Victoria’s top lifesaving volunteer wins national honour 

Tea-Rose Passon of Port Melbourne Life Saving Club (LSC) has won the DHL Volunteer of the Year award at Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA’s) National Awards of Excellence held virtually on Saturday 6 November. 

Recognising the top volunteer across Australia’s lifesaving movement, Ms Passon was recognised for her outstanding commitment to lifesaving. 

Ms Passon holds numerous roles at Port Melbourne LSC, including vice president, patrol director, communications manager, youth development officer, board member, junior committee chair and schools program coordinator, and has played an integral role in engaging and developing youth members and pursuing opportunities to collaborate with other clubs. 

Other key achievements Ms Passon oversaw in season 2020-21 include promotion of LSV’s Save Lives Like a Girl initiative and implementing the club’s first ever Pink Patrol, a patrol made up of all or majority female members to celebrate women in lifesaving.    

She also recorded more than 310 patrol and water safety hours during season 2020-21, the most across LSV’s entire membership.  

“It is an absolute honour to be named SLSA’s DHL Volunteer of the Year,” Ms Passon said.  

“Being a volunteer at Port Melbourne LSC allows me to give back to the community and my fellow club members at Port Melbourne, who are always there to support my own lifesaving development.   

“The most important thing about our role as lifesavers is the way we all come together as a team to make sure everyone is safe on the beach and returning home to their families at the end of the day.”    

LSV chief executive officer Catherine Greaves applauded Ms Passon for her outstanding dedication to her club and LSV’s broader lifesaving movement. 

“I am so proud of Tea-Rose for being recognised as SLSA’s top volunteer, amongst many other worthy candidates from around the nation, for her immense contribution to Port Melbourne LSC and LSV’s wider operations,” Ms Greaves said. 

“Tea-Rose’s dedication to lifesaving embodies LSV’s values of building stronger and safer communities, taking personal responsibility for betterment, personal development through commitment to lifesaving and being relevant in today’s and tomorrow’s society. 

“Without volunteers like Tea-Rose giving up hours of their time to contribute to their clubs, our organisation simply could not deliver its amazing breadth of quality programs, services and activities. All of our volunteers are essential in helping LSV to achieve our goals.     

“Thank you, Tea-Rose, for your dedication to lifesaving and congratulations on being named SLSA’s DHL Volunteer of the Year.”   

Ms Passon became eligible for the SLSA DHL Volunteer of the Year award after she won the Graeme Long Medal for LSV’s Volunteer of the Year, presented to a volunteer whose contribution significantly benefits their club, at LSV’s own Awards of Excellence in August.  

LSV congratulates all the Victorian finalists at the SLSA Awards of Excellence and thanks them for their commitment to saving Victorian lives.  

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