Buddy Lucas Leadership Program

The Buddy Lucas Leadership Scholarship is generously funded by Denis Black, Patron of SLSNR and Life member of both SLSNZ and SLSNR. It provides prospective leaders the opportunity to develop and expand their knowledge of Surf Life Saving and develop their own personal skills.

Buddy Lucas (pictured below) was a legend of Surf Lifesaving in Northern Region and at his home club of Piha. He joined the Piha SLSC in 1944, gaining his lifeguard award the year after. From there, he went on to win multiple National titles in the surf race and made valuable contributions on the Piha Committee as Club Captain and as President for nearly two decades. Along with this, he received Service and Distinguished Service awards at a Club, District and New Zealand level and was awarded a highly prestigious Life Membership of the Piha SLSC. Buddy remains as one of the pre-eminent leaders within our organization and the Buddy Lucas Leadership Program is aimed to foster young leaders within our movement.

The Buddy Lucas Leadership Program is made up of three pillars. The first of these is the California Lifeguard Exchange, the second is the Surf Life Saving Australia National Leadership College. The third pillar is under development and will focus on personal development.

 

Since 1969 senior lifeguards have been selected from clubs in the Northern Region, to visit lifeguard agencies in California. The exchange is part of the Buddy Lucas Leadership Program and is a structured learning experience, and is an opportunity for clubs to nominate exceptional lifeguards who show the ability to enhance surf lifesaving in this country. 

With the assistance of the host organisation – California Surf Life Saving Association – the exchange delegates are given the opportunity to participate in patrolling activities, to witness and practice the use of different types of rescue equipment, and to observe alternative beach management programmes and administrative structures.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of knowledge of New Zealand’s lifeguarding arrangements, be highly proficient in a range of practical patrolling and rescue skills, and have the ability to impart this to others through prepared presentations and coordination of hosting duties on their return.

Selectors will be looking for candidates who can successfully evaluate the benefits of the alternative systems and techniques they observe, have had a consistent involvement in SLS over a long period of time and who will continue to actively participate in the development and administration of surf lifesaving following the exchange (i.e. have earned it, will learn and develop from it, and will continue to contribute after it).

 

