She's a lifesaver - Sandra

Hi Team Tama, 

We hope you are all having a great week. Welcome to the third Tama Woman profile of our Shes’ a Lifesaver campaign.

This week, it is the turn of Sandra Fox, I think it is fair to say one of the most experienced lifesavers at our club. Sandra has been CTO and Vice President amongst so many roles and achievements and even has an award named after her but is one of the most humble people you will meet. Sandra was also acknowledged last year by SLSA for the 40th anniversary of women in SLS as one of the leading women in SLS, so this is exactly why we want to promote our fantastic women! Sandra currently is co-patrol captain of Patrol 11 with the lovely Jesse.

Please read and enjoy this week’s edition

Thanks for reading, Zoe 

Tell us a bit about yourself: 3 words that best describe you. Optimistic, ocean-lover, struggling on a third as there are too many contenders!

How did you get in Surf Life Saving? How did you join Tama? I joined Tama a million years ago, back in 2003 I think. I was already doing ocean swimming so it seemed a natural next step. Our bronzie course was great - Jayme Smith then at NoBo SLSC (he probably taught you your first aid) stepped in to teach us as there wasn't an instructor at that time with Tama.

What I hadn't anticipated was the staying power of SLS in my life - so clearly there are loads of benefits!

Ocean swimming friendships are the best!

What are the best things about being part of the Surf Life Saving community? Meeting great people who also love the ocean and are into giving back to the community, learning new skills, finding new ways to challenge yourself, and even though SLS has a relatively short history of women in lifesaving I think that it's a really inclusive community.

Tell us about what you do when not on the beach at Tama looking after people? I've recently moved into new digs in Bronte - so loving my new neighborhood and hating unpacking!

What would be your advice to any woman thinking to give surf lifesaving a go? Just do it! This is something for yourself, something to challenge you, where you will meet fantastic people and have a great time.

Patrol 11

Thank you Sandra, always a pleasure to read about your story and your impact on SLS policies.

Join us next week for another She can, she will, she does. She's a lifesaver at Tamarama SLSC edition.

Yours in Comms, 

Zoe, Lisa, Jemima & Mieka

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