Fletcher Oliver, 5, enjoyed the come and try days at Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club.
Fletcher Oliver, 5, enjoyed the come and try days at Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club. VALERIE HORTON

Say hello to Fletcher, the 5-year-old lifesaver

LAURA Oliver's five-year-old son Fletcher is obsessed with superheroes.

And that's why he was keen to sign up with the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club - because it's the closet thing there is to being a superhero.

"He understands that lifesavers help people," she said.

Mark Cassidy, publicity officer for the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club, said that was a "pretty cool" comparison.

"I hadn't thought of it that way," he said. "I guess we wear out cossies on the outside like superheroes."

Mr Cassidy said about 100 kids signed up to be part of the club on the weekend and, as the school holidays continues, he expects there will be a lot more.

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He said it was a great club for kids to be part of.

"There's the competition side, the fun side and there's the community service side to it as well," Mr Cassidy said.

He said it was good to see kids enjoying the sunshine and taking part in physical activity.

Laura said her son had been keen to be involved with the surf life savers and she and husband Jack had taken him along to two come and try days before he signed up.

"He really enjoyed it."

The family moved to Hervey Bay from Victoria a few years ago and Laura said being part of the surf life saving movement was a "whole new experience" for them.

Laura said Fletcher's little sister Amaya, 3, was also looking forward to signing up when she was old enough.


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