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A quartet of the state’s most dedicated, passionate volunteers have had their years of service recognised with one of Surf Life Saving NSW’s highest honours – Life Membership of the organisation.

Ian ‘Spook’ Everingham of South West Rocks SLSC, Jimmy McGrath of Pambula SLSC, Mick Lang of Tacking Point SLSC and Larry Jennett OAM of Wollongong City SLSC bring just under a collective two centuries of commitment to the Surf Life Saving movement, and are worthy recipients of Life Membership.

Surf Life Saving NSW President, George Shales OAM said that the four men personified everything that the organisation stands for.

“As the state’s peak water safety and rescue organisation, our mission has been, and always will be, to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities – these four gentlemen are key pillars in delivering on this goal,” he said.

“Ian, Jimmy, Mick and Larry are all outstanding members who go above and beyond within their clubs and we hope that in awarding them with Life Membership of Surf Life Saving NSW, we go some way to repaying their tremendous efforts.”

Beginning as a Nipper in 1963 at Taree-Old Bar SLSC, Ian has held many committee positions throughout his decades in SLS including Vice President, IRB Captain, Club Captain, Boat Captain and Gear Steward. Under his leadership the club’s board riding team become one of the state’s best in the early 80s, and he has been committed to innovation in the educational space.

With South West Rocks SLSC, which he joined in 2002, he has earned numerous accolades for his service to lifesaving.

Jimmy McGrath is one of those people who will do anything for anyone. He has been a regular volunteer and contributor to Pambula SLSC since he joined and earned his Bronze Medallion in 1964 and has served many committee positions within the club and the Far South Coast Branch, which thrives as a result of his dedication.

Mick, meanwhile, has been an unwavering contributor to Surf Life Saving for more than two decades, acting as an Official at Branch, Country, State and National Championships events while also building a resume as a successful coach – so much so he was awarded Coach of the Year at the 2021 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.

He has been instrumental in building the profile of the Mid North Coast Branch.

That same description can be given to Larry, serving his club and the Illawarra Branch with distinction and in a conspicuous manner for nearly 60 years.

He has served Wollongong City SLSC in every capacity, including administration, lifesaving, education and competition, and earned the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for his service to lifesaving.

“We are very proud of our entire membership base for their efforts in growing the Surf Life Saving movement,” George Shales added.

Thursday 2 December 2021