Congratulationto the following three new inductees into the SLSA Hall of Fame.
Darren MercerOAM, Noosa Heads SLSC, QLD – Sport
Darren has had a long and illustrious career in Surf Life Saving over many years as an exemplaryathlete and more recentlya successful coach of a numberof Australian champions. Darren started his competition careerin NSW at Thirroul SLSC, gaining Thirroul’s first ever Australian gold medal inthe U18 ironman. Darren has also hadsuccess in the Coolangatta Gold winning two consecutiveyears in X an X. Darren was selected to represent Australia on five different occasionsand during the late 1980’s Darren dominated the Kellogg’s Nutri Grain seriesfor a period of eight years. Darren moved to Queensland to join MaroochydoreSLSC, then Mooloolaba SLSC and finally to Noosa Heads SLSC to take up theposition of Head Coach, a position that he still holds today. He has achievedsuccess with athletes on both Australian and International stages, includingthe Coolangatta Gold and the Nutri-Grain Iron Series.
Elly Miller,Elouera SLSC, NSW – Sport
Over a period of nine years between2006 and 2015 Elly won a total of 13 Australian Championship Gold Medals inbeach events, including 10 individual Gold Medals, plus 6 Silver and 3 Bronzemedals. In 2008 Elly was named the Most Outstanding Female Competitor of theAustralian Surf Life Saving Championships. Elly’s record at both a State andAustralian level is one to be envied. What is not obvious with her record isthe difficulty of maintaining a consistent level of success as both a BeachSprinter and also a Beach Flag competitor, a feat that has not been matched bymany others. Elly has had an outstanding career at the highest level of SLSAsport competition and is well-regarded by her peers for her professionalism andwillingness to help others.
Graham Ford AM,Bronte SLSC, NSW – Administration
Grahamstarted his distinguished career in surf lifesaving as a Nipper parent atBronte in 1985. Gaining his bronze medallion in 1992 he maintained a 100%patrol record at Bronte for over 28 years. Graham was recognised at Branchlevel as both Volunteer of the Year and Member of the Year. He was furtherrecognised at State level as Volunteer of the year in 2006. Graham has numerousstate and branch awards as well as over 120 national awards including SLSA LifeMembership in 2017. Throughout the period 2016-2019 Graham lobbied and met on numerousoccasions with senior Federal Government Ministers including the PrimeMinister, Treasurer and the Attorney General to secure a commitment tomulti-year funding of Water Safety in Australia. In 2014 Graham initiated the establishmentof a “Corpus Fund” for Surf Life Saving Australia to raise $20 million by 2020to ensure the future sustainability of the Movement.