Sawtell surf lifesaver Marlee Green, 16, was excited to be one of just 24 young talents chosen from NSW to take part in a recent Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop in Sydney.
Sawtell surf lifesaver Marlee Green, 16, was excited to be one of just 24 young talents chosen from NSW to take part in a recent Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop in Sydney. Contributed

Marlee learns lifesaving skills

SAWTELL local Marlee Green fell in love with surf lifesaving at six years old. Now, she’s one of the state’s most promising up and coming talents.

The 16-year-old Sawtell club member was one of just 24 of the best and brightest young surf lifesavers from throughout NSW to attend a four-day intensive Youth Opportunity Makers Workshop in Sydney last week.

“I was so excited to be chosen, it was a great experience,” Marlee said.

Aimed at developing abilities and opportunities for members aged between 15 and 17, the workshop engages talented young people to remain involved in surf life saving and become positive role models in their local communities.

“I have a much better understanding of how surf lifesaving works at all levels of the organisation and where I fit into that,” she said.

“It was great to meet so many interesting new people, too. Some were even patrol captains or training groups of other young people.”

Since joining Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club as a nipper, Marlee has never looked back. Inspired by Sawtell’s top competitors, including champion board paddler, Kayla Russell, she now competes in surf swimming, board and ironwoman events at state and national level.

“I love competing, that’s my main focus but the first aid and CPR skills we learn are really important and can be used anywhere,” she said.

Like most clubs, Sawtell loses many of its young people during their teenage years and there is often a major gap between the junior and senior ranks.

Marlee thinks this trend could be turned around if young people knew about the wide range of activities they could become involved in and the huge opportunities there are for further training and development.



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