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completion of the 12-month program.

The participants met online via zoom to mark the occasion with all mentors and mentees present to celebrate and reflected on all they have learnt and achieved in the past year.

Launched on July 1, 2020, 20 mentors and 20 mentees were selected to participate in the inaugural program, which was designed to strengthen leadership skills, and develop the next generation of female leaders to position Surf Life Saving for the future.

Surf Life Saving Australia President John Baker ESM said that it was excellent to see the program become such a success in its inaugural year and act as a catalyst for change throughout the movement.

“On behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia, I would like to warmly congratulate all those members involved in our first Women’s Mentoring Program. Thank you for blazing a trail for other female members to follow both as mentors and mentees,” Baker said.

“Following the success of the first program we launched the second one in February this year. It’s a key program that will not only benefit the participants, but the rest of the organisation, and our goal is increase females in leadership roles to 40% over the next decade.”

SLSA Life Member and Board Director, Suzanne Storrie, said she has been delighted to see that the Women’s Mentoring Program has been so well received and is a success.

“I’ve been delighted to see mentors and mentees share that this Program has supported them to build confidence and to clarify their leadership and life goals. I hope that we will see many of these women take on new and bigger leadership roles within surf lifesaving in the next decade and that we will achieve our aspiration to get to 40% of women in leadership roles by 2030,” Storrie said.

“Surf Life Saving Australia is committed to increasing the number of women who hold senior decision-making roles in Clubs, Branches, States and at a national level. Change doesn’t happen by chance it happens by choice, and the National Women’s Mentoring Program is one element of a suite of initiatives we are implementing to ensure we better reflect our balanced membership demographics within surf lifesaving leadership roles.”

SLSA is thankful for the generous support of McCarthy Mentoring Group for helping to make this initiative possible. McCarthy Mentoring is a leadership development organisation that has been inspiring and enabling current and future leaders for more than 20 years.

More information about future intakes of the Women’s Mentoring Program will be released in the coming months.

MENTORS – Amanda Mackinnon (Carlton Park), Belinda Doman (Coolangatta), Carolyn Wilson (Secret Harbour), Christine Hopton (Avalon Beach), Heather Morris (Coogee), Jenni Darwin (Umina), Jenny Kenny (Cudgen and Currumbin), 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 (North Kirra), Sue Mitchell (Henley), Tracey Hare-Boyd (North Steyne) and 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), Emily Mellor (Portsea), Felicity MacArthur (Bondi), Kate Burke (Fremantle and Broome), Lara Emmett (Ulverstone), Laura Adolphus (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) and Tyla Cousins (Goolwa)

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