Merefield a proven lifesaving champion

By Vince Habermann

JONATHAN Merefield regards himself as pretty much an average young man but in surf lifesaving circles, he is something special.

He has already won the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch (WBCB) Lifesaver of the Year award - for 2003/04 - the same season he won the Patrol Member of the Year award for his club Elliott Heads.

Club-mate and WBCB development officer Craig Holden said he was a very popular and valuable club member and a great role model for other youth.

Merefield joined the club 10 years ago and has been an active member ever since, along with his twin Sarah, while their parents David and Pauline have always been extremely supportive.

David took over as club president this season after serving for several years as captain, but Jonathan's involvement was restricted until after completing his second year in a nursing degree at QUT.

But apart from his voluntary patrols, he is also doing lifeguard duties during the holiday period.

A fine all-round sportsman who still also plays AFL, rugby union, soccer and basketball, Merefield also competes in surf sports but has never really been a star.

"I won a couple of silver and bronze at branch but that was a while ago and I am more interested in lifesaving," Merefield said.

"But I competed in all the events at the Tannum Sands carnival recently and got placings in both beach events, and also was placed at Agnes Water which was beach events only, and I'll give it a go at branch but I'm in open now and will probably be in Ryan Bennett's shadow."



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