Sharon Swan is the 1st female Crewmember of the Year at the Hayling RNLI Station
By popular acclaim Sharon Swan became Crewmember of the Year (2018) at the recent crew dinner where she was given a standing ovation.
Every year one of the crew becomes Crewmember of the Year at the Hayling Lifeboat Station, and this year for the first time it went to a lady, Sharon Swan. There are now eight ladies in a crew total of 38, 4 as boat crew and 4 as shore crew.
Sharon has lived on Hayling all her life. As a child she used to hear the lifeboat maroon go off and would dash down with friends to see the boats launch but she had no marine experience apart from working for ferry companies in their offices!
Six years ago, having had a number of traumatic events in her life, she was encouraged to apply to join the crew by Andy Ferguson, Senior Helm. She was attracted by the camaraderie of the people and still loves the family spirit in the crew.
She said ‘I have grown in confidence and learnt many new skills. Shouts where we have rescued young children are highlights for me and I am grateful to the crew and to my immediate family for all their support.’
Andy Ferguson, presenting the award said, ‘Sharon is a person who always goes the extra mile and is a totally reliable skilled crew member. She thoroughly deserves the recognition as she is a vital member of the team whose commitment is outstanding.’