Vale: Dave Lawler OAM

SLSNSW Life Member and long-time North Narrabeen SLSC lifesaver Dave Lawler has sadly passed away.

David 'Dooga' Lawler OAM was a life member of North Narrabeen SLSC, joining in 1944 and was heavily involved in junior activities development in the club and Branch.

He was also a keen competitor, first in R&R and later in surf swimming events, winning many Branch, NSW and Australian titles, in Open and Masters divisions.

Dave was awarded an OAM in 2001 for his significant contribution to the amateur swimming and Surf Life Saving movements. The old hands at the North Narrabeen SLSC said at the time that there was no more deserving recipient of national recognition than their mate, the man affectionately known to locals as 'Dooga'.

Dooga has been making things happen for decades.

First, there's his tireless services to amateur swimming, organising competitions as President of Narrabeen Swimming Club. He patrolled North Narrabeen Beach as a volunteer lifesaver for 25 years and in the '60s, helped establish the junior lifesaving movement, 'Nippers', at a time when many surf clubs were struggling to survive.

"I saw an opportunity there to encourage parents to get involved with the movement and set up a progression where these young kids could go through the ranks," said David.

A quiet achiever, Dooga would say that the reward for being involved in Surf Life Saving was the satisfaction of doing something for others and meeting a lot of good people along the way.

Our condolences go to Dave's family, friends and the North Narrabeen club at this sad time.

Fri 19 Jul 2013