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International Women’s Day Nomination

2019 iwd
recognising outstanding
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Angela Malan
Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club
Angela Malan
Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club

Angela has been actively involved at Inverloch SLSC since 2005 and is a current patrolling member. She was junior coordinator from 2006 to 2011 and club president from 2011 to 2016. Angela has also held positions at a state level on the Membership and Leadership Development Executive for the past eight years. Angela represents LSV and its 34,000 plus members on the Ministerial Advisory Council to the Minister for Volunteers. Outside of lifesaving, Angela works in education support.

Anni Gardiner
South Melbourne Life Saving Club
Anni Gardiner
South Melbourne Life Saving Club

Anni joined South Melbourne LSC as a teenager and has been a fierce competitor, being selected as a state and national representative on numerous occasions. Anni served on the club’s committee for many years in multiple capacities. She became an Official as well as a Trainer and Assessor firstly with RLSS, then with SLSA. Anni continues to hold senior positions officiating at state, national, and international competition. In the centenary year of lifesaving with RLSSA, she was named Lifesaver of the Century. She has been made a Life Member of SMLSC, RLSSA, and recently RLSSC Life Member, and she has received a Knighthood from the International Lifesaving Federation.

Barbara Morgan
South Melbourne Life Saving Club
Barbara Morgan
South Melbourne Life Saving Club

Barbara joined lifesaving as a teenager at Altona LSC before moving the South Melbourne LSC and was a fierce competitor winning multiple state titles. She went on to become a Trainer and Assessor, as well as a Coach and Official. Barbara served on the committee of both lifesaving clubs and held many positions including Secretary. She is also a Life Member of both clubs. As on Official, Barbara provides services for RLSS and SLSA and has been awarded State Life Membership. She has also received many honours and awards culminating in an OAM for her service to lifesaving. She has officiated for many years across multiple disciplines of lifesaving at state, national, and international levels. Barbara decided to share her expertise by working with the professional arm of RLSS then LSV for 20 plus years. She retired in 2018 but continues to volunteer as an Official.

Bec Gibbs
Mount Martha Life Saving Club
Bec Gibbs
Mount Martha Life Saving Club

Bec works tirelessly to make the club the best it can be and is a great support to all our members. She is especially encouraging to our younger members - sharing her love for lifesaving and motivating them to stay involved and become active club members and future leaders. Bec achieved her Life Member Award in 2018 and became Mt Martha's very first female President in the 2018/19 season.

Belinda Gill
Port Melbourne Life Saving Club
Belinda Gill
Port Melbourne Life Saving Club

Belinda is a dedicated, motivated, caring, supportive, and super organised individual, and she loves what she does. You can ask Belinda for anything, and she will assist in any way she can.
Many say that Port Melbourne LSC exists today mainly due to Belinda's passion and involvement and she continues to help grow as a strong, vibrant, and necessary club. Belinda has been instrumental in providing education programs to schools, in particular, the Schools Beach Program for Wembley Primary School based in Yarraville. Belinda also works in a second job First Responder and has worked at the MCG and at the soccer, cricket, other ?tness events, Moomba, and New Year's Eve.

Bernadette Kean
Mentone Life Saving Club
Bernadette Kean
Mentone Life Saving Club

Bernadette has been a member of Mentone LSC for more than 10 years and plays a key role in administration for the club. She manages the volunteer team that processes and manages a total membership in excess of 1100 members; it's a thankless and endless task. She also trains new members of the team, liaises with LSV, and deals with problems promptly and with professionalism. Bernadette also arranges for carnival entries to be completed on time for seniors, juniors, and masters, which is a mammoth task considering Mentone has the highest participation rate for juniors and the second-highest for seniors (2017/18) – 1176 entries. She helped implement the new patrol program in 2018/19 and is an Official at carnivals and club competitions. Bernadette likes working behind the scene and helping others to achieve great things.

