Masters’ competitors play an integral part in the sport arena, through their dedication to surf lifesaving, competitiveness, fitness to maintain a healthy lifestyle and playing a key role within the club structures.
At this year’s awards ceremony, two Masters were recognized for their achievements – Michael Gedz of Queenscliff SLSC and Dori Miller of Bondi Surf Bathers LSC. Surf Life Saving Australia wishes to congratulate both Michael and Dori for their respective achievements, which are listed below.
Michael has had a sustained competition career spanning 40 years beginning when he won the U15 Beach Sprint in 1981.
Since Michael commenced Masters Competition in 1997, he has been a prolific winner in the Beach Events area.
Overall, he has won 32 Gold Medals and 13 other podium finishes, with 16 of these Gold Medals being first placings in either Beach Sprint or Beach Flags. In the last ten Australian Masters Championships, Michael has won his age group in the Beach Sprint ten times.
Since 1998, Michael has been competing at World Championship level and has been successful in winning 10 individual Gold Medals at six World Championships, including four other podium finishes.
During the past 20 years, Michael has also been a successful coach with his athletes winning 6 Open Australian Championship Gold Medals.
“It’s the best award I’ve ever had. It beats everything to be honest. I’m humbled and I’ve been on cloud nine ever since they rang me a month ago,” Michael said after receiving his Masters Legends award.
Dori Miller, Bondi Surf Bathers LSC, NSW
Originally from Connecticut, USA, Dori has always had an affinity with open water swimming. Since joining the Bondi SBLSC, she has also mastered surf swimming.
Dori commenced Masters Competition in 2011 and won the 40-44 Female Surf Race. Since then to 2021, she has been undefeated in each of her age categories for that event; winning eleven consecutive Surf Race Championships. At the past three Australian Masters Championship, Dori has won 20 Gold Medals including four consecutive Ocean Swim wins.
Dori has also excelled in the Australian Masters Pool Competition winning various events since 2011.
At World Championship level, Dori has been successful in both pool and ocean events again winning the world Surf Race in her age category a number of times. At the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Dori won seven Gold Medals and two other podium placings.
Outside of surf lifesaving, Dori has swum Loch Ness, made three solo crossings of the English Channel, plus a double crossing in 2014. She claims she is not ‘over the hill’ yet as she still competes in the Open Championships Surf Race.
“You work so hard and it’s great to be recognised,” Dori said after being honored with the Masters Legends award.