A GOLD Coaster has been named Australian Lifeguard of the year for 2013/14 over the weekend.
Tim Wilson took out the highest individual accolade at Surf Life Saving Australia’s Awards of Excellence in Sydney on Saturday night
Wilson, a professional lifeguard for the past eight years on both Stradbroke Island and the Gold Coast, beat five other finalists from across Australia to win the prestigious award.
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SLSQ chief lifeguard Greg Cahill said the award reflected Tim’s professionalism and commitment to coastal safety at all levels.
“All of our lifesavers and professional lifeguards perform great work, both on our beaches and out in the community, however sometimes people perform special deeds or show commitment that goes above and beyond that standard call of duty,” Mr Cahill said.
“This award is reserved for the best of the best, and Tim has demonstrated over a number of years now that he well and truly fits into that category.
“Tim has been, and continues to be, a wonderful ambassador for our organisation and this award is a genuine testament to his outstanding commitment and passion to beach safety – not just this season, but on a daily basis now for the best part of a decade,” he said.
Mr Cahill said Tim had taken on more of a leadership role in recent years, particularly with mentoring and training emerging lifeguards on the Gold Coast.
“In the summer of 2013 Surf Life Saving Queensland established three new services on the Gold Coast – at Paradise Point, Southport Broadwater and Tallebudgera Creek – and Tim was a driving force behind building these patrols to the successes they are today,” Mr Cahill said.
“In fact, during his time with these services Tim completed more than 60 rescues, with the majority of these at Broadwater,” he said.
In addition to his professional role, Tim is also a long-term volunteer surf lifesaver on the Gold Coast, having served as Club Captain of the Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club for the past two years.