Surf Life Saving NSW New Life Members

Four Surf Life Saving NSW members have been recognised for a lifetime of volunteer service with Life Membership awards.

Denise Lees (Ocean Beach), Michael Bate (Freshwater), Warren Rennie (North Cronulla) and Bill Seay (Port Kembla & Wollongong City) have each made significant contributions to their clubs and the organisation, going above and beyond the call of duty.

Denise Lees of Ocean Beach SLSC has made both a distinguished and sustained contribution to the organisation during her 35 year membership.

Denise has worked tirelessly and continuously behind the scenes, particularly through her involvement with the Junior Activities section of the organisation and as a Surf Sports Official for the Central Coast Branch. Denise’s commitment to the Central Coast Branch has been demonstrated through her position on the Board of Examiners as an Official for 19 years.

Michael Bate of Freshwater SLSC is the current Director of Surf Sports for SLSNSW and has been actively involved in the organisation for 40 years. Michael first joined Fairy Meadow SLSC and the fact he was appointed Club Secretary after only five years of becoming a lifesaver is a prime example of his enthusiasm and organisational skill.

Michael’s club level achievements have led him to make a significant contribution at Branch level and above. Michael’s commitment to Surf Sports at all levels of the organisation has been significant.

Warren Rennie AM of North Cronulla SLSC has a sustained and conspicuous record of voluntary contribution and achievement at all levels of surf life saving, for more than 55 years.

Warren joined North Cronulla in 1957 and served the club in many capacities including administration, lifesaving, education and competition. His commitment to Surf Life Saving Sydney spreads from a club level right through to a national level and in 1979 Warren was elected as the Honorary Chief Superintendent of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

Warren’s involvement in education, lifesaving and competition is hugely significant having successfully coached five Sydney Branch teams, three NSW teams and the 1971 Australian Representative Team against South Africa.

Bill Seay from Port Kembla and Wollongong City SLSCs has committed 65 years of service to the Surf Life Saving movement. Since being appointed Illawarra Branch President in 2009, Bill has not missed one meeting. Bill has been a long standing pillar of his clubs, having dedicated most of his life to the organisation and he continues to be an active participant.

Wed 7 Nov 2012