Top gun Lana sweeps surf life saving awards
After dominating all season in the surf Noosa Heads ironwoman Lana Rogers has again swept away her rivals to tonight take out the prestigious Peter Lacey Athlete of the Year award.
This was the highlight of Surf Life Saving Queensland's second night of Awards of Excellence held online.
Rogers had a stellar season taking out the double in the open female long course in the Coolangatta Gold and the NutriGrain Ironwoman Series.
She was also recognised for volunteering her time to assist with the Seahorse Nippers program which enables kids with disability to enjoy surf activities.
But the quick and cool thinking of 16-year-old clubmate Rowan Gameiro certainly rivalled her exploits.
The teenager's excellence award was for an inland emergency at the Lake Borumba boat ramp when Rowan successfully rescued an 83-year-old man from a submerged vehicle.
"A fisherman that day had been trying to get his boat back on to his car in the trailer," Rowan said.
"He either slipped out of gear or put it into reverse or did something crazy and he's reversed his van into the water.
"And that's when he panicked and didn't know what to do."
Rowan said he helped the man to shore and provided treatment.
He credited his quick response to the training he has received at the surf club and from asking a lot of questions of his instructors.
As an extra bonus Rowan retrieved as much of the man's valuables as he could from the sunken vehicle.
The awards were another showcase of Noosa Heads talent with Rupert Anisimoff named Trainer of the Year in recognition of spending more than 100 hours training new and current members.
Noosa Heads Patrol 14 members also received an award after performing multiple rescues and responding to various major first aid incidents.
Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO Dave Whimpey congratulated all Sunshine Coast winners, saying the recognition was well-deserved.
Mr Whimpey said the awards are recognition of the hard work and passion of the state's volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards who protect beachgoers.
"We rely heavily upon the efforts and enthusiasm of our members to help keep our beaches safe," Mr Whimpey said.
"While all surf lifesavers and lifeguards across Queensland do a fantastic job, both on the beach and out in the community, it's important that we recognise and pay tribute to those that go well above and beyond the call of duty."