During the first week of February, 23 young surf lifesavers from around Australia and New Zealand came together for the annual SLSA National Leadership College (NLC), a weeklong leadership and development program held in Sydney. Mandurah SLSC’s Monica Reinhardt spoke about her experience as WA’s representative at the college.
Run by Surf Life Saving Australia, the NLC provides an opportunity for members aged 20-30 years to further develop leadership skills so that they can continue to contribute positively to the surf life saving movement. Participants are from a variety of clubs, roles and surf life saving backgrounds and are recognised and nominated by their peers, clubs, branches and states to participate in the national program.
Monica, who as both a board member and Director of Surf Sports at her club demonstrates what can be achieved at a young age, said the experience was a week to remember, filled with a variety of new challenges, new knowledge, and new friendships.
“Being the only representative from WA gave me the opportunity to network with individuals from a variety of surf life saving clubs,” said Monica.
“The college allowed me to identify my strengths and weaknesses as a leader, but also showed me ways to improve my skills upon returning to my surf club.