Brydie Murrihy
Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
Brydie Murrihy
Lorne Surf Life Saving Club

Brydie has been a leader within the club for many years. She has driven a lot of changes within the club and is a central figure with the younger female members. Brydie has been Club Captain, Vice Club Captain, Patrol Captain, Junior Captain, the first Lorne member to be involved in the Building Leader's Scholarship, and has driven the leadership aspects of LSV within the club. She is also a mentor for the M2M program, was a lifeguard for eight years and a team leader for five. Brydie also holds a gold Medallion. Brydie has been the driver behind a women in lifesaving event at the Lorne Life Saving Club and has been a massive inspiration for the current generation of female members at the Lorne Life Saving Club and has helped them achieve amazing things.

Cara McMahon
Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club
Cara McMahon
Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club

Cara joined Williamstown S&LSC in 2008 when her eldest joined nippers, and she has been an active member ever since. Cara has been on the Nippers Committee for many years and after recently stepped down from this role, took on the role of Hall Hire Coordinator. During her she also ran the Nipper’s BBQ for three years and organised the Nipper’s surf education certificates and entries. Cara is an Age Manager Course Trainer and is now Bronze Medallion holder, starting her patrols in the 2017/18 season. She has started social surfboat rowing and can often be seen running around the neighbourhood or attending the club strength and conditioning programs. She also enjoys attending the club’s Ladies Lunches. Cara is a tireless volunteer and is always putting her hand up to help before she’s been asked.

Carol Fox
Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
Carol Fox
Lorne Surf Life Saving Club

Carol Fox is a pioneering and inspirational female who has forged pathways for women in lifesaving and women's sport for over 35 years. Carol opened-up opportunities for women to thrive in surf lifesaving competition and lifeguarding. She was the first woman to win a Victorian Championship medal in lifesaving and the first professionally paid female Lifeguard. She has gone on to be a leadership ambassador for Life Saving Victoria, a Director of Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club, an advocate for improving governance in surf clubs and President of Women's Sport Australia. Carol carried the baton in the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay in February 2018, past the Williamstown Surf Club, in recognition of her contribution to lifesaving and women's sport. Carol is emphatic that the early women lifesavers and their supporters played an important role in creating the surf club movement we know today.

Cathy Tisdale
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club
Cathy Tisdale
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club

Cathy's devotion, commitment, and contribution to Ocean Grove SLSC over many years has been unwavering. She is a Life member, has had multiple CoM roles, been involved in IRBs, and been a competitor. She is still assisting, despite her health battles, with the club’s major events. In addition, she has been an Australian team member, a John Wishart Medallist, and Assistant Team Manager for multiple state teams. Cathy is always welcoming, helpful, and a good role model for the club.

Christine Cardwell
South Melbourne Life Saving Club
Christine Cardwell
South Melbourne Life Saving Club

Christine joined South Melbourne as a teenager and has a passion for Rescue & Resuscitation competition, competing at state and nationally. She began training and assessing for RLSS, SLSA, and LSV but has excelled as a coach, not only for SMLSC but Ocean Grove, Anglesea, and Bonbeach, and has mentored other coaches around Victoria and interstate. She has served on national panels with input into manual writing and currently convenes the state R&R panel. She has coached multiple teams to state and national gold medals. At South Melbourne, she has held many positions including Club Captain, being the first female in the state to hold that position in a lifesaving club. She is also the past President and has been awarded Life Membership.

Cindy Gregory
Mentone Life Saving Club
Cindy Gregory
Mentone Life Saving Club

Cindy is an exceptional woman who has challenged herself and achieved great things at Mentone LSC. She is a full-time working mum of two nippers and always supports Sunday training sessions and carnivals. Plus, Cindy learnt to swim so she could attain her Bronze Medallion. She is an active patrol member, and now, a Patrol Captain. Cindy is a great contributor to the club through the support of administration, shop, and social events. She is also a leading member of women's surf boat team development at Mentone LSC.

