Surf Lifesavers Meet Prince Charles

Six New South Wales Surf Lifesavers were invited to meet Prince Charles this morning at Bondi Beach as part of a reception for the state's Emergency Services personnel.

As part of a reception for the state's Emergency Services personnel, six of our most outstanding members got to hang out with His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.

Guests included NSW Lifesaver of the Year Andy Cross (Sth Narrabeen) and Volunteer of the Year Andrew Edmunds (Broulee).

Also attending were Luke Dawson (Long Reef), Tania Rouse (Clovelly), Jeremy Kuiper (Fairy Meadow) and Matthew Harper(Maroubra).

The Prince was relaxed and happy to speak to our team, recalling when he did his Bronze Medallion at the age of 15 while living in Melbourne and attending Geelong Grammar School.

While not much of a Royal watcher, Andy Cross said his brush with fame was a fantastic experience and left him feeling proud and lucky to be part of surf life saving.

"Look, he does a terrific job and I guess the institution of the Royal family is full of tradition, just like surf lifesaving," said Andy.

"I was really nervous but the Prince is very easy to speak to and made us feel instantly comfortable."

Andy was also keen to wish the Prince a Happy Birthday for next week, but a sudden storm cut short proceedings and he didn't get the chance.

Volunteer of the Year and Far South Coast Duty Officer Andrew Edmunds said the Prince asked him about the number of callouts surf lifesavers responded to: "He was interested in what our Support Operations teams do, which is great recognition for the work of our volunteers," said Edmunds.

The Prince was also very keen to hear about the current resuscitation techniques used in NSW and was delighted when Andy Cross presented him with a souvenir surf rescue hat!

Mon 26 Nov 2012