Surf Lifesavers Recognised as Part of 2021 Australia Day Honours
Eight Australians involved in Surf Life Saving were today recognised as part of the Australia Day honours announced by the Governor General in Canberra.
Surf lifesavers give up more than 1.4 million volunteer hours to patrol Australian beaches each year, but more than that, they contribute to local communities across the country through training and educating our young people, community awareness, fundraising and so much more.
Surf Life Saving Australia President, Graham Ford AM, congratulated those associated with the movement both past and present, who were today honoured for their outstanding service.
“On behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia, I would like to acknowledge and congratulate all those associated with our movement who were today recognised and honoured for their outstanding community service as part of the Australia Day Honours,” said Ford.
“Our organisation is stronger for their involvement and contribution over the years, and we are very fortunate to have people of this quality associated with our movement.
“In particular, congratulations to Heather Thompson AM (SA), Laurence Graham OAM (NSW), Richard Mitchell OAM (VIC) and Rogers Sayers OAM (NSW), who have specifically been honoured for their long-standing service to Surf Life Saving.
“Beyond patrolling the coastline, our volunteers are actively working in the community to help promote the surf safety message to educate the next generation of surf lifesavers, carry out extended patrol services as well as fundraising so they can keep our surf clubs on the frontline.
“Our 314 Surf Life Saving Clubs across the country form a vital role within each local community and it’s the individuals within each club who are the cornerstone of our clubs.
“We are proud that so many of our volunteers were today recognised nationally, outside of our organisation by the Governor General for their outstanding community service,” added Ford.
Surf Life Saving Australia also wishes to acknowledge North Bondi SLSC member, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull who was also honoured today as a Companion (AC) for his eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia, and particularly as Prime Minister. In his time as Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Turnbull delivered multi-year federal funding to Surf Life Saving ensuring that services were financially secure and was vice patron of Surf Life Saving Australia from 2015-2018. Mr Turnbull obtained his Bronze Medallion with North Bondi SLSC, NSW and remains an associate member of the Club today.
Congratulations to the below Surf Life Saving Australia Day recipients:
Australia Day Honours & details as per the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia website:
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Ms Georgina BYRON – Bronte SLSC, NSW
Mrs Heather Anne THOMPSON– Grange SLSC, SA
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Ms Patricia Mary CHIGWIDDEN – Chiton Rocks SLSC, SA
Mr Graeme Phillip CROFTS – Coffs Harbour SLSC, NSW
Mr Laurence Geoffrey GRAHAM – Merewether SLSC, NSW
Mr Richard MITCHELL – Venus Bay SLSC, VIC
Mr Roger Philip SAYERS – Avalon Beach SLSC, NSW
Mr Gary Desmond TOMLINS ESM – Secret Harbour SLSC, VIC
For more information on each member please see the Governor General’s website here.