- Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 22:15
Congratulations to Vanessa Gawan-Taylor who is the 2016 Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a person under 25 years in the City of Nedlands!
Vanessa was announced as a winner at the Award Ceremony on 21 January 2016.
Vanessa achieved her Surf Rescue Certificate (entry level surf rescue qualification) in Dec 2013.
She followed this up with her Bronze Medallion (full surf rescue qualification) months later in March 2014.
Vanessa is now a voluntary patrolling lifesaver with the Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club.
In addition to the voluntary patrols Vanessa has taken on leadership role for the Nippers and Cadets on Sunday mornings at Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club. This includes providing water safety for their activities to this season being the Age Group Manager for the older age groups. In this role Vanessa organises and leads the surf rescue education activities on Sunday mornings with the aim being to take the group through their Surf Rescue Certificate. Skills taught include resuscitations and board/tube rescues.
Vanessa was also the Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club representative at the 2015 Rise Up Camp organised by Surf Life Saving Western Australia. This devlopment camp aims to instill leadership qualities.
Vanessa was a member of Gadsby Patrol that was awarded Patrol Team of the Year for the 2014/15 Season by the Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club.
Vanessa (front row left) pictured with Gadsby Patrol.