Lifesavers from across the state have been recognised at Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) Awards of Excellence Gala Ball in Brisbane last night (August 24).
The hard work and passion of the state’s volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards was celebrated at the event, which aims to honour those who have gone above and beyond to protect beachgoers.
Moore Park SLSC member Lynne Messer was named Lifesaver of the Year for her extensive engagement in the movement and leading by example in everything she does for the red and yellow.
A patrol captain, club captain, chief training officer, registrar, treasurer and branch director of lifesaving, Lynne is focussed on growing a good culture not only within her club, but the wider organisation.
Lynne said she was proud of the achievement, especially coming from a small club with just 23 patrolling members.
SLSQ Chief Executive Officer Dave Whimpey congratulated all award winners, saying the recognition was well-deserved.
“On behalf of SLSQ, I extend my congratulations to the evening’s winners. We rely heavily upon the efforts and enthusiasm of our members to help keep our beaches safe,” Mr Whimpey said.
“While all surf lifesavers and lifeguards across Queensland do a fantastic job, both on the beach and out in the community, it’s important that we recognise and pay tribute to those that go well above and beyond the call of duty.