Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero


2017 VIC Local Hero Nominee

Simon Lewis

Town: St Kilda
State: Victoria


A lifeguard and Director of Lifesaving at St Kilda Life Saving Club, Simon Lewis is responsible for providing high- quality, yet entirely voluntary services at Melbourne’s busiest beach. Lifeguarding is Simon’s passion – a passion that has saved many lives. One of his most impressive achievements has been his publicly-funded humanitarian mission with the International Surf Lifesaving Association. In January 2016, Simon was on the ground in Greece to assist with the rescue and recovery of Syrian refugees. During 10 days on the island of Lesbos, Simon helped 500- plus people to safety. He held children and was hugged by parents thankful for his help getting to solid ground. Simon ensured his skills would leave a lasting imprint in Lesbos by training Greek lifeguards and international volunteers in water safety protocols. He built a rapid jetski response team that has since rescued hundreds of refugees. Simon’s bravery on the frontline has inspired many people around the world to sign up as lifesavers in their own communities. 


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