New Life Members

Graham Ford AM


Graham has served the Surf Life Saving movement as a volunteer continuously
for over 30 years.

His services started in the 1980’s as a Nipper parent at the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club, undertaking water safety
on Sunday mornings, and at local, branch and state Nipper Carnivals.

Graham then commenced patrols and held various Club positions as Patrol Captain, Junior Co ordinator, Trainer, Assessor and Club Captain.

In 2000 Graham was elected President of Bronte SLSC a position he held for 11 years.

Graham was awarded Life Membership of Bronte SLSC in 2007.

Graham was elected the President of Surf Life Saving Australia in 2010.

Graham was elected the President of the International Life Saving Federation in 2012 and was re elected in 2016.

In 2016 Graham was made a Member of the Order of Australia AM for his services and leadership to Surf Life Saving.

Graham was awarded SLSA Life Membership in the 2016/2017 season for his distinguished and conspicuous service.

Richard (Dick) Bignold


Dick has been an active member for Cronulla SLSC for 58 years, contributing to the club and to higher levels of SLSA as a volunteer with distinguished and conspicuous service.

Over the years, Dick served his club as a lifesaver, competitor, coach, instructor, official and senior administrator was recognised in 2006 when he was rewarded Life Membership with Cronulla SLSC.

Dick is also a 50-year member of Sydney Branch distinguishing himself as a Lifesaving Examiner, Jet Rescue Boat Operator, Competition Official and senior administrator.

His long-standing commitment to surf sports provided him the opportunity to become SLSA’s Chair of Sport for two years.

Peter Connell


Peter has been with North Burleigh Surf Club for the last 30 years, and was with the Palm Beach and Bundaberg Clubs for the previous 20.

Peter competed in March Past and in 1987 commenced officiating, eventually becoming a Level 3 Official. He continues to attend carnivals presenting his club at branch, state, national and international events.

Peter has been the Club Official of the Year on two occasions, the last being in 2014, and in 2002, Peter was rewarded with Life Membership of the North Burleigh SLSC.

Peter’s involvement in surf extends across a range of different roles; Education Advisory Member, Queensland Appeals Committee and national official. For Peter’s significant contribution to lifesaving both in Australia and the world he was rewarded with an International Life Saving Citation of Merit.

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