Clubbie Profile October: Rachelle King

Our Clubbie Profile for October 2014 is Rachelle King from Terrigal SLSC, an absolute legend in surf sports.

Name: Rachelle King

Age: 21

Surf Life Saving Club:Terrigal

Occupation: Newly graduated primary teacher.

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?
I joined Wamberal SLSC when I was 6 years old. My parents decided they needed to get me out of their hair for a few hours on a Sunday. Plus every other kid in the street was already doing it.

What is your best clubbie memory?
When I was in the under-19 age group there was a great group of girls and at Aussies we came 1st and 3rd in the board relay. It was such a huge achievement for a small Central Coast club, everyone lifted their game and it was so exciting for the whole club. My other favourite moment is the first time I represented Australia and stood on the medal podium wearing the green and gold.

Why do you volunteer as a lifesaver?
It’s an awesome opportunity to give back to the community for all their help and support over the years. I also really enjoy educating the younger rookies.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?
Two people I’ve always looked up to in the movement are Naomi Flood and Amanda White. Naomi has reached the pinnacle of our sport, through representing Australia, racing in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain series and claiming multiple Aussie titles. She has also represented Australia on an Olympic level and despite being so crazy busy, she still manages to find time to give back to her club and support the younger athletes coming through in the sport. Amanda White is a fellow club member who has won numerous surf race titles, represented Australia and continues to stay heavily involved in the club being an inspiring role model and a passionate coach. These are two people I aspire to be like as an athlete, a future coach and hopefully a potential leader of our sport.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving and for Terrigal?
Looking into the future I would love to be apart of the youth leadership programs. I want to continue to educate children about surf life saving whether it’s coaching them in the pool or at the beach. I've always wanted to do the Beach to Bush program which SLSNSW offers every year to educate children out west who haven't had the same opportunities as me. For now I’m still enjoying competing in the sport. My focus for the next 12 months will just be to enjoy myself and I would like to make the Australia German Cup team in November 2015. For Terrigal SLSC my goals would be to continue growing the club and developing those athletes coming through. I currently coach the pool rescue component in the winter. Over the past two years our club has done extremely well at both a state and national level and I want to continue to improve our outcomes at these events. Finally I want to be known as someone who is an inspiring role model who always puts in 100%.

What have you gained from being involved in Surf Life Saving?
Growing up and being a part of the surf life saving movement I have gained a number of life skills; including those in and out of the water. I believe it has made me the person I am today and continues to grow and shape me as a person. No matter how many tireless days/hours I spend on the beach I always finish with a happy feeling knowing I'm giving back to the community that has given so much to me. I’ve also met so many amazing friends along the way.

Has it made a huge impact on your life?
Yes it has made a gigantic impact on my life. Not only does my body clock still seem to wake up early on a Sunday morning thinking of nippers but it has also brought many opportunities, I’ve been able to travel the world representing Australia and NSW. It has provided me with valuable life skills including beach and surf education, basic first aid skills and taught me how to handle the ocean. I believe surf life saving has bought me to where I am today, educating children. I have grown up teaching the younger members of the club basic surf skills and if I hadn't had the opportunity to teach younger children, I may not be a teacher today.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to thank everyone who has been apart of my journey in Surf Life Saving; the coaches who have supported and inspired me, the community members who have educated me, Terrigal SLSC and mainly my parents who encouraged me at such a younger age to be apart of a life changing movement.

Fri 31 Oct 2014