Originally inspired by watching TV shows about surf lifesaving when she was younger, it was only six years ago that Eliza Jackson was encouraged by a friend at high school to join Surf Life Saving.
Eliza is a young, passionate surf lifesaver at Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) who has leadership skills far beyond her years having quickly learnt the ropes and progressed to be a proud Patrol Captain at the popular tourist destination of Cottesloe beach. Initially thinking she was too young for the role, she soon realised that she did have leadership qualities and she hasn’t looked back.
“Becoming patrol captain has given me confidence. It’s made me realise that I am competent, that I have the right attitude and skills – age is no barrier at all”. Eliza said.
Her love of her club and surf lifesaving is based around the community feeling and the opportunity to grow as a person, always learning.
“The club has a really welcoming atmosphere and you deal with people of varying cultures – everyone is treated exactly the same and you are made to feel needed no matter what your strengths are. There are so many opportunities that it doesn’t matter if you aren’t a great swimmer, there’s going to be another role that you can do to help others.” Said Eliza.
Eliza was a finalist for the Surf Life Saving WA, Lifesaver of the Year 2016 and also volunteers her time within other areas of Cottesloe SLSC. She’s a leader and mentor for their youth camp and the Lifesaving Officer on the Youth Committee. In the future her desire is to do even more for the community particularly with Training and Assessing, IRB’s and Nippers.