Dianne Montalto
Edithvale Life Saving Club
Dianne Montalto
Edithvale Life Saving Club

Dianne has carried out approximately 50 continuous years of service as a fully qualified lifesaver, instructor, trainer and examiner. As qualification requirements have become more demanding, she has always ensured that she was up to date and thus able to accurately carry out any duties required of her. An active qualified patrolling lifesaver from a very young age, Dianne has also chosen to work, at various times, with lifesaving clubs needing assistance to re-build working patrols and instructional teams as well as water safety, resuscitation, mechanical oxygen, and nipper programs.

Donna Watt
Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club
Donna Watt
Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club

Donna has been a member of Gunnamatta SLSC since 1992 and in that time, has achieved many awards and has been a great role model for club members to look up to and learn from. Some her achievements include winning Club Champion, being Best Patrol Member, and being awarded Life Membership. She also held the position of Secretary on the club’s executive committee for a number of years. At state level, Donna has sits on the Finance Risk & Audit Advisory Committee and is a Life Saving Operations Council delegate. She has been an exceptional representative for the club and for lifesaving over a very long period of time.

Dr.Natalie Hood
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club
Dr.Natalie Hood
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Natalie has been an active patrolling member and given almost 40 years of service to not only at club level, but at state and national levels as well. She has won many awards during her time in lifesaving and has recently re-engaged in lifesaving through her children. She is now a Nipper Competition Team Manager and Delegate to the Surf Sports Council.

Fiona Fitzgerald
Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club
Fiona Fitzgerald
Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club

Fiona has been the Big Nipper for the past three years at Anglesea SLSC and also the Junior Competition Manager. This means she is responsible for conducting the holiday period Nippers two-week intensive program. The program has more than 450 Nippers, and Fiona is responsible for the overall running of activities, supporting the age group managers, organising the end of day BBQ (no easy feat for all those kids plus parents), water safety, and running Club Championships. Away from Nippers, she also takes training for the competition team, handles entries, and coordinates carnivals. Fiona has promoted a fantastic attitude at Nippers where the children are encouraged to give everything a go and to make new friends which has promoted a welcoming and extremely family-friendly environment.

Fran Lakey
Kennett River Surf Life Saving Club
Fran Lakey
Kennett River Surf Life Saving Club

Fran has been a long-standing member of the lifesaving movement. She has remained committed and involved in the club to this day and undertakes active leadership roles including General Committee, Club Historian, and Nippers Program Director and she supports the Annual Bronze Camp. Fran was part of the first group of women in lifesaving in Australia to obtain their Bronze Medallions, which she got 1 February 1981.

Frances Evans
Life Saving Victoria
Frances Evans
Life Saving Victoria

Frances has been an outstanding contributor to lifesaving over the past 45 years and has been both a volunteer and employee. Her roles and positions in the organisation have been varied, but her dedication to training and education as well as research have been her main focusses. Frances was a driving force behind the development of the annual drowning report, visiting the Victorian Coroner’s office and scanning records to identify drowning victims. She continued this research for more than 20 years. She has been awarded the RLSS Recognition Badge and is an RLSSAV Life Member for her efforts. Frances is a true leader in the movement, paving the way for other females to follow.

Georgie Wettenhall
Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Georgie Wettenhall
Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club

It is unlikely that anyone in the club's recent history has achieved such a diverse and wide-ranging contribution to the Woolamai Beach SLSC as Georgie Wettenhall. Georgie has provided unwavering service and has filled nearly every major Committee role in the club, including President, Director Admin & Finance, Club Captain, Chief Instructor, Patrol Captain. Georgie has won most of the club's significant awards, and she is also an amazing role model who is extremely generous with her time, particularly in mentoring and helping younger members. Georgie is also a highly accomplished competitor, winning the Woolamai Beach SLSC Club Championship a record seven times.

