Michael Byrnes OAM

Michael John Byrnes OAM – Avalon Beach SLSC

Michael completed his Bronze Medallion in December 1953 and was awarded Life Membership of Avalon Beach SLSC in 1986.  Michael is also a Life Member of SLS Sydney Northern Beaches, SLSNSW and SLSA.

Michael has held many positions at his Club including Vice Captain, Chief Instructor, Chief Steward, Assistant Secretary, Registrar, Race Secretary, Publicity Officer as well as being part of the General Committee and Judiciary Committee.

At a Branch level Michael has held the role of Deputy Superintendent, Secretary of the Board of Examiners, Branch Team Manager, State Centre Management Delegate, Registrar for the Board of Examiners, Assistant Treasurer, Liaison Officer to Metropolitan and served on the Selection Committee, Constitution Committee, Judiciary Committee, Finance Committee, Boat Committee, Life Saving Committee, Gear Improvement Committee, Gear Inspection Committee and Boat Rowers’ Committee.

At a State level Michael has served as Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Trustee.  He served on the Constitution Committee, Finance Committee, Herald Gear Fund Committee, Finance/Herald Gear Fund Committee and Selection Committee.

Over his many, many years of service he has been an Assessor, Examiner and Official.  In 2011 he received a 50+ Years of Officiating Service award from Branch.  Between 1972 an 1977 he was Deputy Superintendent of Branch. In 1999 Michael was awarded  the Order of Australia  Medal (OAM) for service to Surf Life Saving.

People like Michael are the bedrock upon which the current surf lifesaving movement are built. We are very fortunate to have had Michael as part of Surf Life Saving for so long, and he is still contributing and making a difference.

Michael was awarded SNB Life Membership in 1979.


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