Surf club member reaches 75th year
AT 97, Noel Bullpitt does not get down to the beach often, but that has not stopped him from remaining a member of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club for the past 75 years.
Mr Bullpitt, who now lives at Gracehaven Lutheran Homes, has maintained his membership since he first joined the club in October 1934 at the age of 22.
Surf Life Saving Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said he was not aware of anyone else who had celebrated their diamond anniversary with the club.
“It is a massive achievement for anyone to be involved in a sporting club for that long,” Mr Holden said.
Mr Holden said most of the local lifesaving community was well aware of Mr Bullpitt's many achievements.
“He pretty much was Bundaberg Surf Life Saving at one point; he was president for 41 years,” he said.
“Although he hasn't been actively involved in the club for a few years, it certainly is a phenomenal effort to remain associated with the club.”
During his time with the club, Mr Bullpitt has seen the club go through many changes, including construction of the current building in 1957 and extensions in 1981. In 2004, he was inducted into the Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame, as a member of the famed Bundaberg SLSC march past team.
In 2007, the year of the lifesaver, Mr Bullpitt was awarded a medal in thanks and recognition of his many years of service at the club.
Bundaberg SLSC was founded in 1921 and now has more than 400 members, including 150 nippers and 78 patrolling members.