Bruce Thomas

Woolgoolga crews embody Anzacs

WOOLGOOLGA Surf Life Saving boat crews will be embodying the legendary Anzac spirit at the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli.

The crew will join members from 19 other surf life saving boat crews from across Australia and New Zealand to be part of the centenary Anzac Day memorial events at Anzac Cove in Turkey in 2015.

The crews will be part of a contingent that will re-enact the original Gallipoli landing.

They will row into shore before the centenary dawn service begins, where dignitaries from across Australia, New Zealand and Turkey will remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The Woolgoolga boat crews were selected to be part of the Anzac re-enactment based on their longevity as a club, stretching back nearly 80 years, their long standing commitment to the community, and their presence at state and national competitions.

Surfboat captain Trevor Clarke said it was an honour to be able to participate in the event.

“It is going to be a really huge event.

“The Turkish government has come on board, they are really supportive of it.

“The Navy is getting involved and hopefully the Australian government will support us as well,” Mr Clarke said.

“It is going to be a big thing for a town our size to be doing something like that, especially for those who had relatives who were there.”

Currently the 200-plus Masters crew is committed to the venture, and there also will be a second crew made up of numbers from other Masters teams.

The surf lifesaving clubs were chosen to participate because their boats were similar to the lifeboats used to originally land the soldiers in Anzac Cove.

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