over to full membership.

If you're on the waiting list we're sending a direct email soon to those successful.  Be sure to then upgrade so that we can include you in the parade.  You won't be registered for the parade unless you upgrade.

Anyway, it's all getting close.  It's going to be so much fun, for this the 40th anniversary.  See you at rehearsals soon.

Gary, Orlando and the committee

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Well the weather is warming up and the beaches are filling up, which means one thing.  Mardi Gras is around the corner.  The Committee have been busy putting together a fabulous entry this year, and we need you to help us make it all come together.

Once again, we are looking forward to showing off to the broader community that lifesaving is progressive, inclusive and welcoming to people of all sexualities, and what better way to do that than by marching in the 40th anniversary of the worlds largest Gay and Lesbian celebration.

Registrations are now open to march in the 2018 parade.  You must be;
1, a current or former lifesaver,
2, available on Saturday 03 March 2018 from 4pm, and
3, available for at least four of the five rehearsals as identified in the registration pages.

As the parade is the big 40, there is a lot of interest, and we have been instructed already that our float is being cut to only 80 members.  We expect these to fill up very fast, based on the queries we've had in the last few weeks, so get in quickly.  We are looking for 60 marchers, each of which will be carrying a prop again, and 20 supporters (only need to meet criteria 2 above) .

You know it's going to be fun don't you, so get in and register fast.  And spread the word to your lifesaving mates who may not have joined us in the past.

Here's our video from last year showing what we got up to, which includes the SBS clip, our rehearsals, and all the fun of the parade

And here's the rego page.

Password is: LWP2018

Now get to the gym, work on the tan and leave the carbs behind, you have a real incentive now!!!

Can't wait to see you there.  Fun times guaranteed!

Gary and the Committee

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Welcome to the 2018 season

Hey all,

The lifesaving season has begun and we are back on the beach saving lives and spreading the word of Surf Life Saving being progressive and welcoming.

The LWP committee is already on the case and looking forward to Mardi Gras' big 40th anniversary.  Just a heads up that the parade this year is going to be on Sat 03 March 2018.  Anyone interested in joining us must be free on this day, and for the rehearsals beforehand which we'll announce soon.  Also worth noting is that MG have identified that all floats are to be capped at 80 entrants, rather than the normal 100, so when we release our registration page you'll want to be quick off the mark to get your spots.

So spread the word about LWP and enjoy the season.  We are looking at involving supportive families in our float this year, which means kids and nippers, so consider if you want your little ones with us this time around.

OK, happy beach days and see you as the season progresses.

Gary and the Committee.

Friday, March 31, 2017


As the end of the patrolling season approaches, and before we tuck ourselves into bed for the winter, we need to have our end of season gathering.  So lets all gather together on Thursday 13 April from 7.30pm at Palms on Oxford Street.  This is the evening before Good Friday, so start your extra long weekend, even earlier with us, where we have the venue exclusively until it opens to the public at 9pm.

We'll watch our videos together, plus have a drink, catch up with friends, and thank the committee for their great efforts at averting swimwear/generator disasters.  Not only are we looking forward to seeing both marchers and volunteers from this year, but LWP Alumni are welcome, as are your partners, family and friends.  It'll be great to see everyone again, and maybe carry on into the night, with a guaranteed sleep in the next day.

Gary, David and the Committee

Monday, March 27, 2017


Before we all hide for the winter, just a word of thanks to our sponsors this year.

Firstly to Rival who came in at very short notice and provided 100 pairs of great swimwear.  Many thanks to you for your efforts.  We can't speak highly enough of them and encourage everyone to spread the word about Rival and Running Bare.

And secondly, to Google and Mardi Gras who provided grant sponsorship, which allowed us to get the great lights and sound installation for the truck.  With better weather next year, we'll remove the tarp and see what they can really do.  We are a really proud recipient of their Community Parade Grants and would encourage anyone involved in other organisations to pursue these next year as well.
And thanks also need to go to Coates who put in an amazing effort when their product malfunctioned, giving us all grief for a few tight hours.  They provided a service on site, brought out another generator for us to use, and then provided the entire supply for free for the stress and inconvenience, so thanks aplenty to Emmanuel and the team at Alexandria.
Thanks all and keep an eye out for the upcoming video night, when we can all get together again and have a drink to celebrate the end of the season.

Gary, Mike, Grant, Wayne and the committee

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Madi our fantastic videographer for this year, has worked double time since our big night to put together a great piece.  It shows not only us having a great time preparing, marshaling and marching but also us representing lifesaving as an inclusive and progressive organisation.

Watch and enjoy.

Gary, Madi and the Committee
The national group of gay and lesbian Australian surf lifesavers and their friends