Clubbie Profile December: Nixy Krite

Our Clubbie Profile for the month of December is the Nixy Krite from South Maroubra SLSC. Nixy took some time out of her busy clubbie schedule to chat to us about what being a clubbie means to her.

Name: Nixy Krite

Age: 40

Surf Life Saving Club: South Maroubra

Volunteer hours so far: 148.75

Occupation: Market Manager for Gymboree Australia

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why? My son Arthur started Nippers in 2007. My husband became his Age Manager and obtained his bronze medallion, and IRB awards. After taking photos of him and the IRB team racing for four years, (and his mid-life crisis involving a fast red boat instead of a fast red car) I decided to join him on this journey… It looked kind of fun! I got my bronze medallion in 2012 and my IRB Crewmans in 2013, and started racing IRBs as soon as I could.

What is your best clubbie memory? Apart from getting my bronze medallion, it would have to be when I made it through to a Worlds Finals in France 2014. It was with my driver and best friend Kelly Nichols and my first year at competing together. I was the oldest woman IRB competitor and I certainly felt it after the few days competing but was worth every bruise and bump that went along with this sport. Bring on Rescue 2016 in the Netherlands!

Favourite beach that isn’t your own? It would have to be my Hometown beach, Cottesloe in WA.

Why do you volunteer as a lifesaver? I love keeping our beautiful beach safe. Perhaps it’s because I’m a mum that I have a real need to know that we as a community have done everything we can to prevent the preventable. I love to patrol. It’s my ‘golf’! I come home after a patrol feeling that I have made a difference. I have some really awesome friends who I patrol with, race with, rescue with, and live with. I have recently become a bronze medallion, trainer, and this has brought the whole SLS experience full circle for me. I do love training the young kids coming through to do their bronze medallion. I have seen how chuffed my own son was when he obtained his.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why? My husband, Ronny. He showed me that it was possible to become a lifesaver, a competitor, a trainer even at this stage in life. Ronny supported and encouraged me to achieve my goal of obtaining my bronze medallion, when I didn’t think was possible.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving? My goal for next season is to go for a place on Surf Rescue 30. Winning a medal competing in IRB racing is something that I have dreamed of, but ultimately, I want to win an IRB medal competing with my family. Perhaps during Rescue 2016 in Netherlands, that would be amazing. We understand you and your family are heavily involved in SLS.

What have you gained from being involved as a family? It is currently the only way to get our teenage children to hang out with us! Apparently we both become ‘very cool’ jumping waves in the rubber duckie. This is something that we all love to do together… a common interest that we all love. It’s a great way to keep the kids mind and bodies active. Also, walking the walk, rather than just talking the talk, shows them that giving to society at any level can be rewarding and ongoing. Our kids have further goals in Surf Life Saving, and knowing that we are able to be part of this together is really something special.

Anything else you would like to add: I look at Surf Life Saving as a part of my life rather than something extracurricular. My clubbies are my extended family. I’ve met awesome people, I’ve saved lives, I’ve raced boats, I’ve trained peers, and all of this just by going to the beach!

Some of the Krite family helping to raise money at this year's Surf Life Saving NSW Race Day at Randwick Racecourse. Left to right - Ronny, Charli and Nixy.

Left to right - Nixy, Charli and Ronny.

Tue 23 Dec 2014