California

New Zealand

2020/21

Cancelled due to COVID

2021

Cancelled due to COVID

2019/20

Siera Paige

2020

Cancelled due to COVID

Wyatt Muller

2018/19

Natalie May

Huntington City

2019

Jacob Rennie

Mairangi Bay

Devon Beebe

Long Beach

Mark Gordon

Bethells Beach

2017/18

Taylor Mellinger

San Clemente

2018

Ella Boyens

Raglan

Jennifer Schulman

Huntington City

Sam Walters

Mairangi Bay

2016/17

Duncan Wilson

Newport Beach

2017

Dan Short

Mairangi Bay/United North Piha

Michael Pritchard

Newport Beach

Catie Mulrennan

United North Piha

2015/16

Tyler Wilson

Huntington City

2016

Zane Rademaker

United North Piha

Parker Richards

Camp Pendleton

Pia Goldsmith

Bethells Beach

2014/15

Vince Fiamengo

Seal Beach

2015

Patria Harris

Mangawhai Heads

John Pritchard

Newport Beach

Brydhi Stark

Muriwai

2013/14

Jack Turner

Newport Beach

2014

Sam Jenkins

United North Piha

Shane Elder

Ventura County

Katherine Reardon

United North Piha/Muriwai

2012/13

Taylor McGowan

Huntington City

2013

Leif Neilson

United North Piha

Paul Steinberg

Santa Cruz City

Laura Josephson

Mairangi Bay

2011/12

Andrew Czer

LA County

2012

Rob Pidgeon

United North Piha

Colin O’Neil

Ventura State

Dan McCormack

Muriwai

2010/11

Morgan McGowan

Huntington City

2011

Sam Comport

Bethells Beach

Marcos Pimentel

San Diego

Lauren Gibbs

Bethells Beach

2009/10

Derek Doler

Ventura County

2010

Ashley Matuschka

Muriwai

Nick Sullivan

Huntington City

Andrew Lancaster

Muriwai

2008/09

Ian Christensen

LA County

2009

Faron Turner

Orewa

Kirsten Buhagiar

Laguna Beach

Claire Fitzjames

Omaha

2007/08

Jesse Heydorf

Huntington State

2008

Mare Haitsma

Ruakaka/Kariaotahi

Alex Scurr

Newport Beach

Lindsay Hill

Whangarei Heads

2006/07

Doug Leach

Huntington City

2007

Mason Dray-Hogg

Bethells Beach

Ryan Steele

Huntington State

Daniel Dwen

Sunset Beach

2005/06

Peter Belden

Newport Beach

2006

Andy Kent

Mairangi Bay

Chris Geldet

Camp Pendleton

Nick Tomkins

Orewa

2004/05

Linsi Huseman

Newport Beach

2005

Janie Meikle

Mangawhai Heads

Chad Wennerstorm

Cal State/Pismo

Laura Spinks

Sunset Beach

2003/04

Ryan Saca

Santa Cruz City

2004

Emma Roberts

Muriwai

Brian McConnel

Huntington City

Kate Fisher

Mangawhai Heads

2002/03

Lindsay Ortega

Huntington City

2003

Patrick Anderson

Muriwai

Rebecca Levine

Huntington State

Brent Phillips

Sunset Beach

2001/02

Gennifor Amthor

Seal Beach

2002

Jason Corlett

United North Piha

Casey Graham

Port Hueneme

Nick Fryer

United North Piha

2000/01

Jon Mitchell

Newport Beach

2001

Shane Coward

United North Piha

Rob Maier

Newport Beach

Dean Storey

Mangawhai Heads

1999/00

Charlie Dall

Newport Beach

2000

Willy Flapper

Muriwai

Shannon Svenson

California State

Shannon Roberts

Muriwai

1998/99

Clint Dial

Oceanside

1999

Shawn Wanden

Karekare

David Jenkins

California State

Katrina Knill

Karekare

1997/98

Shea Valero

Silver Strand State

1998

Fred Noble

Piha

Robin Jacobsen

Newport Beach

Matt Craig

Karekare

1996/97

Eric Roberts

Seal Beach

1997

Dean Bunbury

Karekare

Colla Anderson

Santa Cruz State

Lisa Weldale

Piha

1995/96

Charlotte Smits Van Oyen

LA County

1996

Brett Sullivan

Piha

Todd Bartlett

Huntington City

Mike Wilson

Mangawhai Heads

1994/95

Chris Graham

Newport Beach

1995

Guy Roger

Muriwai

David Royal

Santa Cruz City

James Taylor

Sunset Beach

1993/94

Ryan Beull

Santa Cruz City

1994

Tai Flavell

Mangawhai Heads

1992/93

Eric Ching

Huntington City

Nigel Smith

Muriwai

Jennifer Price

San Diego City

1993

Geoffry Beggs

Omaha

1991/92

Tim Ciccheto

San Diego City

Bryce Swainson

Ruakaka

Elizabeth Kubis

San Clemente State

1992

Steve Westlake

Karekare

1990/91

Pat Graham

Huntington City

Johan Boekenhuisen

Piha

Michael Bartlett

Huntington City

1991

Raymond Cowper

Orewa

1989/90

Cary Smith

Santa Cruz City

Bryany Coutanche

United North Piha

Manya Delisio

Los Angeles City

1990

Danny Tenheuval

Muriwai

1988/89

Kyle Lindo

Huntington City

Steve Butler

United North Piha

Barrett Tester

Huntington State

1989

Graham Beaumont

United North Piha

1987/88

Jeff Koller

Huntington City

Haydon Campbell

Waipu

Herb White

Huntington State

1988

Tim Jago

Muriwai

1986/87

Finn McClafferty

Huntington State

Paul Flemming

Waipu

Steven Halus

San Clemente State

1987

Paul Taylor

United North Piha

1985/86

Kai Weisser

Huntington City

Brett Marshall

United North Piha

Michael Ashe

Lake Mission Viejo

1986

Mark Flavell

Ruakaka

1984/85

Mike Gifford

Huntington City

Mellisa Holkenhal

Mangawhai Heads

Rick Gould

Santa Cruz City

1985

John Scott

Mangawhai Heads

1983/84

Mark Reddick

Huntington City

Mike Van Der Mespel

Red Beach

Debbie Friedman

Huntington State

1984

Duncan McKenzie

United North Piha

1982/83

Bob Gerard

San Clemente City

John Alderman

Red Beach

Fred Forsch

San Clemente State

1983

Tony Steur

Mangawhai Heads

1981/82

Rene Taylor

Huntington City

