Pictured: Pat Larven (middle) and family.
Pat Larven is the chair of Surf Life Saving SA’s Surf Sports Advisory Committee. His wife and three sons are all passionate clubbies having been Members at Semaphore SLSC and Glenelg SLSC and for the Larvens, surf Life Saving has given them a passion and a hobby to share as a family.
“I started off as a Nipper parent at Semaphore in 2010 and then got involved as an Age Group Assistant and then an Age Group Manager and also began as an Official,” he said.
After that I went on to become the Junior Coordinator at my Club for three years. I then joined the Surf Sports Advisory Committee and the Junior Panel for Surf Life Saving SA and have continued in my role as an official throughout that time.”
Pat’s early impacts as he State Chair in Surf Sports have been to implement the work of the Junior Panel in revamping Junior Competition in South Australia. The focus has been on increasing fun and participation and including more kids in opportunities to attend carnivals, most significantly adding an Under 8 category to Carnivals this season.
“I got involved because my kids were interested in doing something and they got involved with Surf Lifesaving and loved it and I love the fact that all of the Clubs are very family based and they create an opportunity for families to get together and include the kids,” he said.
Pat is a strong believer in the power and value of volunteers and encourages everyone to find the right opportunity to make a contribution.
“I think it’s important for people to volunteer in their community because with organisations like ours it’s the volunteers that make it work. It’s them rolling their sleeves up and making it happen,” he said.