Record Number of Participants Join 2024/2025 bp Leaders for Life

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

A record number of participants will take part in the 2024/2025 edition of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s (SLSNZ) premier leadership development programme, bp Leaders for Life.


This year, 18 emerging leaders, aged between 20 and 35, will join the programme, including one candidate from Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).


Belinda Slement, SLSNZ National Education Manager, said, “We’ve seen real growth in bp Leaders for Life over the past two years.  This resulted in a record 77 applications this year, all of exceptionally high calibre.  It was incredibly hard to whittle that number down, but fortunately, we were able to increase our total intake by two additional places to 18.  With more and more surf lifeguards striving to be part of this programme, the standard is now very high and represents the crème de la crème.”


She added, “It’s also fantastic to welcome another candidate from Australia.  This strengthens the relationship between SLSNZ and SLSA and provides more opportunities for our members as SLSA reciprocates the offer, allowing us to send surf lifeguards to both of their flagship national leadership courses.”


Along with strengthening ties across the Tasman, bp Leaders for Life offers candidates the chance to enhance their leadership skills and forge connections across Surf Life Saving clubs in New Zealand.  Running for 10 months, it includes five workshops held around the country, with the first from 19-21 July at Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service.


Slement said, “The first workshop will outline the programme and its ultimate objective: to upskill surf lifeguards so they can lead their clubs and our movement into a sustainable and vibrant future.  We’ll also do some team building, self-reflection, problem-solving, and explore leadership within SLSNZ.”


The 2024/2025 bp Leaders for Life will also mark an important milestone as it’ll be the 10th anniversary of bp supporting the programme.


Slement explained, “Leaders for Life began in 2012, with bp joining two years later.  Since then, nearly 200 people have benefitted from the programme, enhancing not only the movement but also the surf lifeguards’ local communities.  We couldn’t have achieved this without bp’s support, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”



Ally Jones

Paekākāriki Surf Lifeguards

Jess Mellsop

Worser Bay SLSC

Nikita Bublitz

Lyall Bay SLSC

Gabby Palmer

Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC

Charlotte Toumadj

Onemana SLSC

Amelia Wood

Whiritoa Lifeguard Service

Grace Westenberg

Whangamatā SLSC

Briarna Higgs

Tairua SLSC

Duncan Bentley

Pukehina Surf Rescue

Eleanor Mulrennan

United North Piha SLSC

Claire Adams


Conor McDermott

Red Beach SLSC

Cory Harvey

Raglan SLSC

Kyran Gillespie

Baylys Beach SLSC

Per Tonascia

Sumner SLSC

Aaron Coe

Nelson SLSC

James Lilburne

Waimairi SLSC

Murphy Knowles

Surf Life Saving Australia



Ashleigh Hurring

Fitzroy SLSC

Nathan Berry

Westshore SLSC

Brianna Norris

Whangamatā SLSC

Ana Naden

Waikanae SLSC

Fergus Rieger

Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service

Kath Manning

Waipu Cove SLSC

Adam Parker


Nathan Snell

Nelson SLSC

Mike Litten

Waimairi SLSC