ILS Platinum Medal for Solly

Ernest (Solly) Stephens OAM, Patron and Life Member of Wanda SLSC, has been presented with the prestigious Platinum Medal from the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) for his generosity in providing advice and assistance to ILS, including assistance with fundraising efforts.

Solly has been a member of Wanda SLSC since 1951 and currently holds Life Membership at club, state and national level. At 82 years of age, Solly is actively involved in the surf lifesaving movement and remains a judge for rescue and resuscitation competitions.

As a founding member of the Yugawara Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) in Japan, Solly continues to travel to Japan to teach and mentor lifesavers and assist them in obtaining their Bronze Medallions. Every summer he then hosts budding lifesavers from Japan where they travel to Australia and complete their Bronze Medallion with Wanda SLSC. Thanks to Solly’s guidance, the Yugawara SLSC have officially adopted the competition colours of Wanda SLSC.

Wanda SLSC Club President Anita Pryke, says everyone knows Solly, who is always down at the beach ready to give advice and lend a hand.

“He has done so much for the lifesaving movement at a club, state, national and international level and he is so deserving of this recognition by the ILS,” said Anita.

Congratulations Solly!

Thu 25 Sep 2014