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Changing face of Bondi's lifeguards

MS MECCA LAALAA HADID, Australia’s first female Muslim lifeguard (above), wearing a specially designed burkini uniform.
MS MECCA LAALAA HADID, Australia’s first female Muslim lifeguard (above), wearing a specially designed burkini uniform.
The children’s doctor is a volunteer patrol supervisor (left, in yellow top) for the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.
The children’s doctor is a volunteer patrol supervisor (left, in yellow top) for the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club. PHOTOS: JONATHAN PEARLMAN
Ms Pastiras, an architect, is happiest when she does her lifesaving work.
Ms Pastiras, an architect, is happiest when she does her lifesaving work.
Dr Hotton (above) says being a member of his local club at Bondi makes him feel a part of the community.
Dr Hotton (above) says being a member of his local club at Bondi makes him feel a part of the community.

No longer just white males, members include women, Muslims, asylum seekers

During the week, 27-year-old Ms Katerina Pastiras works long days in Sydney as an architect at a busy city firm.

On weekends, she heads to Sydney’s Bondi beach to fulfil her duties in her second vocation – as a volunteer lifesaver.

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