Iris Cassel
Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club
Iris Cassel
Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club

Iris is currently the Senior Team Manager at Point Leo SLSC. She dedicates countless time and energy in what is often a time-pressured role to meet entry and payment deadlines. She works in a sports leadership role to develop policies around team selection, club equipment use, financial support models, and fundraising. As the delegate to the Aquatic Sports Council, she actively participates in planning and strategy for the state. Iris provides support and mentoring to some of the club’s younger members who are either new to sports or new to the club. This includes helping competitors navigate the requirements, as well as providing personal support through their development challenges. She has provided input and expertise to the Point Leo Junior Team Manager. Over the past few years, Iris has been strongly encouraging participation in the lifesaving competition events which has seen our team grow from one or two participants to nearly 10 members who are already winning medals.

Jackie Jackson
Mount Martha Life Saving Club
Jackie Jackson
Mount Martha Life Saving Club

Jackie has been an integral part of Mr Martha LSC for over 22 years. When she joined the club, she immediately signed up to be the Under 6 Junior Age Manager. In 2004, she became a Level 1 Official and has been officiating for almost 15 years. She has also been an Official at 2 x World Life Saving Championships. She does a fantastic job and is well respected by not only the Mt Martha club but many other Victorian clubs. Jackie has many positive personal attributes, these include but are not limited to her friendly and caring demeanour, a strong and focussed work ethic, and a solid emphasis on inclusiveness, all which have allowed her to become a high capacity individual and role model within lifesaving.

Jacqui Dreher
Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club
Jacqui Dreher
Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club

Throughout her lifesaving journey, Jacqui has been a quiet achiever who is exceptionally efficient at getting her work completed to the highest standard, and with the minimum amount of fanfare. This has included roles as Trainer on the Fairhaven SLSC Pre-Christmas Lifesaving Camp as well as for post-Christmas training courses. Jacqui was the Captain of Patrol 8 during the 2017/18 Season, guiding one of our youngest patrols (average of approximately 2-years patrolling experience) towards a high standard of both safety and professionalism. Outside of the Fairhaven SLSC, Jacqui is both a Beach and RWC Lifeguard for the Australian Lifeguard Service. Importantly, her efforts as a Team Leader have been noticed far and wide, with her beach and people management skills highlighting that she displays a level of maturity, experience, and professionalism far beyond her years.

Jane Wright
Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club
Jane Wright
Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club

Jane is the President of the Sorrento SLSC, has held other executive positions within the club, and has been a supportive Nipper parent. During her time as President, the club has benefited from her outstanding management and leadership skills. Her comprehensive understanding of all facets of the club's functions and her commitment to the ongoing development of our club is exceptional.

Janis Brooks
Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club
Janis Brooks
Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club

Janis has had a very long association with WS&LSC starting as a member when she was young. She even learnt to swim at the club, and later in life as a single mum, brought her children to the club as Nippers. Since retiring from work, Janis has spent most of her days at the club, initially as a "lawn lizard" but then in the 2005/06 season she joined the committee as the First Aid Coordinator. Janis served on the committee for three seasons as well as on the nipper sub-committee. Janis is a great personality at the club and remains active in many areas; she is unofficially the "guardian" of the clubhouse. She travels to support the club’s teams at major carnivals and is a much-loved member of the Mussels Open Water Swimming group. Janis is the eyes and ears of the club and liaises with all the different groups. She connects people and always has the attitude of doing what is best for the club.

Jennifer Aschhoff
Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
Jennifer Aschhoff
Lorne Surf Life Saving Club

Jenny is a very humble about her involvement in lifesaving and tends to fly under the radar. She has yet to be awarded any recognition despite her of years of dedicated service. Since completing her Bronze Medallion, Jenny has trained, assessed, and participated in countless courses, camps, and programs. She has been on the surf club committee for four years, on the executive committee for two years, been a lifeguard for four years, and is a patrol captain. Jenny is also an area coordinator and team leader for the club's two major events, the Pier to Pub swim and Mount to Surf run. Jenny is a keen competitor and has competed for four years as well as been an official. She also regularly provides water safety at carnivals. Jenny is always volunteering her time to support programs and activities at the club and can also be found doing the little things like sweeping and cleaning around the clubhouse.

