New Life Members; A Snap Shot

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 year's new State Life Members all boast impressive resumes.

Ken Sellers - The Entrance

Ken’s journey into Surf Life Saving began when he joined The Lakes club back in 1969. In 1978 he made the move to The Entrance where he became a Life Member in 1988 and later served as president in two separate stints. Between 1972 and 2012, Ken was on active patrol duty for 38 consecutive seasons.

He has been a Branch official since 1990, served as Central Coast Surf Sports Director, and was rewarded with Branch Life Membership in 2008.

He continues to mentor beach officials and is a familiar face around carnivals having officiated at a State, National and International level over the years.

Stuart Harvey - Avoca Beach

Stuart is a respected member of the Central Coast Surf Life saving family having been heavily involved in all aspects for over three decades. He has been involved with three local clubs; Copacabana, Soldiers Beach and Avoca Beach and has played an active role at both Branch and State level working tirelessly on the betterment of the movement.

He is currently the Central Coast Branch President, a position he has held since 2009, a State Duty Officer and a Branch Duty Officer among other roles. Stuart can often be found providing water safety for junior carnivals and was an enthusiastic IRB competitor enjoying plenty of success at all levels, and touring Hong Kong in 1994.

He is a recipient of Meritorious Award For Bravery for his efforts during a 2005 rescue, which was also recognised by the International Lifesaving Federation.

Colin Laing - North Entrance

Colin has been a familiar face on beaches in The Entrance and North Entrance for over 5 decades after obtaining his Bronze Medallion in 1958. Having developed a passion for competing and patrolling in his formative years in Surf Life Saving he is still actively involved in both, achieving sustained success along the way.

The lure of the water runs strong within the family with Colin introducing his children to the club environment with his grandchildren too continuing on the tradition.

He has been described locally as the “mastermind” behind the formation of the North Entrance club and served as foundation president in 1976.

Colin gained Life membership at The Entrance in 1975, North Entrance 1988, and for the Central Coast Branch in 2009, and has served Surf Life Saving in many areas including officiating and assessing.

Howard Jones - Avoca Beach

Popularly known as Spike, Howard has been involved within Surf Life Saving for over 60 years and has demonstrated incredible loyalty to his two clubs South Narrabeen and Avoca Beach where he has earned Life Membership in 1972 and 1997 respectively having also earned Junior Branch Life Membership in 1991 and Branch Membership in 2012.

Howard has served as club captain, patrol captain, and vice president of South Narrabeen and been a club coach of Avoca Beach since 1980. He has mentored hundreds of kids as a coach over the years with many going on to achieving outstanding results during their careers.

He has a keen interest in lifesaving administration, and having worked as a professional life guard has always been generous with his knowledge of water safety.

Barry Antella OAM – Queenscliff

Barry’s involvement in Surf Life Saving began in 1974 and during his time he has dedicated himself to serving his club and the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch. He obtained his Bronze Medallion in 1994 and currently holds over 180 Awards. As a trainer and assessor he has supervised over 2,600 awards.

He has also served as an official, Club Captain and Senior Vice President of his club and was made a Life Member of Queenscliff in 2005 and of the Branch in 2007.

Over the year’s Barry has been heavily involved in maintaining all the gear and equipment for various championships, which is a huge logistical challenge. He is also a valued member of ‘Dad’s Army.’

Keith Caldwell – Bulli

For almost four decades, the name Keith Caldwell has been synonymous with the Bulli Surf Life Saving Club. Keith’s journey began in 1976 when he joined the club as a cadet lifesaver. A multi-talented surf sport’s competitor, he earned medals at a branch, state and national level in a variety of disciplines both on the beach and in the water.

With his competition days over and his passion for surf sports still burning, he turned to coaching and managing to stay in the game. Keith has been involved with Illawarra Branch, NSW and Australian representative teams and was Open Team Manager at the 2012 and 2014 World Lifesaving Championships.

Aside from his involvement in surf sports, his dedication to his club is something to be admired and he has juggled many administrative roles over the years. He was made a Life Member of Bulli in 2008 and of the Illawarra Branch in 2014.

Jenny Drury - South Curl Curl

Jenny has been involved with Surf Life Saving for almost 40 years and like many Australian parents first took an interest due to her children’s involvement in Nippers. She is just the fifth woman to receive State Life Membership and has been heavily involved at Club and Branch Level.

She has been assistant secretary at South Curl Curl, competition manager, and is currently the part time administration manager at the club. Between 1985 and 2005 she worked as branch administration officer for Sydney Northern Beaches.

An accredited official since 1991 she is well known among boaties on the circuit and has progressed from being an area recorder through to becoming a championship referee.

Jenny has received the Distinguished Service Award (1998/99) for the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch as well as Life Membership in 2006. She was also named SLSNSW Administrator of the Year in the 1997/98 season.

Photograph - Jenny Drury has become the fifth woman to receive State Level Life Membership. Courtesy of John Taylor/SNB

Photograph -Barry Antella has supervised over 2000 awards throughout his time in Surf Life Saving. Courtesy of John Taylor/SNB

Photograph - Keith Caldwell was a fantastic competitor before turning his hands to coaching and other club and Branch duties. Courtesy of Surf Life Saving Illawarra

Photograph - Stuart Harvey currently serves as the President of the Central Coast Branch and is heavily involved in all aspects of lifesaving. Courtesy of SLSCC

Photograph -Col Laing was the Foundation President of the North Entrance SLSC and still actively patrols and competes on his beloved beach. Courtesy of SLSCC

Photograph - Howard 'Spike' Jones has given years of service to both South Narrabeen and Avoca Beach and has been a mentor to hundreds of athletes in his role as club coach. Has also worked as a professional lifeguard. Courtesy of SLSCC

Photograph - Ken Sellers journey into Surf Life Saving began when he joined The Lakes club back in 1969. In 1978 he made the move to The Entrance where he became a Life Member in 1988 and later served as president in two separate stints. Courtesy of SLSCC

Thu 26 Nov 2015