Lifesaver humbled by her recognition
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.