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Congratulations to the outstanding members of Surf Life Saving in NSW who this year were recognised for their achievements and commitment to the movement in the King’s Birthday honours list.

President of the International Life Saving Federation and a past president of SLSA, Graham Ford AM, has been elevated to AO for distinguished service to Surf Life Saving.

A member of Bronte SLSC since 1989 and a patron since 2011, Graham was a driving force behind the establishment of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving over a decade ago and has held several positions of significance at club and national level over a near-35-year period.

SLSNSW Life Member Graham Bruce from Cronulla SLSC has received an AM for significant service to Surf Life Saving at all levels.

Graham has been a prolific advocate for Surf Life Saving since he first joined Cronulla in 1983, holding down senior Surf Sport, Educational and Membership-based roles at club, Branch, State and National level over a four-decade span.

Among the OAM recipients are Colin Ball from South West Rocks SLSC, SLSNSW Life Member Alan Beveridge from Warilla-Barrack Point SLSC, Frank Davey and William Deveril from Pambula SLSC, Anne Caterson from Wanda SLSC, Steven Fortey from Avoca Beach SLSC, the late Ivan Gray from Nowra-Culburra SLSC and Fingal Beach SLSC’s Stephen Leahy, a former CEO of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

SLSNSW President, Peter Agnew ESM moved to congratulate the award recipients and express his sincere gratitude for their many years of service.

“The Surf Life Saving movement exists because of the generous contributions made by our members,” he said.

“To be invested with an Order of Australia Medal, a Member of the Order of Australia Award or an Officer of the Order of Australia Award is recognition of exemplary achievement and contribution to the community.

“It is due recognition for our members who have gone above and beyond in their service.”

Also recognised were Tresne Chesher and Gerald Stephenson, awarded the prestigious Emergency Service Medal for their contribution to Support Operations in Sydney Branch.

“Surf Life Saving’s members are our greatest asset. Members who received awards in the King’s Birthday Honours are outstanding members of the community,” Peter continued.

“Each of the award recipients have devoted many years of service to protecting lives on our coastline and personify the values of Surf Life Saving. I would like to thank them all for their efforts and reiterate our pride in their many outstanding achievements.”

Tuesday 13 June 2023