Surf Life Saving New Zealand represented across the ditch at Leadership College

Monday, 15 May 2023

Earlier this year, Charlotte Becconsall-Ryan travelled to Australia as Surf life Saving New Zealand’s delegate at Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Leadership College.


She was one of 24 successful applicants selected to take part in the annual leadership and development programme, which took place in Sydney from January 29th until February 4th.


Reflecting on her experience, Charlotte said connecting with leaders aged between 20 and 30 from various parts of Australia was a unique experience.


She said, “A key takeaway from the experience for me was the importance of maintaining consistency as a leader, and how to continue to raise the bar each day. I enjoyed how the structure of the course naturally led us to tie our personal values through to our own leadership style.” 


The College curriculum focused on a number of topics, including conflict management, strategic planning, teamwork activities, and personal leadership skills.


Charlotte said, “It was an inspiring experience to learn from like-minded individuals and hear how Surf Lifesaving works in Australia. The practical nature of the college meant that we were actively involved in activities that tested our skills and abilities, which was both challenging and rewarding.


“I gained a better perspective on the movement as a whole, rather than just at an organisational level.”


The skills acquired at the College were specifically designed to be taken back to clubs and into other areas of the participant’s daily life.


Charlotte said, “The College was an enriching experience that provided a unique opportunity to learn from others, develop my leadership skills, and gain valuable insights into the movement. I look forward to continuing to apply theses learnings to my work, and sharing them with our clubs, regions, and organisation.  Thank you SLSNZ for this amazing opportunity.”