Our 2019 Youth Lifesaver of the Year, Shannon O’Brien grew up a Mandurah girl, spending her youth at Halls Head Beach, before joining Port Bouvard SLSC as a Nipper in 2010.
Now at just 21 years of age, Shannon has proved herself a role model for all young people, stepping up as a leader at her club taking on training roles as well as holding a position on the club’s executive committee as Club Treasurer.
We asked Shannon about her time in surf lifesaving and what she loves most about her club, read her answers below:
What is the most rewarding part of being a lifesaver? Having the skills to help someone if the situation arises and potentially saving their life.
What does surf lifesaving mean to you and how has it shaped who you are today? For me, surf lifesaving represents a wonderful community dedicated to saving lives and equipping people with the knowledge to be safe on our beaches. My club is also like my second family.
Have you ever had to perform a rescue? Yes, I’ve performed a couple of rescues over the years.
When performing a rescue, the feeling of adrenaline and putting your training into action takes over, it’s an incredible feeling being able to get someone out of a bad situation and possibly save their life. I feel really proud to be a lifesaver and able to help people.
What is the most memorable moment you’ve had during your time with surf lifesaving? I will always remember the courses Surf Life Saving has offered me, and the memories made during these courses working as a team with everyone. I have had lots of fun training and completing courses such as my Bronze Medallion; Silver Beach management; IRB Crew & Driver; and my Jet Ski licence.
What is the best thing about your club? The best thing about Port Bouvard is the sense of family and support, both on and off the beach. Port Bouvard is filled with hard-working; positive people who love patrolling and getting involved with everything surf lifesaving.
Now for the serious stuff:
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Does Pineapple belong on pizza? Absolutely
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Avocado
If you could time travel, when would you go? 2200
What is your spirit animal and why? Penguin – small, fun and loves swimming.
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