Surf Life Saving NSW is saddened to learn of the passing of Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC, Illawarra Branch and SLSNSW Life Member, Evan Griffiths OAM.

A member since 1951 and Bronze Medallion holder since ‘52, Evan gave more than seven decades of his life to the movement, with a particular passion for the Nippers and their development within Surf Life Saving.

As a referee, coach, team manager and Vice President – just a snippet of his eclectic resume – Evan was an invaluable asset in increasing junior participation and facilitating their progression through the ranks.

He sat on several committees during the late 80s and 90s at club level and contributed significantly to the growth of Rescue & Resuscitation competition across the Illawarra, coaching for more than two decades across three different clubs.

He was the Assessor of the Year at Branch level in 2006, recognition of his impact in ensuring the beaches of the Illawarra were patrolled by highly capable volunteer lifesavers.

Two years earlier, in 2004, Evan was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to Surf Life Saving.

Surf Life Saving NSW President, Peter Agnew ESM said that Evan would be sorely missed by all within Surf Life Saving.

“Surf Life Saving, and specifically Helensburgh-Stanwell Park and the Illawarra, has lost a very dedicated member,” he said.

“Evan’s 70 plus years of service to the movement has left an indelible mark on all those who crossed his path, and particularly the youth members of his club, Branch, and more broadly across the state are far better for his efforts over time.”

Thursday 1 February 2024