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International Women’s Day Nomination 2020

2020 iwd
recognising outstanding
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Alex Fletcher
Brighton LSC
Alex Fletcher
Brighton LSC

An enthusiastic leader that only looks to empower others to meet their potential at the club. Always there for anyone that needs help, or wants to further their Lifesaving Career.

Enthusiastic, Strong, Knowledgeable

 

Erin Hall
Aspendale LSC
Erin Hall
Aspendale LSC

Erin and her family have been members of the Aspendale Lifesaving club for decades. Erin has been raised at the club and has it running through her veins. Erin currently holds the position of Club Captain in addition to this role she coordinates the tin shakes and the annual fundraiser event the Club2Club swim.

Erin continually displays leadership qualities to all up and coming patrol members and has exceptional organisational skills.

Erin's dedication and passion are infectious and her devotion to the club extremely admirable. Erin has a huge future in leadership inside and out of the lifesaving community.

Energetic, Devoted, Passionate

 

Rachelle Clarke
Chelsea Longbeach SLSC
Rachelle Clarke
Chelsea Longbeach SLSC

Rachelle is a life member of our club. She has been actively involved in life saving since she was a child, with both her mother and brother also life members of our club.

In recent years, she has been secretary on our committee, coach of our R&R team and coach of our March Past Team, who have been very successful in winning 3 gold and 1 silver in the last 4 years at the Junior State Champs.

Rachelle is always willing to help out wherever needed.

Friendly, Dedicated, Proud

 

Melissa Horan
Aspendale LSC
Melissa Horan
Aspendale LSC

Mel joined the Aspendale Lifesaving Club and made an impact from day one. Mel currently holds the position of club registrar and for those who know and understand each position within a club, you know this is the most difficult position to carry out. In addition to Mel's role, she has completed her Bronze and regularly undertakes patrol duties.

Mel has become a family member of the Aspendale lifesaving club and as well brought her family into the club with both her daughters playing dedicated roles within the club. Melissa's dedication, work ethic, and contribution the club is beyond putting into words when it comes to the appreciation I have and the club feels for all that she does.

Mel is an inspiration to many and deserving of this recognition for all that she does.

Friendly, Respectful, Compassionate

 

Jacqui Hewitt
Williamstown S&LSC
Jacqui Hewitt
Williamstown S&LSC

Jacqui became a life member of WSLSC in 2019. She was our first (and only so far) female president from
1993-96. Her involvement at the club extends from junior learn to swim member, to patroller and competitor (swimmer, March Past, Reel and Line, IRB) committee member (12 years), trainer, social and fundraiser organiser energiser - amongst other involvement at state and community level. This includes assisting in the RLSS to Surf Life Saving move.

Jacqui is currently involved in WSLSC awards committee and assisting with coordinating WSLSC 100 years celebration book.

She can be actively seen helping at the club at WSLSC events, is a local wildlife saviour and devoted Williamstown "Lawn Lizard".

Dedicated, energetic, beach

 

Janet Jones
Anglesea SLSC
Janet Jones
Anglesea SLSC

This nomination is for the Starfish Nippers Program which has been initiated by Naomi Symington and Janet Jones. Janet and Naomi have been the driving force for the introduction and development of the program.

Starfish nippers is a complete program for challenged children of all ages to be able to join in as a member of a Lifesaving club and be treated as an equal to all other members.

The program focuses on an individual program for each member integrated into the normal Anglesea Nipper program. The program has been running for over ten years and has gained great recognition for its achievements not only for the individual Starfish Nipper member but to the support it gives to the families and helpers of these special children.

Passionate, Dedicated, Inspirational

 

Naomi Symington
Anglesea SLSC
Naomi Symington
Anglesea SLSC

This nomination is for the Starfish Nippers Program which has been initiated by Naomi Symington and Janet Jones. Janet and Naomi have been the driving force for the introduction and development of the program.

Janet and Naomi have been the driving force for the introduction and development of the program.
Starfish nippers is a complete program for challenged children of all ages to be able to join in as a member of a Lifesaving club and be treated as an equal to all other members.

The program focuses on an individual program for each member integrated into the normal Anglesea Nipper program. The program has been running for over ten years and has gained great recognition for its achievements not only for the individual Starfish Nipper member but to the support it gives to the families and helpers of these special children.

Passionate, Dedicated, Inspirational

 

Chloe Picinali
Mordialloc LSC
Chloe Picinali
Mordialloc LSC

Starfish nippers is a complete program for challenged children of all ages to be able to join in as a member of a Lifesaving club and be treated as an equal to all other members.

