2021 Australia Day Ambassador - Don Marsh
As a volunteer surf lifesaver for 53 years, Don has been involved in all levels of competition, coaching and administration.
Having started as a junior in 1966 with Park Beach Surf Life Saving Club (now Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club), Don continues to provide volunteer patrols over the summer months and coach many of the up and coming lifesavers.
Don also has overseas and interstate experience with Portreath Surf Life Saving Club in Cornwall, UK and North Narrabeen in Sydney, where he has been transferred for his work.
Last year, Don stepped down from the Surf Lifesaving Tasmania Board of Directors after serving for 12 years. He has also served on a number of national advisory groups.
Event management is a passion of the Tasmanian Ocean Swim Series, having nurtured significant growth from just a few events to eleven events statewide and seeing continual growth in participation.
Don is the current event manager of the Surf Safari held on the River Derwent in November each year. The event celebrated 50 years in 2018 and is the longest running surf craft event in Australia. The event continues to attract local, interstate and overseas competitors.
In April last year, Don was admitted to the Surf Life Saving Masters Hall of Fame in recognition of his personal performance at both a national and international level in surf sports events including ironman, swim, ski and board racing.
For further information on the Australia Day Ambassador Program, please see the Australia Day Website.