Life­saver hum­bled by her recog­ni­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

CITY of Perth Surf Life Sav­ing Club (SLSC) mem­ber Ali­son O’Toole will be in­ducted into the na­tional Surf Life Sav­ing Hall of Fame this month.

O’Toole, who joined the City Beach-based club when she was 12, will re­ceive the high­est surf life sav­ing recog­ni­tion for her out­stand­ing ath­letic achieve­ments at an award cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 31.

She has won six state gold medals in the women’s 2km beach run and won more con­sec­u­tive in­di­vid­ual medals than any other ath­lete in Aus­tralia, male or fe­male, be­tween 2005 and 2012.

“It is a huge hon­our and I am very ap­pre­cia­tive,” O’Toole said.

“But I cer­tainly couldn’t con­sider my­self at the same level or sta­tus as other Hall of Famers.

“I was sim­ply do­ing some­thing I loved and some­thing that felt very nat­u­ral to me. It is all very hum­bling”

City of Perth SLSC pres­i­dent Grant Trew said O’Toole ded­i­cated her time to pa­trolling as a life­saver in the past and now men­tored young life­savers.

“She is al­ways happy to take time out of her busy sched­ule to talk to our up and com­ing life­savers and sup­porter groups within the club,” Trew said.

Since join­ing al­most 26 years ago, O’Toole said her roots had never drifted from City of Perth SLSC.

“I have had in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ences, made so many fan­tas­tic friends and met my hus­band James at City of Perth,” she said. “I never wanted to move.” O’Toole said she hoped her chil­dren Tighe (6) and Shae (22 months) would start nip­pers as soon as they are able.

Ali­son O’Toole out­side the new City of Perth SLSC clu­b­rooms.

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