Motivated, driven, and compassionate

 

Fiona Fitzgerald
Anglesea SLSC
Fiona Fitzgerald
Anglesea SLSC

The program focuses on an individual program for each member integrated into the normal Anglesea Nipper program. The program has been running for over ten years and has gained great recognition for its achievements not only for the individual Starfish Nipper member but to the support it gives to the families and helpers of these special children.

Encouraging, Collaborative, Inspiring

 

Emily King
Anglesea SLSC
Emily King
Anglesea SLSC

Emily King has been a member of Anglesea since 2004, gaining her bronze medallion in 2011. She works in medical research.
Emily currently holds the role of Patrol coordinator at Anglesea, managing all aspects of volunteer patrols for one of the largest clubs in Victoria with over 300 patrolling members. She is a senior member of the club Lifesaving Management Group at the club.

Emily has been a patrol captain for 3 seasons which has won Anglesea Patrol award for two seasons, by providing an environment of inclusion and training within her team.

She is a role model for all females in the club having introduced a pink patrol this season.

Inspiring, Talented, and Passionate

Josephine McDowall
Warrnambool SLSC
Josephine McDowall
Warrnambool SLSC

Josephine (Jo) is an incredible member at Warrnambool SLSC. Jo is our Chief Instructor (Board of Management member) and has basically single-handedly organised Skills Maintenance and every training and assessment that Warrnambool SLSC has carried out. She also helped out at other clubs in the Western Area.

Jo instigated our Patrol Incentives Program that has challenged members to patrol more hours to receive discounts in memberships/apparel/comp fees. This has proved very successful. Jo also created our patrol roster through her ability to organise appropriate teams with adequate depth of expertise.

Jo oozes leadership with her demeanour and professional approach to duties on a voluntary basis. I have numerous examples of this. Jo has stepped in to help out with this event and has communicated the importance of IWD to recognise role models within clubs. Jo works full time as a Pharmacist and the hours she puts in at our club are above and beyond. She spends a large portion of her weekends leading aspects of the club. An absolutely suitable candidate to receive recognition!

Dedicated, Professional, Organised.

Nicole Dwyer
Port Fairy SLSC
Nicole Dwyer
Port Fairy SLSC

As our junior activities coordinator, Nicole has more than doubled the participation numbers over the last 3 years and brought in many new members to our club. Her insistence on parent involvement has resulted in many new bronze holders and a very well supervised program.

Nicole visited clubs around the state and Queensland to help develop a nippers program that is inclusive, fun, and education-based. Avenues for competition are available and encouraged with a separate coaching program for older nippers and teenagers, which Nicole put together and promoted to our Board of Management. Nicole has been pro-active in acquiring equipment, creating storage areas and racking and protocols for safe use of boards.

Dynamo, Committed, Organiser

Mackenzie Michael
South Melbourne LSC
Mackenzie Michael
South Melbourne LSC

Mackenzie assisting with Junior R&R and Nipper Programs including water safety as well as set up/pack up and working with aspects of the programs well as a regular patrolling member often performing extra hours.

A fine athlete herself especially R&R where the knowledge she has gained she is now assisting with more junior members in training and while they compete. She is assisting with the running of club special events with some administrative duties as well as on day. She is a good role model and I believe is trying to improve on her leadership skills. She is often referred to as the Presidents PA.(my assistant).

Enthusiastic, Motivated, Inspiring

 

Tarryn Thom
Inverloch SLSC
Tarryn Thom
Inverloch SLSC

Tarryn is a dedicated and passionate member of Inverloch SLSC. Over the years she has held many roles including Club Captain and Chief Instructor. She has undertaken these roles with dedication, passion and determination to give club members the best opportunities in Lifesaving. On patrol, Tarryn sets an example to younger members and new patrollers and makes sure everyone is included in patrol activities and is motivated to better themselves and train for new awards. Tarryn has made it a priority to make as many opportunities as possible for members to achieve new awards.

Dedicated, Determined, Organised

 

Teagan Thom
Inverloch SLSC
Teagan Thom
Inverloch SLSC

Teagan is an asset to Inverloch SLSC. She is a dedicated board member and active patroller. Teagan is passionate about helping others make the most of all the opportunities that Lifesaving offers and encouraging members to apply for programs and camps. She is a role model for younger members with her dedication to patrolling, nippers and generally enjoying being at the club. She also has a great relationship and rapport with our younger members. This season Teagan was instrumental in the organising of the inaugural Pink Patrol and morning tea.

