Friends for life start up patrols
YOU don’t have to come through the nippers’ ranks to be a surf life saver – just ask new Moore Park club patrol members Erin Pratt and Tracey Goggi.
The good friends, who are 26 and 32, respectively, and are both occupational therapists, had never been involved in the movement until recently.
Pratt said she had done pool swimming in the past, but while she had no surf life saving experience, her cousin Mitchell Shorten was a former club member and she was also inspired by her current work boss and very active club secretary Barb Ballinger.
Goggi comes from a touch and yoga background but said the opportunity to spend summer at the beach and give something back to the community had drawn her to also sign up.
“We both just passed our Bronze Medallion at our first attempt, which was good,” Goggi said.
Pratt and Goggi have loved the atmosphere of the club from the start, and both are also grateful to long serving club treasurer and training officer Lynne Messer for getting them accredited and confident enough to do patrols.
“It is a very friendly club and they made us very welcome, and Lynne has been wonderful – she has always been very encouraging and we are very appreciative of her,”Goggi said.
They are now encouraging others to get involved in this wonderful service to the community.
For the time being, they are happy just to do patrols, but they have both also contested one round of club championships, but once they get stronger in the surf, they may have a crack at the Branch Premiership Series or titles.
“I didn’t do too bad in my first club championships – swimming was my best event but I finished them all and that was my goal,” Pratt said.
Goggi said she was “pretty average at all events” but she will improve with experience.