Congratulations Natalie Hood – SLSA Life Membership


It is with great pleasure that I share with you the news that our very own Nat Hood was last weekend awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving Australia.

Life membership is an honour awarded to surf lifesaving members who go above and beyond in their duties and responsibilities in the movement.

Nat has been a prominent contributor within our own Club for over three decades, however it is her work elsewhere – which many within the Club may be unaware of – which has been a major contributor to her being awarded this honour.

Here is what SLSA President Graeme Ford had to say about ‘our Nat’:
“Natalie’s long-standing history with SLS is recognised as being both conspicuous and sustained. Her talents have extended through several areas of the movement including sport, (as an accomplished competitor), the Australian Resuscitation Council, SLSA Medical Officer and International Lifesaving (ILS) representative. Natalie’s service at a state, national and international level spans 26 years. Natalie’s incredible contribution has been outstanding, and she has been recognised as a stellar representative of women in SLS.”

Nat is the first member of the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club to become a Life Member of SLSA. Despite her commitments to SLSA, and the various medical related committees upon which she sits, Nat is the first to roll the sleeves up to help out at Portsea. We are lucky to have her, and look forward to celebrating this honour with her later in the year.

We also congratulate Nancy Joseph from Fairhaven SLSC who has also been awarded Life Membership.

A longer article on Nat and her accomplishments will feature in the preseason Boomer in November.

Matt Mahon