National Leadership College Inspires Lifesavers

Nine lifesavers from NSW have been inspired after taking part in the Surf Life Saving Australia National Leadership College held at Sydney University.

The college, held from 2-8 February develops leadership skills and helps participants learn a great deal about themselves as they hear from icons within the Surf Life Saving movement. The program is diverse combining industry professional guest speakers, workshops, activities, challenges and also time to socialise.

Kris Rettke of Coogee SLSC is just one of the lucky participants who were able to attend the National Leadership College for 2014.

"This program has been fantastic. It has allowed me to consolidate other training and knowledge and align it with a solid structure.

"The college has given me good vision for Surf Life Saving in the future and made me think about my involvement and leadership at a strategic level. I would love to go back to my club at Coogee and look at the structural organisation and our values and have a closer look at developing these," said Mr Rettke.

Participants heard from the likes of legend Ironman Trevor Hendy, Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter CEO, Stephen Leahy and Surf Life Saving Australia CEO, Greg Nance.

Surf Life Saving NSW Member Services Manager, Kate Higginbotham, said the college provides a unique experience for participants.

"The way that SLS Leadership Programs have progressed from Branch to State to National is great.

"This opportunity helps young people to build a strong support network and they leave the college feeling not only inspired to go back to their clubs and lead change, but that they can do this knowing that they have other young leaders that they can call on for support and advice.

"Something nice which someone said while I was there was that they are not training the leaders of tomorrow, they are facilitating the development of the leaders of today," said Miss Higginbotham.

Photo by Shelley Smith

Fri 7 Feb 2014