“It is fantastic to see these wonderful ambassadors for surf lifesaving recognised nationally for their outstanding service to the movement and community,” said Surf Life Saving Australia President, John Baker ESM.
“We are very fortunate to have such quality selfless people who volunteer their time over a significant period of time to serve and help others keep our coastlines safe for all Australians and visitors to enjoy.
“On behalf of the wider movement, I say congratulations and thank you for your outstanding service,” added Baker.
There were a range of other surf lifesaving club members or former members who were also recognised for their service to the community today including: Alan Rydge AM (Coogee NSW), Jennifer Jones (Manly, NSW), Margaret Taylor (Tathra, NSW), Stephen Carre (Cottesloe WA), Dr Natalie Anne Hood (Camberwell, VIC), John Takac (Little River, VIC), Chris Brian (Esperance-Goldfields, WA), Kenneth (John) Summers (Fremantle, WA).
Volunteer surf lifesavers give up more than 1.4 million hours to patrol Australian beaches each year, but more than that, they contribute to local communities across the country through patrolling, training and educating our young people, community awareness, fundraising and so much more.