Facilities First supports Coogee SLSC boat crew


When we talk about care at Facilities First, we aren’t just talking about care for what we do. We care about our customers, our team and our community.

That’s why our corporate partnerships and the communities we support are so important to us. The latest of our partnerships is with the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club boat crew that is competing in the high profile professional surf boat racing event, Ocean Thunder.

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The Coogee Open Men’s Pro Surf boat crew


Given the important role our surf life savers play in keeping our community safe, it is really meaningful to us to be able to support the Coogee surf boat crew.

This group of talented and committed rowers are not only competing in their sport at an elite level, they are all also life savers with the Coogee SLSC.

Coogee is one of the foundational surf life saving clubs, founded in 1907, and the boat crew plays an important role not only in patrolling the beach but also as role models for junior life savers and surf rowers alike.

This crew is experienced and dedicated, with proven medalled success in Ocean Thunder, Australian Surf Rowers League, State and Australian titles.

Facilities First CEO, Ben Bayot, a former surf boat rower himself, says of the partnership:

“Facilities First is extremely proud to have the opportunity to partner with Coogee SLSC and provide sponsorship to the boat competition area. Without volunteers like these, our beaches aren’t safe for the public to enjoy. It is wonderful to be a part of the success and strength of the Coogee SLSC boat area.”

A group of people standing near the boat

Ocean Thunder


One of the ways our sponsorship benefits the boat crew is it enables them to compete in the Ocean Thunder summer series of high profile professional surf boat events. The competition is limited to 24 elite open men’s crews and 12 elite women’s crews.

Michael Leary, the captain of the Coogee boat crew, is so appreciative of the support from Facilities First because it allows the team to compete in the Ocean Thunder events.

“It’s really special for us to have Facilities First on as a sponsor. There are so many synergies between what we do and the values of their business and the care they show.

The sponsorship allows us to compete in the Ocean Thunder against the best crews in Australia and get more racing experience under our belt. We’re looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with the Facilities First team.”

We’re so proud of the team and can’t wait to see them compete in the upcoming season.

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