Surf Life Saving Australia honours dedicated surf lifesavers with Life Membership
Surf Life Saving Australia tonight inducted eight dedicated volunteers Life Members of SLSA, at the National Awards of Excellence on the Gold Coast.
Life membership is awarded to those who have selflessly committed and dedicated themselves to the Surf Life Saving movement throughout their lifetime in many different and varying aspects.
Congratulations to the following SLSA Life Members:
Robert (BOB) Creek, Darwin SLSC, NT
Robert “Bob” Creek” has made an indelible mark on the Surf Life Saving community over his 28 years of service including club contributions in patrolling, surf sports and management roles. It has seen him in leadership roles as the SLSNT President and SLSA Board Member for many years. He also assisted in the development of the national IT system. Bob remains heavily involved in his beloved club and still sits on their Board as Director of Finance and whilst his sporting days are slowing up, he swept the Darwin Ladies boat crew to a Bronze Medal in the 2018 George Bass Endurance Surfboat race. He has played a pivotal role in growing the status of SLSNT, including introduction of the Offshore Rescue Boat in 2003, partnership with the Water Police, introduction of the NT Academy and Lifeguard Service and securing the Wave Lagoon and kiosk government contracts. Bob’s relationships with the Yolngu and Yirrkala communities resulted in Australia’s first indigenous Lifesaving Club at Shady beach and the re-establishment of Gove Peninsula Surf Club on joint tribal land. Bob’s distinguished Surf Life Saving contributions have earned him Life Membership of the Darwin SLSC, Surf Life Saving NT and in 2014 he was the inaugural recipient of the NT Administrators’ Medal for Services to Lifesaving in the NT.
Dr Natalie Hood, Portsea SLSC, VIC
During her 26 years of service to Portsea SLSC, Dr Natalie Hood proved to be an outstanding women’s role model in Surf Life Saving. She became Portsea SLSC’s first Female Senior Lifeguard in 1985, the first Victorian female Chief Lifeguard in 1988, and became a passionate advocate for including women’s events in national championships. Natalie was a fierce surf sports competitor at local, state, national and international carnivals including being selected to represent Australia in the K4 Kayak team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She was named the first female National Surf Lifesaver of the Year. Significant SLSA positions held by Natalie over the last 15 years include National Honorary Medical Officer; member of the Australian Resuscitation Council; Medical Advisor and Australian representative on the International Life Saving Federation Medical Committee.
Nancy Joseph, Fairhaven SLSC, VIC
Joining Fairhaven SLSC in 1990, Nancy progressed from Bronze Medallion, Chief Instructor, Patrol and Club Captain to Committee positions, with effort being directed to lifesaving, women’s boat rowing, training and assessing, junior and Nipper development, all covering a noted treacherous stretch of beach. Her influence spread across such areas as Youth Development, Training and Assessment for LSV, Female Leadership, Diversity Development, and Parental Involvement in Bronze Medallion participation. Her distinguished and unique involvement in club, state and national engagement and development was recognised when she was awarded LSV Life Membership in 2017 and appointed as SLSA Chair of the Development Advisory Committee in 2018. Nancy is an example of how quietly powerful leaders influence organisations and make an indelible mark on their success.
Suzanne Storrie (nee Young), Cronulla SLSC, Clovelly SLSC, North Bondi SLSC, NSW
Throughout her 27 years of service, Suzanne has demonstrated the value of diversity through her significant involvement at all levels of Surf Life Saving including roles as Chief Instructor, Club Captain, champion ski paddler, champion life saver, national board member and governance expert; as well as actively advocated for surf lifesaving to embrace diversity of membership and thought. From her earliest lifesaving days, Suzanne embraced the knowledge of instructing and grew the team at NBSLSC exponentially. She displayed ability to push through barriers existing for women and had huge influence on younger lifesavers. Her dedication to the Nippers’ movement was legendary including lifting the professionalism and engagement of parents. Suzanne has been an inspirational agent of change as evidenced by being the first woman ever to be appointment on the Board of Surf Life Saving Australia in 2011, as well as subsequent national roles.
Paul Johnson Kenny, Hobart-Carlton SLSC, TAS; Normanville SLSC, SA; Cudgen Headland, SLSC, Currumbin Vikings SLSC, QLD
During his 50 years involvement in Surf Life Saving, Paul’s contributions have stretched across all areas of lifesaving, from patrols through to successful surf sport competitor, coach, team manager, event referee, club committee member, trainer and assessor of hundreds of surf lifesavers, and educator of new officials. During his time as a club committee member, he played a key role in the planning and building of a new clubhouse. Paul has made a significant contribution to the improved standards of surf lifesaving competitions over the years having taken a lead role in education, moderation and updates for officials, assessors and instructors. As National Officials’ Advisor, he works to promote excellence in appointments of technical officials for Australian Titles His outstanding contributions have been recognised in awards such as the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and Australian Official of the Year in 2010.
Peter (Cuz) Kirkwood, Maroubra SLSC, Cape Hawke SLSC, NSW
Peter (Cuz) Kirkwood is recognised as a stalwart of the SLSA community across all levels, over 52 years. His selfless voluntary dedication to coaching courses and clinics in Australia and other countries, including being founder and head coach at the NSW North Coast Academy of Sport for 15+ years, is evidence of his wide-ranging influence on the education and encouragement of all competition members of SLSA. Peter served on club committees for 23 years, and was awarded Life Membership at Maroubra SLSC in 1980, and NSW SLS in 2016, coordinating, for example, the education program and billeting of regional youth members visiting Sydney for water safety and surf skills programs for many years. From Nippers’ coaching to participation in Masters’ competition, his influence, e.g. elected/appointed SLSA Coaching Advisor for 11 years, is apparent and a clear indication of the worth and esteem in which Peter is held.
Lenore Grice, Noosa Heads SLSC & Maroochydore SLSC, QLD
Lenore Grice is highly respected at all levels of the movement for her 45 years of tireless voluntary contributions and dedication, particularly to the advancement and promotion of women in Surf Life Saving. She is an accomplished Trainer, Coach and Assessor in the field of first aid and has coached 38 Australian Champions in the first aid competition. As a dual member of both Noosa Heads SLSC and Maroochydore SLSC, Lenore’s contributions have included outstanding leadership and many ‘firsts’ – first female office bearer, first female coach and first coach in Noosa SLSC’s history to win an Australian Championship. Lenore has received Life Membership at both clubs as well as the Sunshine Coast branch. She received the Silver Recognition Certificate in 2005 and was inducted into the Surf Life Saving Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2014.