North Cottesloe SLSC hosting Women in Surf event

1960 female State Rescue Resuscitation champions Back: Jacky Kenny, Libby Driscoll, Sharon Smith, Judy Peacock. Front: Mary Antony, Joy Kernaghan
1960 female State Rescue Resuscitation champions Back: Jacky Kenny, Libby Driscoll, Sharon Smith, Judy Peacock. Front: Mary Antony, Joy Kernaghan

NORTH Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (NCSLSC) is hosting a Women in Surf event next weekend as part of its centenary celebrations.

Guest speakers will include Olympic gold medallist and NCSLSC member Lyn McKenzie (nee McClements), former Australian Women’s Rugby Union player Debby Carley (nee Hodgkinson) and Fremantle Dockers inaugural AFLW coach Michelle Cowan.

While women were not allowed to join weekend surf patrols until 1980, they now make up about 40 per cent of the third oldest WA club’s membership.

1965 female State Rescue and Resuscitation champions (L-R) Judy Peacock, Barbara Gilbert, Libby Driscoll, Sandra Gilbert, Patti Nicholas, Karen Hungerford

President Ian Clarke said women had played a vital role in the club’s history.

“When North Cottesloe was established in 1918, of the 35 founding members 18 were females,” Mr Clarke said.

“North Cottesloe was very forward in promoting women in the club in the early years, engaging with them and encouraging them to compete in all aspects of surf life saving, even though they weren’t recognised by Surf Life Saving Australia.”

Pat Kidner (91) is one of NCSLSC’s oldest female members and will be attending the Women in Surf event.

WHAT: Women in Surf

WHEN: Saturday, February 9 from 2pm

WHERE: North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club

TICKETS: $60 from https://www.trybooking.com/453379