Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew named Labor candidate for Burleigh Heads
Queensland's Premier has announced former world surfing champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew as Labor's new candidate for Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.
Rabbit will go up against the LNP's current sitting member, Michael Hart.
Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Rabbit's selection to a cheering crowd at Burleigh Heads ahead of Queensland's upcoming October state election.
"The seat of Burleigh needs better representation," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"[Rabbit is] a legend on the Gold Coast, a surf legend. He has delivered a lot and can deliver even more if he's elected as the Labor member for Burleigh."
Rabbit said the position would be the next phase of his career in representing the Gold Coast.
"I've been an ambassador for the Gold Coast in some form through my surfing since I took off overseas as a 17-year-old, nearly 50 years ago," Rabbit said.
Rabbit has won numerous surfing competitions including the 1978 World Surfing Championships and was awarded an Order of Australia in 2009.
"I challenge anyone to love the Gold Coast more than I do... it's such a wonderful area to represent," he said.
"This is not an easy time for anyone in this country and it's not an easy time in the world, so I want to step up now.
"It's a calling, I feel it's time and I'm very proud to be part of this team," he said.
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