Rearguard action: The Speedo-clad lifeguards, pictured at Horseshoe Bay yesterday. *Photo by www.moongateproductions.com
Rearguard action: The Speedo-clad lifeguards, pictured at Horseshoe Bay yesterday. *Photo by www.moongateproductions.com

FRIDAY, JULY 20: Lifeguards have swapped their shorts for Speedos to help raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Eleven male lifeguards swallowed their pride and agreed to take part in ‘Speedos Week’ on Horseshoe Bay that began on Tuesday and will run until the end of the week.

They teamed up with the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre for the project and also hope to raise cash for group’s Men’s Health Programme through donations from members of the public.

Lifeguard Gregory Suter told the Bermuda Sun that the new ‘uniform’ had attracted some interesting looks.

Intimidated

He added:  “We were a little intimidated to begin with, but as time has gone on we have had a joke at each other and got into the spirit of it.

“Some people have looked us up and down in a strange way, but we have had a lot of positive feedback, especially when we tell them what it is all about.

“This was something we have talked about doing since the beginning of the summer and if we can raise some money for the Men’s Health Programme then that has to be a good thing.”

The lifeguards were also out this morning with Johnny Barnes welcoming people into the city on their way to work.

Nathan Trott, Lifeguard Superintendent, added: “This is a fantastic project that the seasonal lifeguards have come up with themselves.”

Deborah Titterton Narraway, Marketing Coordinator at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, told the Sun: “Some may think finding a link between water safety and prostate cancer might be difficult, but not for the Bermuda Lifeguards who participated in ‘Speedo Week’.

“We are grateful to the group for finding a creative way to draw attention to topic of Prostate Cancer. 

“The key message is that by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and never smoking or quitting if you do, you can lower your risk.

“For men 40 and over, talk with your doctor about your risk factors for prostate cancer and remember early detection saves lives.”