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"The Young Leaders program helped me to develop my social skills, learn how to effectively work within a team and face challenges."

Kyle - Young Leader
Kyle - Young Leader Kyle, 19, joined the Y NSW as a lifeguard.

At just 19 years old, Kyle from Broken Hill has already embarked on a remarkable journey of personal and professional growth, thanks in part to his involvement with the Young Leaders program at the Y NSW.

From a shy kid to a confident young adult, Kyle's story is a testament to the transformative power of community support and seizing opportunities.

“Growing up in Broken Hill, I was a nervous and shy kid, but the Young Leaders program helped me to develop my social skills, learn how to effectively work within a team and face challenges with a calm and collected mind,” he added.

Through his involvement with the Young Leaders program, Kyle was led to discover his passion for lifeguarding.

He joined the team at the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre, where he has worked diligently for the past two years. Kyle has embraced every aspect of his role, finding fulfillment in ensuring the safety of others and fostering a sense of community within the aquatic centre.

“I love every aspect of being a lifeguard but also supporting such a good community organisation and centre that allows for so many locals and families to enjoy the water,” continued Kyle.

Despite his success as a lifeguard, Kyle's ambitions stretched beyond the pool. With a natural aptitude for maths and a desire to pursue engineering, Kyle knew that he needed to take the opportunity when it presented itself.

“When the chance to undertake an apprenticeship with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as a Mechanical Engineer came up, I didn't hesitate to take the leap and apply. I start in two weeks and am so excited with the opportunity to learn more new skills and travel to other parts of NSW as part of the training,” he added.

Kyle's apprenticeship with the Royal Flying Doctor Service marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in his life. Over the next four years, he will undergo on-the-job training supported by TAFE. For Kyle, this apprenticeship is not just a career opportunity but a chance to contribute to an organisation that plays a vital role in the Broken Hill community.

Despite the new role, Kyle remains committed to his roots as a lifeguard. He plans to continue working at the aquatic centre every second weekend, demonstrating his dedication to the community and to the Centre.

“The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a huge part of the Broken Hill community so this is an amazing opportunity. I will do my best to remember where I came from and support BRAC as much as I can,” explained Kyle.

When asked what words of wisdom he would give his younger self or other young people who may feel anxious about the future, Kyle emphasises the importance of seizing opportunities.

“You’ve got to jump on the opportunities no matter how nervous you are, you will learn lifelong skills along the way and be a better person for taking the plunge,” he said.

As Kyle continues to pursue his dreams and make a positive impact on his community, he is grateful for the unwavering support and guidance he has received from the Y NSW.

“The Y is such a good community organisation and has helped me in every way you could think of."

“Our local aquatic centre can always do with extra people to help, so if you have been thinking about doing a program or getting involved in your local centre, do it – you will never regret it!”

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