RACHEL Darby’s interest in helping other people stems from her teenage days as a surf life saver with Manly LSC and Queenscliff SLSC.
The 26-year-old, who is an important player in Seaforth’s MWFA Premier League ladies squad, prides herself on having a compassionate nature.
“After getting the necessary qualifications a few years ago, I started working as a paramedic at music festivals and in nightclubs,” she said.
“As you can imagine, I have seen some heavy things, including dead bodies.
“If you can’t stand the sight of blood, it isn’t the job for you.”
Come August this year, Darby will be working full-time in emergency at Mona Vale Hospital as a nurse.
She also intends on keeping up her paramedic work around her shifts.
“It will be tough to juggle it all, but I like a few things on my plate,” she added.
“I am the type of person who likes to keep busy, it is one the main reasons why I am still playing (football) with Seaforth.
“This year has been good fun so far, I started with Seaforth when I was growing up in Balgowlah, so I am happy there.
“Hopefully we can keep improving.”
The Narrabeen resident has also been impressed with the coaching ideas of Mitchell Paterson.
“He knows his stuff, and while he does get angry at times, he is good for the squad,” she said.
“Top four is the aim, I think we have the squad to do it.”