Top award for life­saver

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SWAN­BOURNE-NED­LANDS SLSC club mem­ber and WA Life­saver of the Year Leesa Equid has found a com­mu­nity and a boyfriend by join­ing surf life­sav­ing.

“I joined be­cause my friend brought me down to the club for a so­cial meet­ing and I was look­ing for a con­nec­tion with Perth af­ter hav­ing been living over­seas,” Dr Equid said.

Surf Life Sav­ing WA (SLSWA) pre­sented her with the award at its an­nual Awards of Ex­cel­lence re­cently.

Born in Vic­to­ria, Dr Equid spent many years in Nor­way and Scot­land while her fa­ther worked in the North Sea oil in­dus­try, be­fore she moved to Perth to study medicine at the Uni­ver­sity of WA.

She works at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency depart­ment and is her surf club’s pa­trol cap­tain and first aid of­fi­cer.

“I met my boyfriend Matt through a pa­trol cap­tain con­fer­ence last year,” Dr Equid said.

SLSWA chief ex­ec­u­tive James O’Toole said Dr Equid had an “in­cred­i­ble drive” to im­prove public safety at the beach.

Surf life­savers vol­un­teered for a record 106,000 hours in the 2014-15 surf sea­son, per­form­ing 625 res­cues, 2252 first aid treat­ments and in­ter­ven­ing 19,992 times to ed­u­cate swim­mers about beach safety.

The Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year was Isabella Walker (16), from the City Beach­based City of Perth SLSC, which she joined as a nip­per.

Miss Walker won the un­der-17 res­cue tube com­pe­ti­tion and got a bronze medal with the un­der-19 surf team at the na­tional surf life­sav­ing cham­pi­onships this year.

“For me, it’s all about friendly com­pe­ti­tion and a load of new friends, be­cause they’re a sec­ond fam­ily to me,” she said.

Ath­lete of the Year was North Cottes­loe’s SLSC’s Tom Nolan, who de­fended his WA and Aus­tralian Beach Flags ti­tles and was sec­ond in the Beach Sprint at the World Cham­pi­onships in France in 2014-15.

The J-Crew surf boat mem­bers at North Cottes­loe SLSC re­ceived a Leg­ends of the Surf Award for win­ning four na­tional ti­tles in 2006-09 and the 2006 World ti­tle.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d438417

Dr Leesa Equid and Isabella Walker were recog­nised

with ma­jor surf life­sav­ing awards.

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