Profile of the Month: Donald Allan

Our Profile of the Month for November is Donald Allan from Towradgi SLSC. During his four decades in Surf Life Saving Don has played an influential role in teaching his fellow lifesavers skills as the Trainer and Assessor of his club, served at branch level, been heavily involved in all aspects of lifesaving, and was honoured with NSW Life Membership in 2010.

When did you join Surf Life Saving and what appealed to you about it?

I joined back in 1972 when I was 16 years old with a group of friends from school for the comradery, to help out the locals, learn new skills and of course to continue surfing.

Tell us about your time in Surf Life Saving and what roles you have undertaken.

Throughout my 44 years in Surf Life Saving, I have been involved at Branch as the Director of Lifesaving, a Duty Officer and also part of the Call Out Team. From a club level, I have been Club and IRB Captain, Treasurer and have had a big influence on RWC training at Towradgi.

What are the key lessons that you’ve learnt from your time in Surf Life Saving?

Surf Life Saving has been an amazing journey and I have learnt a lot over the years. Some key lessons that I have taken on board have been to work as a team, help the public by any way you can and you only get out what you put in.

In 2010 you received NSW Life Membership, this must’ve been a great moment for you?

This was a very humbling moment for me which I will treasure forever.

What are you looking forward to about the upcoming summer?

I’m very excited about the next few months on the beach and am looking forward to patrolling and keeping the public safe.

What do you enjoy about being a Trainer and Assessor of your club?

I thoroughly enjoy teaching my fellow surf lifesavers at Towradgi and using the skills I’ve learnt to pass on to younger patrolling members who all want to enhance their ability on the beach.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?

I hope to continue to assist my club and to be a hard working patrolling member.

What has been your best memory so far as a surf lifesaver?

My best memory has been rescuing peopling in dangerous conditions as this ultimately tests all the skills I’ve learnt as a surf lifesaver.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?

Jim Starkey is an amazing friend and surf lifesaver. The Towradgi and Illawarra Branch Life Member has been a mentor to many IRB Drivers including myself.

Favourite beach that isn’t yours?

Port Kembla - best beach in NSW.

Tue 29 Nov 2016