She's a lifesaver - Harriet

Hi Team Tama, 

We hope you've enjoyed reading Zoe's profile, as the first of this new series where we point the spotlight on the amazing women of Tama.

And this week we are back introducing another incredible woman to our community, Harriet. Introduce Harriet? Who are we kidding, if you've been lucky enough to grab a ticket to our awards night last season, Harriet was our fabulous MC. She's a fierce Corona-Bronzie who joined the ranks of Patrol 2. On a quiet Saturday morning, she'll lead her patrol through a yoga sequence to ensure everyone's at their best whilst on patrol.

Please read, enjoy and share with your friends, family and just about anyone.

Over to you Harriet! 

Tell us a bit about yourself: 3 words that best describe you. Creative, analytical, mermaid.

Why did you get in to Surf Life Saving?  How did you join Tama? My brother (Albert) and his boyfriend (Arnaud) were already patrol members and encouraged me after a breakup to do the bronze medallion and I took to it all like a fish to water (lol).
What are the best things about being part of the Surf Life Saving community? It's really nice to be part of a community whose people are all very different - from what they do, where they come from, to what they value. Inside of all this diversity, I have found a community that I trust, care a lot about and share a lot of joy with.


How would you describe our community at Tama? The coolest cult going round :)
What has been your biggest achievement from being part of Surf Lifesaving? During lockdown, I did an off-duty rescue just off the rocks at Ben Buckler and I also did 2x 50km-in-a -month ocean swimming challenges back to back on Strava with some Tama crew. The fact that I was able to stay focused, calm and strong through such a turbulent time is something I'm proud of and didn't imagine I was capable of before joining Surf Lifesaving.
Harriet and Tamarama Gropers spirit animal
Photo Credit: Michelle Cowans

Tell us about what you do when not on the beach at Tama looking after people? I'm a performance artist and theatre director. I'm currently working as a curatorial associate at Sydney World Pride, teaching at NIDA and I'm about to open my newest performance The Sucker, about a posthuman woman whose right arm is a tentacle at Brand X in Darlinghurst 🐙

Favourite place to go for food in Sydney? I love Spice I am in Surry Hills, particularly the basil crispy chicken (omg I'm salivating RN), and I'm literally DEVASTATED that Marigold's joy filled yum-cha is no longer :(

Ideal holiday destination right now? I want to go to Greece and eat lamb cutlets and swim between some islands and see one of my beautiful best friends Annaki.

What would be your advice to any woman thinking to give surf lifesaving a go?It's like Baywatch but with better plots, more developed characters and a sense of community and purpose <3
What have you learned from your time at Tama? What has been something you learned that has surprised you? The Ocean is the life force and teaches me every day about impermanence, patience, flexibility, humility, beauty and strength. She is the love of my life and I will never stop loving her with all my heart and swimming in her with all my arms and legs.

Patrol 2 at their happiest

Thank you Harriet, we loved reading your Tama story! 

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

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