Jill Douglas
Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club
Jill Douglas
Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club

Jill is an outstanding contributor to the Gunnamatta SLSC. For more than seven seasons, has held many positions within the club, including Vice Patrol Captain and Chief Instructor. She has also been the Women's Master's Club Champion on two occasions as well as Best Senior Club Member and Best Patrol Member.

Joanne Burch
Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club
Joanne Burch
Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club

Joanne was the second-ever female Club Captain at Port Lonsdale SLSC. Joanne founded Pink Zink Patrol at Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove with Simone White in 2014/15. Joanne built this program for two years and generated significant PR and awareness about the cause involving local female Mayor Helene Cameron, Local Federal MP Sarah Henderson, Local Bellarine Member, and Senior State Minister Lisa Neville. Joanne represented the SLSC at the ANZAC ceremonies speaking in-front of 500+ people at the dawn service about the contributions of Surf Lifesavers during war times and the importance of female leadership during these times. Joanne has influenced female leadership at PLSLSC, OGSLSC, LSV and SLSA.

Joanne Bull
Aspendale Life Saving Club
Joanne Bull
Aspendale Life Saving Club

Jo is a Life Member of Aspendale LSV and has spent 10 years serving on the committee. Jo is the glowing face that greets every nipper on Sunday mornings, cooks the BBQ, organises events, and orders and collects all the food, trophies, and necessities. She does all this and more as well as perform her primary function of Secretary. Jo is an inspiration to all club members and the heart of what the Aspendale is all about.

Justine Keily-Scott
Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club
Justine Keily-Scott
Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club

Justine was Vice President (Y&LD) from Season 2011/2012 through to 2016/2017. During this time, she led improved course content, formalised documentation and planning of Nipper program management, introduction of Starfish Nipper program and Nipper 50 Year Anniversary celebrations. Her family have been involved in lifesaving for many years, and Justine has been an active member since she joined. She is a wonderful person and role model for the club and members.

Kate Durrant
St Kilda Life Saving Club
Kate Durrant
St Kilda Life Saving Club

Kate has taken a lead role in mentoring the eight young women in our two junior female boat crews. She is a training sweep and one of only one or two female sweeps in the state. She has filled in for every single boat crew in the club for the past few years, has represented the club in board, swim, and beach events at masters and has represented the St Kilda in the open women's boat crew.

Kate McLoughlin
Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club
Kate McLoughlin
Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club

When Kate's eldest son Jack joined Nippers, she immediately got involved with the club and started helping the Age Managers for Jack's group as a parent helper and at various fundraiser events. Kate has played an instrumental role in helping the club secure seed funding so that necessary upgrades to the club's facility could be made. Kate is the Building Manager and has overseen the design process throughout the club’s redevelopment journey. She has been the central point and kept flawless documentation of the process.

Kimberley Gee
Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club
Kimberley Gee
Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club

Kim is a passionate leader who is dedicated to training and improving the quality of the club’s training and assessing. She also assists candidates in obtaining a higher level of competence, and therefore, confidence and skills in lifesaving. Kim's achievements have resulted in both state and national recognition with her being awarded both the Victorian and National Volunteer Trainer of the Year in both 2016 and 2018. In addition, she is extremely well respected by Life Saving Victoria who have asked her to participate in organising and presenting at the 2017 and 2018 Trainer and Assessor Conference/Forum. Kim's attendance and participation at these events shows her commitment to continual improvement and professional development.

