Gold Coast icon and Chief Lifeguard Warren Younger was final evening named Citizen of the 12 months on the annual Metropolis of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards.

Mr Younger, who joined the skilled lifeguard service in 1973, is likely one of the metropolis’s most recognised residents, credited with our lifeguard service changing into the primary in Australia to make use of jet skis for rescues.

Mayor Tom Tate stated the award celebrated Mr Younger’s lengthy and spectacular profession with the town.

“He’s a dead-set Gold Coast legend. There are few Gold Coasters extra liked or recognised than Warren. His contribution to our metropolis is important,” Mayor Tate stated.

The awards recognise excellence in group service, sporting, environmental and cultural endeavours, in addition to Gold Coast Citizen of the 12 months and Gold Coast Younger Citizen of the 12 months.

“Every of those residents has helped make the Gold Coast a fair higher place to dwell. 

“That is our means of thanking these native legends for his or her ongoing dedication to the coast – your exhausting work and dedication to our metropolis doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Teenager Elijah Palmer was named Younger Citizen of the 12 months. The 16-year-old, who attends Mudgeeraba State Particular Faculty, was recognised for his dedication to wheelchair racing. Mr Palmer acquired 5 gold medals on the Queensland Colleges Championships in 2019, and regardless of Covid restrictions final yr, continued to coach vigorously, setting quite a few private finest instances, and staying linked with the wheelchair racing group through Zoom. 

The Neighborhood Service award went to veteran and Secretary of the North Gold Coast RSL Sub-Department Melanie Annand. Ms Annand gives administrative and life help for the veterans within the Northern Gold Coast group. As somebody who lives with accidents from energetic service, she understands the significance of actions designed to encourage social interactions, peer and household help. 

Gold Coast Titans Neighborhood and Recreation Growth normal supervisor Renee Cohen was awarded the Sports activities Achievement award for her dedication to celebrating variety inside the Gold Coast sporting group. By way of collaborating with Down Syndrome Queensland, Ms Cohen has offered younger Australians residing with Down’s Syndrome the chance to dwell the dream and escort their favorite Titans gamers onto the sector earlier than the sport. 

Mates of the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens was awarded the Environmental Achievement Awards for the work the group has carried out through the years, first in establishing and now persevering with to take care of and enhance the Metropolis’s premier backyard and making it a spot that everybody can get pleasure from.

The Cultural Achievement Award went to Ken Dinh, a Vietnamese pupil who got here to Australia two years in the past to review and now works on the Gold Coast Scholar Hub and is a robust advocate for Southern Cross College. He has been a supporter of worldwide college students in Australia throughout the previous yr.

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