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Surfing Victoria Awards 18th Life Membership to Max Wells OAM
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 May, 2017 - Torquay - Surfing Victoria has awarded the 18th Life Membership to Max Wells OAM. Max has been involved in all aspects of the sport of surfing, from management of the Victorian and Australian Surfing Teams, judging at Surfing Victoria events and Event Director of the Rip Curl Pro for 13 years.
Employed at Surfing Victoria for 16 years, of which he was CEO for 14 years, Max grew the organisation from 2 to 8 staff members whilst financially securing the future of Surfing Victoria for years to come. Surfing Victoria under his leadership has been a pioneer in Indigenous sport and recreation participation programs, along with tirelessly working towards gender equality with the creation of a state wide female surfing program.
Surfing Victoria's Chairman. Paul Robson, is proud to formally recognise Max’s commitment to Surfing Victoria.
“On behalf of Surfing Victoria, it is a great honour to provide Max Wells OAM with a Life Membership," said Robson. “Max’s dedication and impact to the sport of surfing has been huge. He is viewed as a leader, mentor and friend within the surfing community.”
“Through Max’s direction, Surfing Victoria has been established as one of the peak sporting bodies in Victoria. This includes the implementation of some amazing programs that embrace diversity, provide fantastic development pathways and engages the wider surfing community.”
“Surfing Victoria is indebted to Max for his passion, hard work and strategic direction provided to our sport," said Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson. “It is fantastic to be able to recognise Max and the amazing job he did for Surfing Victoria, our members and the sport of surfing."
“He has provided incredible leadership and helped create a sustainable organisation for years to come, which we all thank him for.”
Max was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to surfing and to the community in 2014.
“Surfing Victoria has been a massive part of my life for over 25 years,” said Max Wells. “I am honoured to be awarded a life membership and join a small group of well deserving recipients.”
“It is extremely special to be given the award and I would like to thank everyone who I have worked with over the past two decades, my family Deb, Sarah and Kate for all of their support and all of the members of Surfing Victoria during my time there.”
Max is still involved with Surfing Victoria in an advisory role and working at select events across the state.
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