Kim Williams
Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club
Kim Williams
Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club

Kim has held multiple roles in the club, including Team Manager, Registrar, Uniform Shop Coordinator, Bar Manager and Treasurer. She was the second female in the club to be elected as a Life Member and is currently one of only three living female Life Members. She has dedicated long hours to the club and lifesaving over the past 20 years and has an incredible knowledge of process and policy. Kim works tirelessly in her committee roles, often responding to emails very late in the night when sensible working single parents should be asleep. She is particularly motivated by increasing the support provided to the younger members who take on leadership roles in lifesaving and training. In this area, she works very closely with the Chief Instructor and Vice Captain to ensure they understand and are learning the requirements and pressure points around compliance and regulation. This training and support for these members has assisted Point Leo in continuing administration excellence throughout the years.

Lisa Curren
Altona Life Saving Club
Lisa Curren
Altona Life Saving Club

Lisa is currently the President of the Altona LSC. She has been a member of the club for many years and has taken on various roles. Lisa is a brilliant role model to the younger members, especially females, empowering them to pursue leadership positions within and outside of lifesaving. Lisa is always striving to achieve great things for her club and lifesaving.

Lucy Douglas
Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club
Lucy Douglas
Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club

Lucy began lifesaving as a Nipper and has proven she is a very talented sportswoman. She is also following in the footsteps of her Mum and working to become a mentor/trainer. Along with gaining many lifesaving awards, Lucy has also been the Women's Club Champion on many occasions and has been awarded Best Patrol Member. Lucy also dedicates her time to assisting with water safety for the club's Nippers Program and being a Bronze Camp Leader.

Margaret Hewett
Beaumaris Life Saving Club
Margaret Hewett
Beaumaris Life Saving Club

Margaret has been the President of Beaumaris LSC for 23 years and is dedicated
in her commitment to the club, lifesaving, and its member's. Margaret unequivocally works extremely hard for the club in her volunteering capacity. Margaret has been patrolling for 23 years, providing a safe and enjoyable aquatic environment for our community and visitors, local and international alike. Most years she clocks up in excess of 160 hours volunteer patrolling on the beach. Margaret is undisputedly a pillar of lifesaving - for members and beachgoers - never looking for any thanks or recognition. She is a beautiful, kind-hearted lady who is always smiling, always is willing to lend a hand or an ear. She is also a fantastic mentor, listener, and a brilliant role model in lifesaving.

Marianne Kirk
Mentone Life Saving Club
Marianne Kirk
Mentone Life Saving Club

Marianne is an active member of Mentone LSC but does not seek recognition, she gets the job done. She is an example of a woman that has historically not been involved in lifesaving but has embraced the opportunities that the club offers. As the de facto Female Boat Captain, she drives participation and enjoyment, encouraging female members to have a go.

Maureen Ansell
Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club
Maureen Ansell
Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club

Maureen was a founding member of Inverloch SLSC 20 years ago. Maureen has been a tireless supporter of the club and its members since the club’s first days. She has undertaken various roles on the club’s committee over the years including running the uniform shop, setting up the club kiosk, constant maintenance of the clubhouse, and running the club bar for many weeks over the season. Before ISLSC had a clubhouse, she ran the uniform shop from her living room and the club kiosk under the trees in the beach carpark. Maureen continues to do whatever she can, without being asked or thanked, to make the club the best it can be for all members to enjoy.

Michelle Murphy
Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Michelle Murphy
Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Michelle is an inspirational figure in the history of the Woolamai Beach SLSC. Over a long period of time, Michelle has provided leadership in many areas of club activity, most notably as the club's first female President and first female Life Member. During her time as President, Woolamai Beach SLSC won Victorian Club of the Year and then Australian Club of the Year. Michelle has provided guidance and direction to many of the current leaders in the club, and at the same time, has been extremely generous in passing on her knowledge to younger members of the club. She is a mentor to many.

Nancy Joseph
Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club
Nancy Joseph
Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club

Throughout her lifesaving journey, Nancy has been a significant contributor in both formal and informal roles at the club, and at state and national levels. In the past Nancy has held several committee positions, often leading the way for females in these roles, and has also been a key mentor to our young members over the last few years, in particular, young females. Nancy was responsible for introducing the club’s annual Pink Patrol and the infamous Fairhaven Ladies Luncheon. At a state level, Nancy was previously a non-executive director where she was instrumental in developing and implementing leadership development programs, and she is currently the Chair of SLSA's Development Advisory Committee and Club of the Year Panel. She is a mentor at the National Leadership College, where her passion for developing young leaders is evident.

