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Peninsula lifesavers praised for ‘stepping up’ during a challenging summer
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Portsea SLSC member Chris Perrott received his Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter ‘wings’ as a new member of the helicopter crew, and fellow member Andrew ‘Henry’ Kiss was presented with a 100+ Patrol Hours Bronze certificate for completing 116.27 patrol hours.

The Mornington Peninsula’s stunning beaches might be a million miles away from our thoughts at the moment, but it won’t be too long before we’re once again heading seaward for a refreshing summer swim. And when we do, the many dedicated lifesavers who patrol our beaches will be ready to help keep us safe.

Life Saving Victoria recently thanked its more than 37,000 volunteers for their huge efforts during the 2020-21 season at its Valuing Volunteers evening at URBNSURF Melbourne.

Coinciding with National Volunteer Week, the evening provided the opportunity to recognise LSV’s most outstanding volunteers in areas including Special Contributions to Lifesaving, Long Service Awards, 100+ Patrol Hours and State Services.

Awards presented to Mornington Peninsula lifesavers were:

Special Contribution Award, Membership and Leadership Development: Laura Cantwell (Portsea Surf Life Saving Club, Brighton Life Saving Club and Ocean Grove SLSC); Erin Doupe (Sorrento SLSC).

Special Contribution Award, Lifesaving Services: Peter McDonell (Sorrento SLSC); Hamish McKendrick (Portsea SLSC); Tamara Brawn (Point Leo SLSC).

Special Contribution Award, Volunteer Training: Craig Dullard (Mount Martha LSC).

Special Contribution Award, Aquatic Sports: Iris Cassell (Point Leo SLSC); Kaya Cook (Mount Martha LSC).

100+ Patrol Hours Gold: Toby Dobell (Gunnamatta SLSC, LSV Comms, Point Lonsdale SLSC, LSV rescue water craft service).

100+ Patrol Hours Silver: Rhys Cole (Point Leo SLSC, Mount Martha LSC, Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and LSV rescue water craft service); Emile Stigter (Portsea SLSC); Thomas Twentyman (Rosebud and McCrae LSC and Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter); Simon Wilston (Portsea SLSC, Brighton LSC and LSV Comms).

100+ Patrol Hours Bronze: Dean Bavage (Dromana Bay SLSC); Alexandra Croft (Portsea SLSC); Andrew ‘Henry’ Kiss (Portsea SLSC); Peter McDonell (Dromana Bay SLSC, Sorrento SLSC and Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter); Niklas Rathmayr (Portsea SLSC and LSV rescue water craft service); Emma Vander Pal (Dromana Bay SLSC); Edward Warner (Point Leo SLSC).

“We are incredibly proud of our volunteers for stepping up to the challenges of season 2020-21, including continuing patrols as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said LSV president Paul James. “This season has shown how integral every volunteer role is in holding our lifesaving clubs together and continuing our water safety education and drowning prevention work. Without volunteers, our organisation simply could not exist, and I thank every one of you for your efforts.”

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