THIS IS ME
A REGULAR INSIGHT INTO SUNSHINE COAST PERSONALITIES
Kawana Surf Life Saving Club vicepresident Bob Clements loves anything to do with the surf and the people who are involved with his club.
He has been a part of the club for years and he says he lives for the community within it.
What is your favourite time of day?
Early in the morning. It is the best time to go for an early-morning surf and to listen to wildlife around the water.
What’s your favourite sport?
Anything to do in the water. I’m heavily involved in surf lifesaving so I enjoy watching that. I also like watching the Olympic swimmers and we have plenty of great talent here on the Coast.
What is your best childhood memory?
I grew up around Brisbane from the ages of five to 12 and I had the freedom to roam around the Enoggera Army Barracks and in mountains and hinterland all day long. Some of my greatest memories of my childhood were just roaming around with all my mates. It was a different world back then and you made your own fun.
Where were you born?
I was born in Gympie. We moved to the Coast in 1970 when I got transferred from Mt Isa to Buderim to work in the bank. We moved away for a while and then came back here 10 years ago to retire at Buddina.
Where would you like to holiday?
Currently, I am looking at going back to find my ancestors in Denmark. I have just tracked down my great grandfather’s history and so that’s why we want to go to Denmark so we can find out a little more about him.
Cats or dogs? Do you have a pet?
No pets. We travel a fair bit and they just haven’t fitted in to the family at this stage. Hopefully one day, but until then, we have plenty of wildlife around to enjoy.
What would your dream job be?
It would have to be a marine biologist because of my love of the ocean. I should have pursued it but ended up being a banker instead. It would have been an interesting job.v
What’s the best thing about living on the Sunshine Coast?
The people, and the way of life. We are very fortunate we have all the facilities we have. It’s great to see the place growing and expanding and that more and more people are enjoying the lifestyle here. We really are blessed.
What’s the best part about being involved in the surf lifesaving club?
I like watching people learn new skills. I certainly get a thrill watching the young ones come out of the nippers and watching them progress and grow up. I like the camaraderie and mateship. We just have a beautiful bunch of people in community.