Member May: Napoleone conquers club life

Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club Merchandise Officer Emily Napoleone has been at the club since becoming a nipper in her childhood days. Now a mother herself, Emily is excited at the prospect of soon enrolling her children to become nippers at the same club she spent her childhood at.

Cape Paterson SLSC’s Emily Napoleone with her husband, fellow member Andrew.

Upon completing her Bronze Medallion in 2009, Emily was eager to complete more qualifications to boost her portfolio as a lifesaver and completed her spinal management, advanced resuscitation techniques and inflatable rescue boat crew certificates.

“The various roles I’ve taken on in the club evolved quite naturally from here,” Emily said.

“The year I completed by Bronze I began searching for other qualifications I could complete. The following year I attended the Lifesaving Development Camp and later that season began volunteering on Bronze camps.

“This later led to gaining my training officer and assessors certificates and the year after, becoming a vice patrol captain, being involved in nippers as an age group manager and starting my first position on the committee as junior club captain.”

Learning the ropes as junior club captain for two years, Emily eventually became Cape Paterson’s vice club captain for two years then club captain for three.

At this time, Emily’s now husband Andrew Napoleone joined Cape Paterson, inspiring her to continue her involvement on the committee and around the club.

“At the end of my third season as club captain I had my first child, which was my main motivation for not continuing in the role,’ She said.

“However, after being club captain I took on the role of merchandise officer, which I have been doing ever since.

“It’s just a small way I can continue to do my part for a club that will always be so close to my heart while raising my family.”

Having recently had her third child, Emily is looking forward to getting back on the beach and patrolling again and having her whole family continue contributing to Cape Paterson for the long term.

“In a couple of years I look forward to my own kids being able to start nippers. Thinking about seeing them as nippers at the same club I went to as a child is pretty special,” she said.

“I had the privilege of doing my Bronze with a really special group of friends and family and the memories we made will always keep me connected to the Cape Paterson SLSC. It is exciting to think that in a few years, I’ll be able to watch my children make lifelong memories at a place that is so special to me.”

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