Marlee?s doing Sawtell proud
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THERE'S a well-worn saying that the cream will always rise to the top and Marlee Green is proving that she is no exception to the rule.
Currently enjoying her last year as a Nipper with the Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club, Marlee has been selected to represent the North Coast Branch in the Junior Lifesaver of the Year Award.
This award is being judged next weekend during the NSW State Surf Lifesavings Championship at Cronulla. While the nomination may have come as a shock to the actual nominee, senior members admit that they aren't surprised at all.
They are quick to point out that Marlee has proven herself to be more than competent in the surf featuring in finals during carnivals and out in front during regular Sunday activities.
Marlee also has actively encouraged and helped the younger members learn surf skills.
Going even a step further in her favourite sport, the young star has recently completed her Surf Rescue Certificate which means she is now attending patrols as a volunteer.
"I feel that I am now able to give back to my club by helping out on regular patrols," Marlee said.
"I've learnt so much about the surf being a Nipper from under sixes until now and it's fun to be with the senior club members and my friends."
Next weekend will be the first time Marlee competes at the State Surf Championship, yet the experience probably won't leave her feeling nervous at all considering state championships of another kind are no stranger to this girl.
Previously young Marlee has appeared regularly on the starting blocks at the Homebush pool in her other life as a talented swimmer.
"I feel very honoured to be the North Coast Branch Representative for the Female Junior Lifesaver Awards and hope that I do the club and the branch proud."
Considering that Marlee has also been involved in other community projects such as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Doorknock Appeal, carwash for RSPCA, Plant-a-Tree Day and Clean Up Australia Day, there's little doubt that she'll do just that.