National Leadership College Inspires Lifesavers

Seven 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 3-8 February develops leadership skills and helps participants learn about themselves as they hear from icons within the Surf Life Saving movement.

The program is diverse combining professional guest speakers, workshops, activities, challenges and also time to socialise.

Danielle Herman who attended the program believes it’s a great way to broaden your horizons.

“It was the most amazing experience. Meeting like-minded people from other states and going through the experiences we did has made me lifelong friends all over the country,” the North Cronulla SLSC member said.

Participants heard from the likes of Trevor Hendy (Ironman Champion), Suzanne Young (NRL Chief Operations Officer), New South Wales Fire and Rescue Chief Superintendent Rob McNeil and Greg Nance (SLSA CEO).

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 they have other young leaders they can call on for support and advice,” said Ms Higginbotham.

NSW attendees included: Shannon Fox, Madeline Bow, Joshua Ehlbeck, Charles Marriott, Danielle Herman, Andrew Edmunds and Simon Vincent.

Fri 13 Feb 2015