Given the death of Matthew Barclay in the same circumstances as Saxon Bird barely two years ago, the time available to introduce meaningful safety measures and the apparent culpable disinterest Surf Life Saving Qld has displayed in putting such measures in place that put competitor safety before sponsorship dollars, justice demands that Surf Life Saving QLD CEOs Ralph Devlin and Brett Williamson be charged with manslaughter. And at the least be expelled from the movement for bringing it into disrepute.is is your new blog post. Click here and start typing, or drag in elements from the top bar.
Dr Molloy Letter: Surf Life Saving CEOs Williamson and Devlin Have Blood On Their Hands
What an outrage! It is scarcely 2 years since Saxon Bird died in a Qld Surf Life Saving Carnival. And scarcely 2 years since I publicly criticised Qld Surf Life Saving for being part responsible due to its incompetence, its ''mates rates blokey" culture and Sponsorship money before everything else attitude, even the safety of its members. And what's happened since? Surf Life Saving Qld has done absolutely nothing and now another young lad has died. How hard is it to rule that life-jackets and helmets be compulsory in all board and surf ski races? How hard is it to suspend carnivals when conditions are too dangerous? Obviously too hard for CEO's Brett Williamson and Ralph Devlin! They now have blood on their hands. Far too often they and others have found it easier to silence and even expel members who criticise and demand investigation of this insidious cancerous culture rather than expose and confront it. It is a corrupting cancer eating away at the heart of this once fabulous movement and must be cleaned out. Shame on you Williamson, shame on you Devlin!
Dr Ivan Molloy
Former Vice President, Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Former Patrol Captain, Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club