Far North's little lifesaver program proves its worth
CAIRNS boy Oliver Maxwell is nine years old, but he is already a heroic surf lifesaver.After participating in the Surf Lifesaving North Queensland Little Lifesavers program, Oliver put his skills to the test, towing his little brother to safety after he injured himself in the water at Palm Cove.
Oliver's mum Nicola Maxwell said Oliver's confidence grew remarkably when he began surf lifesaving.
"It has increased his confidence through the roof, he has always been a shy boy and he has made some fantastic friends," she said.
"He has found something he is really passionate about."
Mrs Maxwell said Oliver, who also received this year's honourable president's award at Cairns Surf Lifesaving Club, learned more than just water skills at the Little Lifesavers program.
"It teaches kids life skills, not just physical activity," she said.
"Oliver learnt how to be part of a team and better his performance, he's learnt how to be safe at the beach, about stingers, rips and flags."
Supported by the Cairns Regional Council, Surf Lifesaving North Queensland's Little Lifesavers holiday program for kids aged 6-13 starts at the Esplanade Lagoon in two weeks. The program runs for four days and costs $95. To inquire, call the branch office on 4032 2300.
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Confident: Oliver Maxwell, 9, has signed up with the Little Lifesavers holiday program again. Picture: Marc McCormack