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Vale Dean Mercer

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Dean Mercer.

SLSQ CEO John Brennan OAM said that Dean had been an incredibly valued, respected and loved member of the lifesaving community.

“Dean was an elite athlete, one of the very best, throughout his whole career he was the epitome of everything that surf lifesaving represents.”

Dean first joined surf lifesaving as a nipper at Thirroul SLSC, and most recently was a patrolling member and Director of Surf Sports at Kurrawa SLSC.

Dean’s outstanding service and dedication to Surf Life Saving for over three decades was recognised when he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal and inducted into the NSW Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame.

As an Ironman, Dean was an outstanding surf sports athlete and one of the great stars of Iron racing in the 1980s. He won two Australian crowns, five New South Wales state championships, two Test of the Toughest titles and the world Oceanman Series.

He also competed in and won multiple state, national and world titles across surf lifesaving events and represented Australia and New South Wales on numerous occasions.

“He trained hard, was dedicated in every way to his sport, his club and his family,” said Mr Brennan OAM.

“We offer our deepest condolences to Dean’s wife Reen, his family and friends.”

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