Gold Coast lifesavers shortlisted for top awards

Some of the Gold Coast’s top volunteer surf lifesavers have been recognised for their dedication and passion for beach safety, named as finalists in Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) annual Awards of Excellence.

The awards, to be announced at SLSQ’s State Conference on the Sunshine Coast this Saturday, 13 August, seek to acknowledge and recognise exceptional commitment to lifesaving, surf sports and youth development.

The Gold Coast will be well represented on the evening, with a number of local lifesavers shortlisted for some of the state’s top awards.


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Leading the charge will be Anthony Cassone (Coolangatta) and Peter Degnian (Mermaid Beach) who have been nominated for the prestigious Queensland Surf Lifesaver of the Year award, while Ian Tannahill (Broadbeach) and Loretta Axelsen (Kirra) are finalists in the Queensland Volunteer of the Year.

Southport and Pacific Surf Life Saving Clubs have been shortlisted for the Queensland Club of the Year award and will compete against Sarina and Mudjimba for the top honour.

Currumbin SLSC leads the local clubs, with seven nominations including Coach of the Year (Brett Robinson), Junior Athlete of the Year (Alli Bellue), Athlete of the Year (Prue Davies) and Masters Athlete of the Year (Chris Maynard). Meanwhile, Courtney Taylor will be hoping to win back-to-back awards in the 18-25 Young Surf Lifesaver of the Year award.

There will be plenty of other clubs represented on the evening, with Pacific lifesavers nominated in six categories, Kirra shortlisted in five and Kurrawa, Nobbys Beach and Northcliffe all receiving four nominations, amongst others.

SLSQ membership development manager Brenda Lofthouse congratulated all finalists and said it was a great achievement to be nominated for a state award.

“The surf lifesaving movement in Queensland is made up of more than 30,000 volunteers, so to be shortlisted for one of these awards is a wonderful achievement in itself and something these men and women should feel rightly proud of,” she said.