Patricia Jenkins
Mentone Life Saving Club
Patricia Jenkins
Mentone Life Saving Club

Patricia is dedicated to the club's cause and goes above and beyond in serving its members.
She makes all people at the club (from youngest to oldest) feel welcome and at ease, and is always encouraging potential members to join and participate in the events. Patricia actively created the second Women's Surf Boat crew (Team Aqua) and contributes to all fundraising activities at the club (tin-shake, boaties trivia auction night, Bunnings sausage sizzles). She is always there to lead a hand and help out where she can.

Phoebe Browne
Port Melbourne Life Saving Club
Phoebe Browne
Port Melbourne Life Saving Club

Phoebe joined the Port Melbourne LSC in 2007 as a nipper. From there she obtained her SRC award, then went on to achieve a number of awards including a Bronze Medallion, and Advance Resuscitation, Spinal, IRB Crew, Silver Medallion in IRB Driver and Beach Management certificates. Phoebe has been in the club’s top three female patrol hours since 2012; a total of 385 hours over the past six years. Phoebe has assisted with the club's Nipper Program and the School Beach Program for the past six years and volunteers for the Greek Cross Blessing of the Waters each year.

Rachael Rylance
Elwood Life Saving Club
Rachael Rylance
Elwood Life Saving Club

Rachael is always incredibly organised, professional, and she just gets stuff done. She is an amazing role model for young women. There is no facet of Elwood LSC that Rachael is not involved in – patrolling, nippers, summer comp, IRB racing and the general operation of the club. Apart from what she does at Elwood, she has also managed Victorian and Australian teams for pool competition and IRB and is the Director of Aquatic Sports for Life Saving Victoria. All year round, Rachael is working hard, making sure all aspects of the club are running smoothly. That's not to mention the work that she also does for Life Saving Victoria.

Rebecca Gould
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club
Rebecca Gould
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Rebecca has been an active member for Portsea SLSC for nearly 10 years. In addition to many years as a mentor on a number of the Junior Development Camps, she has served on the Club Committee as Lifesaving Director.

Rebecca Sampson
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club
Rebecca Sampson
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club

Rebecca (Bec) has been a driving force in the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving club (OGSLSC) and the Ocean Grove Community for many years with her work and dedication to all areas of Surf Life Saving, including her official roles as Training and Assessment manager, on the OGSLSC Board, and as club delegate to Life Saving Victoria in the Membership and Leadership Committee. She has had an integral role in developing leadership opportunities and formal programs for our young members, and as well as being a patrol captain and surf sports competitor, has had ongoing involvement in club fundraising and social events.
 
Her enthusiastic and persistent approach to everything she does opens up opportunities for everyone around her, and her commitment to helping out while juggling interstate study and quite demanding placements demonstrates how invested she is in the club, Surf Life Saving and the Ocean Grove Community.

Samantha Dwyer
Hampton Life Saving Club
Samantha Dwyer
Hampton Life Saving Club

Samantha has contributed endless amounts of time and energy to the benefit of the club.
Since completing her Bronze Medallion, Sam has gone on to achieve her Silver Medallion IRB Driver, Beach Management, Spinal Management, First Aid and Coaching awards. In addition to gaining these awards, Sam has now become a Trainer and Assessor for Bronze Medallion and Resuscitation and is a valuable member of Hampton's training and assessing team. She has also held the role of Communications Manager for the club and has created the Junior Leaders and Junior Coaches Program to ensure the under 14 - 17 age groups remain highly engaged in lifesaving and are passing their skills on to the Nippers. Sam is also currently being mentored for the role of Patrol captain so that next season she will be able to lead her own team. She is always a valuable member of her patrol team, making sure that everyone's skills are utilised to the full. She is always welcoming new patrolling member, showing them the ropes and making sure they are engaged and enjoy learning new skills while on patrol.

