Surf Sports Legend Inducted Into Surfing Walk of Fame
Octogenarian surf lifesaver, Dennis Green OAM, has been inducted into the Australian Surfing Walk of Fame at Maroubra Beach.
This prestigious honour was bestowed on Dennis following a lifetime of sporting achievement in the ocean through his love of surf lifesaving and kayaking.
Dennis’ induction into the Surfing Walk of Fame builds upon an incredible list of achievements and accolades he has received through sport. He is an Order of Australia Medal recipient, an inductee into the NSW Hall of Champions and Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame and the only athlete to be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for two sports – kayaking and surf lifesaving.
Dennis has represented Australia in five Olympic Games and was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Munich in 1972. He participated in another two Olympics as a coach for the kayaking team.
He has also won 58 gold medals at the World Masters Games and 53 gold medals at the Australian Masters Games.
Despite his long list of accolades Dennis was completely taken by surprise with his induction into the Australian Surfing Walk of Fame. Previous inductees include Ironman Champion Grant Kenny and surfing legend Nat Young.
“I honestly never expected to get the call up but it is such a great honour to have my name down in bronze alongside so many other great individuals. To be recognised like this doing something I truly love is a really great feeling,” he said.
A life member at Maroubra SLSC, Dennis has a long association with Surf Life Saving that stretches back to 1947 when he competed in his first ever Aussie Championships at his home beach in Maroubra.
Competing in a number of events including the ski, board race, R&R, belt race and surf boat rowing, Dennis has raced at 60 Australian Championships and 51 NSW Championships and his passion for the movement remains as strong as it has ever been.
“Surf lifesaving has been a big part of my life and always will be. I love the surf and all my best friends are surf lifesavers including a number that aren't with us anymore. Even though I don’t compete these days I love paddling my ski just as much as I did 70 years ago,” said Dennis.
Surf Life Saving NSW would like to congratulate Dennis; a true Australian sporting legend that we are lucky to have as one of our own!
Picture - Dennis Green OAM (right) inducted into Australia Surfing Walk of Fame. Photo courtesy of Randwick City Council.
Tue 29 Jul 2014