Ambassadors


Bruce Hopkins

“Little Heroes Swim Academy leads the way with inclusive swimming programs between the flags”

Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins
Head Lifeguard for Waverley Council

Bruce Hopkins has been a mainstay of Eastern Suburbs beaches for the past 30 years. After being made Head Lifeguard for Waverley Council back in 2000, Hoppo was awarded Australian Lifeguard of the Year in 2006. With the success of Channel 10’s “Bondi Rescue”, he is also now a familiar face to millions around the globe.

Global recognition aside, at the heart of what Bruce does is a passion for the ocean and helping those in need. Bruce’s support has been instrumental in Surfsquad’s presence down on Bondi Beach since 2006 and now through his role with Little Heroes, advocates the need for inclusive ocean water education programs. Bruce recognises the importance of a base set of skills for those wanting to enter the ocean, both independently or assisted and just as crucially, the right people to deliver the programs and teach these skills.

Little Heroes is grateful for the support and flexibility granted to us to run programs such as Surfsquad, Impact Zone Training and Arms Reach at the Beach.


Elka Whalan
Elka Whalan
Dual-Olympian, Media Personality and Force of Nature

With her vibrant personality & positive attitude Elka Whalan (nee Graham) has enjoyed a successful media career after representing Australia as a dual Olympian in the pool and multiple medalist.

An engaging MC and motivational speaker, Elka talks to companies, clubs, schools and teams with her “Be a first rate you not a second rate someone else” inspiring speeches. With 3 young children, Elka is now seen on mother forums, writing for popular parent websites & encouraging women to embrace all aspects of motherhood.

We are so honoured to have Elka as an Ambassador. Her connection to the water and belief in what our program delivers to our students will only strengthen our resolve in the fight for drowning prevention.