SURF STUDIO: Sonita Leng-Cole
This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, we talked to 2020 Queensland Surf Girl Sonita Leng-Cole from Alexandra Headland SLSC who chats to us about her amazing journey through surf lifesaving and tells us that she has her club to thank for helping to take home the 2020 Surf Girl Title.
“Surf Girl is a female development program, it’s been around for 56 years now and the aim is to promote volunteering, get out into the community, engage with our community members and do a bit of fundraising and all the fundraising goes back into lifesaving equipment,” Sonita said of the SLSQ Surf Girl program.
“We do the program for a year, we’re ambassadors for the club and then our final week is a judging week and …we do a CPR demonstration and rescues, we do community education, we do panel interviews and we do speeches and we’re judged on all our skills and our knowledge of surf lifesaving.”
While Sonita was the ambassador and face for her Surf Club, she said that her success was not made possible without the support of the whole of Alexandra Headlands SLSC behind her.
“I love it, I really do. I truly do just love being at the club with everyone that’s there,” Sonita said.
“It’s an entire club effort, there’s no way that you could do it individually…The only way to make sure it is successful is to get all of your members involved.
“It’s not a one-person job and without their help there’s no way that you can succeed with events or fundraising.”
Earlier in the year Sonita also participated in the SLSA National Leadership College, a national member development program designed to create future leaders of Surf Life Saving and said that the experience was indescribable.
“It’s so hard to explain the program, everyone goes to it and everyone comes back being like ‘you’re just going to love it and I can’t describe why but you’re going to love it’ and you leave being like ‘I can’t describe why, but I loved it and you’re going to love it too’,” said Sonita.
“I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who is interested in bettering themselves, in bettering their leadership skills, in getting out of their comfort zone.
“It is just such an exciting and incredible week and you leave feeling so fulfilled and so inspired and excited to just continue in Surf Life Saving.”
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