Future leaders selected for 2017 Building Leaders Scholarship

Eight of Victoria’s future lifesaving and aquatic leaders have been selected for LSV’s 2017 Building Leaders Scholarship – a unique program which culminates with two weeks of training delivery in Sri Lanka, where participants will help improve the skills of local lifesavers, trainers and swim teachers.

The Building Leaders Scholarship is an innovative professional development and mentoring program, which provides young scholars with the opportunity to excel both personally and professionally through meaningful workshops, advanced leadership development and specialised training.

The first training session was held on 24-25 March at LSV, focusing on building successful teams, interpersonal leadership and introducing the program and training in Sri Lanka. Highlights included a team building workshop, a presentation by The Resilience Project, and an extended DISC analysis;  a type of personality profiling that measures natural behavioural styles and assists Scholars in identifying their personal style along with the behavioural responses of others.

For the next five months, the scholars will participate in workshops to further develop skills in team building, presenting, media, emotional intelligence, advanced leadership and cultural awareness.

This year’s team consists of six LSV Scholars – Mohammad Karimi (Edithvale LSC), Elise Foot-Connolly (Mordialloc LSC), Ellen Porter (Lorne SLSC), Larnie Hewat (Lorne SLSC), Jessamy Blair (Woodside Beach SLSC) and Sam Slykhuis (Half Moon Bay LSC) and two Aquatic Industry Scholars – Melissa Watson (YMCA) and Emma Pendlebury (Mitchell Shire Leisure Services).

These individuals have been identified as passionate and committed young leaders within lifesaving and the aquatic industry. Their existing leadership competencies will be expanded through the program under the guidance of mentors from lifesaving, business and the wider community.

The Building Leaders Scholarship program commenced in 2008 with the overseas component introduced in 2012.

Program facilitator and LSV Manager of Membership & Leadership Development, Kate McLauchlan, said it has been rewarding to see the program‘s development, as well as its impact on the Sri Lankan participants.

“One of the significant accomplishments we are looking forward to this year is the female-only training stream that will be introduced,’’ she said.

“In the first year of the program, there was just one female Sri Lankan participant.

“As the program has progressed, we have seen more females participate each year, to have a total of 75 female Sri Lankan participants who have completed the Bronze Medallion to date.

However, when we look at this in the context of the 1300 participants who have completed the Bronze Medallion through our Sri Lankan programs,

there is a clear opportunity to increase and build on this number, to engage and empower female lifesavers in Sri Lanka.

“Each year we have been able to significantly lift the training standards and achieve successful outcomes in new areas, and we proudly continue this mission.”

For more information about the Building Leaders Scholarship, visit the LSV website.

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