4th January, 2023 — Good Sports awards

Seacliff SLSC is riding the wave of success

Congrats to Adelaide’s Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club, South Australia’s first Good Sports Gold Medal accredited surf lifesaving club.

It’s no surprise that Seacliff has reached the highest level of accreditation. The club is committed always being its best.

“What we can do better is what guides us,” said Jacinta Day, the club’s President.

Jacinta believes that the club has benefited enormously from joining Good Sports and urged other surf clubs to come on board. 

“The Good Sports program has given us the resources to be a more family-friendly, inclusive club including the responsible serving of alcohol, safe transport and supporting our junior volunteers.

“If we promote awareness of all the things that Good Sports does, we are doing the right thing by our members,“ explained Jacinta. “We use the program to make sure we are on track and to identify what we can do better.”

Supporting young members

Seacliff has nearly 900 members, including many under the age of 18, who patrol, train and compete for the club. The club provides many social activities for members.

Jacinta explains that it’s important to provide young people with information about alcohol and other drugs so that they are empowered to make healthy decisions.

“There are many pressures on kids and families. Kids want to try alcohol and smoking but they need to know both sides of the story. They will take risks and we want to support them. Good Sports helps us do that.

“We take time to talk to our young people about drugs and the importance of being aware of what’s going on with others in the club.”

Good Sports resources save time at Seacliff 

Coming out of lockdowns, Jacinta said that the club found the Good Sports resources on how to retain volunteers most useful.

Jacinta says that Good Sports makes it easier for the club’s management committee. 

“It means we don’t have to spend time recreating resources, policies or procedures and talk about this at meetings.”

Seacliff is well known for its exemplary service to the community, its welcoming environment and its commitment to inclusiveness.

“We have a disability access mat that rolls out onto the beach and this has helped develop a culture  that encourages everyone to join in and access the club.

“Our Silver Salties initiative supports lifelong physical activity for the over 65s and has grown to more than 50 members who look out for each other,” says Jacinta.

The club also holds fundraising events like Drag Bingo, involving LGBT locals and club members in a night of fun for the whole family.

All up, Jacinta says that Good Sports membership adds value to the club’s community and reflects positively with sponsors and local government representatives. It truly contributes to the  club’s mission of saving lives, creating great Australians and building better communities.

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