Members Honoured For Lifetime Achievements

The old adage that seven is a lucky number proved true for seven of the state’s long-standing lifesavers after they were recently awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW.

Ken Sellers (The Entrance SLSC), Stuart Harvey (Avoca Beach SLSC), Howard Jones (Avoca Beach SLSC), Colin Laing (North Entrance SLSC), Barry Antella (Queenscliff SLSC), Jenny Drury (South Curl Curl SLSC) and Keith Caldwell (Bulli SLSC) were announced as the newest Life Members following November’s Annual General Meeting.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven welcomed the elevation of the seven members to Life Membership saying that all of the inductees had made signify cant contributions to the movement over many years.

“On behalf of the Surf Life Saving family I would like to offer my congratulations to those members for achieving this recognition.

“Our movement is built on the generous spirit and dedication of all our volunteers and this year’s Life Members have all made outstanding contributions to their clubs, branches and the movement as a whole over many years,” Mr Haven said.

With a combined total of over 300 years of experience in Surf Life Saving and involvement in areas as diverse as coaching, administrating, competing and education, this latest group represents the broad spectrum of the movement while also highlighting the many opportunities available to members. Current Central Coast Branch President Stuart Harvey had plenty of reasons to smile after three of his fellow clubbies also earned Life Membership status.

“One of my goals as Central Coast Branch President is to recognise our members and having three of our most esteemed surf lifesavers being recognised for their outstanding work was a great thrill. I was over the moon when Ken Sellers, Colin Laing and Howard Jones’ names were read out and to hear I was the fourth Central Coast clubbie was a massive surprise,” Mr Harvey said.

“To be awarded Life Membership of NSW is an honour and it’s great to be recognised for your efforts. I’m involved in Surf Life Saving because I love it and I’m proud to be held alongside such great company.”

Queenscliff’s Barry Antella was similarly humbled by the honour.

“I was very chuffed to receive Life Membership. Having been in Surf Life Saving for over 20 years now, it has been something that I have aspired too and I’m grateful for the recognition.

“I started my surf lifesaving career as an official and I’ve held various competition positions at carnivals all around the country. Receiving the Order of Australia Medal at the start of this year was very humbling and to be given Life Membership of SLSNSW is the cherry on top.”

A short bio of our new Life Members can be found here

Photograph - Col Laing was one of four Central Coast members elevated to Life Membership status. Courtesy of SLSCC

Thu 26 Nov 2015