National Volunteer Week: Nixy Krite

Our fifth National Volunteer Week clubbie is Nicole (aka Nixy) Krite from South Maroubra SLSC. Nixy is a dedicated lifesaver and has clocked up the most patrol hours by a female in NSW for the 2014/15 season.

Name: Nicole (aka Nixy) Krite

Age: 40

Club: South Maroubra

Occupation: Market Manager for Gymboree

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?
I joined South Maroubra when my children started nippers in 2007. My husband joined the club as Age Manager for our children’s nipper group and got his Bronze Medallion shortly. In that time our lives simply revolved around club activities, nippers, IRB racing and more, so eventually I just bit the bullet and completed my Bronze Medallion in 2012.

Why do you volunteer?
Community. Friendships. Education. Saving lives. Passing on vital knowledge to our youth. I love bringing people together for a common purpose and goal. For me, it's not about what I can do, but what I can empower others to do. I love seeing our young patrol members getting involved and making a difference. It's incredible how much taller a young clubbie gets when they know that they have just saved someone’s life.

How many hours in total have you volunteered for Surf Life Saving?
In the 2014/15 season I completed 329 patrol hours with a total of 495 career patrol hours since 2012, plus goodness knows how many hours as a trainer over the last couple of seasons.

What’s the favourite thing about being a volunteer?
My favourite thing about being a volunteer is having my whole family do patrol together on the weekends. On top of that, I like knowing that I'm not the only one who loves volunteering and that there are so many reasons why people do it. Also knowing that what we are doing as volunteers brings our community together and at the same time, makes our beaches safer for so many people.

What would you tell someone to encourage them to become a Surf Life Saving volunteer?
Joining Surf Life Saving was without a doubt the best thing that I have ever done for myself, my family, and the community all at the same time. I get to hang out at the beach with all types of awesome people and I love it!

Favourite moment as a volunteer in Surf Life Saving?
Every time I put on my uniform is a favourite moment for me, but my stand out memory would have to be when I was asked to be someone's mentor as they worked their way to be a Bronze Medallion trainer. Also, being nominated this year for the Volunteer of the Year for Sydney Branch, I was completely overwhelmed.

Anything else you would like to add?
I look at Surf Life Saving as a part of my life rather than something extracurricular. My clubbies are my extended family and I’ve met so many awesome people, I’ve saved lives, I’ve trained peers and all of this just by going to the beach!

WIN! WIN! WIN! Don't forget to enter our National Volunteer Week competition and go in the running to win an Engine Swim prize pack. All you have to do is nominate a lifesaver you think deserves to be recognised. Tag a fellow clubbie on our Facebook page post and you could BOTH win. You have until midnight on the 17 May 2015.

Top photo: Nixy and her family at SLSNSW Race Day last year.

Nixy and her family at the beach.

Fri 15 May 2015