NSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year 2012

By Lachlan Callaghan

During the second last week of the holidays I attended a leadership camp for the NSW Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year finalists, representing Coogee and Sydney Branch. Lillian Hassett, the female representative from North Cronulla, also went along.

It was held at the Collaroy Leisure centre in Sydney's Northern Beaches. All the finalists from around NSW, from Byron to Bermagui (21 all up) gathered over the course of the four days to share their ideas and initiatives to build Surf Life Saving New South Wales's profile.

The camp was so rewarding and was one of the greatest experiences in my life. It was amazing to see what clubs from all around NSW are like and what they do in comparison to Coogee. We did a range of activities, from the giant swing to a flying fox, and team activities and initiative work for the future of SLSNSW. Lifesaver 1 even paid us a visit.

I learnt that even though we are only the youth of our clubs and branch, and we don't hold high positions, we can still make a difference to improve surf life saving, and people will listen to you, and help address the problem. If you have a good idea, speak to someone like your Patrol Captain or the Club Captain, and they will do all that they can to help you.

All the people who went on the camp and all the facilitators remain in touch and are willing to provide any extra help needed to get our Branch plans underway. Lillian and I have set down a plan for youth involvement within the clubs and Sydney branch that we will be presenting to the Sydney Branch Board in the next few months, and there is an exciting plan for the State that is in the planning stages at the moment.

The camp was such a great experience and I can't begin to describe how much fun everyone had. I congratulate the JLOTY winners, Harrison Murphy from Lennox Head up in the far-north coast and to Samantha Hallett from Caves Beach in the Hunter Branch. Congratulations also to Lillian Hassett from North Cronulla who received a highly commended award. The future of Surf Lifesaving is bright.

Lachlan Callaghan


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