She's a lifesaver - Zoe

Hi Team Tama, 

We are excited to introduce you to our new profiling series: She can, she will, she does. She's a lifesaver!

You got it, we will be pointing the spotlight on the amazing women of Tamarama in our Thursday edition. We shall also be making them famous on the Instaweb.

Our goals are:

  • To highlight the diversity in background, experience, age, and skills of the women of Tama;
  • To steer away from some of the stereotypes that can be associated with SLS and the women involved;
  • In the pursuit of continuing to forge stronger connections amongst all our members and our non-members, to promote women in lifesaving and always be recruiting. 

This week we are starting with our current Vice President, and inspiration behind this initiative, Zoe Scott-King from Patrol 11. Please read, enjoy and share with your friends, family and just about anyone.

Over to you Zoe! 

Tell us a bit about yourself: 3 words that best describe you. Quite short, quite chatty, think I'm funny and love drinking tea (not 3 words, yes I cheated)

Why did you get in to Surf Life Saving?  How did you join Tama? Ben Armitage recruited me as we are friends from working together previously. It all happened at the right time last year, despite the impact of Covid, being with the 'Corona/Best Bronzies' was a lifesaver in all meanings of the word, it turned a very turbulent year into an extraordinary year.
What are the best things about being part of the Surf Life Saving community? Knowing that regardless of your background, gender, age, physical attributes, the ocean doesn't discriminate so anyone that can swim can be a surf lifesaver.  I feel that the SLS community evolves and grows by embracing diversity. We provide a critical service on the beaches, everyone gives up their time and energy to be there and sacrifices other commitments, what a special bunch of people.  Plus, we have a lot of fun!

Flying the flag at Mardi Gras earlier this year!
How would you describe our community at Tama? It's been said many times, but I think it's great to keep reiterating what a fun, diverse, welcoming, friendly, quirky, hard-working group of people we are. Tama is a family in its own right. Everyone is welcomed and accepted for simply who they are, we are a little sanctuary in a busy, demanding city, it is a very special community and I feel very lucky to have found it (thanks Ben). 

Tell us about what you do when not on the beach at Tama looking after people? I love trail running and really missed that during the lockdown, so last weekend I was back up in the Blue Mountains having a great time being back out on the trails. I am studying Environmental Management part-time with UTAS, I work as an account manager for S&P Global, swim with some Tama friends at the weekends too, and like going to a pub about once or twice a week.

Favourite place to go for food in Sydney? Current favourite is The Glebe Hotel in Ultimo, fab food, it's a pub in the front, 'posher' restaurant towards the back and then beer garden out the back.

Ideal holiday destination right now? Anywhere outside my 2031 postcode! I have booked to go back and see my family in the UK for Christmas so fingers crossed! (thank you to those who will cover me)

What would be your advice to any woman thinking to give surf lifesaving a go? Come and join us at Tama, you will love it, the people, the comradery, the community. You will learn some great skills, not just in the water but skills you can transfer to other areas of your life. The training is great fun, run by the best CTO, Michelle Cowans, and her incredible assistant Arnaud. It is empowering, there are some fantastic women to learn from (and men of course) including some of those who paved the way for female surf lifesavers and they are simply inspiring and always happy to share their wisdom and experience.

Reminding Chester that dogs, unfortunately, aren’t allowed on the beaches, he understood and kindly wandered off to Mackenzies beach...

Thank you Zoe, for sharing your fantastic insights and advice, your passion truly shine through. 

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

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