When it came to acknowledging an inspiring young member in the Surf Life Saving community, Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) joint junior chairperson Mandi Miller said it was hard to look past Talia Vivar. Talia, aged 13, has been a Nipper at Christies Beach SLSC for nine years and has already made a big impression on her fellow surf lifesaving club members.
So much so that Talia was awarded Nipper of the Year (Female) at the 2018 Surf Life Saving South Australia Awards of Excellence. Mandi said Talia’s sense of pride and community, coupled with an interest in the welfare and support of her peers, had elevated her to a position of leadership.
She added that Talia showed incredible strength and resilience after fracturing her elbow during the 2016/2017 patrol season, resulting in several operations. “Far from disengaging and turning inwardly to deal with significant hardship at such a young age, Talia demonstrated character and composure beyond her years and found ways to continue into season 2017/2018,” Mandi explained.
“Talia’s determination and commitment are a credit to her and despite being limited by her injury at times, she continued to participate and support her teammates in all Nipper activities.” Talia said receiving the Nipper of the Year award made her feel like her hard work had paid off.
Talia plans to gain her Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) and move into senior surf lifesaving next year. “I can’t wait to be on beach patrol and help the younger children,” she said.