Lleam named Lifeguard of the Year
RAINBOW Beach Lifeguard Lleam Rees loves his life on the beach but that was made even better on Saturday night when he was named Queensland Lifeguard of the Year.
The 22-year-old was still pinching himself yesterday after winning the prestigious award at the Surf Lifesaving Queensland Awards night at Victory Park Golf Course in Brisbane.
“It didn’t feel real,” Lleam said after receiving his award.
“I was stoked- very proud,” he said.
Lleam’s boss Greg Cahill from Surf Lifesaving Queensland said the lifeguard was nominated for the award for his community approach and his willingness to help out whenever he was needed.
He said Lleam was always available to the community not just while the flags were up.
“Everyone one in the community knows Lleam is available to assist if something happens outside beach operating hours.”
He said in one instance with a drowning at Inskip Point locals rang Lleam on his mobile and he came to help.
“Lleam has been employed for about five years and he has made a valuable contribution to the lifeguard service in Rainbow,” Greg said.
He added Lleam was an integral part of the roving lifeguard service that patrols 40 kilometres of beach from Double Island Point to Noosa North Shore on school holidays.
“Lleam’s local knowledge had helped lifeguards prevent incidents during those peak periods,” he said.
Lleam is a long time member of the Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club having started his career in nippers.
He loves the lifestyle of being a lifeguard.
“It’s a great lifestyle and a great job,” Lleam said.
“It is something I have done since I was a little kid.
“That’s what I love, I have been able to go from a nipper to a lifeguard all at Rainbow Beach”.
In other good news, Lleam has just been appointed a Beach to Bush ambassador for Surf Life Saving Queensland.
He will travel to country areas and teach surf and water awareness to school children across the state.