20 June 2019
She's doing some amazing things out there in the world and now Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service member Adriana Bird has been selected as part of the BP Leaders for Life programme.
The programme aims to develop current and future surf lifeguards to strengthen the surf lifesaving movement and encourage innovation and collaboration.
Participants go through a careful selection process which resulted in 15 men and women, aged from 20 to 35 years old, with enthusiasm for rolling up their sleeves to make a difference.
Throughout the year they will undertake projects and meet at weekend workshops to hear from top leadership speakers. They will learn about good communication, leadership skills, their own strengths and weaknesses, the organisation and its strengths and challenges, how things work at different clubs, and how to make positive change or develop a new project within the organisation.
Programme coordinator Gavin Mason says BP Leaders for Life has been producing exciting results.
One of the projects from the 2018/19 BP Leaders for Life class - which featured another MMLS member Julia Conway - developed into the successful Wahine on Water series of training workshops to encourage more women to train as IRB rescue drivers and crew.
“It’s great to see what comes out of these groups of leaders," Mason explained. "They make a real difference in their clubs and across the wider organisation."
Adriana and the other three Eastern Region participants (Anneliese Simpson from Tairua, Gabe Puckey-Brockelsby from Omanu and Whangamata's
Dominic Sutton) have also been granted Zespri scholarships so they can attend for free.
The 2019/20 BP Leaders For Life group will start their programme on July 6, at their first workshop, in the Bay of Plenty.