Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards

2021 Bravery Award recipients

Recognising our brave heroes of rescue & resuscitation

The Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards are designed to recognise and acknowledge the efforts and actions of everyday people within the community who have performed a rescue and/or resuscitation, applying their knowledge to save another’s life.

Vance Bryan, Peter Towndrow’s sister Marion, Cameron Wrathall, Richard O’Brien and Kieron Hayter

One group of recipients in 2021 was Vance Bryan, Peter Towndrow, Richard O’Brien and Kieron Hayter. These men saved the life of Cameron Wrathall after he was attacked by a bull shark in the Swan River in January 2021.

Richard swam Cameron back to the shore as he lost consciousness, before Vance, Peter and Kieron assisted in tightly wrapping a t-shirt around Cameron’s leg wound to reduce the bleeding. They then all worked together to lift him onto the paddle board and carry him up a narrow path to the road where he could be met by paramedics. Royal Life Saving presented them all with a Gold Medallion Bravery Award for their efforts. 

This is just one example of heroism demonstrated by everyday lifesavers all over WA – if you know of someone who deserves recognition for an act of bravery, nominate them today!

Do you know someone who deserves a Bravery Award?

Nominations for the Bravery Awards can be made by anyone who has information about the incident, at any time of the year. Individuals can be nominated for brave acts that occur in any environment and nominations for those who have demonstrated use of qualifications such as resuscitation, first aid, bronze medallion, pool lifeguard etc. are encouraged. 

The Royal Life Saving Society WA Honours and Awards Committee assesses each nomination and approves awards based on the criteria outlined in the Bravery Awards Structure. Every action is courageous, as is the person behind the action. So why not become a part of something inspiring?

Bravery Award nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2022 awards.

To nominate someone for a Bravery Award, please complete the nomination form below and return it via email.

Bravery Award Nomination Form

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact us below.



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