Goolwa businesswoman Leanne Reynolds receives International Life Saving Citation of Merit

VOLUNTEER: Leanne Reynolds with her International Surf Life Saving Citation of Merit.

VOLUNTEER: Leanne Reynolds with her International Surf Life Saving Citation of Merit.

Goolwa businesswoman Leanne Reynolds was recently honoured to receive an International Life Saving Citation of Merit.

Leanne, the part-owner of Goolwa Foodland and Victor Harbor's Veg Out, received the citation for her volunteer efforts for the 2018 International Life Saving World Championships held at Glenelg late last year.

Leanne said she was "truly humbled, honoured and surprised" to receive the award at the Gala Dinner at the Morphettville Racecourse Function Centre.

Only a select few of the volunteers and officials involved in the event received the citation of merit.

Leanne took two weeks' annual leave to volunteer for the championships which attracted more than 5000 athletes and officials from 44 different nations.

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to become involved in such an event," she said.

"Our family has been involved in surf life saving for 40 plus years and I also saw it as an opportunity to showcase Surf Life Saving SA."

And unlike many other volunteer roles, Leanne had to submit an application for this one and go through an interview process with event managers before being offered the role of Champs Hub supervisor.

"The Champs Hub was an enormous marquee located on the foreshore of Glenelg Beach, open to the public, spectators, athletes and officials for the duration of the LWC2018," she explains.

"I was required to be on site 9am each day, until the finish at 8pm to 9pm.

"Long, tiring days, but extremely rewarding meeting athletes and officials from many different nations. I loved every minute of it."

Her role included overseeing the operation and trouble-shooting of the Champs Hub, to confirm and co-ordinate the volunteers scheduled to work in the Champs Hub, cash register and EFTPOS induction and training for volunteers for food vans and BBQ, food handling and safety training induction for volunteers, emergency evacuation warden, which unfortunately due to the horrible weather was put into place on one occasion and food preparation for the officials and volunteers at the end of the day from 4pm to 9pm, called 'Sundowner', with attendance between 60 to 350 people depending on the program for the day.

These world championships are held biennially around the world with the next in Italy in 2020.

The Adelaide event was the first time in the event's history that they had returned to a city for the second time.

"I would easily take on this role again.

"I have met some wonderful people from around the world all volunteering for the one cause," Leanne added.

Carolyn Jeffrey is the founder of the Women in Business Regional Network of which Leanne is a member.

Women in Business Regional Network links women from all over South Australia with a number of lunches, seminars and forums held with key note speakers in attendance.

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