Gold Coast lifesaver Mark Fife OAM will lead Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) into the future, after he was officially announced as the organisation’s new President last Friday.
The highly-decorated surf lifesaver is a Life Member of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and, last year, was inducted into SLSA’s Hall of Fame. With those honours, he became the first person in surf lifesaving history to receive the ‘full set’ of awards, having previously been named as the Australian Surf Lifesaver of the Year in 1997 and the Australian Volunteer of the Year in 2007.
In addition to his national accolades, Mark is also a Life Member of the Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club, the South Coast Surf Life Saving Branch, and Surf Life Saving Queensland. In 2013, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the community through leadership roles in surf lifesaving.
Mark has been involved in the surf lifesaving movement for the past 35 years, having first gained his Bronze Medallion at Batemans Bay in New South Wales back in 1975, before eventually moving to Queensland.
Having served as the Australian Director of Life Saving for five years and Deputy President of SLSQ for the past 12 months, Mark takes up the role of SLSQ President following the retirement of Ralph Devlin AM QC after five years in the position.
SLSQ CEO John Brennan welcomed Mr Fife into the role of President.
“Mark is the epitome of the iconic Aussie surf lifesaver, and I can’t think of a better person to be leading our organisation into the future,” Mr Brennan said.
“I also wish to thank and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of outgoing president Ralph Devlin AM QC for his exceptional leadership and dedication across the past five seasons.”