February’s Volunteer of the Month is Mount Martha Life Saving Club’s Kaya Cook.
Senior Official at both Junior and Senior LSV Carnivals
Mount Martha Life Saving Club
How long have you been involved in lifesaving?
What are some of your responsibilities at your club?
Currently I am a committee member in the role of Carnival Co-ordinator.
What made you become involved in lifesaving?
As a teenager I joined Mornington LSC for the social and fitness aspect that lifesaving provided. Now as a parent to active children, I am involved because it provides a diverse range of activities for the whole family to be a part of. I also wanted my children to make the most of the beautiful area in which we live and to be educated in the importance of beach and water safety.
What do you most enjoy about lifesaving?
I like the inclusive nature of lifesaving. Whether you are competitive, motivated by fitness or more community minded, there is something for everyone to gain. The friendships you make and the experiences you have within the lifesaving community will stay with you for life.
How do you encourage others to get involved with lifesaving and volunteering?
Being involved and performing a wide variety of roles within officiating, I feel comfortable encouraging others to get involved and contribute to our club. There is no better spectator position than being in amongst the competition action right there on the beach.
What is your greatest achievement in lifesaving so far?
I recently undertook the final stage of my Senior Official accreditation which consisted of a practical assessment held during a LSV carnival.
When you’re not lifesaving, what keeps you busy?
When I’m not running my four teenagers around and working, I enjoy yoga and Pilates. I am currently in training to complete the 30km Coastrek walk with a group of work colleagues and girlfriends.
What was the best advice you were ever given and who gave it to you?
Don’t worry what other people think. Try to be confident and memorable. Be unique and be proud. That advice was given to me by a teacher a long time ago and I use it today on my own children.