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Blue Connections

What is Blue Connections?

Blue Connections is Life Saving Victoria’s networking event series. It connects the broader Aquatic Industry, Volunteer Members, Staff, Emergency Services, Education and Sport and Recreation sectors, and interested community members together once a month at LSV State Centre to network, share, and grow through interactive professional and personal development workshops.

COVID-19 Update

As we all continue to navigate through the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID 19, we are keen to stay connected and adapt to deliver our programming in line with Government recommendations.

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Blue Connections session will take place online.

When and where do Blue Connections events take place?

Until further notice, all our sessions will now take place online, via Webinar.


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Next Blue Connections Event

Date: Thursday 28th May 2020
Time: 7:00pm start
Location: Via Microsoft Teams
Cost: $10 for members/$15 for non-members
Keynote Speaker:
Peta Searle (OAM) – St Kilda AFLW Senior Coach & Head of Female Football Pathways
Topic: Be a Change Leader

Session Overview

Life Saving Victoria is pleased to continue to provide our People with relevant development and networking sessions and invites you to Session 18 of Blue Connections LSV’s Networking Series.

Please join us online as we hear from Peta Searle, AFLW Senior Coach & Head of Female Football Pathways, as she shares her powerful journey and opens up and delivers a thought-provoking session on understanding self and others, finding people of influence, continual improvement, perseverance and managing others through change.

Peta has played a significant role as an agent for change within Victoria’s sporting community. She is a true leader who has overcome many obstacles and through her learnings and the power of story-telling, the following topics, which so relevant in these times, will become evident.

Aspects of a change leader:

Understanding yourself
Relationship building
People of influence

About Peta

Peta Searle (OAM) has been breaking ground ever since she played her first game of competitive football as a nine-year-old.

On a professional level, Peta is an Australian Rules football senior coach on the move and was appointed Development Coach for the St Kilda Football Club in early 2014, the first female coach in the Australian Football League (AFL). Peta is currently Head of Women’s Football Pathway at the Saints and was heavily involved in the exciting journey of the clubs first women’s team, the Southern Saints who debuted in 2018 in the Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL) competition leading the red, white and black to a preliminary final berth in 2019. That same year, the women’s pioneer was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to football.

It’s an almighty honour for an equally impressive achievement, with the reputation she’s has earned as a pioneer of women’s football an inspiration for the Saints she led into this year before an unprecedented stop.

Her football coaching pathway has been filled with firsts. The first VWFL coach to coach a team (Darebin Falcons) to 5 consecutive Premier Final wins. The first female coach in the TAC with the Western Jets. The first head coach of the AFL Victoria VWFL Academy Coach/Mentor and the first female to coach in the VFL and now the first and only female coach to coach at the AFL level. Combine this with a level 3 accreditation and a growing reputation in football ranks and you have one of the most talented coaches not to have played AFL going around.

Peta manages to combine her passionate AFL occupation with her greater love being her children, with clear and uncompromising philosophy towards parenting, coaching and development. Peta makes for both an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker on the topics of coaching, teamwork, change leadership, communication and the enjoyment of competing.

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