Shannon Fox, a volunteer Surf Lifesaver in Australia, has been contributing her time on the beaches of Wollongong, NSW for over a decade to help keep our beaches safe. She is an exemplary example of the dedication and commitment required from Volunteer Surf Lifesavers that ensure the safety of beachgoers across Australia.
As a member of Surf Life Saving, Shannon has been actively involved in providing rescue and first aid services on the beach, and has served seven years as Club Captain at Wollongong SLSC. She has also played a significant role in educating the younger members of the volunteer surf lifesavers as they enter into more senior roles within the club.
Shannon is currently working on developing a universal design headset for people of all hearing abilities/disabilities which will serve as waterproof communications in aquatic settings. Shannon describes herself as a small part of something bigger.
The duties of a Surf Lifesaver are far from easy; they require physical and mental toughness, and an unwavering determination to keep people safe. This is why Shannon’s contribution to the community is highly appreciated, and she has recently received the DHL Surf Lifesaver of the Year Award in 2022.
Whether it is patrolling the beaches, conducting training sessions, or responding to emergencies, Shannon always puts the safety of others first. Her leadership skills and experience make her a valuable asset to the Wollongong City Surf Life Saving Club.
Shannon’s passion for Surf Life Saving extends beyond just helping out on the beach. She also regularly volunteers at community events and fundraisers to promote awareness about water safety, and educate the younger members in her roles as SLSNSW Youth Program Director. in this role, Shannon oversees both the Junior Lifesaver of the Year and Youth Opportunity Makers Programs.
Shannon is passionate, humble, and a supportive leader. In closing to quote Shannon ‘kindness costs nothing’.
Shannon was also selected to participate in the 2021 SLSNSW Inspire Retain Engage Program with the University of Wollongong to engage and empower within lifesaving and has been involved in the National Leadership Program in the last 2 years as a facilitator! It is these characteristics that show Shannon is a true legend within the Surf Life Saving community, a role model for many, inspiring them to give back to their communities and work towards creating a safer experience for everyone while enjoying the water.
The work of our volunteer surf lifesavers like Shannon needs to be recognised and appreciated. This is why DHL together with Surf Life Saving Australia, established our online Hall of Fame that celebrates the achievements of these unsung legends who dedicate their time and skills to protecting beach-goers around Australia.
The Surf Hall of Fame is a permanent tribute to those surf lifesavers who have made significant contributions to the movement over many years. Raising awareness of the important and often-overlooked role played by volunteer surf life savers in our communities.