Seaspray’s fantastic achievers

Above: Left to Right, Senior YIPS youth member Courtney McDonough, youth mentor Abi Allman, club captain Jess Jackson and director of Programs and Development Sue-Ellen Jackson. Right: Nipper co-ordinator Vicki Miller and Nippers captain Jess Jackson with the awards at Life Saving Victoria. Photos: Contributed

The last few months have seen the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) involved in the recognition and promotion of the role women play in lifesaving and the community.

In January, the club, supported by Gippsland Women’s Health, GippSport, Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault and Wellington Care Partnerships, hosted an outdoor screening of the movie Girls Can’t Surf.

The screening was coordinated by youth member Courtney McDonough as part of her Gold YIPS (Youth Involvement Program) Award and focused on gender equality in the sport of surfing.

International Women’s Day saw two members receive Outstanding Women in Lifesaving Awards, with Vicki Miller and Jess Jackson receiving awards for service to the club and lifesaving.

The pair were presented their awards at Life Saving Victoria.

Ms Jackson told the Gippsland Times she was happy that she and Ms Miller were recognised.

“I contribute on the patrol side and the sport side, and Vicki does coaching,” Ms Jackson said.

Ms Jackson loves competing, whether it’s the 90m beach sprint, the beach flag events or the relays, and won’t let colder weather stop her.

“I’ll be involved in off-season events during the winter months,” she said.

On Easter Saturday, SLSC will host a Pink Patrol High Tea (sold out!) in conjunction with Defining Beauty (Breast Cancer Awareness).

Defining Beauty support women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Pink Patrol is an initiative by Life Saving Victoria and is supported by clubs across Victoria to recognise women of all ages, past and present who patrol our beaches to keep the public safe.


Nipper Coordinator Vicki Miller and Nippers captain Jess Jackson with the awards at Life Saving Victoria.