SLSQ inducts six new Life Members

Six longstanding Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) members have been recognised for their significant contributions to the movement, awarded Life Membership at the organisation’s 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Veteran surf lifesavers Darrin Bragg, Grahame Long, Colin Neil OAM, Susan Neil OAM, John Sunner, and Peter Whitty were all awarded Life Membership of SLSQ, which remains one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon an individual member.

Husband and wife duo Col and Sue Neil OAM joined surf lifesaving back in 1992 and have been actively involved in the movement for the past 25 years. Both are Life Members of Southport SLSC and, in addition to patrols, have spent countless hours protecting beachgoers through their work with SLSQ’s dawn patrols and in their roles as duty officers and SurfCom operators.

John Sunner is a Life Member of Emu Park SLSC and the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch. He joined surf lifesaving in September 1964 and has since dedicated more than 50 years to safeguarding Queensland beachgoers. In addition to patrols, he has also been heavily involved in a range of other areas including fundraising, training, assessing, officiating, and administration, amongst others.

Darrin Bragg first joined the surf lifesaving movement as a nipper and has been heavily involved in the 42 years since. He is a current member of Townsville Picnic Bay and Burleigh Heads SLSC respectively. He has previously held positions with Mackay and Townsville Picnic Bay SLSCs as Treasurer and Club Captain, and is a Life Member of the North Barrier Branch. In addition to his work on the beach, he currently serves on the Board of SLSQ.

Grahame Long joined the surf lifesaving movement in January 1997 and recently notched up 20 years of service. He is a Life Member of Surfers Paradise SLSC, where he continues to patrol on a regular basis. He is also heavily involved in the operations support side of SLSQ through various roles including duty officer, dawn patrol member, RWC operator, and after-hours emergency responder, amongst others. He has previously served as the Deputy President and President of Surfers Paradise SLSC, and has been the Club Captain since 1999.

Peter Whitty joined surf lifesaving back in 1987 and has been extensively involved in the movement for the past 30 years. He is a Life Member of Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC, where he currently serves as Club Captain. In addition to his work and honours at a club-level, he has also dedicated almost 2,500 hours to SLSQ’s operations support services through his various roles as a Duty Officer, JRB skipper and crew, and Wave Runner operator amongst others.

SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan OAM congratulated the organisation’s newest Life Members.

“On behalf of Surf Life Saving Queensland, I wish to congratulate our newest Life Members, who are all extremely deserving of this honour,” he said.

“But more importantly, I wish to thank them for their outstanding service, commitment, and dedication to SLSQ and coastal safety throughout their extensive involvement in the surf lifesaving movement.

“Their collective efforts have not only protected thousands of Queensland beachgoers, but have helped build SLSQ into the organisation that it is today,” he said.

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