Passionate, Dedicated, Inclusive

Alison Porter
South Melbourne LSC
Alison Porter
South Melbourne LSC

Club Captain long term
Member of LSOC Executive

Implemented following club initiatives
Position of Junior Captain
Creation of Junior Committee
Director of club's Port to Park swim

Devoted, Hard-working, Committed

Elsie Zvara
Bonbeach LSC
Elsie Zvara
Bonbeach LSC

Elsie as a nipper encouraged her teammates from 8 years old, eventually leading our junior march past team. A solo youth/senior competitor she is always a positive role model for juniors and seniors. Elsie now leads a solid mixed-gender U17 5 person R&R team.

Elsie continually engages all Bonbeach members in lifesaving, training, organisation & competition. She has helped develop an active group of CALD members - she co-coaches both our U15 5 Person R&R team (mixed gender including Muslim female & male members), as well as our U19 all female, all Muslim 5 Person R&R team! Elsie recently mentored our Champion Junior Lifesaver candidates including another young Muslim girl.

At 16 Elsie is a most outstanding member - assisting nippers weekly, patrolling every weekend, coaches & mentors 2 & 5 Person R&R... And has just offered to be Junior Coordinator when I step down at the end of the season!

Positive, Inclusive, Inspiring

 

Sandra Madeley
Wonthaggi LSC
Sandra Madeley
Wonthaggi LSC

Sandra Madeley is volunteer involvement in lifesaving is extensive. At a club level she is an active and passionate member whose commitment to the club and advancement of others is second to none.

Responsible for overseeing all Junior activities including Nippers, Age Managers and junior events including the introduction of club nipper champion of the week program. She is also an active committee member who is heavily involved across all levels of the club from fundraising, patrols and club management in fact is always on hand to assist with club and community activities and is a member that doesn’t have to be asked to help she is always one of the first there.

This Season saw Sandra increase nippers by 50%, Redevelop the Club Championships, redesign Club imaginary and clothing range. Also, an Active Member of the Club rebuild steering Committee working with Emergency Service Infrastructure Authority, Bass Coast Shire and LSV representing the club through the bureaucratic process of getting permits and approvals to enable the club operate this Season

As the Clubs Facilities were devastated by Stormwater Flooding back in May last year Sandra has been at the club every spare moment either fixing something painting Cleaning or just get the club up and running for this season from helping in the coffee shop to running BBQ's

At state level with LSV where her involvement on the Membership and Leadership State Council Executive sees here heavily involved and contributing in Junior and leadership programs and events at a State Level.

As an Official that sees her proudly performing her roles at all beach carnivals throughout the season & Championships particularly as an R & R Judge.

as an official continues at a National level where she also attended the Lifesaving World Championships held last November in Adelaide, South Australia. Where she was appointed as

Chief Marshall National Teams Open Lifesaving World Championships
Chief Marshall National Teams Youth Lifesaving World Championships
Chief Marshall Interclub Open and Youth Lifesaving World Championships

But her involvement wasn't just in Surf Lifesaving. Sandra also attended the Royal Life Saving Society Australian Pool Life Saving Championships (APLSC) held at Pymble Ladies College Sydney where she was nominated and appointed as Chief Marshall for the championships.

Sandra also works and assists many other clubs helping to improve their Junior activities.

Passionate, Dedicated, and Committed Volunteer

Erin Doupe
Sorrento SLSC
Erin Doupe
Sorrento SLSC

Erin has stepped up this year as a young leader in the club. She patrols regularly and acts as a mentor for the younger, newly accredited SRCs - spending time with and teaching them on patrols. She has gained her gold medallion and now works as a guard as well. Erin has been mentioned as a leader by multiple club members and the committee is pleased to nominate her.

Responsible, Leader, Mentor

Stephanie Reindel-Thomas
Bonbeach LSC
Stephanie Reindel-Thomas
Bonbeach LSC

Steph is a passionate rock of the Bonbeach Life Saving Club, one of the foundations that keeps the current club solid. Recognising the need for CALD kids to learn life saving, Steph both championed and ran a program which is now in its fourth year. When her partner in the program passed away, Steph took the full load of this flagship program upon her shoulders. Close to 50 young people now have their bronze medallion and have become volunteer life savers, keeping the Bonbeach community, and the many other who come to our beach, safe.

Steph organised culturally sensitive uniforms for participants, even going to the length of sending spares to a NSW club that couldn't find any. Steph is a hero to these young people, as she is a hero to our club and our community more broadly. These young CALD people not only have new skills, they are have become part of a community, they feel included and appreciated for their contribution. Steph would never admit it but she can claim credit for that.

