SURF STUDIO: The Tuckfield Family
In episode three of Surf Studio we sat down the Tuckfield family from Grange in South Australia to talk about the three generations of surf lifesavers in their family.
Surf lifesaving is truly a family affair for the Tuckfield’s with both sides of Aaron and Sarah Tuckfield’s family having deep roots in surf lifesaving, albeit at rival competitive clubs.
Aaron Tuckfield, a life member at Grange SLSC, started in surf lifesaving as a nipper when his father Allan (also a Grange SLSC Life Member) enrolled him in Nippers.
Sarah Tuckfield also started in Nippers with both of her parents’ keen surf lifesavers and Life Members at Seacliff SLSC.
“It was a bit tricky, because I was Club Captain (at Grange) and Sarah’s dad was Club Captain at Seacliff and at the time they were the two strongest clubs come State titles time, so there was bit of on beach rivalry there and friendly banter… but here we are proving them wrong,” Aaron said of the start to his and Sarah’s relationship.
But more than 16 years later there are now three generations of Tuckfield’s at Grange SLSC, with Aaron and Sarah’s own children Hudson (8), Eden (7) and Archer (4) having started Nippers at Grange but not without some difference of opinion.
“It’s funny but when our eldest Hudson was born…I’d gone to the hospital with a Grange cap packed in my bag because I wanted a Grange cap to be the first cap on his head after he was born,” Aaron said of his first child’s birth.
“And unbeknownst to me, my parents-in-law had had a little baby Seacliff made up for him as well, and they wanted to get that on his head as soon as they could, but I won the battle and got the Grange cap on first.”
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