Meet Stella Crick: surfer, photographer, nature lover from NSW south coast

Stella Crick

To celebrate International Women’s Month this March, we have turned our logo purple to show our support for effective action for advancing and recognising women.

This year’s theme is #PledgeForParity.

We want everyone – men and women – to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

We are also recognising the achievements of some amazing women that have inspired us by sharing some of their valuable advice and how they are doing their part to empower women.

Stella Crick

Where are you from?

I am of Worimi descent but have grown up and continue to live in beautiful Dharawal Country.

What do you do?

All my life I have been drawn between two dreams of caring for Country and culture as well as letting my creative energy run free. As a result of these two dreams I have two very different but fulfilling jobs! My weekday job is working in the National Parks and Wildlife Service as a Field Officer. And my weekend job is freelance photography, where I specialise in capturing surf fashion and lifestyle both in and out of the water. Over the years I have worked really hard and expanded my portfolio to working with leading swimwear and surfwear brands from across the globe, this is something I am so proud of. Aside from work, in my free time I love to surf.

What is one of the best decisions you have made?

I cannot pin point just one decision but something I guess would be overcoming my anxiety about meeting new people and getting out of my comfort zone. For example I am a really shy person, but because of social media networking I have been able to travel overseas to so many amazing places and actually meet with people from other countries who are now some of my closest friends. It is great to know that I have friends all over the world that I can rely on.

What is one of the worst decisions you have made?

I try not to focus on dwelling about the past; we can’t change what has already happened so I don’t see the point in exerting bad energy thinking about those types of things.

What are some of the barriers to female leadership?

In my own personal experience I have faced bullying and harassment because I am a female within my Field Officer job. It is a heavily male dominated work environment; in fact I am the only female in my area. Most of the guys treat me with absolute respect, however some still uphold old school attitudes about women in the workforce. At times it can be hard, and for a while it was really getting me down, but at the end of the day you have to be resilient and know that what people are saying is not true. Women are strong, and I believe Indigenous women are even stronger!

What women have inspired you?

Wiradjuri woman and tennis champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley is my biggest inspiration. Growing up I played a lot of competitive tennis and even made it to the international tour. I was lucky enough to have her support me as a mentor. I look up to her grace and modesty, and also because she started with nothing and followed her dreams until they became reality.

What advice would you give to empower the next generation of women?

Get out there and make it happen, be the change you wish to see. Because if you don’t do it, who will?

What would you say to men about equality?

I can do anything I set my mind to, and more!

What exciting project do you have coming up?

I can’t say much yet, but there is a Californian surfboard company that I am going to be doing a collaboration with shortly, which is really exciting!

Do you have a website or any social media platforms you would like us to include?

My photography website with my portfolio is www.stellacrick.com, and my instagram account which I regularly keep updated is @stellacrick.