NSW Surf Lifesavers in Australian Honours List

Congratulations to all current and past members of Surf Life Saving in NSW who received Australia Day Honours. For many of the recipients it is a fitting public recognition of the significant contributions they have made to Surf Life Saving and their communities.

Tony Bonner AM – Manly LSC

For significant service to the performing arts as an actor, to surf lifesaving, and to the community through charitable organisations.

Better known as an actor in the 1960s TV series Skippy, Tony Bonner has been a surf lifesaver for more than 50 years and is a former president of Manly Life Saving Club.

Christine Hopton OAM – Avalon Beach SLSC
For service to surf lifesaving.
Christine is a director of Surf Life Saving Australia, a former Deputy Branch President of Sydney Northern Beaches and served as President of Avalon Beach SLSC for almost 10 years.

Graham Lees OAM – Ocean Beach SLSC
For service to surf lifesaving.
Graham is a Life Member of SLSNSW and has been a member of Ocean Beach SLSC for 40 years. He has held a range of positions at both Central Coast Branch and State level, in junior activities and competition and has been a NSW team selector, manager and coach. Graham is a former SLSNSW Volunteer of the Year and has a Citation of Merit from the International Life Saving Federation.

Robert McInerney OAM – Newport SLSC
For service to veterans and their families, and to surf lifesaving.
Robert served as President of Newport SLSC from 2000-2002 and Deputy President from 1995-2000.

John Salmon OAM – Cronulla SLSC
For service to the environment, and to surf lifesaving.
John is a Life Member of both Cronulla and Wanda SLSCs.

Kerryn Salmon OAM – Wanda SLSC
For service to the environment, and to surf lifesaving.
Kerryn is a former member of Wanda SLSC

Donald Stewart OAM – The Entrance SLSC
For service to the community of the Central Coast.
Don joined The Entrance SLSC 1951 and gained his Bronze Medallion in 1952.

Jack Sullivan OAM – Newcastle SLSC
For service to community history.
Jack was a Treasurer and Secretary of Newcastle SLSC during the 1970s.

The late Brian Trouville OAM – Nth Cronulla and Maroubra SLSCs

For service to sport through canoeing, kayaking, and to surf lifesaving.
Brian was Australian Surf Ski Champion in 1964 and later an Australian Taplin Relay Champion and Australian Double Ski Champion in 1974. He was a surf lifesaver at Maroubra SLSC in the 1960s and later became a Life member of Nth Cronulla SLSC and was Head Coach and surf boat and ski coach and trainer at the club for many years.

He went onto be Head Coach of the Australian Olympic Kayak Team during the 1980s and 90s and was an Australian Team Coach for Surf Life Saving.

In 2015 Brian was named Coach of the Year at the Sport NSW Volunteers Awards.

David Uther OAM – Palm Beach SLSC
For service to the community through a range of organisations.
David has been a member of Palm Beach SLSC since 1959 and served on the club committee for a number of years.

Peter Wyllie OAM – Terrigal SLSC
For service to surf lifesaving, and to the community of Terrigal.
Peter has been a member of Terrigal SLSC since 1943 and was made Life Member in 1962. He served as Club President for three terms and was an instructor and examiner for more than 30 years. He is Patron of Terrigal SLSC.

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

Photo of Christine Hopton OAM

Fri 27 Jan 2017