Clubbie Profile April: Tracey Hare-Boyd

Our Clubbie Profile for April is Tracey Hare-Boyd from North Steyne SLSC. The former President of the club currently holds many positions including the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Member Services Director and Duty Officer and she is also a SurfCom Advisor.

Club: North Steyne SLSC

Occupation: Business Owner

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I joined North Steyne and achieved my Bronze Medallion in 2006 when my son, Trae, started in Under 6 Nippers. Trae obtained his Bronze just this year…how time flies when you’re having fun!

What have you enjoyed most about this season?

Having had a “challenging” off season, I was glad to get back to “normality” in patrolling, training, assessing and SurfCom. I also enjoy being a Duty Officer and being able to meet different patrols in the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch. However, the best part has been sharing time with my patrol. I have THE best patrol at North Steyne and it was great to spend some quality time with each and every one of the Patrol 13 team.

Outside of surf lifesaving, I always enjoy being on the assessment panel for the SLSNSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year. Meeting and interviewing these kids is something I wish more people could experience. These kids are so proud of their surf clubs and passionate about the life lessons they are learning through Surf Life Saving and it’s great to see them all enjoying their experience through this program.

Describe your role as the SNB Branch Member Services Director.

Member Services is a mixed and varied role dealing with all aspects of membership throughout the Branch. Member Services recently took on the role of looking after Nippers, Cadets and Rookies and coordinating programs such as the Junior Lifesaver of the Year.

We authorise nominations for programs such as the Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop as well as development and leadership programs run by SLSNSW and SLSA. Member Services is an interesting portfolio as it incorporates all aspects of Surf Life Saving from education and lifesaving to admin. A busy role that can get very interesting and the SNB Directors and staff are a great bunch to work with.

What’s the most rewarding part about being an Assessor?

Delivering the good news that they have obtained their award and seeing the smile on the candidate and Training Officer’s faces after the time spent training….the smiles from new Bronzies and cheers from SRCs (cadets) makes the time invested into assessments really worthwhile.

Another rewarding part is hearing the stories from members when they helped someone with first aid or performed an actual rescue. Members stop me in the street to tell me their stories and it’s nice to hear.

Tell us about your club, North Steyne.

North Steyne is the little yellow building in the middle of a big beach and although it is in between two bigger clubs, it has a mighty spirit that keeps on going.

It is a club rich in history and tradition but also one that is moving forward and incorporating change. We have some super characters and members at North Steyne and our list of Life Members is very distinguished under the Black and Gold banner of North Steyne.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?

To be able to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully assist in helping move Surf Life Saving forward and improve things for members and our Nippers who are the future of our movement.

What has been your best memory as a clubbie?

Getting my Bronze and 10 years later watching my son get his Bronze.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?

There are so many amazing people I have met on and off the beach that I couldn’t begin to list each and every one of them.

Favourite beach that isn’t yours?

Sorry Sydney, but the beaches of Byron Bay are amazing!

Fri 29 Apr 2016