Compassion, Community, Bold

Julie Crea
Dromana Bay LSC
Julie Crea
Dromana Bay LSC

Julie is one of the founding members of the club since it has started in 1997. Throughout this time she has consistently patrolled over 100+ hours every season and often has one of the most number of hours within the club. Julie is more 60+ years young than years old as she continues to push herself for the annual requalification so that she can maintain her Bronze and IRB driver and crew awards. Her efforts on these days have inspired the younger members of what can be achieved through perseverance and dedication and believing in yourself. Julie would one of the first people to assist on patrols if numbers are short. Julie has also served on the committee as club secretary and continues to be an Age Manager for Nippers. She is always happy to assist where she can and fulfil any role required. She is a legend of the club.

Dedicated and Committed

Belinda Ingram
Dromana Bay LSC
Belinda Ingram
Dromana Bay LSC

Belinda valued the importance of developing the leadership skills of the teenage members within the club. She mentored and supported these members through the Nipper program by allowing them to take an active role in running the activities. Belinda would assist in the organisation of the activity and provide feedback afterwards. Belinda also provides ideas to promote the club both in a social level and at a corporate level. She is keen to make the club more inclusive for all members by assisting in the organisation of social functions. Belinda was also keen to raise the awareness of the club to the local businesses for both financial and how the club can provide community support.

Happy and Engaging

Mia Allanson
Wye River SLSC
Mia Allanson
Wye River SLSC

Mia has spent the last year becoming the Club's Co-Chief Instructor. In this time, Mia has generated a real excitement around the club, especially developing and implementing a pre-Christmas Bronze Camp. The camp allowed participants to bond and build camaraderie which is so important in keeping patrols engaged. She is very personable and intelligent and has the ability to motivate members of all ages to get involved in training. The club now has more trainers and is working on implementing more awards throughout the year. Mia is also a qualified lifeguard, showing the young girls in the club what is possible for women in lifesaving. It is so awesome to have witnessed Mia grow through her experience in lifesaving, starting off as a nipper and now being an important leader in our club.

Enthusiastic, Inclusive, and Positive

Sas McNamara
Portsea SLSC
Sas McNamara
Portsea SLSC

Sas is an emerging leader within the Portsea SLSC. This is reflected in her achievements over the past season both within the Club, and in her contribution to the Lifeguard program. Sas was responsible for creating and running an inaugural lifeguard training camp, which was held pre-season at Portsea, as a means of preparing the Club's aspiring guards for the season ahead. She has successfully captained her patrol, and been a great role model for the younger members of the patrol. Whether by coincidence or good planning, three of Portsea's four participants in the LSV U18 Leadership camp were selected from within Sas' patrol.

She was also a very active participant in the IRBD course which was run at Portsea this pre-season. Within the Lifeguard program, Sas was selected as a Team Leader, a position she relished. She is a bright personality, much loved and respected within the Club.

Positive, Respected, Leader

Jamie Phillips
Lorne SLSC
Jamie Phillips
Lorne SLSC

Jamie is an enthusiastic young female who in her four years as a Lorne member, has demonstrated incredible initiative towards change. She is extremely passionate about creating inclusive environments, that particularly focus on female empowerment. She has had a very important role in the Lorne SLSCs latest female program, the Lorne SLSC Surf Sisters. The program is aimed at females of any age at the club and creates safe environments where they can try new activities and feel a part of a team. The program will hopefully increase the retention of the female members and mean we have more females participating in all club activities and in LSV programs.

Enthusiastic, Passionate, Dedicated

Trish Morgan
Fairhaven SLSC
Trish Morgan
Fairhaven SLSC

Trish Morgan has been patrolling at Fairhaven for nearly 20 years and in more recent years has been a key mentor on Patrol 3.
Trish embodies the definition of a role model. Trish is leading the way for females and demonstrating that there are no barriers and that you can do whatever you put your mind to regardless of age. She is a role model as an active patrolling member for many, male and female, young and older. Trish nurtures the younger members (including Nippers) on patrol and always has time to explain and show them how to do things no matter how big or small.

Trish is an active member of the patrol, always has a swim and is a capable member of the team. We love having Trish in our patrol team, she is the glue that keeps us all there each patrol as you know she will be there. I love Trish's presence and kindness and the role model she is for my daughter...Trish is an asset to our club and a wonderful human.

Caring, Reliable, Nurturing

Jodie Madden
Portsea SLSC
Jodie Madden
Portsea SLSC

Since joining the Committee in 2019, Jodie has taken on the portfolio of increasing female involvement in the Club's activities, and in overseeing member engagement more generally. Engagement is the theme of the Club's strategic plan, making this an important role. Jodie led the establishment of Tribe - Portsea's equivalent of the FLN. This is a new initiative for the Club and has already engaged over one hundred of our members in its initial season. One specific activity was the introduction of the Tribe Swim, a new event within the Portsea Swim Classic program. The Tribe Swim is a female-only team-based swim of 500m, designed to increase female participation in the Portsea Swim Classic.

