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Five national medals presented on behalf of Governor General David Hurley were some of the awards given to Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club members on Saturday night, 30 July.

The national medal – one of the highest honours for volunteer surf lifesavers recognising 20 years of service, was won by Adrian Russell, Stewart White, Grant Carey, Margaret and Mark Quinn.

Adrian Russell and Mark Quinn were each recognised for 35 and 40 years of volunteer service, respectively.

Other key awards on the night included the Far North Coast Branch Surf Lifesaver of the Year, which went to club captain Leigh Robbins; Junior Club Person, awarded to Bella Griffiths; and the Dick Arthur Memorial Award for Best Cadet, which was received by Jackson Annarino.

Paul Davis scooped the pool across the surf sports categories, taking home multiple awards including Best Water Competitor, Best Craft Competitor, and Best Carnival Competitor

Founded in 1935, Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club has been a pillar of the local community for 86 years, with its volunteers providing essential preventative and emergency services across its beach and waterways; which, this season, briefly expanded to include swift-water flood rescues.

As recognition and thanks for their selfless actions – which included flood evacuations, first aid and triple zero rescue callouts – on 28 February, seven club members received a ‘NSW Flood Emergency Certificate of Appreciation’ from State body Surf Life Saving NSW.

Over 45 ‘National Patrol Service Awards’ for five, ten, 15 and 20 years of volunteering were also bestowed to numerous club members as recognition for their long-term efforts.

Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club’s upcoming 2022/23 season begins on 25 September, with volunteer members patrolling on weekends and school holidays through to Easter 2023.


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