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National Leadership College hailed a success

On the 29 January 2012, 32 surf lifesavers emerged onto the grounds of the prestigious St Paul’s College at Sydney University for the 2012 National Leadership College. They came from near and far, representing all states along with an international guest from New Zealand. 

In the week that followed, these young leaders went on what many would describe as a journey of a lifetime. They learnt, laughed, shared, challenged, debated, sang, danced, listened, inspired and gained knowledge and friendships which will last well beyond the National Leadership College.

The days were packed with keynote speakers, elective sessions, workshops, activities and challenges all relating to the leadership theme of the day. Daily themes included subjects on emotional intelligence, strategic thinking and situational leadership.  

Some highlights of this year’s program included keynote presentations from Brett Kirk (previous Sydney Swans Co-captain) and Shandra Moran (Operations Manager, Be Learning).

A gala dinner was held on the final night, with College attendees hosting 30 special guests including key leaders of SLSA and sponsors. The participants provided an inspiring overview of their college experience and left guests with no doubt that this is an amazing group of surf lifesavers.

Participants included:

Alicia

Armstrong

Coolum Beach SLSC

QLD

Erin

Pratt

Moore Park SLSC

QLD

Jane

Dowker

Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC

QLD

Lydia

Allen

Dicky Beach SLSC

QLD

Michael

Kearney

North Kirra SLSC

QLD

Riley

McGregor

Bundaberg SLSC

QLD

Simon

Steinhofer

Ellis Beach SLSC

QLD

Alana

Smithies

Newport SLSC

NSW

Andrew

Da Silva

Palm Beach SLSC

NSW

Charles

Deutscher

Bondi SLSC

NSW

Elizabeth

Hamer

Bondi SLSC

NSW

Jack

Yip

Coogee SLSC

NSW

Jake

McDonald

Shelly Beach SLSC

NSW

Jeremy

Keating

Long Reef SLSC

NSW

Kane

Hughes

North Cronulla SLSC

NSW

Tamara

Murray

Maroubra SLSC

NSW

Kate

Bell

Mentone SLSC

VIC

Lauren

Chan

Anglesea SLSC

VIC

Chelsea

Bowman

Cape Paterson SLSC

VIC

Steve

Corney

Gunnamatta SLSC

VIC

James

Carew

Lorne SLSC

VIC

Heather

Cameron

South Melbourne SLSC

VIC

Christopher

Jacobson

Ulverstone SLSC

TAS

Hayley

Watkins

Grange SLSC

SA

James

Taylor

North Haven SLSC

SA

Emma

Linton

Binningyup SLSC

WA

Rachael

Crabb

Mullaloo SLSC

WA

Rachel

Hatton

Fremantle SLSC

WA

Alice

Lancaster

Trigg Island SLSC

WA

Chris

Pink

Fremantle SLSC

WA

Dominic

Goegel

Mindil Beach SLSC

NT

Brent

Harvey

Central Reigon SLSNZ

NZ


Here’s what some of them had to say about the college:

“Amazing week with extremely inspiring people. Has changed my outlook to aim much higher in all aspects of life. With the tools to do so.” Riley McGregor

“The best week of not just my lifesaving "life" but of my life! Amazing personal growth as well as meeting and working with the most amazing people. Inspired!” Alicia Armstrong

“SLSA Leadership College challenged us physically, emotionally and mentally to better understand ourselves, other people and the world around us to become a more authentic "can do" leader. The content, facilitators and participants made the college such a success which will ultimately benefit us, our clubs and SLSA for years to come.” Steve Corney

“Absolutely amazing week - met so many inspirational people (presenters, participants, facilitators, mentors - everyone) that have provided tools not just for our 'surf' lives but for life generally. Loads of fun and constant challenges that have shown I can achieve more than I ever thought, as well as showing us the value of having a supportive and effective team around us.” Erin Pratt

The National Leadership College is an annual SLSA program for future leaders of Surf Life Saving aged between 20-30 years. Please contact development@slsa.asn.au if you would like to know more about our Leadership programs or would like us to contact you when future programs are announced.