Jodie also played a key role in the establishment of three new activities for the Club. Yoga and Pilates were offered daily at the Club over the key summer high season, Bridge classes were established, drawing on average 70 players for each of the four sessions, and created an online raffle with an iconic Portsea prize (currently selling tickets). In addition, Jodie has taken on a mentoring role with a number of the younger female leaders in the Club.

Energetic, Inspiring, Committed

Jessica Horsburgh
Waratah Beach SLSC
Jessica Horsburgh
Waratah Beach SLSC

For many years, Jess has worked hard for the club. In 2016, Jess started the IRB Team Can Rattle that raised over $3000 and competed enthusiastically as a member of the club IRB Competition Team. This included supporting other team members and acting as a taxi for members who lived up the mountain (in Monbulk, Victoria), making sure they were able to attend training and carnivals. Jess has been a dedicated core patrol member, she has been recognised by the Club Captain for her great support as his Patrol Vice Captain and was Best Club Person in 2016. She has completed a number of seasons with over 100 hours of Patrol. In 2016 she marked her milestone of 5 years of Patrol Service and is soon to achieve her 10 years of service.

In her most significant official role as First Aid Officer, Jess has excelled. She was well prepared for gear inspection and has maintained the first aid equipment throughout many seasons. This included managing the upgrade of First Aid kits and Oxy Kits.
As an extension of her role managing First Aid supplies, a large portion of the Gear Inspection falls to Jess.

Jess is a leader on Lifesaving Development Camp Leadership Team, and took on the roles of equipment and supplies coordinator. She organises all of the scenario supplies, manuals, workbooks, and bumbags that are used by participants. Jess took on the challenge of learning to become a First Aid Trainer extending her skills and the ways she can assist develop other patrol members. She has achieved her trainer status a number of other awards and is qualified as an IRB driver. She is a key leader of the IRB racing team.

Jess provides guidance to younger trainers on several of the Bronze Camps, ensuring that they could provide the quality training we have come to expect. She is an outstanding mentor who has trained hundreds of members in their awards and has supported the mentoring and development of the Club's trainers. This year she is spearheading the Pink Patrol and was a trainer for the new Adult Bronze initiative, on top of all her other Club commitments.

Loyal, Dedicated, Giving

Rose Carn
Waratah Beach SLSC
Rose Carn
Waratah Beach SLSC

Rose first joined the club in 2000/01 Season as an Associate Member. This was to be the start of a lengthy involvement that has had an understated, but profound impact on the club. Over the years Rose has made a broad range of contributions to the club, including Patrolling, Training, General Committee Member, Cleaning and Working Bees.

Rose's most significant contribution to the club has been as a role model and engaging the youth of the community to become a part of the Club. Over the years Rose has been single-handedly responsible for the recruitment of 133 of the 730 Bronze Patrolling Lifesavers recruited since 2001, almost 20% of all our patrolling membership. Rose has promoted lifesaving to and selected potential members she believed would make a significant contribution to the club. This has shown through with 9 Patrol Captains, 20 Trainers, 11 Committee Members and 3 Board/Executive Committee Members coming from Rose's Recruits.
In addition to recruiting members, Rose has made some significant and lasting changes to club training. Rose has attended all December Bronze Camps run since 2001 and in doing so she has supported the development of our lifesavers and mentored our young trainers. She has brought professionalism to the delivery of our training camps. This has been during a time of change that has ensured our club training programs continue to meet the expectations for greater professionalism in our volunteer services. Another significant change Rose instigated in the 2008/09 season was the catering of Bronze Camps. Rose not only promoted the idea but has backed it up with the preparedness to do the work. In the first season, this included catering all the camp run personally. Rose continues to cater the December Bronze camp either as head cook or sous Chef when other capable parents volunteer.

While Rose's involvement with the members she has recruited has been clear, she has made no distinction between the youth at the club and has been a support and mentor to many young, and not so young members. She is encouraging adults to complete their SRC and Bronze, supporting the Pink Patrol and is looking at the Grey Medallion.
In addition to all of this, she has provided mentoring wise council to the Board, on the matter of youth involvement and in some cases discipline. We can easily say that our club would not be the club it is without the contribution Rose has made.

