From Mallacoota to Warrnambool, scholars do Victoria and Australia proud

The 2019 Building Leaders Scholars have completed another successful year of training and development with young volunteer members and industry representatives from across Victoria taking part in this year’s program. 

The Building Leaders Scholarship is a six-month professional development program that identifies and supports the next generation of leaders through workshops, advanced leadership development and specialised training. 

LSV General Manager – People Emma Atkins says the interest in the program grows each year, with more applications from regional areas of the state. 

This year’s program saw participants from as far west as Warrnambool and as far east as Mallacoota, and for the first time in many years, two participants from the aquatic industry,” she said 

Throughout the program, the scholars were exposed to a range of training sessions by leading facilitators. 

Executive Coach and Master Facilitator Carol Fox took the scholars through their paces on goal setting, core values, and communication styles.  

Peter Agnew from People Development Australia delivered a session on the dimensions of leadership and emotional intelligence, while award-winning journalist Luke Waters from Saltwater Media provided media spokesperson training. 

Ms Atkins says the Scholars also underwent intense technical training, facilitated by lead trainer Sheila Langley, which included session with former Olympian Max Binnington from Primco.    

“The scholars undertake a unique process over the period of technical training,” she said. 

While upskilling their own training capabilities they also develop the content they will then deliver to the participants in Sri Lankamaking it a really empowering yet challenging program.  

We practice vulnerability, with accountability and a whole lot of courage throughout the program.   

 We are incredibility proud of the achievements of our 2019 scholars and indeed all our alumni.”  

This year’s participants now join growing alumni of around 60 people who are custodians of the future of lifesaving and the scholarship program.  

Scholars deliver eighth training program in Sri Lanka  

This year’s program again culminated in a trip to Sri Lanka, where scholars successfully delivered lifesaving training programs including patrol operations, female lifesaver development and inflatable rescue boat (IRB) workshops. 

The trip gave the scholars the opportunity to provide lifesaving training to a range of participants whilgaining exposure to international lifesaving practices and training, as well as unique cultural experiences. 

This year’s program delivered three different streams of training, which took place concurrently over four days. The Patrol Operations stream focused on a live patrol situation and training included advanced rescue skills, operation upskilling and major operational scenarios, including all stages of patrol. 

Following the success of the Sri Lankan Fellowship Program, which visited Australia in February 2018, the objective of the Female Lifesaver Development stream was to further develop female lifesaver capacity in Sri Lanka.  

The current percentage of female lifesavers in Sri Lanka is approximately 10 per cent, and although this is low compared to the percentage of Victorian female lifesavers (approximately 50 per cent), this has grown from five per cent since we began our work eight years ago. 

Finally, the IRB Workshop stream built on the IRB crew content presented in previous years’ training and upskilled participants in IRB drivingIn addition, the scholars had the opportunity to deliver inland waterway operations key messaging and an introductory rescue watercraft (RWC- jet ski) program for the first time. 

The training program also included specific water safety and swimming and survival stroke developmentwith the two aquatic industry scholars delivering tailored workshops. 

Away from the beach, scholars joined LSV CEO Nigel Taylor, International Life Saving Federation Vice President Norm Farmer, and the Sri Lanka Life Saving team for the launch event of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention, which will take place in Sri Lanka in 2021.  

LSV Director Membership and Leadership Development Angela Malan also travelled to Sri Lanka to support the program, and together with the former President of Sri Lanka Life Saving and current Advisor and Co-Chair of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention Sanath Wijayaratne, ran a workshop on a Coastal Development Proposal for the tourism sector.  

She and LSV’s Membership and Leadership Development Coordinator Shelley Snow also met with local families to present donation packs, which were put together by the scholars.  

For further information and application dates for the 2020 Building Leaders Scholarship, visit:  

2019 Sri Lanka Trip participants reflections 

“LSV’s Building Leaders Scholarship is an experience which I will never forget. The training and development that I have received throughout the last six months have been incredibly valuable. The practical outcomes of this program for both scholars and the Sri Lankan Life Saving community are of special significance. The program delivers a special level of leadership and personal development combined with essential service and development for communities”, she noted as part of her end of program Scholar reflections. 

 Lifesaving has been a growing passion of mine; not only in the context of community service, but in delivering real, fun and tangible outcomes in education, training and community and I am excited to implement my new skills in future opportunities. Jacqui Dreher, Fairhaven SLSC 

The impact of participating in the Building Leaders Scholarship has been more than I could have imagined and I am forever grateful that I was able to participate. I’ve made friends in the other scholars that I believe will last for years, found new mentors, gained more perspective and appreciation to life, further developed my leadership, communication and lifesaving skills, built on my water safety understanding and have had an opportunity to be a part of an international effort to reduce drowning.”  – Emily Hadaway, Yarra Leisure

Talia  Crofts  Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre 
Jeremy  Doupe  Sorrento SLSC 
Jacqui  Dreher  Fairhaven SLSC 
Emily  Hadaway  Yarra Leisure 
Michael  Henderson  Fairhaven SLSC 
Lars  Ralph  Warrnambool SLSC / 13th Beach SLSC 
Brodie  Scott  Mallacoota SLSC 
Jessica  Sincock  Lorne SLSC 
Hannah  Tzimokas  Woolamai SLSC 
LSV Staff     
Mevan  Jayawardena  Chief Operating Officer 
Sheila  Langley  Lead Trainer 
Shelley  Snow  Coordinator – Membership and Leadership Development 
LSV Director   
Angela  Malan  Director – Membership and Leadership Development 


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