Surf's up as JB steps up

KWP! Managing Director and Surf Life Saving SA President, John Baker, has been appointed Deputy National President at the Surf Life Saving Australia National Board Meeting. His appointment is the first time a South Australian has held the office making him the highest ranking National Surf Life Saving officer ever to come fromSA.


John is looking forward to making a significant impact on the future of Surf Life Saving in Australia and continuing the current trajectory of growth, innovation and modernisation for the organisation. “It’s an exciting time and I’m looking forward to continuing to support the President Graham Ford and the ambitions of our membership” said John 
 John has been a Board Director for Surf Life Saving Australia for 5 years and an active contributor to several committees and working groups including the current National Surf Sports Review and Youth Championships Review. “The SLSA Board is a highly experienced group who are working closely with the Executive Team to drive significant innovation and growth across the movement”. 
 


John is a former State Director of Lifesaving Services and is currently in his 6th year as State President. Under his leadership Surf Life Saving SA has expanded as an emergency service and is now protecting more South Australians in more locations than ever before.


As a member of the 2012 World Lifesaving Championships Executive Group, He was instrumental in bringing the event back to South Australia making Surf Life Saving SA the first State body to host the event. John is currently serving as Chairman of the International Lifesaving Federation World Lifesaving Championships which will be held in Adelaide in 2018.
 


In his capacity as a volunteer lifesaver, he has performed nearly 2,000 patrol hours with the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, where he has performed countless rescues, searches and first aid cases. John is one of the longest serving helicopter crewmen in a career that spans 23 years.
 


In 2011 he was awarded the South Australian Emergency Services Medal in recognition of distinguished and meritorious service. He has also been awarded the National Medal and his 30 year Patrol Service Award.
 


“The SLSA Board is a highly experienced group who are working closely with the Executive Team to drive significant innovation and growth across the movement” said Mr Baker.
 


His commitment to the community has also included significant volunteer service to other NFPs including; The Australian Red Cross, The Smith Family, The Australian Army Cadets, and The Returned Services League.
 


“Surf Life Saving is one of the greatest humanitarian movements in this country and I’m extremely proud of my involvement” said John.