Coast lifesavers are in class of their own
Sunshine Coast beaches are patrolled by the best of the best with local volunteers dominating Surf Life Saving Queensland’s major honours.
Among the standouts at the Surf Life Saving Queensland Awards of Excellence was Lilly Tindall from Noosa Heads, who took out the Youth Surf Lifesaver of the Year.
As well as being a patrol captain at Noosa, Ms Tindall has the extra duties of junior club captain, youth mentor, assistant age manager for Noosa’s competitive team and is a junior development coach.
Tindall was also named alongside club mates Lara Porter, Joe Goulding, Rupert Anisimoff, Dakota Panetta and Roger Aspinall as recipients of the Jack Dearlove MBE Medal for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Rescue.
Robin Smith, Taylah Kouvaras and Abigail Green from Maroochydore received Professor Tess Cramond AO OBE Medal – for Lifesaving Excellence – Outstanding Resuscitation.
Former elite ironman competitor Corey Jones from the Sunshine Coast was named Lifeguard of the Year.
According to Surf Life Live Saving Queensland, Mr Jones has been a lifeguard since 2003 and is well regarded for his proactive approach to his role.
Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club was awarded Community Education Program of the Year for the Noosa Heads Community Education Program.
Cinnamon O’Shanesy from Dicky Beach was named Sports Rookie Coach of the Year.
Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO Dave Whimpey commended all Sunshine Coast award winners for their service.
“Our volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards are the backbone of our organisation and I congratulate all of those rewarded tonight for going well above and beyond the call of duty,” Mr Whimpey said.