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Grammar staff member wins Gold at Australian Surf Life Saving Titles

Date: April 11, 2017    Posted by: Sophie Thompson

Senior IT Technician at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Stephen Bradney has brought home Gold from the 2017 Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles.

Claiming victory as ‘Champion Life Saver Aged Forty Years and Above’, Stephen was one of nine competitors to qualify from the State Surf Rescue Championships.

The most inspiring athletes have career talent outside of their sporting passion, for Stephen he loves all things IT; fixing bugs, solving internet issues, device problems and code. It is a field that requires persistence, the ability to adapt to new technologies, a willingness to continually learn and assisting others.

“These are qualities that assist in establishing and maintaining a motivational mindset, and one of the many reasons we are proud of Stephen and the inspiration he provides to fellow colleagues and students at Grammar. He really has gone from surfing the net to Surf Lifesaving Gold”, said Principal Mrs Maria Woods.

Winning gold at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles for Surf Rescue came down to physical fitness, persistence and a motivational mindset that enabled him victory in a category which is about lifesaving knowledge and application. The event is a day-long points based competition to test lifesaving skills and includes; an exam paper, live patient assessment, CPR, Beach Sprint, Surf Swim, Board Race and Rescue Tube.

“It’s about taking the skills that are regularly used to save lives on the beach and transferring them into a competitive setting with Australia’s top Surf Lifesavers.

Conditions were tough, but it’s what we train for and what we often need to deal with on patrol,” said Stephen.

Originally from Melbourne, Stephen joined Alexandra Headlands Surf Club seven years ago and is an active patrol member during the Surf Lifesaving Season.

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