SurfCom Week Profile: Lorelle Kinsey

Lorelle Kinsey has been volunteering as a SurfCom operator since 1995 and is part of a family of generations of surf lifesavers.

Name: Lorelle Kinsey

Age: 67

Club: Warriewood

Occupation: Sales Rep

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why? My late father Max Muras was one of the founding members of Warriewood, so you can say that from an early age I had an interest in the club. When the family became involved in Nippers many years later I was totally hooked and loved a challenge!

Why are you a volunteer SurfCom operator? I realised you can’t always be on the beach forever! An anterior cruciate ligament (acl) knee reconstruction was the turning point for me, and I felt that I still wanted to contribute. I was introduced to SurfCom and this has become my point of interest since 1995.

How many hours in total (not just this season) have you volunteered for SurfCom? From 1995 until now; LOTS!

What do you enjoy most about being an operator? Working with others in a team environment, and the fact that you never know what situations you will face during your shift. It can be very slow one moment and hectic the next!

In what other ways are you involved in Surf Lifesaving? With my grandkids now involved in Nippers at various clubs I’ve just about come full circle!

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why? Adrian Hill. He is enthusiastic, passionate and driven in the ongoing development of SurfCom.

Anything else you’d like to add or advice you have for people thinking about becoming an operator? Challenge yourself, learn new skills, and be part of a wonderful team of people.

Wed 26 Nov 2014