Dedicated, Inspirational, Wise mentor

Eve Lardner
Fairhaven SLSC
Eve Lardner
Fairhaven SLSC

Eve is the current Chief Assessor at Fairhaven SLSC and well and truly goes above and beyond in her role in supporting Training & Assessing activities at Fairhaven. In particular, her leadership in bringing the club through the challenging changes in the T&A space has been exemplary.

Eve us also Patrol Captain for Patrol 1 and has been a core patroller on our Fairhaven Pink Patrol.

She goes about her work with a positive attitude which is infectious for all around her. She is a strong advocate for fairness and equality for all, and always encouraging and supportive of younger members.

Fairhaven SLSC is very lucky to have Eve and wishes to recognise her contribution as a shining example of Female Leadership at our club.

Passionate, Caring, Dedicated

Kerry Bell
Edithvale LSC
Kerry Bell
Edithvale LSC

Kerry has been involved in Life Saving since 1976 at Carrum, Aspendale, South Melbourne & Aspendale and Edithvale Life Saving Clubs. Rising from a junior member at Carrum Life Saving Club, the Committee as Aspendale and now Vice President and Chief Instructor at Edithvale.

A previous recipient of the LSV Trainer of the Year as well as VSO for Kingston for over 10 years. Kerry was jointly responsible for setting up and running the Multicultural program at Edithvale for many years, supporting the clubs and LSV's mission to integrate refugees and new arrivals into Australian Life Saving, predominately women. In 2017 Kerry was awarded a Certificate of Merit Award for her contribution to The Royal Life Saving Society.

Kerry was among 25 Australians who were selected and flown to the UK to receive the award presented with the certificate by Prince Michael of Kent at Buckingham Palace.

Kind, Generous, Leader

Hannah Tzimokas
Woolamai Beach SLSC
Hannah Tzimokas
Woolamai Beach SLSC

I've had the pleasure of seeing Hannah develop as a leader and a member of LSV over the last 6 years. Hannah has been involved in a huge range of areas within her club and LSV as a whole, giving more time than anyone I know to what she does. She is incredibly dedicated to her position on the board of Woolamai, as well as Chief Lifeguard of Bass area. Along with her official roles, Hannah also contributes significantly in training (e.g. Running Bronze Camp) and commits time to develop her skills in and out of the water (including leadership initiatives such as BLS). Han goes above and beyond for each individual and takes special care to encourage young members, especially females, to get involved and give everything a crack. Thanks Han for always reminding me just how capable and strong we women are.

Strong, Passionate, Supportive

Annabelle Erskine
Waratah Beach SLSC
Annabelle Erskine
Waratah Beach SLSC

Annabelle is positive and enthusiastic nature makes her an incredible role model to emerging leaders in life saving. Annabelle encourages all of the females around her to constantly strive for improvement and band together. Annabelle uses her strong water abilities to teach and inspire younger females and is constantly helping her patrol members, and fellow lifesaving friends to improve. Annabelle is a member of Waratah, Woolamai, and Halfmoon Bay and strives to contribute to all by patrolling, training and showing her support to members. Annabelle believes that all females should be seen as strong, powerful people and her behaviours certainly model that.

Enthusiastic, Strong, Considerate

Margaret Hewett
Beaumaris LSC
Margaret Hewett
Beaumaris LSC

Margaret really is the heart, brain and soul of the club. Through her warm, friendly manner and her dedication to Life Saving she inspires members and others to want to get involved in a larger capacity within Life Saving. Margaret is heavily involved in our Nippers program, and on a weekly basis takes the younger age group for their sessions.

Margaret works endlessly behind the scenes, checking all the back-office data is correct and will always help a member with any Surf Guard or other queries. Margaret patrols a large number of hours, and usually the most within the team. Margaret also manages the Club function bookings, she is always there to greet community groups and potentially interested people to the club, she manages the entire booking process herself, which is many hours work.

Margaret is the Vice President of our committee, and will always work at helping to get the best outcome for the club and its members. Margaret has mentored future female leaders, emerging and current, such as our Club Captain, Davida. Margaret is the perfect example of how a leader should be. She is an inspiration to all who meet her, and I suspect is the reason we have so many Life Savers who have come all the way through from Nippers.

Dedicated, Warm, Helpful

Tara Graves
Beaumaris LSC
Tara Graves
Beaumaris LSC

Tara has been at BLSC for 5 years working all the way through from Nippers. She is a patrolling member who can be relied on 100%, she is always willing to help out where ever the need arises. She has stepped up and helped to assist in successfully training our SRC's, she assists and directs in a clear respectful manner at all times. Tara takes the time to listen and understand the SRC's, and tailors her approach to have the most effective outcome.

