Mornington Peninsula lifesavers have been honoured at Life Saving Victoria’s annual Awards of Excellence. Ruby Lines-Perrier, from Mount Martha Life Saving Club, was the joint winner of the Mike Martin AM Champion Junior Lifesaver Award, which recognises the valuable contribution youth members make to the lifesaving movement both within their clubs and their communities. Ruby joined the Mount Martha club at six and now teaches water safety in its Nippers program.
Norman Farmer, from Frankston Life Saving Club, was presented with life membership of Life Saving Victoria — the highest service recognition award for outstanding contribution to lifesaving at a state level. Norman is also a member of the Mordialloc Life Saving Club and is currently the vice-president of the International Life Saving Federation. A past director of Life Saving Victoria, Norman received the Emergency Services Medal in 2005 and continues to contribute to the lifesaving movement at a state, national and international level.
Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club won the Patrol Service Efficiency and Standards Program Award in recognition of the operational excellence demonstrated through its patrol service inspections.
The awards were held at Albert Park on July 27.