Jeff Medcalf and Byron Bird earn State recognition for their contribution to surf lifesaving

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ASLSC's Jeff Metcalf and Byron Bird have both recently won State awards.
Camera IconASLSC's Jeff Metcalf and Byron Bird have both recently won State awards. Credit: Laurie Benson

Two Albany Surf Life Saving Club members have earned State recognition for their contribution to surf lifesaving.

Jeff Medcalf and Byron Bird were honoured at the Surf Life Saving WA Awards of Excellence at Crown Perth’s Grand Ballroom on June 12, chosen from an exemplary list of finalists in their categories.

Medcalf was named the SLSWA assessor of the year, an award presented for an outstanding contribution and commitment to the area of assessment in surf lifesaving.

For more than 20 years, Medcalf has dedicated himself to delivering the highest quality of education, training and assessing at ASLSC.

This season, he led the club’s education team and was involved in hundreds of assessments related to inflatable rescue boat drivers, surf rescue certificates, and bronze medallions.

He co-ordinated a team of trainers and assessors to complete 48 assessment activities for his club, and also carried out two for Denmark Surf Life Saving Club.

ASLSC's Jeff Metcalf has recently won a State award.
Camera IconASLSC's Jeff Metcalf has recently won a State award. Credit: Laurie Benson

Medcalf is also on the State education advisory committee, providing a regional perspective and leading the education agenda and initiatives across WA.

“It’s an honour to be nominated by my club and peers — I don’t do it for myself, I do it for the club,” Medcalf said.

“Then to be recognised as a finalists was amazing and I was quite surprised to win.

“This is just extra recognition for what we do as a club.”

Bird was named the SLSWA support operations volunteer of the year for his contribution to the development and delivery of surf lifesaving frontline service while part of the SLSWA support operations groups.

Those groups include Wesfarmers lifesaver jet ski teams, Westpac lifesaver rescue helicopter, drone patrol, peer support and abalone patrol.

ASLSC's Byron Bird has recently won a State award.
Camera IconASLSC's Byron Bird has recently won a State award. Credit: Laurie Benson

Bird is a key member of the Wesfarmers emergency response team which is based out of ASLSC and is regularly involved in marine searches, some of which involve other emergency service agencies.

He was recognised for his dedication and ability to work with people inside and outside of surf lifesaving to achieve positive outcomes in very challenging situations.

“It’s a real thrill to win the award and I’m very honoured,” Bird said.

“It’s more a team award not an individual one because you can’t do the service by yourself.

“It’s just a little thing to do to give back to the community.”

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