Backward Glance: A tribute to the Sea Saviours for their years of service
  • Thursday 21 April 2016
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In 1957, the ex-Mayor of Caloundra City Des Dwyer was captain of the Metropolitan - Caloundra Club.

A staunch Metropolitan-Caloundra member, Des joined in 1949 and represented his club at Bronze level for 17 years.

He obtained the status of branch double ski champion and was captain of the 1957 senior R&R team that won the Queensland Championship at Mermaid Beach.

Mets then represented Queensland at the Australian Surf Championships at Bondi, NSW that year and were runners-up.

Mr Dwyer was awarded life membership in 1959 for outstanding service to the club and in 1970, he was awarded life membership of the Sunshine Coast Branch of surf life saving.
He was also a foundation member of the Metropolitan - Caloundra Nippers as well as the Supporters Club.

An online interview of Des Dwyer and Jack Spender, the man Queensland called Mr Surf Lifesaving, and their memoirs as surf lifesavers is available on Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage link.

Thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s Heritage Library Officers for the words and Picture Sunshine Coast for the image.

Image caption: P90543 Standard bearer Des Dwyer holds Metropolitan Caloundra flag at Kings Beach ca 1954.