NSW Lifesavers Receive Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to members of Surf Life Saving NSW who have received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, including four volunteer surf lifesavers from Maroubra SLSC.

Order of Australia Medals have gone to Keith Grima and Thomas Symonds from Maroubra SLSC for services to Surf Life Saving.

Keith Grima OAM was the NSW Volunteer of the Year in 2011 and has been a committed administrator, trainer and assessor for more than 30 years.

Thomas Symonds OAM is a keen historian and has documented much of the history of the Maroubra SLSC and Surf Life Saving in various books and publications.

Byron Bay SLSC coach and former Olympic kayak coach Ben Hutchings also received an OAM.

North Bondi’s Peter Agnew received an Emergency Services Medal for his career contribution to developments in emergency management and training.

Several other members or former members received OAMs for services to their communities: Kevin Andrews (Terrigal), Beryl Bracken (Coffs Harbour) and Darrell Pannowitz (Ocean Beach).

Superintendent David Donohue received the Australian Police Medal and fellow clubmate Paul McGuiggan was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal. Both are long service members of Maroubra SLSC.

Surf Life Saving NSW President, Tony Haven, congratulated the recipients on their significant achievements.

“The Order of Australia Medal is one of the highest honours in this country and to be recognised for the outstanding contributions made by our members to Surf Life Saving and their communities over the years is fantastic.

“Surf Life Saving is extremely lucky to have people of this calibre volunteering their time to better our organisation and I extend my deepest congratulations,” said Mr Haven.

Pic: Keith Grima OAM - former NSW Volunteer of the Year

Thu 11 Jun 2015