Peter Van Den Berg

Red Beach

Greg Page

San Clemente City

1982

Rob Ferguson

United North Piha

Grant Fletcher

Solana

Greg Hall

Mairangi Bay

1980/81

Michael Guest

Laguna Beach

1981

Sharon Flavell

Mangawhai Heads

Matt McCormick

Newport Beach

Shaun Thornton

Muriwai

1979/80

Greg Crow

Huntington City

1980

Geoff Ward

Muriwai

Rob Paterson

Laguna Beach

Rod Bremner

Piha

1978/79

Larry Robertson

Huntington City

1979

Graham Cleary

Muriwai

Roger Gaymond

San Diego City

Ted Marshall

Sunset Beach

Jeff Mink

San Diego City

Finlay Herbert

Muriwai

1977/78

Mark Klosterman

Laguna Beach

1978

Michael Scott

Mangawhai Heads

Tom Redwitz

Laguna Beach

Malcolm Beattie

Sunset Beach

Larry Moore

San Clemente City

1977

John Dormer

Muriwai

1976/77

Mike Quinlan

Huntington City

Stephen Pye

Karekare

Mike Huwe

Manhattan

1976

Robert Johnson

Sunset Beach

Jeff Giordino

San Diego City

David Dinnen

Mangawhai Heads

1975/76

Tony Giedt

San Diego City

Bruce Dalgleish

Red Beach

Tom McHale

San Diego City

1975

1974/75

1973/74

1974

1972/73

1971/72

Doug D’Arnall

Huntington City

1973

Bill Richardson

Huntington City

1970/71

1972

1969/70

Max Bowman

Huntington City

Logan Lockabey

Newport Beach

1971

Rob Leary

Muriwai

Phil Stubbs

San Clemente City

Steve Allen

Muriwai

1970

1969

John Thomas

Muriwai

Notes:

1974/75

Bill Richardson

Lifeguard training school at Muriwai

Bill Owen

Lifeguard training school at Muriwai

1975/76

Vince Moorehouse

Leadership course Auckland

Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Leadership College (NLC) is an annual leadership and development program recognizing young leaders in Surf Life Saving aged between 20 and 30 years. Participants come from a variety of clubs, roles and SLS backgrounds.

 

The Surf Life Saving Australia National Leadership College is a pillar of the Buddy Lucas Leadership Program, generously funded by Denis Black.

 

The NLC provides an exciting opportunity for young people within the movement to further develop their leadership skills and continue to positively contribute to the success of SLS. As well as learning new skills and creating opportunities for personal growth, the College will open up new networks with other likeminded passionate members across Australia, who also are committed to making a difference within the movement. The NLC is designed to challenge participants intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. The skills gained are designed to be taken back to clubs and into other areas of the participant’s daily environment.

Each day includes keynote speakers, elective sessions, activities and challenges relating to the leadership theme of the day. Each participant will be encouraged to access a mentor and have ongoing opportunities for review and further development.

Participants also benefit from exposure to the international movement. Networking with members from clubs internationally is a highlight for participants as they share ideas and create new friendships and networks. Participants have the opportunity to see the big picture for SLS as they gain exposure to national goals and aspirations. Through the sharing of ideas, resources and future directions, NLC provides an opportunity to create an effective national movement.

 

Who can apply?

Participants must meet the following requirements:

–          Ba a minimum of 20 years of age and a maximum of 30 years of age on 1 February 2023

–          Be a refreshed and current member of a SLSNR club

–          Demonstrate previous leadership training/experience, preferably from within the SLS environment

–          Demonstrate the potential as a future leader within SLS, with a desire to influence the movements future direction

 

Participation allocation

The NLC has a maximum of 26 participants from across Australia and SLSNR has been allocated one place. Therefore, there will be a rigorous screening process from applications, with one position available for a Northern Region representative, who will be our ‘Buddy Lucas Scholar’.

 

What will participants get out of it?

–          Exposure to SLS at an International level

–          Hear from SLSA leaders

–          Opportunities to network with other like-minded members from around Australia

–          Growth in self-confidence and the self-power to make things happen

–          Enabling participants to gain a perception of your own personal leadership qualities and competencies

–          Share opinions and workshop current issues

–          Be inspired by industry professional guest speakers

–          Become part of the Leadership Alumni

 

What type of applicant are we looking for?

–          Courageous and innovative thinkers

–          Enthusiastic with a strong capacity to learn

–          Individuals committed to SLS for the longer term

–          Emerging influencers in your club

–          Team orientated

–          Highly motivated and self-aware

 

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