Emma Olivier was born with one arm, but this hasn’t stopped her pursuing her dreams.
The 46-year-old mother of two recently completed her bronze medallion and now patrols with Black Rock Life Saving Club.
She hopes her story will inspire other people with disabilities.
“The culture of lifesaving is the perfect environment to give it a go and you don’t know if you don’t try. We need volunteers of all types,’’ Mrs Olivier said.
Mrs Olivier and her husband became heavily involved in lifesaving after their two sons aged 14 and 11 joined the club in 2015.
“After the kids competed at the LSV State Championships in Warrnambool in less than summery conditions, they challenged my husband and I to do what they do on the beach,’’ she said.
“I wasn’t exactly sure if being a one-armed lifesaver was possible, but I thought I would try.’’
After lots practice, she mastered the board and tube rescues and swam breaststroke in the bronze medallion test.
She said she was grateful to have the opportunity to be pushed outside of her comfort zone.
“I’m looking forward to being able to broaden my contribution to the club and to hopefully inspire someone else like me to give it a go.’’
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