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Masters Hall of Fame Member Neville de Mestre, who passed away on 24 May, 2022.

Neville’s involvement in surf lifesaving began in 1950 when he joined and competed for Wollongong SLSC.

Obtaining his Bronze Medallion in 1954, Neville then went on to join North Burleigh SLSC when just two years later he won his first Australian and State titles.

Neville’s surf sport career then took off, with Neville achieving an incredible ten world titles and more than 38 Australian and 60 Queensland titles.

Throughout his journey in surf lifesaving, Neville was also a valued member of Cottesloe SLSC and Port Kembla SLSC.

Outside of competition, Neville co-developed the Surf Hazard Rating (SHR) model alongside fellow Bond University researcher Gary McCoy.

The SHR model was introduced to help reduce serious head-related injuries and mandates when surf boat competitors must wear a helmet.

Neville and Gary collected data from 47 surf boat carnivals to develop the SHR, which was implemented by SLSA as regulation safety procedure in 2014.

In recognition of his contributions to surf sports on a State, National and International level, Neville was inducted into the SLSA Masters Hall of Fame at the 2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

Neville will be missed in the Surf Life Saving community, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and to the North Burleigh community.

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