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Six Surf Life Saving NSW members have been selected among a group of 24 of the country’s up-and-coming young leaders in lifesaving to take part in the annual National Leadership College to be held in Sydney in January 2023.

Christine Warren of Evans Head-Casino SLSC, Victoria Coppen of Soldiers Beach SLSC, and James Townsend of North Steyne SLSC will represent Far North Coast, Central Coast and Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, respectively, while three Sydney Branch participants in Mason Kemeny of Bondi SBSLC, Charlotte McHenry of Coogee SLSC, and Thomas King of South Maroubra SLSC make up the remaining three NSW delegates.

The week-long program will expose participants to keynote speakers, elective sessions, activities, and challenges relating to the leadership theme of the day.

SLSNSW President, George Shales OAM said that the state is blessed with many young lifesavers who are showing the potential to be future leaders within the organisation and the wider community.

“The calibre of applicants for the National Leadership College this year was without comparison,” he said.

“The courageous, motivated, innovative, self-aware young people within our organisation make me so proud to be a part of the movement and so excited for the future that they will help us build.

“I have no doubt that each of the NSW representatives will take so much from this program that, while on paper runs for a week, provides continued and sustained development opportunities through mentorship and opportunities for further review of performance.”

The National Leadership College is an annual leadership and development program recognising young leaders in Surf Life Saving aged between 20 and 30 years.

The intensive course provides an exciting opportunity for members within the movement to further develop their leadership skills and continue to positively contribute to the success of Surf Life Saving.

As well as learning new skills and creating opportunities for personal growth, the program will open new networks with other likeminded passionate members across the country, who are also committed to making a difference within the movement.

The National Leadership College is designed to challenge participants intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. The skills gained are designed to be taken back to clubs and into other areas of the participant’s daily life, with the aim of contributing to SLSA’s mission statement of saving lives, creating great Australians and building better communities.


  • Christine Warren, Evans Head-Casino SLSC, Far North Coast
  • Victoria Coppen, Soldiers Beach SLSC, Central Coast
  • James Townsend, North Steyne SLSC, Sydney Northern Beaches
  • Mason Kemeny, Bondi SBSLC, Sydney
  • Charlotte McHenry, Coogee SLSC, Sydney
  • Thomas King, South Maroubra SLSC, Sydney

Thursday 22 December 2022