Meet the 2018 Building Leaders Scholars

Caitlin Foot – Connolly:

Caitlin Foot-Connolly is an active member of Mordialloc LSC and Woolamai Beach SLSC. She has been involved since a very young age, completing Nippers and then moving onto assist with club award training after gaining multiple awards.

Caitlin has been a participant on the Life Saving Victoria Under 13 and Under 15 Leadership Development camps and then returned as a Leader.

She has completed awards in Bronze Medallion, IRB Crew, IRB Drivers, Advance Resuscitation Technique Certifictae, Spinal Management, First Aid and Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue.

Caitlin is passionate about encouraging and motivating lifesavers to continue to grow and develop their skills, so they can help build a strong future within their clubs and the broader lifesaving community.

Grace Lightfoot:

Grace is currently an active member of the Jan Juc SLSC. She joined the Nipper program in 2008 when she was 11 years old. Since then, Grace has gone onto gain her Surf Rescue Certificate, Apply First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, IRB Crew Certificate, Bronze Medallion, Silver Medallion Beach Management, IRB Drivers and Gold Medallion.

Grace has participated in many aspects of the Jan Juc SLSC, including Nippers, competition, patrols as well as being a leader on Bronze and SRC camps. Since 2014, Grace has worked for the Australian Lifeguard Service. She has also recently joined the LSV State Communication Centre, working as a radio communications officer.

Grace is delighted to be a part of the Building Leaders Scholarship, where she hopes to further develop her leadership skills and take back to her own club.

Hannah Tzimokas:

Hannah has been an active member for Woolamai Beach SLSC for 8 years, having completed her Surf Rescue Certificate in 2010. Since then, Hannah has gained a number of awards such as Bronze Medallion, Gold Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, First Aid, IRB Crew and IRB Drivers Certificate.

Hannah is actively involved in the training and development of upcoming members at Woolamai Beach SLSC, having been a Trainer on multiple Bronze and SRC camps as well as volunteering as a Patrol Captain. She has also worked as a Beach and Events Lifeguard since 2015.

Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the Building Leaders Scholarship and aims to utilise leadership skills gained from the program. She is excited to work with other passionate lifesavers and collaborate ideas and experiences throughout the program.

James Burt:

James has been a member at Fairhaven SLSC since joining nippers as a nine year old. Since then the club has been a staple of his summers and an ever-increasing part of his life. James achieved his Bronze Medallion in late 2008 and has gone on to obtain Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, Spinal Management Certificate, Apply Senior First Aid Certificate, IRB Crew Certificate, Silver Medallion IRB Driver, Silver Medallion Beach Management and Gold Medallion. He is also a Training Officer in Bronze Medallion, First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation and IRB awards as well as a Bronze Medallion Assessor.

James has spent many years as a Patrol Captain at Fairhaven, a season as Chief Instructor and in 2017 finished up three years as Club Captain. James has also been a Beach Lifeguard with the Australian Lifeguard Service and is an alumnae of SLSA, National Leadership College.

James is thrilled to be given the opportunity to represent both Fairhaven SLSC and Lifesaving Victoria throughout the Building Leaders Scholarship program. James is a proud and firm believer in the mission of lifesaving and the valued role it holds in the community and is looking forward to growing his personal contribution and spreading it overseas as he participates in the program.

Nick Murnane:

Nick started at the Lorne SLSC in 1997 as a 5-year-old Nipper. He completed his Bronze Medallion in 2008 when he was 16 and has since gone on to acquire his Advance Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, IRB Drives and Crew, Spinal Management, Silver Medallion Beach Management, First Aid, Training Officer Certificate-Bronze, ARTC, Spinal Management, IRB, Assessor in Bronze Medallion and Gold Medallion.

Nick has been involved in the Lorne Bronze camp as an instructor and coordinator since 2009 and has been the Lorne Patrol Captain for five years.

He has worked as a Beach lifeguard for the Australian Lifeguard Service since 2014.

With a passion for lifesaving, he aims to use the Building Leaders Scholarship to develop his lifesaving and leadership skills which he can then utilise back at his club.

Rachel Fraser:

Rachel has been an active member of the Inverloch SLSC club since 2012 when she completed her Bronze Camp. Since then, Rachel has gained numerous qualifications including First Aid, Spinal Management, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, IRB Crew, IRB Drivers, Silver Medallion Beach Management and Training Officers Bronze Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and IRB Crew and Drivers.

At Inverloch, Rachel has held many leadership positions including Vice- Patrol Captain, Patrol Captain, First Aid Officer, Senior Instructor on Bronze Camps and for the past two seasons has been on the Board of Directors and Club Captain.

Rachel enjoys training members to ensure they reach their full potential and is excited for the opportunity to further develop her leadership skills through the program.

Good luck, scholars!

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