Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Lifesavers Recognised At End Of Season Celebration

Mackay SLSC recently held their annual awards presentations on the grounds of the surf club overlooking Mackay’s beautiful Harbour Beach.

Club President Brendan Smith opened the afternoon recognising the club’s contribution of “Vigilance and Service” to the Mackay community as the “Guardians of Harbour Beach” for over 70 years, as well as another challenging yet rewarding season.

Mr. Smith said, “Being a volunteer organisation there are many people who make sacrifices to contribute to the running of various aspects of the club, this ensures that we can keep our beach safe for the Mackay Community.”

The awards afternoon was a way of recognising both junior and senior members who make a difference, from the volunteer workforce who run major carnivals such as the North Australian Titles and Branch Titles, the Nippers program and surf sports, the club’s valued sponsors and most importantly the Club Captain, patrol teams and patrolling members who keep our beaches safe.


Junior Club Champion - Ash Johnson

John Patti Most Improved Nipper – Lachlan Griffith

Flo Payne Club Nipper Culture - Molly Madden

George Moody Quiet Achiever – Isabella Grant

Junior Coaches Award - Bodie Mau

Junior Club Captain - Molly Madden

President’s award for ‘Service and Vigilance - David Fitzmaurice

Volunteer of the year – Josh Grant

Surf Rescue Trainee of the year - Molly Madden

Patrol of the Year – Patrol 5: David Fitzmaurice, Jayne Freier, Jakobi Pearce, Ben Johnson and Lexi Schiffer

Coach of the year - Jayne Freier

Senior competitor of the year – Ben Madden

Patrol Captain of the year – David Fitzmaurice

Recognition of Major sponsors - M & P Services, Craig’s Couriers, Bulk Fuel Australia, Key Solutions Group and Dave Griffith Electrical

Contributed by Josh Grant

Patrol of the Year – Patrol 5: (L – R) Lexi Schiffer, David Fitzmaurice, Jayne Freier, Jakobi Pearce. Ben Johnson (Absent). Recognised for their outstanding service to beachgoers

Nippers celebrating the end of season at break up

Most Improved Nipper – Lachlan Griffith

Age Champions for the U8 – U14 Nippers

Isabella Grant was awarded the “Quiet Achiever” Award for the season.  Here she is taking out silver at Champion Lifesaver 2022

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