Regional Lifeguard of the Year winners announced

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Congratulations to the lifeguards who have been named Lifeguard of the Year in their region. This award recognises their dedication and valued contribution to our lifeguard service across Queensland.


Jon Murray – North Queensland

Jon has contributed in many different areas of the lifeguard service over the past year. He has commenced his Certificate IV in Training & Assessing and has incorporated some of his new knowledge into recent proficiencies and first aid upgrades throughout the region.

Jon has also implemented a training group for lifeguards throughout the region and organises two sessions a week. These sessions have been great for team bonding and has helped some of the crew keep their swim times down.


Reece Tudehope – North Barrier

Reece assists conduct training for all lifeguard certificates such as Bronze Medallion, Rescue Water Craft, Marine Stinger Management and Beach Management. He also delivers Emergency Care Training courses for both lifeguards and volunteers.

He goes above and beyond and fills media commitments when his supervisor is not available, as well as conducting extra training with lifeguards whilst conducting roving patrols.


Sam Groom – Wide Bay Capricorn

Sam is a valuable part of the Wide Bay Capricorn lifeguard team. He is always willing to mentor new lifeguards and regularly assists in delivering extra training.

He also engages with local school groups when the go down to the beach for a swim, educating them about the beach conditions and how they can stay safe.

Sam has also assisted with education of backpackers over the years and attending Emergency Services Expo Days.


Isaac Smith – Sunshine Coast

Isaac has contributed to the lifeguard service with his professional can do approach, and has demonstrated fantastic leadership qualities for many years.

Each day he starts his new shift in the way he expects his team to. Always ready, with a positive approach, on time and dressed in a manner that respects our lifeguard service.

Isaac has been in countless major incidents over his 20-year career as a lifeguard, with many, mainly due to Isaacs intervention, have been a positive outcome.

He also implemented the interservice Noosa National Park induction. This induction has seen countless lifeguards and lifesavers become familiar with the dangerous Noosa National Park Area that is the subject of numerous calls for assistance every year. This induction has been rolled out to all emergency services including QAS, QPS, QLD Fire and Rescue.


Hayley Robinson – South East Queensland

Hayley is an all-rounder with various lifeguarding skills, she has worked across a range of locations within the South East Queensland region and has flourished into a key member of our team.

She has a great team first attitude and is always ready to assist with training or coving shifts if needed.

Hayley also had a successful resuscitation at a remote beach she was patrolling by herself, which is a fantastic outcome. She also responded to a range of over major incidents throughout the past season.

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