Tara is currently working towards becoming a fully qualified trainer and assessor, she holds a true passion for developing future life savers. Tara also helps with the management of the Nippers program and has assisted the Age Managers with understanding the electronic processes. As well as offering advice on further developments within the program, such as the recent CPR training for Nippers. Tara is fantastic with all our Nippers, and she really brings out the best in them, with her warm friendly approach.

Tara is an approachable, open, engaging future leader. Who inspires all ages. As well as being a patrolling member, she has also taken a role on the committee this year. Her input at meetings has always been relevant, timely and well thought through. Tara manages to easily balance her commitment to Life Saving and her own studies, I have no doubt she will continue to rise to be a key leader in her chosen area.

Honest, Knowledgeable, Friendly

Louise Smith
Woolamai Beach SLSC
Louise Smith
Woolamai Beach SLSC

Louise is an emerging female leader at Woolamai due to her ability to lead by example, model pro-social behaviours and supports younger members. Louise is a patrol captain, lead trainer and head of the sustainability committee and goes above and beyond with these roles to ensure that she is making her mark in life saving. Due to her approachable and respectful nature, Louise acts as an impactful female leader at Woolamai and is often seen encouraging younger females to become more involved. Louise is an advocate for equality and makes sure that everyone is treated with respect and kindness. Louise ensures that her behaviours set a standard for those to follow and I know this will certainly have an impact.

Fair, Encouraging, Supportive

Alice Harrison
Woolamai Beach SLSC
Alice Harrison
Woolamai Beach SLSC

Alice is an emerging female leader at Woolamai due to her positive attitude towards change. Alice focuses on leading by example, with her enthusiasm and respectful nature. Due to this, Alice acts as a role model for younger members, and is often encouraging and supporting those around her. Alice is a patrol vice-captain and contributes significantly to the development of upcoming members. Alice started a female initiative called "Woolamai Wipe-outs", a female surfing group aiming to encourage emerging members to have a go at surfing in a positive and inclusive way. Alice organises regular surfing days, lessons and training sessions and reaches out to younger patrolling members to come along. Due to Alice's initiative, many younger female members are having a go in the water and feel supported along the way.

Enthusiastic, Inclusive, Authentic

Suki Styant-Browne
Gunnamatta SLSC
Suki Styant-Browne
Gunnamatta SLSC

Suki is a valued member of Gunnamatta SLSC. For the last few years, she has been in charge of our nipper program, growing it by size, strength and quality. We as a club are incredibly grateful for the time and effort she has poured into the program. Without Suki running the program, we are sure the program would look incredibly different.

This current season is Suki's last season in charge of the nipper program, so it seems only just that Suki is congratulated and recognised for the fantastic work she has been able to do. Suki is a fantastic role model for the young boys and girls that she has mentored over her time in charge and we hope you see her as a worthy nomination.

Responsible, Committed, Emotionally Intelligent

Leanne McDonald
Seaspray SLSC
Leanne McDonald
Seaspray SLSC

Leanne McDonald has been a member of Seaspray for the past 20 years (20 year anniversary). Over this time Leanne as contributed significantly to the club. Initially, Leanne started out with as an official for nippers, assisting at local, regional and state level. She organised team accommodation for nippers state teams and was a patrolling member.

Leanne was awarded an outstanding service award and Life Member and has been a long time panel member for Nipper of the Year and Life Saver of the Year awards. Leanne has been a committed member to the running of the club and has held numerous positions including, Grants Officer and Treasurer, she is still our current Grants officer.

Leanne has been instrumental in securing a significant number of grants to assist the club especially with building the new clubhouse and for operations and started the process of the strategic plan for the club.

Hard-working, Dedicated, Resourceful

Lara Falk
Port Campbell SLSC
Lara Falk
Port Campbell SLSC

Lara is one of only two or three of her age group who continued to pursue more training, gain more awards and accept challenging roles on the club committee of management. Since achieving her Bronze Medallion in 2012 Lara has gained awards including Advanced Resuscitation, Spinal Management, Inflatable Rescue Boat crew certificate, First Aid, Training Officer Bronze medallion, Training Officer-Spinal Management, training Officer-First Aid, and Silver medallion in Beach Management.

Lara has been Club Captain, and this season has taken on the Chief Instructor role. Lara has juggled her various roles with full-time work, that often takes her away from Port Campbell for extended periods.

Inspirational, Driven, Persistent

Mietta Fry
Gunnamatta SLSC
Mietta Fry
Gunnamatta SLSC

Mietta is the pinnacle of female excellence in the service. She has been involved in lifesaving for 7 years, in that time she has risen through the ranks. Mietta is a current Gunnamatta Patrol Captain, as well as a professional lifeguard. She has gained the respect of her colleagues on the beach as well as everybody involved at the club.

