Jemma Smith: Mum is my inspiration
Nutri-Grain and Umina Ironwoman Jemma Smith, has praised her Mum ahead of Mother’s Day, citing her as her inspiration.
Umina Surf Life Saving Club’s mother and daughter Kerry and Jemma Smith sat down together this week to discuss their love of surf lifesaving on “Surf Studio,” a new online show with news and stories from across the country and all areas of the movement.
Both Kerry and Jemma have been involved in surf lifesaving since they were children, a love that has been passed down through generations of the family and something that is an intrinsic part of life for the whole Smith family, even in isolation.
“My Dad was involved … he had his very first patrol the day that I was brought home from the hospital,” Kerry said of her introduction to the Surf Life Saving movement.
“I grew up down at the surf club, and they used to take me down in a bassinette.”
Years later, Kerry and her own family have continued the family tradition of Surf lifesaving.
“I was pretty fortunate to get involved through Mum … She’s been involved pretty much all her life,” Jemma said.
“We grew up hanging around the Surf club and on patrol with Mum, and she enrolled us in Nippers and then from there our involvement grew each year.”
“We’re actually all on the same patrol, our whole family is. Mum’s the Patrol Captain, I’m the Vice-Captain and then my sister’s also on patrol and so is Dad… so it’s a big family affair.”
Ahead of Mother’s Day, Jemma said that her Mum was not only the reason she got involved in the first place but is also the person who has taught her almost everything she knows about lifesaving and surf sports.
“Mum has been a massive inspiration for me throughout my lifesaving journey,” Jemma said.
“She’s taught me the ropes and laid the foundational skills for me to be able to be where I am today.”
Surf Studio is regular online show with each episode featuring stories from around Australia and covering a range of topics such as sport, lifesaving, leadership, education etc and Surf Life Saving Australia encourages everyone to be involved. If you, or anyone you know has a story that you would like to share via Surf Studio please email firstname.lastname@example.org