Lifesavers Honoured in Queen’s Birthday Awards

Surf Life Saving NSW would like to congratulate a number of current or former members who have been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

“These club members are acknowledged not only for their dedication and commitment to lifesaving over many years, but also their community spirit,” SLSNSW CEO Phil Vanny AM said.

“To receive an Order of Australia Medal is a significant achievement and we are proud of their association with our movement.”

Myril Bunt (OAM)

For service to the community of the Sapphire Coast.

Myril began her involvement in Surf Life Saving back in the mid 1960s, and has made significant contributions at both Club and Branch level.

Between 1983-92, Myril was secretary of Far South Coast Branch, and also served as Treasurer for seven seasons and as assistant gear steward. She served as secretary on the George Bass Marathon organising committee four times between 1995 and 2001.

At Moruya SLSC she spent a decade as club secretary, and was deservedly awarded a Branch Life Membership in 1998.

Peter Lozan (OAM)

For service to swimming, and to Surf Life Saving.

Peter Lozan was heavily involved with the Coalcliff SLSC for almost 50 years before pursuing other interests. In two separate stints he patrolled the popular Illawarra beach from 1959-1988, and again from 1997-2009.

As someone who took a keen interest in the administrative side of his club he served in various positions on the management committee, spent six years as President and was club captain for the 1966/67 season. He was made a Life Member of the club in 1974.

John Taplin (OAM)

For service to the community of Cronulla through charitable organisations. John has been heavily involved in the Cronulla community and in Surf Life Saving between 1996 and 2004. During this time he was a Nippers Age Member and Committee Member at Wanda SLSC.

Robyn Wright (OAM)

For service to the community of Moruya.

Robyn Wright is something of a community icon in Moruya through her involvement in a variety of activities.

She is best known in Surf Life Saving as a Secretary at Moruya SLSC and for her volunteer contribution to the Nippers group. She was also a Branch Delegate throughout much of the 1970s and 80s.

Edna May (OAM)

For service to the community of the Nambucca Valley.

Edna continues to be heavily involved in many different aspects of the Nambucca Valley community. She has been a long term patron and supporter of Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

Photo: Moruya ladies Myril Bunt, Robyn Wright and Edith Fleming have been named as winners of Medals of the Order of Australia. Credit Bay Post.

Tue 14 Jun 2016