Five Questions With… Fiona Wilkinson

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Club:  Kākā Point Surf Life Saving Club


Volunteer Role: Lifeguard Coordinator and Junior Coach



What’s the best thing about volunteering?

I love being involved in the community.  I have a lot of committee meetings to attend, but I don’t mind the social aspect that comes with them.  Getting to know a broad range of people within the community and catching up with them is something I really enjoy.


My kids are also involved in lots of sport, so it’s good to have some hands-on knowledge about what’s going on. 



Why do you volunteer for Surf Life Saving New Zealand?

Surf Life Saving is new for me.  I grew up inland, but after meeting my husband, we moved to the coast.  We have three boys and live just metres away from the ocean, so it made sense for us to get to know the local Surf Life Saving Club at Kākā Point.  Once we got involved, we realised there wasn’t much available. So, I put my hand and suddenly I was coaching and had to quickly learn all about Surf Life Saving.  Fortunately, I was supported by a group of friends who were in the same boat.  Now, five years into our involvement with Surf Life Saving, we’ve filled gaps and made Kākā Point a bit more well known.



What’s your day job?

My husband and I run a construction business at Kākā Point.  We employ three other people and stay fairly busy building houses in the local area.  I’m also a PE and health teacher at the local area school.



How do you balance everything?

I don’t know – sometimes things don’t always get done!  But I have a really good list that I refer to on an hourly basis to keep track of what I need to do.  This busy life won’t last forever, so I’m just making the most of being involved now.



What would your advice be to anyone thinking about volunteering for SLSNZ?

There are so many different roles within the organisation.  A great place to start would be to become a surf lifeguard, but there’s so much more on offer.  You just need to ask questions and go from there.


In our area the beach is also very important and without volunteers, there wouldn’t be a club, and without a club, there wouldn’t be safety on the beach.  If you’re looking for a place to donate your time, an organisation that saves lives in the water is a great reason to get involved.