Surf Lifesavers in Honours List

A number of members of Surf Life Saving NSW have been recognised with awards in the Australia Day Honours List.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven congratulated those outstanding volunteers who received awards.

Order of Australia medals (OAM) for Service to Surf Life Saving went to Barry Antella OAM from Queenscliff, Ray Brennan OAM from Freshwater, Denise Lees OAM from Ocean Beach and Stan Vesper OAM from Bronte.

Barry Antella OAM is a life member of Queenscliff SLSC and has contributed much in the area of education within Surf Life Saving. He is a branch Trainer and Assessor as well as a surf sports official.

Freshwater's Ray Brennan OAM first became a lifesaver in 1946 and is a Life Member. He has focussed his voluntary time on growing opportunities for junior members and athletes and has also played an important role in archiving and recording the history of Surf Life Saving in NSW.

Denise Lees OAM was only the second woman to be awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW. She has worked tirelessly in the area of administration, in a volunteer capacity with Ocean Beach SLSC, the Central Coast Branch and SLSNSW, particularly in the area of Surf Sports.

Stan Vesper is the national History Adviser and has authored a number of publications on the history of the movement in Australia, including Between the Flags and Evolution of an Icon.

OAMs were also awarded to SLSNSW Life Member Fergus Thomson OAM from Moruya and Mark Strachan OAM from Port Macquarie for contributions to their local communities.

Fri 30 Jan 2015