AOE 2020 – SLSC Hall of Fame Inductees
The Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame permanently displays, commemorates and recognises members and teams who have achieved outstanding accomplishments and exceptional contributions to the development of surf lifesaving in Australia. The Hall of Fame awards were first introduced in 2004 and have over 100 inductees across Lifesaving, Sport and Administration in Surf Life Saving.
Congratulation to the following three new inductees into the SLSA Hall of Fame.
Darren Mercer OAM, Noosa Heads SLSC, QLD – Sport
Darren has had a long and illustrious career in Surf Life Saving over many years as an exemplary athlete and more recently a successful coach of a number of Australian champions. Darren started his competition career in NSW at Thirroul SLSC, gaining Thirroul’s first ever Australian gold medal in the U18 ironman. Darren was selected to represent Australia on five different occasions and during the late 1980’s Darren dominated the Kellogg’s Nutri Grain series for a period of eight years. Darren moved to Queensland to join Maroochydore SLSC, then Mooloolaba SLSC and finally to Noosa Heads SLSC to take up the position of Head Coach, a position that he still holds today. He has achieved success with athletes on both Australian and International stages, including the Coolangatta Gold and the Nutri-Grain Iron Series.
Elly Miller, Elouera SLSC, NSW – Sport
Over a period of nine years between 2006 and 2015 Elly won a total of 13 Australian Championship Gold Medals in beach events, including 10 individual Gold Medals, plus 6 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. In 2008 Elly was named the Most Outstanding Female Competitor of the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. Elly’s record at both a State and Australian level is one to be envied. What is not obvious with her record is the difficulty of maintaining a consistent level of success as both a Beach Sprinter and also a Beach Flag competitor, a feat that has not been matched by many others. Elly has had an outstanding career at the highest level of SLSA sport competition and is well-regarded by her peers for her professionalism and willingness to help others.
Graham Ford AM, Bronte SLSC, NSW – Administration
Graham started his distinguished career in surf lifesaving as a Nipper parent at Bronte in 1985. Gaining his bronze medallion in 1992 he maintained a 100% patrol record at Bronte for over 28 years. Graham was recognised at Branch level as both Volunteer of the Year and Member of the Year. He was further recognised at State level as Volunteer of the year in 2006. Graham has numerous state and branch awards as well as over 120 national awards including SLSA Life Membership in 2017. Throughout the period 2016-2019 Graham lobbied and met on numerous occasions with senior Federal Government Ministers including the Prime Minister, Treasurer and the Attorney General to secure a commitment to multi-year funding of Water Safety in Australia. In 2014 Graham initiated the establishment of a “Corpus Fund” for Surf Life Saving Australia to raise $20 million by 2020 to ensure the future sustainability of the Movement.