Vale – Keith Caldwell
The Surf Life Saving Australia family extends their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Keith Caldwell, who sadly passed away on Sunday 30 May 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Keith was involved in Surf Life Saving for over 45 years, first gaining his Surf Life Saving Certificate in 1975 and then his Bronze Medallion in 1976 at Bulli SLSC, NSW.
A stalwart of Bulli SLSC, Keith was the longest continuous serving President of Bulli SLSC from 2005 to 2021 until he passed. He became a life member of Bulli SLSC in 2008 and has played many other roles within the club from club captain to deputy president to sponsorship coordinator, with the club going from strength to strength under Keith’s leadership.
Keith played a significant role at both a branch and state level and was awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving Illawarra branch in 2014 and Surf Life Saving NSW in 2015. He was also awarded Administrator of the Year (2002) and Volunteer of the Year (2007) for SLS NSW.
As a great surf sports athlete Keith has won gold, silver and bronze medals at all levels of competition from Branch to Australian Surf Life Saving titles across many disciplines. He also took a vested interest in developing and managing surf sports athletes and was the SLS NSW Surf Sports team manager from 2006-2009 (four seasons) and sat on many state and branch surf sport committees in his time.
At a National level Keith was the team manager of the Australian Team from 2008 to 2014 and toured with many Australian representative teams, on the last two occasion in 2012 and 2014, he was the Manager of the Open Australian Team at the World Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide (2012) and France (2014).
Keith also went on to play an integral part of the development of the national high performance squad and sat as a Chairperson on the SLSA working group, and developed a team managers manual. He also most recently was a National Surf Sports Selector for all Australian Surf Life Saving Representative teams and sat on the SLSA Awards of Excellence Panel for the surf sports Open and Youth awards.
Keith will be sadly missed in the Surf Life Saving community and is survived by his wife Maria, children and grandchildren.