As well as being a phenomenal lifeguard/lifesaver Mietta has become a role model in the lifesaving community, the young girls coming up through the club look up to Mietta in ore of what she has already been able to accomplish and in admiration of what she is yet to accomplish. She also has assisted these young women through their bronze training, a role she takes with great pride.

We find Mietta a very worthy nomination as an outstanding woman in lifesaving. We hope you see Mietta in the same light as we do.

Trustworthy, Authentic, Independent

Brittany Morgenthaler
Point Leo SLSC
Brittany Morgenthaler
Point Leo SLSC

Brittany Morgenthaler has held the role of Chief Instructor at Point Leo for three years and is also a Patrol Vice-Captain. Along with meeting her patrol obligations, Brittany organises and runs numerous camps and courses throughout the season, as well as several skills maintenance sessions for club members. She also encourages junior members, many of them female, to pursue training and assessor awards for the betterment of the club. Brittany is a fierce advocate for young females and mentors several of our younger females. Her character and personality are reflected in those she mentors, in that she is patient, kind and above all deeply empathetic. Brittany recently assisted in organising Point Leo's first Pink Patrol.

Patient, Kind, Empathetic

Tamara Brawn
Point Leo SLSC
Tamara Brawn
Point Leo SLSC

Tamara is the Senior Vice President at Point Leo SLSC and a past President, Life Member and active patroller at the club. Tamara has a significant role in surf boats both as a referee and competitor at both state and national level. She is the highest level female official in surf boats and a gold medal winner at National level. Tamara has been instrumental in driving the re-establishment of surf boats at Point Leo. She epitomises the volunteer spirit that we cherish and is a mentor and role model to many club members across the lifesaving movement at a club, state and national level. Her continued guidance and care across all sections of lifesaving is highly valued and appreciated by the Point Leo SLSC.

Positive, Passionate, Levelheaded

Carol Lawrence
Hampton LSC
Carol Lawrence
Hampton LSC

Carol is a life member, former Secretary, trainer, assessor and patroller/ patrol captain at our Club. She is a quiet achiever who has been actively involved in helping every facet of our Club. This has included being a Starfish Mentor, the trainer and assessor of the most awards at Hampton, assistance with the Nipper Program (including helping us launch, teach and run lifesaving events as competitions), mentoring new committee members and Board members, running patrols and mentoring new patrol captains.

Carol also works tirelessly to maintain the Club in a neat and organised manner, meets with tradespeople, supports other administrative roles at the Club during busy times and is a supportive swimming companion to those who have lost their nerve. She also makes the odd appearance as a Masters competitor.

Professionally, Carol has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry and is an Environmental Sustainability Specialist. She is currently the National President of the Australian Institute of Packaging and works on sustainable sourcing, energy auditing and recycling strategies for numerous Australian and global clients.

As a volunteer, Carol is also the HLSC Water Quality Officer with the EPA and the Energy Auditor for Bayside City Council.

Superwoman!

Ethereal, Wise, Generous, Kind, Eccentric, Funny

Wendy Smith
Frankston LSC
Wendy Smith
Frankston LSC

Wendy Smith is a long-term member and an outstanding volunteer of the Frankston Life Saving Club community. She joined the club with her husband and two children in 2002. She is the friendly face that makes everyone smile when they see her, whether it be patrolling the beach as a Patrol Vice Captain, serving her patrol team lunch, or helping out as water safety during Nipper training sessions. Wendy encourages and gives all female members the assurance they can achieve anything they want to achieve.

She is an integral role model at the club, encouraging our female members to participate in the IRB racing team, even travelling with the team during their competition schedule and supporting the team at Nationals. And as a teacher in her professional career, she offers the club the unique and valuable link between life saving volunteers and the community as many of the beachgoers have been her students - including our Club president!

Motivated, Encouraging, Enthusiastic

Laura Buckley
Fairhaven SLSC
Laura Buckley
Fairhaven SLSC

Laura Buckley is an amazing leader from Fairhaven SLSC and has played a significant role in the development of many members, male and female alike, who follow in her footsteps.

Laura has played a significant role in running the Fairhaven Ladies Luncheon in recent years, and this event continues to be of major significance to the club in how we celebrate the achievements of Females across all generations.

Her recent appointment to the M&LD Executive as Female Leadership Coordinator underlines her commitment to celebrating and promoting female leadership in lifesaving.

Laura is hugely committed to the work she does, but even more so to the people she works with, and it is these people that drive her to continue to achieve and execute great things within lifesaving.

Supportive, Determined, Passionate

 

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