Two long-serving Victorian lifesaving volunteers have been recognised in the recent Queens Birthday Honours, receiving awards for their services to lifesaving and the community.
John Worrell from Anglesea SLSC received the Medal of Order of Australia (OAM) for over 65 years’ service to the lifesaving movement. The award was a fitting recognition of his dedication to lifesaving over this time.
He became a lifesaver in 1952 and was a founding member of Anglesea SLSC. In addition to being a life member of Anglesea, he is also a life member of Life Saving Victoria and Surf Life Saving Australia.
John’s list of lifesaving positions, awards and achievements is significant and includes holding the position of President of Anglesea, the positions of Vice President and State Superintendent Assistant for Life Saving Victoria, and receiving an Australian sports medal.
Gregory Hocking from Wye River SLSC was also awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for his exceptional contribution to performing arts and his dedication to the Wye River community, including being a long-standing member of Wye River SLSC.
For Gregory, being involved in lifesaving has always been a family affair, and while he has been a member for more than 30 years and held many positions within the club, his wife and daughters are also heavily involved.
While Gregory said he was “quite surprised and excited” to receive the award, he regarded it as a joint award for all the great people is has worked with in the arts, the community and lifesaving.
A full list of 2017 Queen’s Birthday recipients can be found at https://www.gg.gov.au/queens-birthday-2017-honours-list