Surf Life Saving Queensland’s ground-breaking Brisbane Lifesaving Service (BLS) has celebrated its milestone fifth season on the beaches with an annual presentation awards dinner at the weekend.
Members of BLS this season volunteered more than 2,600 hours patrolling a number of locations across Queensland, representing an increase of 8.5% compared to last season.
Locations patrolled across the state included Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast as well as Broadwater Parkland, Surfers Paradise, Bilinga, Kirra and Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast.
Additionally, BLS crews provided a roving surveillance service from Sea World Rescue to the Southport Spit each weekend during the Christmas holiday period.
Members of BLS are provided with regular opportunities to upskill through advanced training, with 603 awards proudly presented this season.
2015/16 Award Winners:
- Water Safety Person of the Year – Chloe Maxwell and Bryden King
- Volunteer of the Year – Sam Harris and Michal Durand
- Rookie Trainer of the Year – Rohan Dwyer
- Trainer of the Year – Peter Hallett
- Rookie Lifesaver of the Year – Kenneth Mizzi
- Junior Lifesaver of the Year – Becky Hibbert
- Young Lifesaver of the Year – Kris Dempster
- George Hill ESM Lifesaver of the Year – Luke Crowther