Yeppoon lifesaver Kirsty goes above and beyond call of duty
YEPPOON lifesaver Kirsty Glithero has taken out one of the state's highest accolades, named on Saturday night as the 2015/16 Queensland Surf Lifesaver of the Year.
The announcement was made at Surf Life Saving Queensland's (SLSQ) annual Awards of Excellence Gala Ball, being held as part of its 2016 State Conference at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
Kirsty was one of six lifesavers from across Queensland shortlisted for the state's top honour.
SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan congratulated Kirsty on taking out the award, saying it was well-deserved recognition for the dedicated volunteer.
"There's no doubt this award is one of the top individual honours within the surf lifesaving movement and, on behalf of SLSQ, I extend my congratulations to Kirsty for being recognised with such a prestigious accolade,” Mr Brennan said.
"While all surf lifesavers 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.
"This award is a genuine testament to Kirsty's dedication and commitment to her club, her local community and the wider surf lifesaving movement,” he said.
In the past 12 months, Kirsty completed 182 volunteer patrol hours to help watch over and protect local beachgoers.
This is in addition to countless hours spent assisting Yeppoon SLSC behind the scenes through training, fundraising and education.
A dedicated and passionate surf lifesaver, she has been Yeppoon's Chief Training Officer since 2014 and has also held a number of other key roles including First Aid Officer and Emergency Care Facilitator.
More recently, she stepped into the role of Yeppoon Club Captain midway through this season when needed.