Gordon McNaughton OAM – Dee Why SLSC
Following his service in the Air Force in WWII, Gordon returned home to join Evans Head-Casino SLSC, achieving his Bronze Medallion there in February 1947 where he retained his lifelong membership.
During the Casino floods of 1954, he performed valiant rescue work and was awarded the Royal Humane Medal for his efforts.
Gordon was well-known to thousands as he was both a mentor and good mate. His knowledge and experience were sought out regularly by members far and wide. He loved Surf Lifesaving, particularly the service side of patrolling.
Mac served on countless panels and committees at all levels of the movement throughout his life and was recognised with an OAM in 1997 for service to Surf Life Saving.
Mac is a Life Member of Evans Head-Casino SLSC, Far North Coast Branch, Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, SLSNSW and Surf Life Saving Australia and has a citation of Merit from the International Life Saving Federation.
Mac was a member of Dee Why SLSC from 1993 and became heavily involved with officials education and welfare. During that time, he was a key figure in setting up and promoting the benefits of practical education for sports officials and the coach’s accreditation system. In 2009 Mac stepped down as Officials Advisor following his 60-year sports official recognition by SLSA. Mac was a member of Northern Region Helicopter Board and the Far North Coast Branch. Additionally, he served on the Sydney Northern Beaches Executive, and the Executive of SLS NSW for a number of years.
Gordon was awarded SNB Life Membership in 1979.
Gordon passed away on October 21st, 2018. He was aged 93.