Clubbies Make Connections At Development Program

A group of 14 clubbies from around the state, and new to Surf Life Saving gathered in Sydney during the Long Weekend as part of the second ever Beyond My Club 26+ Development Program.

The three-day program aims to connect lifesavers that have come to the movement later in life with their peers, while also completing a missing link in the development pathway of a club member from teen – to a patrolling adult and club leader.

One of those who attended the program was Cheryl McCarthy from Bermagui SLSC who is looking forward to taking the lessons learned back to her club and branch.

“It was fantastic to meet a new network of like-minded lifesavers, and I gained lots of new ideas for my as well as a different spin on existing programs to make them more successful,” Cheryl McCarthy said.

She said that she was attracted to lifesaving because of the community spirit, and hopes to become more involved as a leader at her club into the future.

“Lifesaving was a way to contribute to the community and meet new people. It’s an internationally renowned organisation that everyone had heard about and I really wanted to be part of it.

“My ambition is to hold a senior position on the club board and in the future, being involved at a branch level in some aspect as well.

During the program the participants were introduced to the many diverse opportunities that are available within lifesaving, attended workshops that focused on leadership skills and public speaking, and participated in bonding activities.

NSW Lifesaving officer Shaun Hudson hailed the program as a success.

“A message that we are keen to get across throughout the workshop was the inclusivity of the movement. While there are 129 clubs across the state we all share the same aim of saving lives at the beach,” Mr Hudson said.

“This was a unique opportunity for these club members to form connections and friendships that will come in handy in the future.

“Based on feedback over the first two years of the program, we’re hopeful of again offering this in 2017,” he concluded.

To be eligible for this exciting program, lifesavers had to be aged over 26 and obtained their Bronze Medallion within the last three years.

Many of those ultimately selected currently hold or harbour aspirations to move into positions of leadership within their club.

2016 Beyond My Club 26 + Development Program Participants

James IRWIN (Umina Beach SLSC) – Central Coast
Adam WRIGHT (Salt SLSC) – Far North Coast
Cheryl MCCARTHY (Bermagui SLSC) – Far South Coast
Bruce MCASLAN (Bermagui SLSC) – Far South Coast
Jason HORADAM (Redhead SLSC) – Hunter
Daniel MADDOCKS (Sandon Point SLSC) – Illawarra
Rodney CROKER (Crowdy Head SLSC) – Lower North Coast
Mylina CLANCY (Hat Head SLSC) – Mid North Coast
Sandra SLATTERY (Tacking Point SLSC) – Mid North Coast
Eloise STARR (North Bondi SLSC) – Sydney
Thomas SIMPSON (North Bondi SLSC) – Sydney
Lisa CROUDACE (North Bondi SLSC) – Sydney
Holly ROSS (Freshwater SLSC) – Sydney Northern Beaches
Geraldine CLARKE (Manly LSC) – Sydney Northern Beaches


Nixy KRITE (South Maroubra SLSC) - Sydney
Gayl ELLIS (Wauchope-Bonny Hills SLSC) – Mid North Coast

Photograph - The 2016 Beyond My Club 26 + Development Program participants are all smiles as the pose for their official group shot.

Thu 16 Jun 2016