Vale legendary Ironman Dean Mercer OAM
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Ironman legend and Kurrawa SLSC member Dean Mercer OAM.
Dean was an incredible athlete and a valued member of the surf lifesaving family for over 32 years.
Dean first joined surf lifesaving as a nipper at Thirroul SLSC, and most recently was a patrolling member and Head of Surf Sports at Kurrawa SLSC.
His outstanding service and dedication to Surf Life Saving for over three decades was recognised when he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal and inducted into the NSW Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame.
As an Ironman Dean was an outstanding surf sports athlete and one of the great stars of Iron racing in the 1980’s. He won two Australian crowns, five New South Wales state championships, two Test of the Toughest titles and the world Oceanman Series.
He also competed in and won multiple state, national and world titles across surf lifesaving events and represented Australia and New South Wales on numerous occasions.
Our deepest sympathies are with Dean’s wife Reen, his four children and the Mercer family at this sad time.
Surf lifesavers from around Australia are invited to the Gold Coast next Friday to celebrate Dean’s action-packed 47 years as one of Australia’s greatest Ironmen and most loved lifesavers.
The Service details to celebrate Dean’s life are as follows:
Where: Gold Coast Sports And Leisure Centre Address: 296 Nerang- Broadbeach Rd, Carrara, QLD
When: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 12 Noon
All attending clubs are urged at the request of the Mercer family to bring your March Past Standards for the guard of honour and to wear your club caps, uniforms and to bring surf club equipment for display.
Following the “Celebration For Dean” guests are invited to join the Mercer family for light refreshments upstairs at the Gold Coast Sports And Leisure Centre and then afterwards at Kurrawa Surf Club from 4:30pm.