Clubbie Profile May: Ethan Garland

Our Clubbie Profile for May is Ethan Garland from North Cronulla SLSC. The talented youngster has recently been selected to compete for the Australian Youth Life Saving Team in The Netherlands at Rescue 2016 later in the year. We wish Ethan and his fellow teammates the best of luck!

Club: North Cronulla

Occupation: Year 12 Student and Learn to Swim Instructor

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I became part of Surf Life Saving as an eight year old in 2006. I joined to learn how to read the surf and have fun and feel confident in the water. I went through Nippers and subsequently completed my SRC and then Bronze Medallion.

Are there any lessons that you’ve learnt from your time in Surf Life Saving?

Learning to never give up if things don’t always go the way you want them to, because you never know what opportunities are just around the corner. In Surf Life Saving there are many different paths to help you achieve your goals.

Congratulations on being selected for the 2016 Australian Life Saving Team! Tell us about the moment when you found out you were part of the team?

Shock, slight disbelief and just pure excitement, a moment I will never forget.

What does it mean to you to be selected in the Australian Life Saving Team?

It means a lot to me to be able to represent my country in my chosen sport. I set this goal around a year ago and through a lot of ups and downs and hard work I’ve been lucky enough to achieve it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I plan on doing my best and enjoying every minute of the journey.

What are you looking forward to about the lead up and competing at Rescue 2016?

I’m really looking forward to going into camp in a few weeks with the team to prepare for Rescue 2016. Right now, I’m back in the pool doing the hard yards for my biggest experience yet. Competing against all the other countries around the world doesn’t get much bigger than that for me.

Tell us about your club, North Cronulla.

North Cronulla is a family club that is rich in tradition and history dating back to 1925. We have an amazing Club Patron, Warren Rennie. We have a lot of wonderful volunteers that make our club a great club to be part of. We are located in Bate Bay in the Sutherland Shire and at our club we bleed the Blue and Gold.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?

To keep on doing what I’m doing - patrolling and competing. This question is a bit hard for me to answer right now as my focus is purely on Rescue 2016. Surf Life Saving will always be part of my life.

What has been your best memory as a clubbie?

I have a lot of great memories from the last 10 years as a clubbie. The friends I’ve made at my Club, Branch, Development and High Performance Teams, my end of Nippers Camp to QLD, my first gold medal at State Championships and the amazing experience of my first ever Aussies.

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

Nathan Smith (Manly LSC). He is a legend in the sport, a champion and an all round good guy that’s always willing to give you a helping hand, advice or whatever you need.

Favourite beach that isn’t yours?

Rainbow Bay, QLD

Photo: Ethan competing for North Cronulla SLSC - credit Shannon Glasson Photography.

Fri 27 May 2016