Seaspray’s outstanding women in lifesaving recognised

Seaspray Surf Club's Bridget Brown (right) was recognised for her contribution to the sport from Life Saving Victoria. Bridget is pictured with Seaspray clubmates Jess Jackson and Sue-Ellen Jackson. Photo: Contributed

TWO women from Seaspray Surf Club have this year been named among Life Saving Victoria’s Outstanding Women in Lifesaving.

Life Saving Victoria recognises leading women for their exceptional contribution to and achievements in lifesaving, drowning prevention and the emergency services.

This year, Seaspray’s Amanda Castle and Bridget Brown were among the recipients of the award.

Castle was honoured as a senior leader, while Brown was recognised as an emerging leader.

Seaspray Surf Club President, Chris Fleming said Castle and Brown had both made significant contributions to the club over many years.

Outstanding women such as Seaspray’s Amanda Castle were among the recipients of the award.

“Amanda (Castle) is a former club president and was instrumental in the development of our strategic plan,” Fleming said.

“She has supported the growth of our Nippers and Youth programs, especially in securing training opportunities to further educate our young lifesaver so they are rescue-ready.

“Most recently, Amanda has been our membership co-ordinator and has played a crucial role in the growth of our membership base.”

Fleming said Brown began at the surf club as a Nipper and had become a patrol vice-captain and acting patrol captain.

“Bridget (Brown) is a committed volunteer surf life saver and a strong athlete who has competed at the Australian titles in beach flags and sprints,” Fleming said.

“Bridget mentors our youth members, supports our Starfish program and Nippers program and shows pre-school children how to be safe around the water.

At the start of each season, she is part of the team who trains our youth members for their Bronze Medallion or Surf Rescue Certificate.

“Our club is lucky to have the involvement of committed members like Amanda and Bridget and we are happy they have been publicly recognised for all that they do as Outstanding Women in Lifesaving,” Fleming said.