Lifesavers Recognised In Aussie Honours List

It was an Australia Day to remember for a number of outstanding members from the Surf Life Saving community who have been acknowledged for years of dedication to the movement with recognition in the Australian honours list.

NSW President Tony Haven and Surf Life Saving Australia President and Bronte lifesaver Graham Ford were both made Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for their decades-long involvement in Surf Life Saving, while Eddy Bergsma from Fingal Bay, North Cronulla Life Member Allan Cameron, and Cronulla coaching maestro Ian Goode were among those named as Order of Australia Medal (OAM) recipients.

Tony Haven AM, whose involvement in the movement stretches back to 1964, and includes an unbroken period of 51 years with South Narrabeen SLSC, believes the award is more about his family and mentors than any of his own achievements.

"It's a huge honour. But it's not about me…it's for my family, the people the who have supported and mentored me. It is for the organisation and shows how much surf life saving is held in such high esteem."

"To be recognised in this way is something very special," he said.

Tony previously served as Branch President for Sydney Northern Beaches and has been NSW President since 2008 where he is credited with helping to introduce the emergency call out system which has proved to be a vitally important lifesaving initiative.

Graham Ford AM was recognised for services to lifesaving at both a national and international level. He has been SLSA President since 2010 and more recently became President of the International Life Saving Federation in 2012.

For many years he has been involved at all levels of his club Bronte SLSC and is an active patrolling member.

North Cronulla’s Allan Cameron OAM has been an active member of the Surf Life Saving fraternity since 1939, and was awarded Life Membership of his beloved club in 1986. He has served his club at all levels and was President between 1973-76.

He is heavily involved within the Sutherland Shire community and was selected to feature in a pictorial display of the 100th anniversary of the Shire. Mr Cameron also lent his voice to a proposed surf culture museum in the shire and is a member of many local sporting clubs.

Ian Goode’s journey in Surf Life Saving began in 1962 and over the years he has been heavily involved at a club, branch, state and national level.

Apart from being an outstanding competitor achieving plenty of success including on the world stage, he has been a coach, official and mentor to many emerging lifesavers.

He coached seven state teams including the first women’s side to tour New Zealand and guided Australian representative teams on tours of New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan and Germany in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Among his many achievements, Mr Goode is also a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal and World Life Saving Citation of Merit both achieved in 2000.

Surf Life Saving NSW would like to extend our congratulations to all those who received Australia Day Honours.

Australia Day Honours Recipients in NSW:

  • Mr Graham Ford, Bronte SLSC, SLSNSW, SLSA – AM
  • Mr Tony Haven, South Narrabeen SLSC, SLSNSW – AM
  • Mr Eddy Bergsma, Fingal Beach SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM
  • Mr Allan Cameron BEM, North Cronulla SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM
  • Mr Ian Goode, Cronulla SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM
  • Mr Andrew Johnson, Tathra SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM (For service to the community of Tathra)
  • Mr Philip Mosgrove, Mereweather SLSC, SLSNSW – OAM (For service to the community of Newcastle)
  • Inspector Rupert Agnew (Elouera SLSC) – Australian Police Medal

A number of long term supporters of the Westpac Helicopter Service also received honours for their community work.

  • Chair of Northern helicopters, Warren Tozer was awarded an OAM for “services to the community of Grafton”
  • Volunteer Ken Jolley (Lismore) was also recognised (AM) for “service to the promotion of children’s literature and to the community through philanthropic support for organisations benefiting sick and underprivileged children”.
  • Peter Noble (Bluesfest), a long-time supporter was recognised (OAM) “For service to live and recorded music, to tourism, and to the community”.

Picture - Tony Haven addresses the media at a historic announcement cutting the red tape surrounding surf clubs leasing Crown Land on Monday 25 January 2016

Thu 28 Jan 2016