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20 mentees were selected to participate in the program which was designedto strengthen leadership skills, and develop the next generation of femaleleaders to position Surf Life Saving for the future.

SLSA Life Member and Board Director, SuzanneStorrie, has worked tirelessly to get the initiative off the ground and saidshe is looking forward to witnessing the first cohort of women to the program.

“We were overwhelmed and very impressed by thequality of the 161 applications that we received,” said Storrie.

“We’re fortunate to have many talented femaleswithin our movement and I’m excited that this first mentoring program, and thecohorts that will follow, will connect us more closely together.

“I’m passionate about ensuring Surf LifeSaving achieves gender equity in leadership positions and decision making rolesacross our organisation, and this program is one of the initiatives we’vecreated to support the achievement of our goal,” she said.

Multiple Australian, Nutri-Grain andCoolangatta Gold IronWoman champion Courtney Hancock was among the 20 mentees selectedand is looking forward to being part of the new initiative.

“I’m so excited to be part of the program,I’ve got so much more I want to learn from other people – you never stoplearning and you can never know enough,” Hancock said.

“I’ve always had mentors and I know for myselfthat they’ve definitely been a big and influential part in giving me the bestpossible chance to achieving my goals in life.

“I’m really excited to learn from my mentor (JenniDarwin) and I know that Surf Life Saving Australia have picked ladies that havehad a lot of experiences in their lives, and I can’t wait to get so much out ofthis experience,” she said.

Dr Leesa Equid of Swanbourne Nedlands SurfLife Saving Club is part of the group of mentors who will work closely withtheir matched mentees over the next 12 months.

“My motivation for applying for the programwas I wanted to be able to give an opportunity to someone that I never had,” DrEquid said.

“I’ve been part of the Surf Life Savingmovement for just over 10 years now, and I’ve moved up through the organisationto now sit on the State Board.

“I really want to be able to share those experienceswith someone – my mentality is that if I can help someone out I should,” shesaid.

SLSA is thankful for the generous support ofMcCarthy Mentoring Group for helping to make this initiative possible.

McCarthy Mentoring is a leadership developmentorganisation that has been inspiring and enabling current and future leadersfor more than 20 years.

MENTORS– Amanda Mackinnon (Carlton Park), Belinda Doman(Coolangatta), Carolyn Wilson (Secret Harbour), Christine Hopton (AvalonBeach), Heather Morris (Coogee), Jenni Darwin (Umina), Jenny Kenny (Cudgen andCurrumbin), Kate Bell (Mentone), Kerrie Barnes (Point Danger), Kirsten Phillips(Metropolitan Caloundra), Kylie Bade-Peters (Mermaid Beach), Leesa Equid(Swanbourne Nedlands), Lynette Barratt (Devonport), Rae Lawson (Henley),Romilly Madew AO (Bilgola), Samantha Fien (Sarina), Shay Chalmers (NorthKirra), Sue Mitchell (Henley), Tracey Hare-Boyd (North Steyne). Vicki Rasmussen(Mullaloo)

MENTEES– Amber Henderson (The Lakes), Amber Loone(Devonport), Bernadette McKay (Avalon Beach), Briny McArthur (West Beach),Brittaney Banks (North Bondi), Cassie Wilmot (Seacliff), Courtney Hancock(Surfers Paradise), Courtney Taylor (Currumbin), Emily Price (Burnie), EmilyMellor (Portsea), Felicity MacArthur (Bondi), Kate Burke (Fremantle andBroome), Lara Emmett (Ulverstone), Laura Adolphus (Secret Harbour andSwanbourne Nedlands), Megan Blin (Kawana Waters), Melissa Gorgijovski(Wollongong City and Warilla Barrack Point), Molly Cocks (Clovelly), RebeccaWaugh (Coogee), Sophie Valdeck (Bronte), Tyla Cousins (Goolwa)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

SurfLife Saving Australia has created a Women’s Mentoring Program, designed tostrengthen and support females in positions of leadership in Surf Life Saving.

Theprogram pairs 20 mentors with 20 mentees who will support each other across thenext 12 months. Facilitating empowerment, support and leadership skills willall be part of the program, which participants can then use and apply to theirpaid roles inside and outside of surf life saving, volunteer activities andeveryday life.

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