Surf Life Saving Australia has been highly recognised in the 2016 Australia Day honours list.
SLSA President Graham Ford, Deputy President Ralph Devlin and Board Director Tony Haven were all made a Member of the Order of Australia for their services to surf lifesaving.
Mr Ford has served as the President of SLSA since 2010 and has been a member of the Bronte SLSC for more than 30 years. Such is his dedication to surf lifesaving, he spent today on patrol with his local club.
“This is very humbling, but a great honour. I get a lot out of giving back to the community through surf lifesaving so this really means a lot,” Mr Ford said.
“I am very lucky to have great support from my family so an award like this really is as much for them. Surf Lifesaving is a huge part of our lives. It really is a family commitment.”
Mr Ford is also the President of the International Life Saving Federation. He was recognised for his significant service to surf lifesaving and the community through a range of leadership roles at the national and international level.
Ralph Devlin was recognised for his significant service to surf lifesaving, particularly as an administrator, and to the law. He is a Queens Counsel, an SLSA Life Member and has been President of Surf Life Saving Queensland since 2011.
Tony Haven was recognised for his significant service to surf lifesaving, particularly in New South Wales, through a range of roles, and to the community.
Mr Haven is the President of SLSNSW and has been involved with Surf Life Saving since 1965.
George Hill from Queensland was awarded the prestigious Emergency Services Medal.
Below is a listing of the Honours recipients for “service to surf lifesaving” from the Australia Day Awards:
Mr Ralph Devlin QC, Maroochydore SLSC, SLSQ – AM
Mr George Hill, Point Lookout SLSC, SLSQ – ESM
Mr Andrew Gibson, Point Leo SLSC, LSV – OAM
New South Wales
Mr Graham Ford, Bronte SLSC, SLSNSW – AM
Mr Tony Haven, South Narrabeen SLSC, SLSNSW – AM
Mr Eddy Bergsma, Fingal Beach SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM
Mr Allan Cameron BEM, North Cronulla SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM
Mr Ian Goode, Cronulla SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM
Mr Andrew Johnson, Tathra SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM (for service to the community of Tathra, not specifically surf life saving)
Mr Philip Mosgrove, Mereweather SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM (for service to the community of Newcastle, not specifically surf life saving)
Mr Geoffrey Lyons, Launceston SLSC, SLST – OAM