From the 160applications received, 20 mentors and 20 mentees were selected to participatein the program, which was designed to strengthen leadership skills, and developthe next generation of female leaders to position Surf Life Saving for thefuture.
SLSA Life Member andBoard Director, Suzanne Storrie, has worked tirelessly to get the initiativeoff the ground and said that she is looking forward to witnessing the firstgroup of women to the program.
“Thementoring program has been something that I’ve worked on and dreamed about forabout three years,” Storrie said.
“I’mso excited and delighted to be here tonight to launch the mentoring programbecause I believe it has the potential to change lives and to create greatopportunities and a great network across surf lifesaving.”
The program pairs 20 mentorswith 20 mentees who will develop and support each other across the next 12months. Empowerment, support and leadership skills will all be part of theprogram, which participants can then use and apply to their professional andeveryday life, both within and outside of surf lifesaving.
“Thiswill provide the opportunity for the mentees to be matched with mentors and theprogram is really to support those 20 mentees with their lifesaving leadershipaspirations but also their broader life aspirations,” Suzanne Storrie said onthe launch night of the Women’s Mentoring Program.
“Ihave certainly benefitted in my career both in surf lifesaving and more broadlyfrom having great mentors and we wanted to create that opportunity for women inlifesaving.
“There’sno better day to do it than on the 40-year anniversary of women being able todo their bronze medallion in surf lifesaving.”
Launchedvia Zoom, mentors and mentees dialled in from around the country to find outabout the program as well as who they had been paired with for the 12-monthprogram.
Also,in attendance for the launch at Bondi Surf House was SLSA President Graham FordAM, SLSA Life Governor Alan Whelpton AO and SLSA CEO Adam Weir.
Thefollowing mentors and mentees will participate in the inaugural Women’sMentoring Program.
Formore information on the Women’s Mentoring Program click here.
MENTORS– AmandaMackinnon (Carlton Park), Belinda Doman (Coolangatta), Carolyn Wilson (SecretHarbour), Christine Hopton (Avalon Beach), Heather Morris (Coogee), JenniDarwin (Umina), Jenny Kenny (Cudgen and Currumbin), Kate Bell (Mentone), KerrieBarnes (Point Danger), Kirsten Phillips (Metropolitan Caloundra), KylieBade-Peters (Mermaid Beach), Leesa Equid (Swanbourne Nedlands), Lynette Barratt(Devonport), Rae Lawson (Henley), Romilly Madew AO (Bilgola), Samantha Fien(Sarina), Shay Chalmers (North Kirra), Sue Mitchell (Henley), Tracey Hare-Boyd(North Steyne). Vicki Rasmussen (Mullaloo)
MENTEES– AmberHenderson (The Lakes), Amber Loone (Devonport), Bernadette McKay (AvalonBeach), Briny McArthur (West Beach), Brittaney Banks (North Bondi), CassieWilmot (Seacliff), Courtney Hancock (Surfers Paradise), Courtney Taylor(Currumbin), Emily Price (Burnie), Emily Mellor (Portsea), Felicity MacArthur(Bondi), Kate Burke (Fremantle and Broome), Lara Emmett (Ulverstone), LauraAdolphus (Secret Harbour and Swanbourne Nedlands), Megan Blin (Kawana Waters),Melissa Gorgijovski (Wollongong City and Warilla Barrack Point), Molly Cocks(Clovelly), Rebecca Waugh (Coogee), Sophie Valdeck (Bronte), Tyla Cousins(Goolwa)
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