Pink zinc patrol empowers female leaders

Ocean Grove beach was turned into a sea of pink lifesavers on 14 January, all for a good cause.

About 40 female lifesavers and a couple of males wore pink t-shirts and zinc to promote female leadership across the lifesaving movement.

Lifesavers from both Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale took part in the unique Pink Zinc Patrol, and were also joined by local Members of Parlaiment Lisa Neville (State Minister for Police and Minister for Water; Member for Barwon) and Sarah Henderson (Federal Member for Corangamite).

Point Lonsdale Club Captain Jo Burch says even though the weather wasn’t ideal, it did spark some interest from the public.

“People came up to have a chat and engage in conversation which was great,’’ Ms Burch said.

“The idea was to promote leadership for females in surf lifesaving.

“We are trying to encourage women to take on more serious roles, for example, to step up from being a lifesaver with a bronze medallion to a committee position.’’

Ms Burch, 27, has been involved in surf
lifesaving since Nippers and has held leadership roles for the past seven years.

“I learn from the previous year and take these learnings and use them,’’ she said.

“In surf lifesaving you meet people from all walks of life and you gain experience from them that you wouldn’t get elsewhere.’’

Fairhaven SLSC is also planning its own Pink Zinc Patrol on Easter Monday.

The initiative is part of LSV Female Leadership Network.

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