Sameana Kerr
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club
Sameana Kerr
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Sameana is a Family Associate Member of Portsea SLSC and has dedicated many years of service to the Portsea Nipper Program. She has also served on the Nipper Sub-Committee and for the past few years, worked tirelessly as the Nipper Competition Administrator for the club's ever-expanding competition team.

Sandra Vander Pal
Dromana Bay Life Saving Club
Sandra Vander Pal
Dromana Bay Life Saving Club

Sandra has been a part of the Dromana Bay LSC since it began in 1997 and has been the President of the Club right up until the end of last season. She has put in an endless amount of time and hard work to get the club to where it is today. She has always been someone that you can turn to and ask for help or advice and was always aware of everything that was happening in the lifesaving scene. She is a great role model for other women within the club, especially her daughter, who looks up to her and strives to be like her.

Sarah Cox
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club
Sarah Cox
Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Sarah has been a Family Associate Member of Portsea SLSC for 10 years and has been the Portsea Nipper Program's key administrator. In addition to her (and her husband's) generous financial sponsorship of the Program, she has assisted with the processing and registration of 600 Nippers.

Sarah O’Dwyer
Torquay Surf Life Saving Club
Sarah O’Dwyer
Torquay Surf Life Saving Club

Sarah is Torquay SLSC's Marketing & Communications Director and is a dynamic and driven change-maker who has played a vital role in transforming the club culturally and functionally. Sarah has a number of competing priorities, juggling life as a busy mum, marketing professional, founder of ParkRun Torquay, and training for a marathon, but she manages to devote a considerable amount of time to developing the club. It is her unwavering passion for achieving the best results for the club that has benefitted the local community and visitors to our town. Sarah leads by example, is tireless in her efforts and is a role model for everyone, demonstrating time and time again that there is always some way for members to get involved.

Sue-Ellen Jackson
Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club
Sue-Ellen Jackson
Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club

Sue-Ellen is a life member of the Seaspray SLSC and has been a significant leader since she joined in 2003. She has held multiple roles on the committee over the past 16 years, including Secretary, Chief instructor, Youth Co-Ordinator and Director of Youth. In her early days, Sue-Ellen managed the club’s Nipper Program taking competitors all over the state to compete and represent the club. This year, she has successfully resurrected the YIPs program within the club which has led to a significant increase in junior participation. Their efforts to raise money has also engaged many of our younger members, with a Movie night and junior disco. Sue-Ellen was also instrumental in supporting local Mardi Gras entrants who collectively raised over $70,000 for the club. As a teacher, Sue-Ellen has a beautiful, caring nature which brings a softness to the leadership team and continually reminds the club how and what it means to be inclusive.

Tea Rose Passon
Port Melbourne Life Saving Club
Tea Rose Passon
Port Melbourne Life Saving Club

Tea is only 18 years old and is already a Vice Patrol Captain. She holds a Bronze Medallion as well as an IRB Crew Certi?cate. On numerous occasions over the past two seasons, Tea has volunteered additional patrol hours when weather conditions have caused high-risk beach conditions and extra patrolling members were required. Tea was Female Patroller of the Pear at PMLSC in 2017/2018 and has volunteered additional hours to water safety for events including Pier to Pub Swim and the Greek Cross & Wembley School Program. Tea is a very competent and reliable team member of Port Melbourne LSC.

Veronica Treloar
Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club
Veronica Treloar
Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club

Veronica joined the club in 2004 and has been an avid supporter of the club’s IRB team ensuring they are looked after and well-fed. She also took on the role of Starfish Nippers Coordinator in 2017/18 and continues with this very successful and inclusive program. Veronica qualified for her Bronze Medallion in 2017/18 and began patrolling that season.

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